Health & Fit The 5 most effective insect repellents according to Consumer Reports

21:06  12 october  2017
21:06  12 october  2017 Source:   TODAY

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Bug spray © Shutterstock Bug spray Consumer Reports tested insect repellents and five measured up as products worth trying.

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To keep insects like Zika-carrying mosquitoes and Lyme-carrying ticks at bay, you need a good bug spray. Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best mosquito repellents and, of the many they tested, five measured up as products worth trying.

Sawyer Fisherman's Formula Picaridin, $6, Amazon

  The 5 most effective insect repellents according to Consumer Reports © Courtesy of Sawyer Products

Sawyer was named one of the three most effective repellents. This pump spray will repel mosquitoes for a full eight hours.

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One of the upshots of last year's Zika outbreaks is that there are now many more insect repellents to choose from. The AMCA advises consumers to stick with Environmental Protection Agency-registered products, and says that no product is more effective than DEET.

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, $5, Amazon

  The 5 most effective insect repellents according to Consumer Reports © Courtesy of Walgreens

This pump spray contains oil of lemon eucalyptus and is effective for seven hours.

Repel Scented Family, $8, Amazon

  The 5 most effective insect repellents according to Consumer Reports © Courtesy of Amazon

Repel Scented Family contains 15 percent deet and comes as an aerosol spray.

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Here are the most effective bug sprays specifically against Aedes mosquitoes, according to Consumer Reports For the first time ever, testing done by Consumer Reports found some of most effective insect repellents do not rely on DEET, the group announced last fall.

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Natrapel 8 Hour, $5, Amazon

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Natrapel 8 Hour's active ingredient is 20 percent picaridin. Consumer Reports named Natrapel 8 Hour one of the three most effective repellents, along with Sawyer Fisherman's Formula Picaridin and Off! Deepwoods VIII.

Off! Deepwoods VIII, $12, Amazon

  The 5 most effective insect repellents according to Consumer Reports © Courtesy of Target

While most of the other repellents on this list contain picaridin as their leading active ingredient, Off! includes deet. It comes as an aerosol spray.

The 10 other products that Consumer Reports tested were only effective against mosquitoes for up to three hours, with many lasting a mere half hour.

Correction: An earlier version of this article included Consumer Reports' overall scores out of 100 as basis for ranking the top repellents. The scores factor in the products' effectiveness against ticks, which do not carry the Zika virus.

This story was originally published in February 2016 on Today.com.

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