Top 6 Most Effective Insect Repellents

Jul 20, 2010
One of the most annoying things during summertime is mosquito and other insects' bites. You may experience itchiness, your skin becomes red and swollen and in rare cases you may even have a severe reaction.

If you know that you are prone to mosquito bites or spend a lot of time near the places where the insects can attack you, you might consider using an insect repellent. The latest report from Consumer Reports Health rated the best insect repellents, and revealed six out of them being the most effective:

1. Off Deep Woods Sportsmen

Off! Deep Woods Sportsmen repellent contains 30% DEET, the active chemical ingredient that is used in most insect repellents and is considered to be safe when used as directed.

The repellent is ideal option for outside activities like hiking, trekking, fishing and others.

The Off Deep Woods Sportsmen repellent repels mosquitoes, including those that might carry West Nile virus , fleas, ticks, chiggers, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and others. The repellent is claimed to work up to 8 hours against mosquitoes.

2. Cutter Backwoods Unscented

Cutter Backwoods Unscented Insect Repellent provides up to 8 hours of protection against mosquito bites and contains 23% DEET.

This insect repellent can be used for all family members when you spend a lot of time outdoors, and especially in the water as its water-resistant formula makes sure you are protected anywhere.

Cutter Backwoods Unscented Repellent comes with 360 degree spray pump which makes it easy to spray at any angle and upside down. The repellent is unscented so that you can enjoy your vacations without unpleasant smells or insect bites.

3. Off FamilyCare Smooth & Dry

Off! Familycare Smooth & Dry repellent protects you and your family when you have to spent short time outdoors as it contains 15% DEET.

You can use it while gardening, playing or other outdoor activities. Its powder dry formula feels and smells good on skin, drying fast without leaving any stains like other insect repellents.

The repellent repels mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, ticks, chiggers, fleas and other pests. It comes in a form of aerosol and protects against insect bites up to 6 hours.

4. 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellant 8

3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent 8 was developed with patented 3M Controlled Release Technology, which allows DEET to evaporate slowly and provide long-term protection.

It contains only 25% DEET but is able to protect you up to 12 hours thanks to its unique technology. The water and sweat resistant formula makes sure you are protected in any situation.

The repellent is even used by US Military troops. 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent repels mosquitoes, including those that may carry West Nile Virus, and ticks that may carry Lyme Disease.

5. Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus

Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus is one of the best choices for those who are allergic to DEET or want more natural insect repellent option.

The repellent contains 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus as an active ingredient. Studies showed that oil of lemon eucalyptus is as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes but it is not recommended to use the product on children under 3 years old.

This natural product is claimed to protect you from mosquito and ticks bites up to 6 hours. Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus is recommended for outdoor activities and extreme conditions.

6. Adventure Medical Kits Natrapel 8 Hour

Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Natrapel 8-Hour is a non-DEET repellent that contains picaradin, which is recommended by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention to repel mosquitoes and other insects that may carry West Nile Virus, malaria, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, lyme disease and others.

The Natrapel provides up to 8 hours of protection from insect bites. The pump spray is comfortable to apply at any angle.