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The 8 Best Mosquito Repellents Of 2024

These effective and long-lasting mosquito repellents are must-haves in the summer.

Southerners know the true horror of a beautiful summer afternoon ruined by a swarm of mosquitoes. They love warm, humid environments (basically all of the South) and attack anyone and everyone they can, leaving itchy, raised bite bumps that can swell on some people and annoy everyone regardless.

If you’re going to enjoy the summer months, mosquito repellent is a must in any Southern state. And while there are plenty of external repellent options, like citronella candles and mosquito coils, mosquito repellent you put on your skin is the best option to keep the pests away. “Mosquitoes find their prey by sense of scent, and mosquito repellent confuses the insect’s sense of smell and therefore inhibits its ability to locate its victim,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hughes, a board-certified dermatologist in San Antonio.

Mosquito repellent comes in sprays, lotions, or wipes, usually made with DEET, picaridin, or IR3535, which are all EPA-approved synthetic chemicals that keep mosquitoes from biting. Here, we’ve made a list of the best mosquito repellents on the market that work well for hot summer days.

For the full list by Southern Living's Amanda Ogle, read here.

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May 7, 2024

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Effective against a wide range of insects: Sawyer Permethrin is known to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects.

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Sawyer Products SP5432 Picaridin insect repellent spray is also very small and compact. You can easily take this insect repellent anywhere you want. This makes it an ideal option for any traveler and adventurer who wants to have a safe journey.

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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.

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