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These Are the Only Proven Mosquito Repellents

Amid a cloud of misinformation and useless products, Wes Siler explains four mosquito repellents that actually work.

When it comes to mosquito repellents, an endless number of products make bold claims but offer very little protection in the real world. According to science, only four substances can offer reliable protection against mosquitoes: DEET, picaridin, allethrin, and permethrin. Wes Siler is here to detail how they work.

Wes recommends:

  • Off Deep Woods Insect Repellent
  • Ben’s Eco Spray
  • Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent
  • Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Device

You can watch the complete video on mosquito repellents here.

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May 8, 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.

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