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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.


May 8, 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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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie