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10 Best Mosquito Repellents & Bug Sprays

Written By: Robin Gilmore

We all look forward to a next warm-weather adventure. Whether it’s swimming in the ocean, hiking in the woods, or eating s’mores around a campfire, these experiences make the best memories. Unfortunately, insects can quickly ruin an outdoor trip.

To make sure you don’t get eaten up by mosquitoes and aren’t subjected to insect-transmitted diseases like dengue fever, Lyme disease, or Zika, you need a top-quality mosquito repellent. But the answer to which mosquito repellent is best for you really depends on what you’ll be doing outdoors and for how long.

We’ve created a comprehensive guide that will tell you what to look for and will help you choose the best mosquito repellent for you and your family.

Quick Answer: Best Mosquito Repellents

  • Best Overall: Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent
  • Best DEET: OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent VIII Dry
  • Best Natural: Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
  • Best Wipes: Cutter Family Mosquito Wipes
  • Best Ultrasonic: Neatmaster Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
  • Best Candle: Repel Insect Repellent Citronella Candle
  • Best Incense Sticks: Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks
  • Best Bracelet: Evergreen Research Insect Repelling SuperBand


Read more about the best repellent options on the market here.

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December 3, 2023

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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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