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June 10, 2020  |  Tips & Guides  |  Insect Repellents

Wirecutter: The Best Bug Repellents

Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald

Wirecutter: The Best Bug Repellents

After additional research in spring 2020, we’ve added new picaridin-based repellent options.

Everyone should avoid bug bites. For a bug repellent that’s safe and effective—and that won’t stink or leave a puddle of oil on your skin—skip the DEET and get a picaridin formula, like Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20 percent picaridin. It’s the best bottle of bug spray we found after testing 17 repellents and talking to everyone—from the EPA to the American Mosquito Control Association. One fact to establish up front: There’s no evidence that mosquitoes can transmit the coronavirus—but the diseases that biting insects do carry ain’t no picnic either.

See the full list from Doug Mahoney on Wirecutter’s website here: Photo: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-bug-repellent/

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