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The Best Bug Repellents

After new research in 2019, we have new picks.

For a bug blocker that’s safe and effective—and won’t stink or leave a puddle of oil on your skin—skip the DEET and get a picaridin formula like Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin. It’s the best bottle of bug spray we found after testing 15 repellents and talking to everyone from the EPA to the American Mosquito Control Association.

Read the full article by Doug Mahoney on Wirecutter's website here.

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December 3, 2023

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