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MassLive: What are the best bug sprays, candles and shields? Top picks mosquito, tick, insect repellants

Temperatures across the country are starting to hit proper spring and summer weather. While that means an uptick in outdoor activities, it also means a rise in mosquitos, ticks and other bugs. So what’s the best way to prevent insects from messing with your time outside? There are a number of different options depending on your activities.

Bug spray is the primary option for those on the move, be it for hikes are runs. The most effective sprays are the ones that use DEET or picaridin. If you’re sitting outside on a deck or patio, you’ll probably be the in market for heavier, stationary options. Those range from clothing to cartridge-fueled canisters.

Here’s a rundown of the best insect repellent options on the market.

See the full article from Nick O'Malley on MassLive's website here.


May 5, 2022

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As a veteran of the Iraq War, I found myself struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder from which greatly impacted my mental health. In 2016, I came across the film “Wild,” an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about healing by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

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Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent is used on clothing, not skin, and it provides long-lasting protection against ticks.

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