There’s a few things you can have when living in the city that you don’t realize you love until you don’t have them anymore; one of them is easy access to authentic Indian restaurant, and the second one is the general lack of bugs and mosquitoes. Ever since our family moved to the boonies a few years ago, I always make sure to have plenty of insect repellent on hand, as it is needed constantly, even when doing something as mundane as weeding the garden, or mowing the grass. Thankfully, thanks to Costco, I can have all the insect repellent I need for the season, at a very reasonable price. This year, I’ve opted for the Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent.
As you may or may not know, the only thing that works in insect repellent is DEET; it is the active ingredient, so to speak. The perfume they generally put on top of the DEET to make it more palatable is, in my own experience, counter-productive as insects are generally attracted to perfume smells.
The pack of Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent they have at Costco contains two 255 gram container of the standard 25% DEET concentration, and one 230 gram spray can of the 30% DEET ‘Sportsmen’ variety. I find that the regular Off! Deep Woods works quite well, despite the low concentration. I remember that in the Army they used to give us 100% DEET as insect repellent, and it worked incredibly well, so that’s always what I’m aiming for.
I’ve actually not used the ‘Sportsmen’ Deep Woods yet, I’m saving it for a walk in the woods, or when I expect bugs to be even more annoying than usual, but for now, the regular Deep Woods works quite well. My wife and children opt for the fruity-smelling Off! Family Protection, which I’ll talk about in another review.
When it comes to price, the 3-pack was $19.99 at Costco, plus applicable taxes. There was also a $4.50 instant rebate coupon, which brought the price down to $15.49. This is extremely competitive, considering that a single one of those cans can cost up to $10 in competing stores.
Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent claims an effectiveness for up to 8 hours, but I find that I need to reapply more often than that, especially if I’m sweating. Considering how much you get for the money, now’s not the time to be cheap if you really want to keep those bugs away! Deep woods is designed primarily for mosquitoes, which are the most annoying of summer flying pests, but will work equally well for black flies, deer flies and ticks, at least according to the packaging. The trick is, always, to apply regularly and generously. This product is manufactured by S.C. Johnson and Sons in the USA.