Insect Repellent

The best insect repellent, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 25, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Insect Repellent Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

Love, love, love this stuff! Keeps bugs and ticks away. No smell for hunting. Lasts many, many days on treated garments and gear. This is a MUST for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman! Much better than stinky, dangerous DEET. Can also use on pets. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

Love this product! A real lifesaver when camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, and fixing fence in tall weeds on our farm! Would definitely recommend this to anyone who would like to enjoy their outdoor activities without pesky bugs! Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Smidge Spray

Non-DEET insect repellent, good for midges, mosquitoes, and ticks. It works! Smidge was developed in Scotland for protection against Scotland's famous midges, but it also claims to offer protection against mosquitoes, horse flies, sandflies, fleas, and ticks.  According to the Smidge website, the product does not rely on DEET but on an ingredient called Picaridin or Saltidin (the latter, if I understand right, being the trade name). It is just as effective as DEET and it works by blocking the antennal… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

Amazing! Very impressed so far with the Backpacker Mosquito Repeller. Have previously owned the handheld version and loved it. Decided this would be great for backpacking, used the fuel I already have present for cooking. Can't speak of the science of this device other than when on, my wife and I have had no issue with mosquitos.   Comes with a handy sack to put in backpack. Screws onto fuel can easily. Once "On", simply press the ignite switch.   Even if not using for backpacking, this is a… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

Sawyer Permethrin insect repellent is a proactive way to take action before you get into the bugs that is effective and easy to apply. Let me first say that I received my Sawyer Permethrin as a gift for being a past Reviewer of the Month here at Trailspace. As far as bugs go, I think I am average when it comes to how attracted mosquitos are to me compared to other individuals like my wife, who tends to be a mosquito magnet. My normal approach is that when I get into an area where I am starting… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band

Expensive but effective band with an eye catching color and pattern. Saved me from sheer torment. I was recommended the Parakito band while on holiday in Germany's Black Forest and having suffered 146 mosquito bites (Yes, I counted them!). I loved the range of designs choosing a vibrant one for myself but a more muted one for my partner. The instructions were clear and straightforward and the band was comfortable to wear. I wore the band 24/7 though took it off for showering despite the instructions… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

I'm not a big fan of mosquitos, or of slathering Deet all over myself. This repellant device is small enough to take on short overnight backpacking trips and makes hanging around camp a much better experience. I hate mosquitos. A big part of why I rarely backpack close to my Ohio home in the summer is because I don’t want to deal with them. The choice of getting repeatedly bitten or covering myself in Deet on a hot summer evening is picking one of two bad options to me. So you know, I’ve tried… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

This is a great evolution to their older handhelds, which were bulky and require their proprietary fuel cartridges. I hate DEET. I feel this is a far better solution. I've used the handhelds for years from BBQ's to week-long backpacking trips. These just plain work and you don't have to cover yourself in DEET! These are smaller, lighter, and don't require Thermacell fuel! I've already tested this new unit and it works flawlessly.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s, but Permethrin treated clothes are much more effective in tick prevention based on my experience in tick-infested areas. Sawyer Permethrin can keep ticks from landing and biting, and can actually kill them on your clothes. It is the repellent I depend on for work and recreation—effective and easy to apply. A recent forum thread reminded me I hadn’t reviewed bug protection products that I planned to write up last year.  With today being… Full review

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