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The 7 Best Mosquito Repellents for 2023

Smart ways to ensure your outdoor activities don’t become bug block parties.

Going for a hike or otherwise getting outside is a welcome way to get some fresh air and clear your mind, but the warm weather also brings some downsides to it—namely, mosquitos. These pesky bugs can invade your backyard and make spending time outdoors annoying.

While there are some general precautions you should take to make your yard and home less inviting for mosquitos and other bugs, having the proper set of tools on hand—like the ones we recommend below—can help you stay as bite-free as possible. The best mosquito repellents, from sprays to zappers, provide ample protection from bites without intruding on enjoying your outdoor time.

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The Best Mosquito Repellents

  • Best Overall: Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent
  • Best for Large Spaces: Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer
  • Best for Small Spaces: Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repeller
  • Most Powerful: Ben's 100 Tick and Insect Repellent Pump
  • Best for Fabrics and Clothes: Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent

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October 3, 2023

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This repellent is easy to apply and effective without staining clothes.

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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent uses 20 percent picaridin to protect against ticks, mosquitoes, black flies, gnats, and other biting insects. It provides up to 12 hours of protection, so a little bit goes a long way.

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Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent delivers long-lasting protection against pesky insects like mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and gnats. Formulated with 20% picaridin — an odorless, non-greasy alternative to DEET — you can count on this spray to provide up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitos and eight hours against other bugs.

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