Much like mosquito repellent for the yard, not all mosquito repellents for the body are made with the same ingredients. Consumer Reports completed a series of tests to find the most effective mosquito repellents on the market. They specifically tested products containing deet or IR3535 (both ingredients proven to repel) as well as two plantlike ingredients: lemon eucalyptus and picaridin.
The no. 1 most effective mosquito repellent against the Aedes mosquito in their test (the mosquito who is the most aggressive toward humans and carries Zika virus) is Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin. Sawyer’s contains 20 percent picaridin (a plant based repellent) and kept mosquitoes from biting for about 8 hours. Compared to deet formulas, Sawyer’s also kept ticks at bay.
Tips on how to apply mosquito repellent safely/effectively:
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Read Consumer Reports’ full article, here.
Want more info on applying insect repellents? We recommend this article from Huffington Post.