Find the Best Mosquito Repellent for Summer 2021

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Few pests can ruin your summer 2021 plans faster than mosquitos. After all, when you enjoy warm weather outdoors, you would prefer not to have itchy red welts as souvenirs. Wearing repellent is one of the more effective ways to keep mosquitos and other flying insects at bay. Still, because some repellent types offer better protection than others, you want to find the best mosquito repellent for both your skin and your activity.


Best Mosquito Repellent


Choosing the Right Type of Repellent

When shopping for mosquito repellents, you likely want to prioritize ingredients. Nevertheless, you probably also want the best possible application. While spray bug repellent remains popular with many outdoor enthusiasts, you have other options for applying repellent, including the following:


  • Spray: spray cans and bottles allows you to apply mosquito spray to your exposed skin, hair and clothing. Of course, you must avoid your eyes, sensitive skin, and mucus membranes when using sprays.

  • Wipes: wipes offer a handy and convenient way to apply repellent to your skin. With wipes, you pull a disposable applicator out of an enclosed container. Wipes are suitable for the young ones in our family, as you can better control where you apply repellent.

  • Lotions: lotions are creams that contain both repellent and moisturizers. If you use lotions, you must be sure you rub cream on all areas of exposed skin. Because lotions absorb, you may need to reapply throughout the day.

  • Ultrasonic repellents: rather than going on your skin and clothing, ultrasonic repellents emit a high-frequency sound that drives mosquitoes and other pests crazy. To use ultrasonic repellents, you simply place devices in the areas where you spend your time. Some users, though, find ultrasonic repellents to be less effective than other types of repellents.

  • Wristbands: with wristbands, you wear insect repellent on your wrist in a disposable band. This method may be appropriate for you if you do not like applying repellent directly to your skin.

  • Incense: incense cones and sticks have repellent inside them. When you light incense repellents, the resulting smoke drives mosquitos and other flying insects away. If you do not like the smell of incense or the smoke it creates, you may want to opt for another kind of bug repellent.

  • Candles: repellent candles work in the same ways as incense without making as much smoke. When you light these candles, mosquitos move away from the scent. Unfortunately, though, mosquito repellent candles do not work well in breezy or windy settings, as the scent dissipates too quickly to be effective.

Choosing the Right Type of Repellent


Picking a Repellent With an Effective Active Ingredient

Repellent manufacturers use different ingredients to prevent mosquito bites. When shopping for bug repellent, you are likely to find three different active ingredients: DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and picaridin.


  • DEET:  is arguably the most popular active ingredient in insect repellents. This ingredient is good to repel mosquitoes away for hours at a time. Still, applying DEET to your skin may cause a rash or irritation. You also should not use products with DEET on children under the age of two. Looking for a product with at least 30% DEET is likely to offer you the most protection.

  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus: mosquitos do not like the smell of lemon eucalyptus. If you use a repellent with oil of lemon eucalyptus, you can expect to have decent protection for up to six hours. Even better, the oil of lemon eucalyptus is a natural repellent and plant-based way to protect yourself.

  • Picaridin: picaradin is modern alternative to DEET. This active ingredient usually works as well as DEET without leaving a greasy residue. While DEET-based products remain popular, many outdoor enthusiasts find picaridin a better alternative for insect bites.

Picking a Repellent


Finding the Best Mosquito Repellent for You and Your Family

Because the best insect repellent for you and your family depends on many factors, it is essential to consider which repellents are ahead of the pack in a few categories.


  • Best overall repellent: for most adults and children, the general best bug spray is OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Liquid. This ready-to-use repellent liquid has DEET as an active ingredient and comes in a spray bottle.

  • Best repellent wipes: if you prefer wipes, Cutter All Family Insect Repellent Solid protects sensitive skin. Because these wipes only contain 7% DEET, they are safe to use on most members of your family.

  • Best repellent candle: for still days, the Patio Essentials Citronella Bucket Candle gives you environmental protection from mosquitos and other flying insects. Not only does this citronella candle keep mosquitos away, but it also has an elegant look.

  • Best repellent incense: Skeeter Screen Organic Insect Repellent Oil is an organic way to drive mosquitoes away from your home or yard. This product has geraniol and lemon eucalyptus oil as active ingredients.

  • Best repellent dunks: if you have a water feature or standing water in your yard, you must keep mosquito larvae from growing into biting adults. Summit Mosquito Dunks dissolve in standing water and kill insect larvae. These insect killer dunks are harmless to humans, pets, and wildlife. For marshy or swampy places, Summit Mosquito Bits Granules are easier to spread over large areas.

Best Mosquito Repellent for You and Your Family


At Max Warehouse, we want your summer 2021 to be pleasant and free from itchy mosquito bites. Rather than moving your plans indoors, shop our expansive selection of insect repellents and traps and choose the best products for you, your family, and your outdoor lifestyle today.


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