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The 10 Best Tick Repellents To Keep You Bite-Free Summer

Learn how to keep yourself off the menu with these great tick repellent sprays, creams, and wipes.

Medically Reviewed by Michael Menna, DO

Fact Checked by Richard Scherr

Heading out for a hike in the wilderness this season? You might have a few uninvited guests tagging along on your clothes and hiking gear. As temperatures start to rise, ticks and other blood-sucking pests become more active. Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of repellents that can make you a whole lot less appetizing to those bothersome seasonal arachnids.

Tick bites aren’t just irritating and itchy—they can also lead to infections or even disease, like Zika virus and Lyme disease. A good tick repellent will keep ticks away for several hours without reapplication. The most popular repellents use chemical or natural ingredients that confuse a tick’s sense of smell, preventing them from recognizing you as a potential food source.

To find the best tick repellents, we talked to experts in the health and entomology fields to learn how these repellents work, which ingredients are most effective, and how to reduce your risk of attracting ticks. If you’re planning to soak up the sun and explore the outdoors, these repellents will prevent any new eight-legged buddies from coming home with you. A physician from our Medical Expert Board reviewed the content in this article surrounding tick repellent use and tick bites for accuracy.

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October 20, 2023

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Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent delivers long-lasting protection against pesky insects like mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and gnats. Formulated with 20% picaridin — an odorless, non-greasy alternative to DEET — you can count on this spray to provide up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitos and eight hours against other bugs.

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