Best Mosquito Repellants

Mosquitoes are an annoying, prevalent menace to just about everyone. They’re noisy, there are lots of them, and they bite. Worse, when they bite they release saliva which causes people to have allergic reactions like red bumps and hives. In the worst scenarios, mosquitos can carry diseases such as encephalitis.

The demand for relief from these pests has resulted in the production of insect repellents. Repellents work by creating an odor that the mosquito finds, well, repelling. The best quality repellents will provide protection from mosquito bites for a long period after just one application.

According to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the best mosquito repellents contain the correct amount of DEET, a slightly yellow oil-based chemical that is the most common active ingredient in most insect repellents.

Using the same study, we determined the best mosquito repellent products and included relevant information for consumers.

#1: Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellant (Spray)

Active ingredient: DEET (23.8%)
Average Protection Time: 5 hours
Price (per can):$4.99 to $6.59 (plus shipping for some orders)
Description: There is also a dry version of this product which uses powder-dry technology that dries on contact.
Uses: Outdoor, fishing, hiking, camping, general
Product Website: www.off.com

#2: Sawyer Controlled Release (Lotion)

Active ingredient: DEET (20%)
Average Protection Time: 4 hours
Price (per bottle): $7.84 to $10
Description: Liposome-based repellent allows for gentle interaction with skin and time-release, little to no odor.
Uses: Outdoor, general
Product Website: www.sawyer.com

#3: Off! Skintastic (Spray)

Active ingredient: DEET (6.65%)
Average Protection Time: 2 hours
Price (per bottle): $4.99 to $6.99 (Plus shipping for some orders)
Description: Contains Picaridin, a synthetic chemical compound known to repel mosquitos, relatively dry application.
Uses: General, outdoor
Product Website: www.off.com

#4: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent (pump spray)

Active ingredient: Oil of lemon eucalyptus; p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)
Average Protection Time: 2 hours
Price (per bottle): $7.75-$12.00 (plus shipping)
Description: Natural, DEET-free product made from leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree.
Uses: General, outdoor
Product Website: www.repel.com

#5: HOMS Bite Blocker (pump spray& lotion)

Active ingredient: Soybean oil (2%)
Average Protection Time: 1.5 hours
Price: $8.95 (plus shipping, online ONLY)
Description: DEET-free, sweat-proof, non-toxic, non-flammable, natural product
Uses: General, outdoor
Product Website: www.homs.com