The Best Bug Repellents
No one likes the idea of rubbing chemicals on their skin to ward off bugs, but the risk of getting seriously ill from a mosquito bite in the tropics is very motivating. Follow the CDC recommendations and use only EPA-registered bug repellents. Consumer Reports testing determined that repellents with 20% picaridin or 25% deet were the most long-lasting and effective against mosquitoes. They specifically recommended avoiding products with citronella, lemongrass oil, and rosemary oil as they were ineffective. Apply sunscreen first before applying bug repellent. Click here if you want to learn more about mosquito-borne diseases.