Just when that warm weather is here to stay so are those pesty biting insects. As someone who lives in the northeast and spends most of my free time outdoors, I know too well those buzzing sounds but I also know which bug sprays work. According for the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) using protection against disease causing biting insects is an important health prevention method and they even recommend which products to use. (CDC Website Link)
Here Are My Reviews on CDC Approved Bug Sprays
Deet is effective against preventing biting insects like mosquitos and ticks. Products like Cutter and Deep Woods Off are effective and affordable options. Some people do worry about the toxic effects of deet as well as how drying it is to the skin but it has been deemed safe by the FDA at levels of 30% or less and directions followed properly. I know I usually have to apply more frequently than the recommended 8 hours and worry what that extra deet might be doing to my system. Sometimes I even just try to apply to my clothes and hats but have recently heard deet is only effective when applied directly to skin and the CDC recommends Permethrin products for clothing (which bring up a whole new issue not for this page but you can read more on Wikipedia).
There are deet-free options that have been approved by the FDA and CDC to repel disease causing insects on skin. Picaridin and IR3535 are both safe and effective alternatives to deet. Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard products contain Picaridin and some have both Picaridin and IR3535. They both protect against mosquitoes, deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges with DEET-free formulas. Some also come with added sunscreen so will protect against bugs and the sun for full outdoor coverage.
Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30 Bonus Size Pump Spray (The Skin So Soft Bug Guard Expedition products contain Picaridin, IR3535, and Sunscreen.)
Retails $14 for 4 oz. bottles and $20 for 8 oz size. They also come in aerosol cans and a 2 oz. travel size spray bottle as well as lotions that keep your skin looking and smelling fantastic.
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Looking for more natural options? The CDC also recommends using a Lemon and Eucalyptus Oil spray and has found them to be effective at repelling insects in clinical trials. I know that I have used this product when hiking and will often keep it close at hand to spray around my face and upper body when those pesty bugs won’t let up. I usually have to reapply it frequently and don’t feel I get the same level of protection as from Avon Bug Guard Products. There is also a very strong odor from the Eucalyptus that I know many people cannot tolerate but I guess that is how it works
Some people also swear by using the Skin So Soft Original Body Lotion and Oil as deet-free options for keeping away bugs (although not mentioned on the CDC webpage). I know the lotion has worked well for me when at the beach against those biting flies and flees.
Avon also has other Bug Guard Options…
Protects against mosquitoes, deer ticks, gnats, no- seeums, sand flies and biting midges. DEET-free. Resealable bag holds 8 packets. Each towelette, 9″ L x 5 1/2″
Great for the kiddos as you get bug and sun protection in one shot and they love the disappearing colors.
Keeps away those itchies and swelling after being bitten by a bug.
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