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Bugging out? Amazon's top-rated insect repellents are here to help: 'I can finally enjoy my patio again'

One of the best parts about summer is spending more time outdoors. But whether you’re camping, hiking, or lounging by the pool, pesky bugs might try to ruin your party—so protection is key.

Since we have to deal with everything from mosquitos to ticks, a reliable bug repellent is a must. Some of the more popular options include ingredients like Deet or Picaridin, which are EPA- and CDC-approved.

But which ones actually work?

We turned to Amazon shoppers and rounded up the mosquito repellents and bug sprays that fall into the best-seller and top-rated categories. Shop these wildly popular repellents to keep those pesky bugs at bay.

Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent

Great for use on skin and clothing, Sawyer’s Picaridin repellent staves off mosquitos for up to 14 hours and ticks, chiggers, flies and fleas for up to eight hours.

“Better than Deet,” writes one five-star reviewer. “This stuff works. I have been surrounded by a cloud of biting flies, mosquitos and gnats, and the insects can't stand landing on me after spraying this. It lasts much longer than Deet as well...If you're reading this and you've only tried Deet repellants, give this stuff a try.”

Explore more of Amazon's top-rated insect repellents written by Korin Miller here.

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May 7, 2022

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Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.

Joanne Gigliotti

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Ultra-compact and lightweight

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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie