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