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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.

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May 5, 2022

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Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.

Joanne Gigliotti

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Ultra-compact and lightweight

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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie