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The Best Bug Sprays for 2022

Cutter, Proven, Natrapel and more: The best insect repellents for every outdoor need.

Whether you're adventuring in sweltering summer heat or raking up leaves in the fall, there are always parts of the world dealing with the one tag-a-long no one ever wants to deal with: bugs. I'm talking mosquitos, ticks, chiggers, gnats, biting flies and no-see-ums. Yuck. (And ouch and itch.)

I grew up in Louisiana and now I live in Florida, so I've spent a lifetime dousing my skin and clothes in insect repellent. Bug spray is a staple in the south, to say the least.

If you plan on spending any time outdoors fishing, hiking, or especially if you plan to go camping or visit any marshy areas, it's best to go prepared with insect repellent. But you don't want to waste money on bug repellent with minimal effectiveness. Here's a compiled list of some of the best bug sprays available right now, as determined by my testing of more than 20 products in the South Florida heat.

Read more details on the best bug sprays written by Amanda Capritto here.

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November 14, 2022

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Amanda Capritto

CNET

Amanda Capritto writes about health, fitness, nutrition and medicine. She's a certified personal trainer and health coach, and spends her free time doing CrossFit, hiking, and trying new extreme activities every so often. Skydiving, anyone?

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Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent provides great value, especially since you get a two-pack with each purchase. The spray is unscented and easy to apply, and it provides some of the longest-lasting protection with a 12-hour formula.

Pete Ortiz
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The snow is already settling in across some parts of the country.

Amanda Reed
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All water along the trail should be boiled for at least a minute or filtered through something like a Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filter.

Korrin Bishop
Gossamer Gear