Choosing the Best Mosquito Spray

There are easily a million and a half things you can try to keep pesky insects at bay: citronella candles, Tiki torches, bug zappers, wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts. Once you step outside the security of your home on a summer evening or venture off on a long walk in the woods, mosquito spray becomes a sticky, smelly, necessary evil. If you’re going to have to put up with mosquito spray’s unpleasantness, you should get the safest and most effective product your hard-earned money can buy.

Thankfully, Today Health and Wellness’s Consumer Reports have decided upon a list of the top five insect repellents for 2015.

  1. Sawyers Fisherman’s Formula
  2. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
  3. Repel Scented Family
  4. Off! Deep Woods VIII
  5. Natrapel 8 Hour

According to Today, all of these products repelled mosquitoes and deer ticks for at least seven hours. The difference between these products lies in their active ingredients. Sawyers Fisherman’s Formula and Natrapel 8 Hour rely on picaridin; Repel Lemon Eucalyptus relies on, well, the oil of lemon eucalyptus; and Repel Scented Family and Off! Deep Woods VIII rely on DEET.

The Center for Disease Control recommends using products that contain DEET as they provide the best protection against mosquito bites. The CDC tells us that DEET is not harmful, so long as it is being used correctly, though it cautions that some people have experienced rashes after using excessive amounts of products with high levels of DEET. It should not be used on children under the age of two months. For a helpful fact sheet about DEET, click here.

Picaridin and lemon eucalyptus oil, thought by the CDC to be less effective, are also safe and tend to be less poignantly scented. However, lemon eucalyptus oil products should not be used on children under the age of three-years-old, according to Today. Of course, lemon eucalyptus oil is a natural, plant-based oil and might interest those of you ladies hoping to live more naturally. The consumer reports suggested that other repellents with natural ingredients like citronella, rosemary and lemongrass simply were no match for the bugs.

 

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