16 Tick and Mosquito Repellents to Keep Your Family Bite-Free This Summer
Summer sunshine isn’t all fun and games. While the warmer weather brings beach days, nature hikes, camping weekends, and al fresco brunches, it can also bring one big drawback of all that outdoor activity: bug bites. But aside from living in a bubble all summer (which sounds very hot and uncomfortable), you’ll have to think of ways to fortify yourself and your family to stay itch-free while you’re out in the sun. Not only will it keep your summer breezy, but it will also protect you against some nasty bug-borne illnesses. You just can’t lose!
A relative newcomer to the insect repellent market, Kite avoids toxic DEET-based formulas but still delivers reliable protection against mosquitoes. It practically makes you invisible to bugs for up to four hours.
These nifty socks have built-in protection for one of the often overlooked spots where you can get bitten. And they don’t just repel mosquitos and ticks: They also protect you against a wide variety of bugs that can carry the Zika virus, Lyme disease, and malaria.
Your pup is part of the family, so it’s important to make sure they’re also protected while exploring the great outdoors. It would probably be difficult to hose them down with bug spray (not to mention it’s potentially toxic if they lick it off), so instead you can tie on this adorable reversible bandanna to keep them bite-free.
This DEET-free insect repellent also has sunscreen built-in, so it’s a double duty product for the entire family.
Looking for a natural solution to turn bugs away? It’s totally understandable to want to avoid putting even more chemicals on your skin, so grab this pump spray that uses geranium oil to repel bugs.
When you’re having a backyard shindig, it’s a bit of a bummer to go around spraying your guests. But lighting up these sweet-smelling, all-natural citronella incense sticks is just the ticket for protecting your party.
These natural candles have a soothing citronella scent that will relax you and keep those pesky pests away. So you can go ahead and enjoy your patio all summer long or even take the candles along on vacation.
If you live in a non-urban or especially bug-friendly area, you might want to think about bringing in some serious reinforcements to keep the area around your home insect-free. Installing this electronic device that uses non-toxic ultraviolet light to attract bugs will eliminate the little biters.
These travel-sized insect repellents use picaridin instead of DEET and provide protection for 12 hours of bug-free bliss. There are three different scents, so switch up your spray depending on your mood.
If you’re one of those people who can’t stand the smell of citronella, you’re in luck. This little device emits no odor but still stops mosquitoes in their tracks by creating a shield up to 15 feet in each direction.
These soy wax candles come in cute, travel-friendly tins that can spruce up any indoor or outdoor space. The light citronella scent will keep the bugs away.
Even if you consistently spray your skin, bugs can still get through your clothing or come through your tent. Fight back using this heavy-duty spray for clothes and gear that even protects against the type of mosquito known to transmit the Zika virus.
For those looking for an organic option instead of a traditional spray, Farmaesthetics produces an organic specialty oil that repels insects and moisturizes the skin.
Just like sunscreen, it can be tough to monitor your kids’ bug spray schedule. If you’re concerned they’re not protected throughout the day, simply have them wear these colorful bracelets that they can snap on and forget about for the rest of the day. It’s peace of mind in the form of casual jewelry. (Plus, the adjustable size means you can wear them too.)
Alba is known for its 100 percent vegetarian products, and that includes this DEET-free bug spray. There are no synthetic fragrances, and the bottle is air-powered and biodegradable.
Keep bugs out of your home this summer and summers to come — this value pack comes with 50 citronella tea light candles you can place all around your backyard for some mosquito-free mood lighting.