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10 Wearable Mosquito Repellents That Aren't Smelly Aerosol Sprays

Ditch that aerosol can of bug spray and opt for these handy alternatives.

This summer, spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time avoiding mosquitoes. These days there are plenty of natural, effective bug-repelling products suited for any number of outdoor applications. From wearable bands to natural, DEET-free spray, these handy wearable products will keep bugs at bay and help you soak up the outdoors all summer long.

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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion

Safe for use on the whole family, Sawyer's long-lasting insect and tick repellent lotion deters a wide variety of pests — up to 14 hours against mosquitoes and ticks and up to eight hours against flies, gnats and chiggers. The fragrance-free lotion features 20 percent Picaridin, which is more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET. Plus, it's non-greasy, dries quickly and is safe to use on clothing and equipment, like sunglasses, watches and fishing lines.

Find more details on the various wearable mosquito repellents, written by Kamron Sanders here.

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October 20, 2023

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Kamron Sanders

Kamron Sanders is an HGTV contributor who lives by the mantra, “If you want it done right, do it yourself.” Specializing in woodworking, construction and home renovation, Kamron is a lover of all things handmade and is passionate about doing things the correct way rather than the easy way. Kamron lives on his family farm with his wife and their Great Dane, Chief. In his spare time, he enjoys writing music, working on the farm and perfecting his BBQ smoking.

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Sawyer has an alternative [to DEET] made with Picaridin, which works just as well without spoiling your clothes.

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Zinzi Edmundson, the founder of Treehouse newsletter, who gardens in Maine, suggests spraying your shoes, especially (she uses Sawyer’s permethrin).

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I carry bottles of water, but I also have a Sawyer squeeze water filter. Also, if it’s cold, make sure you sleep with your water filter in your sleeping bag, so it doesn’t freeze.

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