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The 11 best mosquito repellents, traps, and zappers to help stop bites

It’s summer, so you should be living the good life. Grilling outside, hiking outside, just… existing outside. That’s what summer is for. But for many of us with sweet, delicious blood, mosquitos make the great outdoors a lot less fun.

Fortunately, there are solutions.

BEST MOSQUITO REPELLENTS

Sure, you’ve probably used bug spray, but what’s the best bug spray? Like most things in life, there isn’t one simple answer. Instead, you should combine layers of mosquito protection by using a repellent for your skin (what we typically think of as bug spray), repellent specially designed for clothing, and if you’re really feeling the buzz, an airborne repellent designed to cover a large area.


Mosquito repellents for your skin

Here you’ve got two main options, DEET and picaridin, and some less effective but more natural options like lemon eucalyptus oil.

DEET is considered the best at repelling not just mosquitos, but a whole bunch of different creepy crawlies, like ticks. If you’ve ever used bug spray before, it was probably a DEET-based spray. It’s good and works well, but you should keep in mind that DEET does degrade some plastics, so it’s important to keep it away from your expensive camping or backpacking gear where possible.

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June 6, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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