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With the increasing incidents of mosquito-borne illnesses and the resurgence of flea and tick problems worldwide, it has become important to find effective ways to protect yourself from these pesky insects. CNET’s essential guide on the best bug sprays for personal care can greatly help you in making an informed decision and ensure your safety against insect bites.

1. Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin:

A top pick among experts, this bug spray is highly effective against various types of insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting flies. With a formulation that is safe for both adults and children, Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent ensures long-lasting protection without feeling greasy or leaving an unpleasant odor.

2. Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent:

Repel offers a DEET-free, plant-based alternative that utilizes the oil of lemon eucalyptus as its main active ingredient. This natural repellent provides effective protection against mosquitoes and ticks while boasting a refreshing scent. It is particularly useful for people with sensitive skin or those who prefer eco-friendly solutions.

3. OFF! Deep Woods Insect & Mosquito Repellent VIII DryTouch:

If you are planning outdoor activities in heavily infested areas, the Deep Woods repellent from OFF! is your ideal choice. With 25% DEET concentration, it provides long-lasting protection against various types of insects. The DryTouch formula ensures quick absorption and a non-greasy feel.

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October 20, 2023

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