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Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.

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Picaridin 20%

The short answer is yes-- I directed the study on which the claims are based. We had good protection from a total of about 10 mosquito species in nature for something averaging around 10 hours. Another long-term study in W Africa showed performance superior to that of DEET against Anopheles gambiae, the chief African malaria vector.

I don't have access to my server at the moment on which these reports are stored-- traveling for a week in British Columbia and Washington state, and the lab is 'closed' til about the time I get back next Friday. I can send you the docs then I you like.

One thing I am still checking out is whether some mosquitoes will approach more closely with Picaridin than deet, even if they don't bite. Could be an issue, and something I have seen hints of but not quantified.

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.