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The Spruce: The 11 Best Bug Repellents of 2020

Spending time in the great outdoors shouldn’t result in massive bug bites and itchy episodes. There are many insect repellents that can keep the bugs away and provide protection against the diseases carried by mosquitos, ticks, and more. But certain products, chemicals, and application methods are more effective at insect control than others.

Choosing the best bug repellent to buy begins with understanding when and where you may be using the product. For instance, there are bug repellents specifically designed for use in heavily wooded areas. Others are produced with added sunscreen for UVA and UVB protection. Some insect repellents are made to treat your gear, or even your dog! The good news is that there is an abundance of safe, effective products on the market to keep you from feeling miserable and itchy on your next outdoor adventure. Read on to learn more about the best insect repellents to buy.

See the full list from Erica Puisis on The Spruce's website here.

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December 3, 2023

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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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