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The 8 Best Tick Repellents of 2022

OFF!’s Deep Woods Insect Repllent is your summer go-to for tick prevention

It’s important to protect yourself from ticks with some kind of repellent product while you are spending time outdoor where they thrive. When shopping for tick repellents, note that they can  can include a number of different ingredients, including DEET and picaridin, and can be applied in a number of different ways, such as via spray, lotion, or towelette. According to California-based dermatologist Caren Campbell, MD, there’s no increased risk of allergic reaction to any of the common tick repellent ingredients and it doesn’t really matter how you apply it: just apply it. We researched dozens of tick repellants and reviewed them based on their key ingredients, form, dosage, application frequency, and price.

Here are the best tick repellants on the market today.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall:

OFF! Bug Spray & Mosquito Repellent at Amazon

Best Budget:

Repel Tick Defense Unscented Aerosol at Amazon

Best for Sensitive Skin:

Ranger Ready Tick & Insect Repellent at Amazon

Best Wipe:

Cutter Cutter All Family Mosquito Wipes at Amazon

Best Smelling:

Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent at Amazon

Best Natural:

Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent at Amazon

Best with Picaridin:

Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent at Amazon

Best for Clothing:

Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent at Amazon

Read further details on each of the top picks put together by Sarah Bradley here.

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July 21, 2022

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Sarah Bradley

Sarah is a freelance writer with a focus on health and wellness. She has written for publications like Women's Health, Healthline, and Parents. She taught creative writing for five years, and has a bachelor's degree in English from Southern Connecticut State University.

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