The Best Bug Sprays to Keep You Bite-Free This Summer
Whether you’re looking for an all-natural bug spray, one with DEET, or one with picaridin, we’ve rounded up our favorites.
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Sawyer 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
My personal favorite bug spray has to be this one. It doesn’t use DEET, but instead “has a 20% concentration of picaridin, which is as effective as DEET, and you don’t have to worry about whether it’s bad for you. It’s easy to apply as well. I find that pump sprays work better than their aerosol counterparts because you’re less likely to overspray. Instead, the pump on this one sprays superior bug spray evenly and accurately, for maximum protection. My favorite thing about this spray though has to be the size. At first, you’d think you’d want the biggest bug spray out there to just glob it in. But in truth, you don’t need that much, and what’s more important than amount is access and convenience.”
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