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.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.