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The 5 Best Bug Repellents of 2022 to Keep Insects Off

Sawyer Products Picaridin Continuous Spray Insect Repellent is out top pick

Just because you're spending quality time in the great outdoors doesn't mean you have to tolerate annoying insects, biting buzzers, and mystery bugs. We've spent hours researching the top bug repellants available online, assessing active ingredients, effectiveness, and fragrance.

Our top pick, the Sawyer Products Picaridin Continuous Spray Insect Repellent, is long-lasting, odor-free, and budget-friendly.

Here are the best bug repellants, written by Theresa Holland.

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October 20, 2023

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