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The 7 Best DEET-Free Bug Sprays

Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent is our top pick.

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Best Overall: Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent at Amazon
"Natural plant oils chase away mosquitoes and ticks for up to six hours."

Best for Home: Eco Defense Home Pest Control Spray at Amazon
"One spray that repels and kills on contact, while being safe for any room in your home."

Just for Kids and Babies: Auntie Fannie's Mosquito Spray at Amazon
"Just eight plant-based ingredients make this spray safe for children six months and up."\

Best Picaridin Repellent: Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent at Amazon
"This top-rated repellent uses a synthetic compound similar to black pepper."

Best Long-Lasting Protection: Natrapel 12-hour Insect Repellent Pump at Amazon
"Twelve hours of picaridin protection against mosquitoes and ticks."

Best for Ticks: Coleman SkinSmart Insect Repellent Spray at Amazon
"This bug spray protects against deer ticks for twice as long as other options. "

Best for Dogs: Nantucket Spider Natural Bug Repellent for Dogs at Amazon
"Your pet will thank you for the protection of this vegan, cruelty-free, organic essential oil spray."

Head here to read more about the best repellents to keep you protected in the great outdoors written by Lorraine Wilde.


September 13, 2022

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A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)

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