The best bug repellents you can buy in 2021
Written Emma Piotrawski
You can break repellents down into four categories. They are conventional, biopesticide, plant-based and for clothing. Each category has their own benefits and faults, which you end up choosing will depend on your specific needs and restrictions. There are a variety of different species of mosquitoes and ticks. Depending on where you live or plan on traveling, your insect repellent needs may differ. Be sure to research the species of insects you are likely to encounter, and which repellents will work best for you. Let’s talk about the best insect repellents available for every need.
All repellents provide some level of protection. But conventional repellents such as deet and picaridin are proven most effective. They should be your first choice in areas with serious insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and West Nile virus.
Deet one of the most common ingredients found in insect repellents, and has seen wide use since 1957. It’s the top repellent for most for it’s long-lasting protection against a variety of insects. Many other repellents are effective against mosquitos or ticks alone.
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