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Best OTC Choices in Insect Repellents

Biting insects — or some that are simply an annoyance — can be repelled with help from products that contain natural or chemical ingredients the pests dislike. Here are Money’s picks for the best insect repellents.

The selections were identified by, using a unique methodology that combines expert assessment with analysis of online reviews, ratings and other customer data.

Find all of the choices written Paul Reynolds here.


March 15, 2024

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For clothing and gear (but not skin), Sawyer Products’s permethrin repellent is as effective as similar formulas at repelling ticks and mosquitoes, and its trigger spray is easier to control.

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While not technically a filtered water bottle, Sawyer Products’ water filtration system can transform anything into a safe, clean drinking vessel. Simply fill up the included reusable pouch at any water source, screw the pouch onto the filter, and either drink directly from the filter or squeeze the now-filtered water into another vessel (like a water bottle or pot for cooking).

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The Sawyer Squeeze is a time-tested, on-the-go filtration system. This lightweight option is wonderful for personal use, providing great functionality on multi-day excursions and daily adventures in the backcountry.

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