Bug season again. thought a thread on insect repellents would be intersting. Would like to hear peoples repellent of choice, and their reviews of it. there is a new player on the market (fairly recent to Canada after extensive research by the Canadian Government) - a Non DEET repellent that contains Icaridin 20% (sold under various names) Icaridin (Picaridin) . Apparently it does not cause a reaction when using sunscreen. I'm personally a huge fan of DEET based sprays, but you have to be careful spraying them on modern clothing (meltage!) I do use Permethrin based sprays on my clothes, because of the massive tick problem up here, but the stuff is deadly to cats. So i have to be really careful with my sprayed clothes and boots and socks, as well as wash hands before petting the cats . I bag the clothes after use in heavy plastic bags and stow them in a locked cabinet. SO whats your favorite insect repellent. Give brand name, Deet or Icaridin or other %'s , how its applied (spray or cream), any reactions when using along with sunscreen, and any issues with clothing or gear damage I'm currently using MUSKOL , 30% DEET, spray bottle. Keeps the skeeters , chiggers, no see ums , wasps and very rarely black & deer flies away. Increased risk of sunburn when used with sunscreen. Will melt modern clothing and gear is sprayed onto it. I general apply it sans clothing (but not in the nether regions) and rub it in quite well before heading outdoors. Facial area i spray my palms and rub around my face, avoiding the eyes. In the field I spray a cotton bandana and wipe that onto my exposed skin. I often liberally spray my shemagh with repellent and drape that around my neck. Works well. BENS 30% DEET is another one I use. Pretty much same as above.