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How to Buy Bug Repellent

Knowing your enemy is important advice in the battle against bug bites and is key to selecting a repellent capable of providing maximum protection from insect-borne diseases.


  • 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
  • Labels
  • Plant-oil ingredients
  • Discount
  • drug or outdoor stores
  • Internet access
  • Controlled-release bug repellent (optional)

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