Just when you think you’re having a great time soaking in the what’s left of the summer, a faint buzzing in your ear instantly disrupts the fun. It’s a bug. If you’re lucky, you can walk away from the scene without getting your arm or leg chomped down by these pests. But if you’re like me, a borne insect magnet, you’ll be covered with at least five mosquito bites by the end of the day that’ll leave you scratching until September. And with mosquito-borne viruses making a resurgence, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself.
According to Consumer Reports, Off! Deep Woods Dry Insect Repellent VIII is ranked as the best insect repellent 2019. Also on last year’s Best Insect Repellent list, this spray not only provides up to eight hours of protection against mosquitos and black flies, but its non-greasy, powder to dry formula leaves the skin feeling clean for all-day comfort and wear.
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“As long as you apply it everywhere, it works very well to keep bugs away. It has enough DEET to be effective, and you often end up with no bug bites even when you're on a foresty trail filled with mosquitos, horse flies, black flies, and ticks,” says one five-star reviewer.
For convenience and all-over protection, the formula comes in an aerosol spray bottle.
While you shop for the Off! Deep Woods Dry Insect Repellent VIII, scroll through our other top picks for mosquito repellents. Whether you’re planning on heading to the cottage, camping, day-hiking, chilling by the pool or just relaxing on the patio, keep bugs away with these highly-reviewed repellents.
“This product is awesome and it really works,” writes one reviewer. “Even though it has 30% DEET in it you would never know because previous products with less DEET (15%) smelt stronger. This product has a pleasant smell and it wont disappoint.”
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“I usually prefer DEET-free alternative products, but caved in for a trip to Haiti,” a reviewer explained. “Worked great. Out of a family of four, I think there were a total of four bites for an eight-day stay. The wipes are terrific too - prefer the easier application.
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“This product is exceptional. I bought it because I was travelling in Mexico and a lot of places ask you to wear chemical free products. I was walking through a jungle for half a day and didn't get one bite,” a five-star reviewer wrote. “Also it smells great and is more of an oil so you pump it into your hands and spread it instead of a super chemically perfume spray.”
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One reviewer said this “saved my life at the cottage.”
“It does not smell bad and dries up pretty fast,” the reviewer continued. “I used it twice per day (every six hours) and no bugs were biting me.”
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