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The 8 Best Bug Sprays of 2021

Ward off insects and stay bite-free

First Look

Best Overall: Bullfrog Mosquito Coast at bullfrogsunscreen.com

Long-lasting, DEET-free option that includes SPF 50.

Best Natural: All Terrain Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent, DEET-Free Pump Spray at Amazon

An environmentally friendly and skin-safe option that keeps away bugs without irritating skin.

Best Long-Lasting: Sawyer Products Continuous Spray at Amazon

A picaridin-based spray that provides hours of protection against insects and dries quickly.

Best for Kids: Off! Family Care Picaridin Aerosol at Amazon

A great option for kids and families, with extra strength protection against mosquitoes.

Best without Deet: Repel - Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent at Amazon

DEET-free option for keeping bugs away while avoiding chemicals, all with a gentle formula.

Best for Ticks: Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent for Clothing, Gear & Tents at Amazon

Offers extra protection for camping and outdoor trips by covering clothes, shoes, and tents with a permethrin-based formula.


Find more detailed reviews on the complete list of best bug sprays for 2021 here.

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May 7, 2022

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