More effective at repelling biting flies than DEET, Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Spray is great for applying to skin as well clothing, outdoor gear, and more. It features a 20 percent Picaridin mixture, making it highly effective at deterring a wide array of insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and fleas.
Safe to use on the whole family, this long-lasting topical spray is effective for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, and for up to 8 hours against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. The non-greasy spray has a pleasant low citrus odor that evaporates when dry, and it won't damage plastics or synthetic coatings.
Picaridin is the perfect balance of efficacy, safety, and user-friendliness. It repels a wide variety of pests including mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, and midges. One of the longest lasting repellents available, it provides up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks (using the spray or spray pump; up to 14 hours using the lotion), and up to 8 hours against a variety of flies, chiggers, and gnats. It’s non-greasy, has a pleasant low odor, and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings — making it an ideal topical repellent for the entire family.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the active ingredient Icaridin (which is how Picaridin is known around the world) as the product of choice for malaria prophylaxis. Icaridin is also considered to be the repellent of first choice by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Advisory Committee on Tropical Medicine and Travel for travelers six months to 12 years of age.
Yes. If you need both types of protection, we recommend using Sawyer Stay-Put Stay-Put Sunscreen Lotion. First apply the Stay-Put bonding base sunscreen, then apply the Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent after 10 minutes. The bonded sunscreen is less susceptible to the solvents contained in the repellent, including sprays if you use them.
Because of the way they slow down the evaporation of the insect repellent, lotions always last considerably longer than sprays. However, sprays have the advantage of being able to be applied to clothing, where the spray remains effective longer than on skin. Since repellents work as a 3 inch barrier, clothing applications can often protect 6 inches of exposed skin and significantly reduce your usage on skin. Sawyer recommends a combination of lotion on the skin and spray on clothing for optimal protection.
Sawyer insect repellents offer superior protection from disease-carrying insects, including the yellow fever mosquito that carries the Zika Virus. Check out Sawyer's range of insect repellents — from topical lotions and sprays to apply to your skin to Permethrin spray for applying to clothing and outdoor gear.