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The 10 Best Bug Sprays For Pest-Free Summers

When the sun is shining and the weather is perfectly warm, there's no doubt you want to spend your time outdoors. However, along with sunshine and fresh air, there are a few pesky pests that can quickly turn a pleasant experience into a nightmare. Mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, and other insects and bugs are not only annoying to deal with, but also can affect our health if we get bitten. That's why it's extremely important to invest in a quality bug spray or two for those summer adventures. Not sure where to begin? We rounded up the best bug sprays on the market, including natural options, for all skin types.

When it comes to choosing the best insect repellent for your skin, you need to consider effectiveness, skin sensitivity, and other personal preferences. If you're looking for reliable protection, DEET-based sprays are your best bet, but if you're not a fan of the smell, go for options that are picaridin-based. We also included several natural bug repellents for those who prefer ones containing essential oils that are a little more eco-friendly. We even found a bug spray that works on fabrics, so you don't have to spray on your skin directly. From outdoor BBQs and dinner parties to camping and hiking adventures, you'll be able to do it all without getting bitten. Keep reading to shop our top picks and have a pest-free summer.

See the full list by Anvita Reddy on POPSUGAR's website here.


September 27, 2023

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Anvita Reddy

Anvita Reddy is an Assistant Editor for POPSUGAR's Commerce team. She has a passion for products and is an avid reviewer of everything including home gadgets, cookware, tech, and more. Having dealt with acne as a teenager and into adulthood, her expertise lies in beauty. She has tried and tested plenty of skin-care, makeup, hair-care, and countless other beauty products. She previously worked at Business Insider as a Social Media Fellow and freelance writer. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and went on to pursue a Masters in Communication and Media from Rutgers University. In her free time, she's binge-watching everything from reality TV to riveting shows, sharpening her cooking skills, working out, or traveling.

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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.)

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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.

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