Sawyer Insect Repellent + 6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Ticks While Hiking

This blog post is brought to you in sponsorship with Sawyer. All photos provided by Sawyer.

Do you want to protect yourself from ticks, mosquitoes and other pests that can give you serious diseases like Lyme Disease, Zika, Spotty Fever, and much more?

Insects may be small, but they can cause you big problems. When you know how to protect yourself from insect-borne diseases, you decrease your chances of developing a life-threatening illness.

April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring pesky insects. Lyme Disease Awareness Month is coming up in May, and it’s time for you to increase your awareness starting right now.

Your safety is important to us, which is why we put this blog together to show you 6 helpful ways you can protect yourself from ticks while hiking.

Plus, we’ll also reveal details about Sawyer Permethrin Spray, an incredible product you’ll want to use before all your hikes (we know we do).

Look at what mosquitos did to our founder, Karla's face on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Mountains last year!

She used all-natural repellant when on that trip, but unfortunately, it did not help at all. So, in an effort to save you the same torture, we have shared some other insect repellant tips before heading out on a mosquito infested trip. You're welcome.

6 Ways to Protect Yourself From Ticks And Other Insects While Hiking

Wear Protective Clothing

Cover up during your hikes so ticks can’t get to you. Wear a hat or bandanna to protect your head and neck. Sport long sleeves to reduce your risk of a bite. Tuck your pants into your socks to avoid ankle exposure. And wear light colors so you can pinpoint when and where a tick attaches to you.

Apply Insect Repellent

Don’t forget to wear insect repellent. We know what you're thinking: ugh, that smell. Good news: you don’t have to smell like chemicals. We recommend Sawyer Picaridin, a topical repellent that works. According to Sawyer, this formula is even more effective than DEET - and its faint citrus odor won’t assault your nostrils.

Stay On The Trail

Don’t veer off the trail. When you hike through high grass and brush, you increase the likelihood that ticks will latch onto you. Stick to well-groomed trails where heavy vegetation is at a minimum. Plus, you’ll also stick to Leave No Trace principles when you hike this way.

Take Breaks In Dry Areas

Like many insects, ticks and mosquitoes are attracted to damp, shaded areas. Try to take breaks in the sun if you can, and always look for a dry spot to catch your breath. Remember that ticks love humidity, so use extra caution when hiking in humid climates.

Check Yourself For Ticks After Every Hike

After your hike, check yourself for signs of black dots latched onto your body. Make sure to ask your hiking buddy to look at places you can’t see, like your neck, back and shoulders. Be a good hiking partner and do the same for them. For best results, follow up your tick check with a nice hot shower.

Spray Permethrin On Your Clothes And Hiking Gear

Did you know that spraying Permethrin on your socks and shoes provides you with 74 times more protection from ticks bites? Permethrin is the synthetic version of pyrethrum, a natural ingredient that derives from the Chrysanthemum plant. Permethrin is a powerful ingredient that repels and kills countless disease-causing insects without exposing you to harmful chemicals.


Introducing Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent

The Best Insect Repellent For Your Hiking Gear & Clothing


Imagine if you could ward off dangerous pests without exposing yourself to DEET and smelling like chemicals all day.

Guess what? You can.

We’re so happy we found Sawyer’s Permethrin Spray because this tick-fighting spray is natural, odorless and ultra-effective.

And you don’t even need to apply it to your skin at all.This tick and mosquito repellent works as a shield when you spray it onto your hiking clothing and outdoor gear.

The best part?

It lasts for as long as 6 weeks or up to 6 washes. And it has the power to kill 55+ species of harmful insects including spiders, mites, ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes. It can even kill the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which carries the Zika Virus.

That’s some strong spray. It’s the perfect solution for preventing insect-borne diseases like Lyme Disease, Zika, and more.

We Love Sawyer Permethrin Spray Because It Is…

  • Natural
  • Effective
  • Odorless
  • Non-toxic
  • EPA approved

It’s the best Permethrin spray we’ve found. Don’t wait until your next bite...

Click here to get your Sawyer Permethrin Spray right now.



Want to remember these tips? Pin for later!

6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Ticks While Hiking

6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Ticks While Hiking


  • When I used a DEET product my skin broke out in a terrible rash. Any information on transfer from treated clothing to sensitive skin?

    Katharine H Shiomoto
  • @Tracy Thank you for bringing up a commonly noted concern. Permethrin repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites and 55 other species of insects. Cats have a very delicate central nervous system so during the treatment and drying process, cats should not be in contact with the permethrin treated clothing/gear. However, after the permethrin dries 100% it is safe for a cats to be in contact with the clothing/gear. Bees usually are not curious by nature and do not usually bother you, unless you bother them. They would have to land on your permethrin treated clothing or be sprayed directly to die from permethrin. Unless you are washing your permethrin in your water source, which is incorrect use, or dumping directly into a water source, there is no concern to killing the fish with permethrin. The molecule breaks down at such a minute rate that even if wading through the water with permethrin treated clothing, it will have no negative effect on the fish. Therefore, if you follow the instructions set forth for treating your clothing with Sawyer Permethrin, your cats, bees, and fish are all safe. :)

    52 Hike Challenge
  • @Melinda Collings Yes, you can certainly use permethrin on your clothes if you have a cuddly dog. Permethrin is dog friendly and can actually be used as a treatment for fleas for up to 35 days and ticks for up to 42 days. Visit to learn more.

    52 Hike Challenge
  • @Rin We would like to alleviate your concern. In this study, a container with no flowing water, sediment, or algae was used like you would see in a natural water source. Also, picaridin is biodegradable in less than three days so the salamander eggs got full exposure to the initial dosage in the study. In the real world of a flowing stream or larger amount of water like a lake or pond, picaridin would dilute rather quickly. Sawyer Picaridin was tested against a wide variety of fish, including sensitive species, as part of its EPA approval process and passed with no issues.

    52 Hike Challenge
  • Thank you for many useful tips! But I do hope readers will consider less harmful alternatives to picaridin. Research has shown it to be deadly to larval salamanders, which prey on mosquitos, thus possibly increasing mosquito populations. Details of the study in the article below:


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published