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Bugging out? These 5 insect repellents actually work, shoppers say

One of the best parts about summer is getting to spend more time outdoors. But whether you're camping, hiking or lounging by the pool, pesky bugs are always trying to ruin the party, so a reliable insect repellent is a must.

Some of the more popular bug sprays include ingredients like DEET or picaridin, which are EPA- and CDC-approved. But which ones actually work? We turned to Amazon shoppers for answers, rounding up top-selling mosquito repellents and bug sprays that reviewers vouch for by the thousands. Shop these wildly popular repellents to keep the bugs at bay.

Continue reading to learn about 5 insect repellents that work, written by Korin Miller.

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July 8, 2024

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Korin Miller

Health, Lifestyle and Commerce Writer

Korin Miller is health, lifestyle and commerce writer who does everything from covering infectious diseases and health trends to testing fitness equipment, whitening toothpastes and everything in between. Korin has worked for years researching and investigating new shopping trends, and is always on the hunt for a good bargain to share with readers. She has been published in Forbes, Women's Health, Prevention, Health, The Bump, and more.

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Sawyer has an alternative [to DEET] made with Picaridin, which works just as well without spoiling your clothes.

James Wong
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Zinzi Edmundson, the founder of Treehouse newsletter, who gardens in Maine, suggests spraying your shoes, especially (she uses Sawyer’s permethrin).

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I carry bottles of water, but I also have a Sawyer squeeze water filter. Also, if it’s cold, make sure you sleep with your water filter in your sleeping bag, so it doesn’t freeze.

Shilletha Curtis