Buzzzz buzzzz... nope, it's not your phone. It's those pesky summer bugs looking for something sweet to eat! During the summer season, we put ourselves in situations where we are very likely to be bitten by insects. Whether it's camping, a picnic day, or even a trip to the lake, we expose ourselves to mosquitos, ticks and more. Not only are these bites an annoyance, they can also have serious health impacts.
BUT never to fear! There are plenty of insect repellents on the market that dramatically reduce the risk of being bitten and spending your summer fun-tivities itching. Even better news is that there are a wide variety of safe AND effective options!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a bug spray:
Now that you know what to look for on your own, we’ll share our top bug repellent picks for 2019!
Our Top 5 Bug Repellent Picks:
1. Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent - 20% Picaridin
Sawyer's insect repellent blend uses Picaridin against mosquitoes and ticks, and lasts 12 hours! This formula also protects against biting flies, gnats, chiggers and sand flies. It’s also non-greasy and has a light citrus scent to keep your nose and your skin happy.
2. Avon Skin So Soft Bug Repellent Towelettes
This option also relies on Picaridin to keep away pesky bugs including mosquitoes, deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges. It is a great option for parents who prefer a strong, but DEET-free option that doesn't feel oily! And since this repellent is in the form of a wipe, it is easy to pack on-the-go for unexpected bites.
Chances are, you have seen this item on shelves at your local market, and there is a good reason why! This formula primarily uses DEET (at a safe level of 25%) to keep bugs and the diseases they carry away. It is a very light formula and is long lasting so you can forget about reapplying every hour.
4. REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
For the all-natural consumer, we love REPEL's all natural repellent option. This blend uses lemon eucalyptus oil to keep mosquitos away and keep you from a chemical smell that comes with some sprays. (And it lasts 6 hours!)
Cutter is another DEET-based repellent that effectively repels mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, biting flies, no-see-ums, gnats and fleas... while also being sweat-proof! This is a great option for backpacking or lake trips where you will be more active than usual.
Do you have any favorites for camping or even every day use? Let us know in the comments below!
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