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The Best Mosquito Repellents of 2024, Tested

These repellents won't let mosquitoes suck the fun out of summer.

Summer is barbecues, fishing trips, and the distinct high-pitched hum of a mosquito zeroing in on your ear. The latter can ruin your summer fun with constant swatting and the eventual itching. But, mosquito repellent can save the day. To help you find the best mosquito repellent for your needs, I tested a bunch of them in my mosquito-infested woods to find repellents that are effective and user friendly. Here are my picks:

To help you find the best mosquito repellent for your needs, I tested a bunch of them in my mosquito-infested woods to find repellents that are effective and user friendly. Here are my picks:

Best Overall: Coleman Insect Repellent SkinSmart

Best for Backyards: Thermacell EX90

Best Bug Spray: Repel 100

Best Lotion: Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion

Best for Treating Clothing: Sawyer Permethrin

Best Indoor Mosquito Trap: Katchy Indoor Insect Trap

Best Portable Device: Thermacell MR450 Armored Mosquito Repeller

Best Natural: Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Mosquito & Tick Repellent Spray

Best for Skin: Lemongrass Farms TREK

Best Device for Backpacking: Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

Continue reading more about the various mosquito repellents here.

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May 2, 2024

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Effective against a wide range of insects: Sawyer Permethrin is known to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects.

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Sawyer Products SP5432 Picaridin insect repellent spray is also very small and compact. You can easily take this insect repellent anywhere you want. This makes it an ideal option for any traveler and adventurer who wants to have a safe journey.

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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.

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