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Better Home & Gardens: 5 Eco-Friendly Insect Repellents Mother Nature Approves Of

Insects are there for a reason—these clever products repel them instead of exterminating.

Although they bother you, insects like mosquitos and flies are an important part of your backyard ecosystem. Many sprays that contain chemicals are designed to exterminate, rather than repel, pests—and they can be dangerous to children, pets, and soil nutrients. The next time you gear up for a camping trip (or want to enjoy dinner on the patio without being eaten alive), consider one of these natural insect repellents instead. You’ll be surprised just how many products are on the market!

See the full list form Jenny Krane on Better Home & Gardens' website here.

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October 30, 2023

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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent uses 20 percent picaridin to protect against ticks, mosquitoes, black flies, gnats, and other biting insects. It provides up to 12 hours of protection, so a little bit goes a long way.

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Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent delivers long-lasting protection against pesky insects like mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and gnats. Formulated with 20% picaridin — an odorless, non-greasy alternative to DEET — you can count on this spray to provide up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitos and eight hours against other bugs.

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