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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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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