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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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May 6, 2022

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Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.

Joanne Gigliotti

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Ultra-compact and lightweight

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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie