As patrons of the great outdoors, we’re very fortunate to live in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Unfortunately, we’re not alone. No matter how secluded an overlook, how secret a fishing spot, or how off-the-trail a campsite, we’re constantly being watched. And buzzed. And bitten. Mosquitoes, the bane of any outdoor experience, can make even the most seasoned hiker, boater, or fisherman cringe. Luckily, Great Outdoor Provision Co. stocks a full range of Sawyer insect repellent products. With a solution for bug problems in any application, Sawyer’s offerings are as diverse as the habitats of our state.

Permethrin Insect Repellent – This clothing application is actually a contact insecticide, killing mosquitoes and ticks on contact. Best of all, there’s no need to reapply. Simply treat your clothing then let it dry for two hours. Your clothing is transformed into a mosquito fortress that lasts through up to 6 washings! Great for applying before travel. Want even more protection? Combine the Permethrin clothing application with a topical repellent for ultimate bite prevention.

Topical Control Release Insect Repellent – Sawyer’s Control Release repellent is perfect for those not interested in frequent re-applications. Sawyer pioneered a chemical process that traps DEET capsules on the skin. Since the evaporation of the DEET chemicals is the process that deters the insects, this encapsulation process extends the life of your application by slowing the rate of evaporation.

Picaridin vs. DEET Picaridin is similar to DEET, yet is safer on gear and equipment than DEET.  At 20%, this long lasting topical insect repellent is effective up to 8 hours against mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, gnats, chiggers and fleas.  Picaridin is more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET. Our 20% Picaridin is virtually odorless: It has a mild citrus scent added to it which quickly evaporates away.

Natrapel® – Enjoy effective protection from mosquitoes with plant-based Natrapel Lemon Eucalyptus insect repellent.  This DEET-free bug spray repels mosquitoes for 6 hours using Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, an active ingredient.

Ask your local shop for more information on safe bug repellent for hiking and camping.