- Step 1: Buy controlled-release bug repellent for up to 10 hours of protection from mosquitoes and ticks.
- Step 2: Consider individual factors Consider individual factors in bug repellent selection which may affect protection, such as personal chemistry and sweating levels.
- Step 3: Buy stronger concentrations Buy products with stronger concentrations of active ingredients for protection in areas dense with insects.
- Step 4: Read the label Read the product label to determine whether the product protects against bug species you expect to encounter.
- Step 5: Consider a plant-oil repellent Consider a natural product with active plant-oil ingredients, such as citronella and oil of lemon eucalyptus for short periods outdoors.
- TIP: Spray bug repellents are useful for applying over clothing.
- Step 6: Shop Shop for bug repellents at discount, drug or outdoor stores and online, keeping a supply on hand so the next time you get an itch to barbecue or hike, the bugs won't be invited.
- FACT: There are more than 150 mosquito species in the United States.
You Will Need
- DEET or picaridin
- Plant-oil ingredients
- drug or outdoor stores
- Internet access
- Controlled-release bug repellent (optional)