Best Mosquito & Bug Repellents for Kids 2022
We scoured the scientific literature, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publications, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database, and researched the distribution of insects and diseases around the country.
We came away with a pretty good understanding of which bug sprays and lotions are most effective against tick-borne and mosquito-borne illnesses, while also maintaining sensitivity and safety for little ones. Below are the top 5 kids bug repellents we've found, followed by in-depth reviews.
#1. Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard
#2. Sawyer Premium Repel
#3. Natrapel Spray
#4. PROVEN Insect Repellent
#5. REPEL Insect & Mosquito
The number of illnesses carried by ticks and mosquitoes seems to be rising every year, with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Lyme, Zika, Malaria, Powassan, and other funky names pervading the news and making parents anxious about protecting their babies and kids with the safest and most effective bug sprays available.
The number of inset repellent options can make for a daunting decision, ranging in ingredients, method of application, effectiveness, safety, and longevity.
And which ones work best against the insects you're most worried about? What if you're more worried about mosquitoes than ticks, or vice-versa? Does that change what you should use? Well, we did the research and testing for you! For more details on what makes for a safe and effective mosquito repellent, scroll down past the reviews.
In pulling together our list of the best mosquito repellents for babies, toddlers, and big kids, we primarily considered the safety and efficacy of product ingredients. We also considered the smells, greasiness, and ease of application.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.