Prevention: The Best Insect Repellents to Protect You From Bug Bites in Summer 2020
Steer clear of mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests with these EPA-approved bug sprays, lotions, and wipes.
Spending time outdoors is more important than ever these days. But as summer approaches, there’s a new threat to worry about: bugs. On top of itchy bites, tiny bloodsuckers like mosquitoes and ticks can spread serious diseases.
Enter insect repellents, or your first line of defense against practically any pest you rather avoid. Still, there are tons of repellents to choose from, “and they work to varying levels of effectiveness,” explains Mike Merchant, a professor and urban entomologist at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Extension Service. Below, everything you need to know to choose an effective bug spray, plus the best ones to stock up on.
Read the full article by Jake Smith on Prevention's website here.
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Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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