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The best bug sprays to buy to fight mosquitos in summer 2024, according to reviews

It’s bug season and if you’ve been trying to avoid those itchy mosquito bites, you need to lather up with a good bug spray that actually works.

There are several types of bug sprays you can try to combat pesky insects, including repellants with or without DEET, plant-based blends, or other alternative ingredient sprays. There are also non-greasy formulas, lotions, wipes, concentrated sprays, and fragrance-free options to help keep these bugs at bay.

But with so many different bug sprays to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one to buy.

Continue learning more about the best bug sprays, written by Dawn Magyar.


June 28, 2024

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Dawn Magyar is the shopping tips & deals commerce writer at She covers a range of retail deals for readers, as well as curating tips to help them save money when shopping online. She has experience covering major sales events, like Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Magyar started her writing career as an editor of a B2B magazine and continued to hone her skills in the online publication world in the retail and business sectors. She is a communication graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also loves shopping and finding the best possible deal for readers.

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