Picaridin 20% vs DEET 30%
Does Picaridin 20% Work? More than 25 years of clinical research conducted in the U.S. and Europe has demonstrated that the active ingredient Picaridin 20% offers a high level of protection from a wide variety of pests including ticks, mosquitos, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, no-see-ums and midges. Scientific data reviewed and approved by the EPA supports that Picaridin 20% protects you from ticks and mosquitos for up to 12 hours. In fact, Picaridin products have been in Europe for decades and Picaridin is the leading active ingredient for repellents sold in registered pharmacies across Europe.
Does DEET 30% Work? As a repellent DEET is effective, however, it is also a neurotoxin of which 15-18% is absorbed into your skin with each use. In addition, DEET is generally sold using aerosol cans that include spraying butane on yourself. DEET 30% protects you from mosquitos and ticks for up to 8 hours. There are no scientific studies available that determine the unknown health risks of prolonged daily use DEET. Experts agree that DEET over 30% does not increase protection or length of protection time. In fact, Health Canada banned DEET over 30% in 2004.
100% GEAR SAFE FORMULA. Because Picaridin is not a plasticizer like DEET, it is safe not only for your skin, but for your gear. Ranger Ready will not damage your clothing, camping gear or fishing line.