The 8 Best Bug Sprays of 2021
Ward off insects and stay bite-free
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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Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent is used on clothing, not skin, and it provides long-lasting protection against ticks.