The Zika Virus & Sawyer Insect Repellents

Sawyer's Entire Line of Insect Repellents has been tested against and are effective on the Aedes Aegypti species which transmits the Zika Virus, Yellow Fever, and Dengue Fever.

Our “Fisherman’s Formula” Picaridin is derived from Piperine in pepper plants. This synthetic replica of a natural solution has proved to be a very effective formula on mosquitoes, ticks, and flies while still being family friendly, gear safe, and very comfortable to wear on your skin.

Our Odorless Permethrin is a synthetic version of the Chrysanthemum flower’s natural insect repellent and is designed for use on clothing and gear which lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washings, making it one of the most versatile and easiest ways to maximize your protection from Lyme Disease and the Zika Virus.

Permethrin & Picaridin
Consumer Reports tested a variety of insect repellents, including our “Fisherman’s Formula” Picaridin Insect Repellent.
Available in airline friendly sized sprays as well as a lotion which lasts up to 14 hours.

Permethrin & Picaridin

The CDC recommends the use of permethrin on your clothes in addition to a topical repellent. Sawyer’s permethrin spray is odorless and the longest lasting formula on the market, lasting through six washing or six weeks of outdoor exposure. It can be used to treat clothing, gear, shoes, tents, picnic clothes, and a variety of other fabrics.

Picaridin Topical Insect Repellent

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Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent

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Picaridin and Permethrin FAQs

  • +Is Picaridin as effective as DEET?

    Picaridin is 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. It is the longest lasting repellent with up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks 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 of synthetic coatings. All these factors combined makes Picaridin the optimal topical repellent for the entire family.

    Check out the data for yourself: Picaridin Research

  • +Is Permethrin safe around my pets?

    Sawyer Permethrin can be used on dogs but can be toxic around cats until it has dried. Permethrin can last up to two weeks depending on the dog’s hair type and length.

  • +How harmful are Permethrin fumes while treating clothing?

    We recommend spraying your clothing and gear outdoors. If the treatment is accidentally carried out indoors, no adverse health effects are expected based upon calculations of inhaled dose. However, individuals with breathing problems, such as asthma, may be at greater risk.

  • +Is Picaridin safe for pregnant women and children?

    Yes. Picaridin is a fantastic topical insect repellent for the whole family and 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.

    Learn more about Picaridin in this pdf.

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