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24 Things That'll Help Keep You From Getting Eaten Alive By Mosquitoes

Go snack on somebody else, you blood-sucking fiends.

5. Picaridin-based repellent for protecting yourself against a variety of buggers beyond just mosquitoes (like ticks, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, and midges, depending on which formula you use).

Picaridin has a similar effect as DEET, but some people have a personal preference for it!

Promising review: "My 4-year-old son is severely allergic to mosquito bites. When he does get bit, they swell to the size of a half-dollar, get hard and hot, and often turn into a staph infection. Every summer he was getting antibiotic prescriptions and I was starting to get seriously worried about this problem. We tried so many bug sprays, but they just didn't work. My sweet baby is just irresistible. I took him to an allergist and he recommended Sawyer Picaridin. I have been so happy with this bug repellent. Since using this bug spray, we haven't had to deal with a single bug bite and no more antibiotics!!" —Sarah R.

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