- Jun 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm #1304520Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Did a quick search on Google, and could not find any serious concerns with Picaridin; just the opposite in fact, in terms of OKs from those who should know.
I liked this repellent when it first came out a few years ago, because it is not oily, and while some brands drench it with perfume, the Repel Gear Smart has a pleasant scent. The earliest Cutter version was only 5%, which was ineffective, but the 15-20% versions available later, are reasonably effective so long as you don't get into a swarm of insects. But even Ben's DEET has trouble coping with that.
But I could not find Picaridin in the usual places this year, so had to mail order it.
Unfortunately, after a few days of use once a day for an hour or so to walk the dogs, and with washing thereafter, discovered tiny red lesions on my forearms. I had also experienced a kind a crawly feeling on my face that woke me up at night and raised concerns about bedbugs or noseeums. Swabbing with isopropyl alcohol seemed to help.
Wasn't sure at first what was going on, but then recalled that the irritated areas were just where the repellent had been applied. After washing and switching back to DEET, the problem cleared up within 48 hours.
I almost never have allergy issues, or at least not that I know about. So would suggest anyone using Picaridin and experiencing similar effects consider another repellent.Jun 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm #1999401Ryan SmithBPL Member
@violentgreenLocale: East TN
I have small children and have found that most of the bug repellent specifically for them has Picaridin. On average it is less likely to cause skin irritation compared to DEET, but of course YMMV. The knock on it has always been that it doesn't last as long as DEET and not quite as effective either. Has always been OK for the kiddos though. There is some lemon eucalyptus stuff that came out a few years ago. Not sure how effective it is, but it does have a strong odor.
RyanJun 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm #1999486Michael KBPL Member
I am also a picaridin fan and I have used it for years, but obviously everyone's allergies are unique. The main reasons why I don't like Deet is because of what it does to your equipment…..specifically waterproof fabrics and nylon fishing line. It will weaken and degrade fishing line and anything else made of nylon like packs and a lot of hiking clothes. I have found it to be pretty effective, but it does have to be applied more often than DEET.
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