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Nobody wants to deal with bug bites whenever they go outside. Not only are they uncomfortable, but they can also be dangerous. One of the best ways to avoid bug bites is to get a top-notch bug repellent.

But while every bug repellent promises to work, not all of them get the job done. Also, if a bug repellent does a great job of keeping bugs away but smells and feels bad, you’ll never want to put it on!

We understand the frustration, so here, we highlighted 10 of the best bug repellents available. There are reviews for each one, along with a comprehensive buyer’s guide to walk you through everything that you need to know.


October 20, 2023

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Pete Ortiz


Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing. As the founder of House Grail, David's primary goal is to help consumers make educated decisions about DIY projects at home, in the garage, and in the garden.

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