Insect Repellent

Recent Insect Repellent Reviews

Smidge Spray

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s as mosquito and tick prevention for work and play, but now am a full convert to Sawyer Picaridin and Permethrin combination to keep the bugs away. Picaridin has similar effectiveness to DEET without the worries about plastic degrading and other effects on gear. A recent forum thread reminded me I hadn’t reviewed bug protection products that I planned to write up last year.  With spring coming on and today being excellent gear-treating… Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 4 of 5 stars An excellent solution to the eternal mosquito problem. Face it. One of the most uncomfortable things out in the wilderness is those little insects that bother, bite, and suck our blood. It can make a lovely trip a nightmare. Thermacell has for many years made mosquito repellent devices for home, patio, and hunters/anglers. But most of their products are too bulky and heavy for backpacking. New this year is their "Backpacker" model, which is designed for those of us who travel light. The heart of… Full review

user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
BugButton SuperBand
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Duration Permethrin
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band
$20 MSRP
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator
3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent Lotion
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's 30 DEET Tick and Insect Repellent Spray
$9 - $10
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's UltraNet Head Net
$9 - $12
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
All Terrain Herbal Armor
$9 - $16
Badger Active Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen Sunscreen / Insect Repellent
$17
Badger Anti Bug Shake & Spray
Badger Anti-Bug Balm
$7
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Citronella Candle
$4
Coghlan's Mosquito Coil Holder
$7
Coghlan's Mosquito Coils
$3
Coghlan's Mosquito Sticks
$5
Coleman 100 Max Insect Repellent
Dermatone Herbal Insect Repellent Spray
 
Grand Trunk Outdoor Organic Incense
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Greenerways Organic Bug-it-Off
$8 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Log House Designs No-See-Um Bug Jacket
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Repel 100 Pump Spray
$6
Repel Citronella Candle
$7 - $9
Repel Family Formula Pump Spray
$6
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
$7 - $8
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Pen Pump Insect Repellent
Repel Mosquito Stop Clothing & Gear Insect Repellent
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone
$8
Repel Sportmen Max 40
$7
Repel Sportsman 29% Deet Aerosol
Repel Sportsmen Insect Repellent Wipes
$6
Repel Sportsmen Max Formula Pen Pump Insect Repellent
$4
Repel Sportsmen Stick Insect Repellent
Sawyer Jungle Juice 100
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents
$12 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent
$3 - $8
Sawyer Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent
$9
Sawyer Premium Maxi DEET
Sawyer Premium Sunblock with Insect Repellent Insect Repellent / Sunscreen
$10
Sawyer Ultra 30 Liposome Controlled Release Insect Repellent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smidge Spray
Tender Ben's 100 Max Deet Tick & Insect Repellent
$5 - $6
 
Tender Ben's 30 Deet Travel Size Wipes
Tender Ben's 30% Deet Field Wipes
$5 - $6
Tender Ben's Clothing & Gear Repellent
$6
Tender Ben’s 30 Deet Tick & Insect Repellent
$3 - $8
Tender Natrapel 8-Hour
$4 - $7
 
Tender Natrapel 8-Hour Wipes
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tender Natrapel Plus Deet-Free
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller
$30 - $39
Tick Me Off Maine Tick Repellant