The Best Mosquito Repellents That Actually Work

traditional mosquito repellent

There are several types of repellents for mosquitoes that you can use.

There are few ways as effective as keeping mosquitoes away from you as using a mosquito repellent. By applying a layer of insect repellent on your skin or clothing, depending on what you’re doing, you can easily prevent mosquitoes from going after you (but go after your friends instead). Applying mosquito repellent on your clothing does not mean that you can skip putting it on your skin however. Ideally, you’ll want to cover every inch of your skin and your clothing that’s exposed. This is because some of the larger mosquitoes can actually pierce through your clothes and suck out your blood!

The best repellents for mosquitoes usually contain DEET (short for its scientific name: N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), which is a type of artificially produced chemical. These can last for up to 10 hours depending on what their concentration levels are like. Mosquito repellents containing DEET can be used by both adults and children but it’ll be wise to put them on your children instead of letting them apply the repellents by themselves. This is because you shouldn’t let the DEET chemical anywhere near your eyes as it will irritate them really badly. Some people would also have highly sensitive skin that cannot tolerate this particular chemical, so you might want to dab a small portion of it onto your arm and leave it on for a few minutes to see if there’s any reaction to it. Also, when applying this particular type of mosquito repellent, avoiding rubbing it onto your children’s hands because they’ll tend to rub their eyes or faces with their hands.

If you’re the type of person that prefers natural products instead of those that contain chemicals, you’ll be glad to learn that you have an alternative here. Oil or lemon-based repellents are popular choices too for warding away mosquitoes. In particular, oil extracted from citronella or cinnamon have found to be effective against mosquitoes. Some have even claimed that lighting a couple of citronella candles and placing them around you will keep mosquitoes away, but that might be just a myth since the studies have found to be rather inconsistent.

lemon eucalyptus

Oil extracted from the lemon eucalyptus plant can be a great repellent against mosquitoes.

Another great repellent that’s approved by the CDC would be lemon eucalyptus products, in particular the ones manufactured by Repel. Repel is a brand of oil-based repellent that smells strongly of lemon, but is rather pleasant, much like a bathroom freshener. It has the added benefit of not being corrosive like the DEET chemical, which can occasionally mess with your plastic belongings by melting their surface.

If you’re worried about feeling all sticky over from the combination of sweat and the mosquito repellents, you could wear long sleeved pants and shirts instead and spray the repellent onto them instead of on your own skin. This is just as effective a solution. Additionally, it will be smart for you to avoid camping in shaded locations where there are tons of trees in the surrounding because mosquitoes are known to frequent those areas. Camping in wider, open grounds will be best. Oh, and last but not least, avoid wearing any perfume or lotion with scents since those will attract mosquitoes even more than your sweat or body heat will.