TOP 5 Best Insect Repellent

Top 5 Best Insect Repellent

Are you looking for the best insect repellent? This blog post breaks down the top insect repellents on the market.

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If you live near a wooded area or are holidaying in a hot and humid climate where insects like to breed, OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent will work wonders at keeping those nasty biting insects away from your skin. OFF! gives you very good protection from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, and chiggers, all of those annoying and sometimes dangerous insects that seem to be hell-bent on making your life miserable. The aerosol spray allows for easy application and gives you good coverage and it is quick drying. The repellent is not waterproof, so you have to reapply after swimming, but it is designed to resist perspiration so you do not have to reapply if you sweat a lot.

Although it has a light pine smell, some people may find the odor a little overpowering. OFF! contains 25% DEET, as it is the prime active ingredient and 75% of other ingredients, and it can provide up to 8 hours of continuous protection against mosquitoes. It can be applied directly to the skin, but you have to apply the repellent generously to your skin to get a good level of protection. The product can be sprayed on your clothes, but if you spray the repellent too close to the material, it may leave a white residue on your clothes. If this spray does leave a white residue on your clothes, it can be removed by brushing it off or washing your clothing. To maximize the effectiveness of the repellent, you need to shake the can before use. OFF! comes in a very handy 2 pack so you can take one away on vacation and use the second one at home.

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Repel 100 contains the highest concentration of DEET at 98.11% which makes it highly effective at repelling insects, especially mosquitoes that can irritate your skin and transmit lethal diseases like Dengue Fever and the Zika virus. So, if you were planning a tropical island escape or want to explore the rainforests of Costa Rica, Repel 100 is the best insect repellent for you.

The repellent comes in a portable 1-ounce pump spray bottle that makes it very handy for traveling. You do not have to use a lot of the spray as a little goes a long way and it provides that much-needed protection from mosquito bites for up to 10 hours. The spray does not feel sticky on your skin and the smell is not overpowering, but make sure that you apply it in a well-ventilated area. You can also spray the repellent on your clothes, but be careful when you apply it as it can leave a stain. Repel is easy to apply and the bottle has a safety flip top cap.

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For a highly effective insect repellent spray against mosquitoes and ticks, Sawyer Products Premium Maxi-DEET repellent is a great choice. The repellent contains 98.11% DEET, which gives you very good protection in extreme insect-infested environments for up to 10 hours. Maxi-DEET is not effective at repelling flies, but Sawyer Products makes a lotion repellent: Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% picaridin, which is ideal for repelling mosquitoes and flies.

Maxi-DEET can be applied to your skin and clothing and it is material-friendly towards clothes that are made out of cotton, wool or nylon, but it should not be sprayed on synthetic materials like rayon, spandex and leather. It should not be applied in your acetate or painted and varnished surfaces like furniture. Sawyer’s repellent is the ideal choice for when you want to travel light and backpack in tropical areas as it comes in a 4-ounce bottle and it has a low odor.

You can also choose from a 2-ounce, 3-ounce and 4-ounce continuous spray. The pump spray allows for easy application and all you have to do is just spritz on a small amount and watch it go to work. As well as making repellents for personal use, Sawyer Products also makes a permethrin spray that can be used for complete clothing and camping gear protection. The only downside of using Sawyer Products Maxi-DEET repellent is that it may not be ideal for people who have sensitive skin. So, try a spot test first.

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If you are looking for an oil-free and DEET-free insect repellent that has a pleasant odor, Natrapel Continuous Spray is a very good choice. The pump spray uses picaridin instead of DEET and it provides excellent protection against disease-carrying mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects.

So, whether you’re on an African Safari or working in your garden at home, Natrapel can keep you free from mosquitoes and ticks for up to 12 hours, and the other biting insects like gnats and sand flies for up to 8 hours. The repellent can be sprayed directly onto your skin and it provides an even application or you can spray it on your clothes without staining. Remember to shake the can well before application to make sure it comes out in a continuous spray instead of an oily stream.

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An all-natural insect repellent, the Skedattle Natural Insect Repellent, will have those nasty biting and stinging insects skedaddling for the hills. Skedattle is a great choice if you are worried about spraying chemicals on your skin as the repellent is a biodegradable and environmentally-friendly spray that is made from a combination of citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and vanilla. These ingredients are a good deterrent from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and the spray has a pleasant smell.

Although Skedattle is not recommended as a regular insect repellent, its slimline design means it is a good choice for when you were traveling and need some quick protection from insects. As well as using it for personal use, it can be used around your home. Skedattle doubles as a bug deterrent and an air freshener. Just add a few drops to your essential oil diffuser, or spray it on the doorframes every few weeks for overall insect protection. Skedattle is available in a portable 2-ounce bottle and an 8-ounce bottle, or you can choose to stock up for your next vacation as it also comes in a handy 4 pack of 2-ounce bottles.

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So that sums up the top insect repellents.