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10 Best Bug and Mosquito Repellents of 2024, Tested by Experts

Keep the bugs away with these top-rated sprays, candles and backyard applications.

It wouldn’t be summer with cookouts, camping trips, golf outings and, yes, the constant hum of mosquitoes buzzing in your ear. That’s why the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute look year-round for the best mosquito repellents and bug sprays. Our latest round-up includes newcomers to the market with unique formulations, as well as old reliables that continue to do the job.In putting together this list for the 2024 outdoor season, we combined in-house Lab tests with insights from our extensive network of outside experts, including Megan E. Meuti, P.h.D., an assistant professor of entomology at Ohio State University. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for beating back the bugs, the following list will keep you covered for every scenario, all summer long.

Read the full guide on Dan Diclerico's website here.

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May 1, 2024

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Effective against a wide range of insects: Sawyer Permethrin is known to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects.

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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.

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