How to Choose Mosquito Repellent
Insect repellents work by making us unattractive to biting bugs like mosquitos, ticks, and flies: just apply the repellent and they should avoid the treated area. Mosquito repellents in particular do this in a number of ways, using either synthetic or natural chemicals. How can you choose the best product, though? It depends. Think not only about what active ingredient you want in a mosquito repellent, but also about how long and where you need to be protected.
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