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The 8 Best Bug Repellents of 2019

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent at Amazon

"DEET-free, but...offers extensive protection against mosquitoes and ticks."

Best for Deep Woods: Repel 100 Insect Repellent at Amazon

"A powerful weapon against insect bites and insect-borne disease."

Best for Long-Lasting Protection: 3M Ultrathon Lotion at Amazon

"Offers ongoing protection, even despite sweat or damp conditions."

Best with Sunscreen: Avon SKIN-SO-SOFT Bug Guard at Amazon

"An insect repellent, sunscreen, or moisturizer with perks."

Best Natural: All Terrain Natural Insect Repellent Spray at Amazon

"A natural insect repellent that is safe for kids and sensitive skin."

Best for Clothing: Sawyer Products Clothing Repellent at Amazon

"Specifically designed to treat clothing and gear without damaging it."

Best Repellent Wristband: SelpHbalance Mosquito Bracelet at Amazon

"Kids and adults alike will appreciate the convenience and color options."

Best Wipes: Repel 94100 Sportsmen Repellent Wipes at Amazon

"Effective – even in tropical or heavy insect-infested areas."

Head over to The Spruce's website to see the full list by Erica Puisis here.


October 22, 2023

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