4 Types of Insect Repellent to Skip
Not all mosquito and tick repellents are equally effective. Here's a list of products that aren't supported by evidence.
These days, pharmacies, sporting goods stores, and online retailers offer a wide array of insect repellent products. With diseases like Lyme on the rise, and an ever-present threat of new tick or mosquito diseases emerging—or old ones, like dengue, resurfacing—protecting yourself against these pests is critical. The sheer number of options presents consumers with a double-edged sword: It's good to have choices, but it's not always easy to tell what works and what doesn't.
Consumer Reports tests repellents you apply to your skin, and we’ve found that some provide long-lasting protection against mosquitoes. Then there's a variety of repellents meant to keep mosquitoes away from a certain area, such as citronella candles, or wristbands that claim to keep the bugs away from you.
David Brown, technical adviser with the American Mosquito Control Association, a trade group, says that while some types of area repellents may be useful under certain circumstances, using an effective skin-applied insect repellent is still the best way of reducing or preventing mosquito bites.
But many products you’ll find on the market don't work all that well. To help separate the good stuff from the not-so-good, we've compiled a quick list of products that you can skip. Read it here: https://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellents/insect-repellents-to-skip/
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