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The 7 Best Insect Repellents to Ward Off Ticks, Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Pesky Bugs

Repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other pesky insects.

Flies, mosquitos, and ticks can dampen any outdoor excursion, especially on a hot summer day. A short hike can quickly become a swat fest when the bugs are out, and there’s nothing worse than having to shoo mosquitoes and flies away while using GPS to navigate a trail.

Thankfully, the U.S. military developed a nifty little chemical solution to handle these annoyances: insect repellent. DEET and permethrin work to camouflage your body and kill bugs on contact, so you don’t have to flail your arms around in the woods.

Whether you’re having a backyard gathering, planning a picnic, or hiking the Appalachian Trail, these insect repellents keep the bugs at bay.

The Best Mosquito Repellents

  • Best Overall: Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent (2-Pack)
  • Best Lotion: Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion
  • Best for Home Use: Thermacell E55 E-Series Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller
  • Most Natural: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent
  • Most Powerful: Ben’s Max Formula Tick and Insect Repellent (2-Pack)

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September 27, 2023

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