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  • Active ingredient 30% DEET effectively repels insects that may carry West Nile virus, Lyme disease, malaria and other infectious diseases
  • Water-based formula stays on longer than alcohol-based formulas with little absorption into the skin

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Active Ingredient: 30% DEET

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Best Use Backpacking, Camping, Hiking
Active Ingredient(s) DEET (30%)
Effective Duration Time Up to 6 hours
Volume 1.25 fluid ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works really well I've been in the Sierras for three different week long trips so far this year. We usually camp by meadows (for our llamas) or water, so we get lots of bug, mozzies, etc. When the herbals stop working Ben's slams the door. I spray it on my hat brim and on my long sleeve shirt for starters...just a little on my face and hands. When that stops working it's time to get behind some mesh! Works great in the Sierras...recommended!
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a bug magnet, but not with Ben's 30% DEET I've been using Ben's 30% DEET while hiking in woods, fields and wetlands for years with great results - keeps the biting insects away for several hours at a time. 30% DEET is the recommended amount because higher percentages have rapidly diminishing effectiveness (i.e. don't waste your money on higher percentages). The small (1.25 fl oz) plastic bottle of Ben's is light and easy to carry and reapply if needed. It's a pump spray, easy to apply without excessive over spray.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wish I could rate it zero Totally worthless. I was swarmed by three different biting insects halfway through a 7 mile hike. This seemed to attract them, because they were landing all over me (dozens on me, on my arms and legs, going into my ears, on biting my face) but no one else on the trail seemed to have problems.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A repulsive reveal I opened my package of Ben's and it was wet within its case. I'm not sure how it happened but it was leaking its contents. I'll be returning it.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have Makes being in the wilderness much more tolerable. I think it's one of the best bug sprays I have ever used.
Date published: 2017-06-06
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Is this safe to use with synthetic clothing? Nylon? Polyester?

Asked by: lorac
​This is a water-based product to be used primary over skin. The directions say to use over shoes and socks if needed, with no exclusions regarding the fabric or material make-ups of these clothing items.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-21
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