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Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band

rated 4 of 5 stars The Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent wristband is highly effective and easy to wear. The brightly colored wristbands are easy to load and adaptable to your wearing needs, like on a chain or around an ankle. I received the Para'Kito wristband with two refills to trial ($19.50). I wore it while hiking at Lake Tahoe and then Mont Blanc and found it to be very effective in cool temperatures and hot. It can also be worn around an ankle. I found it comfortable to wear due to the adjustable velcro strap. So… Full review

All Terrain Herbal Armor

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is the only DEET-free bug spray I have found that is effective against the mosquitos and ticks in New England. However, it doesn't work well as you head farther south down the coast. I don't remember exactly when I first discovered Herbal Armor, but it is now the only insect repellant I carry when I'm in New England. It is, however, one of the few pieces of gear that I only carry in certain regions. While it has served me well on hikes throughout New England, it has failed me miserably every… Full review

Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to use and long lasting this bug treatment really works. If you visit buggy areas or are concerned about ticks at home or on trail this stuff is peace of mind in a bottle Designed to be used to pretreat clothing and gear to repel ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitoes this product works as advertised.Ā  After one full season of use I am convinced of the effectiveness of Sawyer's permethrin and will keep using it so long as that remains the fact. Application is simply a matter of waiting for… Full review

UCO Citronella Candles

rated 5 of 5 stars Effective power in a small package! Mini and Micro Candle Lanterns offer 3-4 hours of burn time per candle. Citronella oil is mixed into the paraffin and the scent is released as the candle burns creating a natural insect repellent. This 6-pack of Citronella tealight candles will provide you with approximately 18-24 hours of light. Very effective in keeping insects away from sight for many hours. Full review

BugButton SuperBand

rated 1 of 5 stars Does not work in the least. Went camping and like an idiot I purchased 10 buttons and 8 bracelets instead of spray. Now I am paying the price and lots of itch cream. They don't work at all. I even witnessed mosquitos biting me right beside the buttons and all around the bracelets as well. Lesson learned. Full review

Duration Permethrin

rated 5 of 5 stars No more bugs...No more DEET...just that simple! So Duration is the first product I have given a 5-star review (I even went to the trouble to list it because I'm that impressed!). I try to withhold this rating for products which excel beyond all my expectations...and the Duration permethrin concentrate did just that. Put simply...this product helped me resolve my longstanding battle against insects...and given that I spend nearly my entire summers along rivers and in wetlands...that's high praise! Full review

Repel 100 Pump Spray

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Basic upper tier bug repellant that for a low price and handy size, is a must for anyone not wanting to get too many mosquito bites. I bought the Repel 100% Deet, 14 ml size as a backpacking spray while I was out in heavy mosquito territory. Now I usually wear long pants and shirts, but since it was the middle of summer, I hoped that short sleeves would be alright in usage with this repellant. At 100%, its supposed to be as good as it gets right? To sum it up, it works, but not as well as anticipated. Full review

3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator

rated 2 of 5 stars A bug repellent in a little package, with a lot of promise, that ultimately turned into a lot of disappointment. If you want to lose ten bucks and gain a few dozen bug bites, this one's for you. Otherwise, stick to the spray-applicated repellents. I read a recent review of this that painted it in a pretty positive light. While stocking up on supplies at REI before a recent trip, I picked up a bottle of this and spared myself fifteen-minutes'-worth of comparison shopping in the insect repellent aisle. Full review

3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Most effective, longest lasting insect repellent I've ever used. Period. It says; "Lasts 8 to 12 hours." And it actually does! I've spent thousands of hours in horrifying mosquito, blackfly, and no-see-um territories, and I've used every brand, every chemical or natural concoction ever to grace a store shelf. (Literally, not figuratively; I've tried EVERYTHING.) Some stuff works for a little while, some stuff lasts a little while longer, some stuff shouldn't even be allowed to call itself "insect… Full review

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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
BugButton SuperBand
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Duration Permethrin
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band
$20 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator
3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent Lotion
3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent Spray
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's 100 DEET Tick and Insect Repellent Spray
$3 - $9
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's 30 Deet Tick & Insect Repellent Wipes
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's 30 DEET Tick and Insect Repellent Spray
$9 - $10
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's Clothing and Gear Repellent
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's UltraNet Head Net
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
All Terrain Herbal Armor
All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor
Badger Anti Bug Shake & Spray
$8 - $12
Badger Anti-Bug Balm
Cactus Juice Eco-Safe Natural Mosquito Repellent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Citronella Candle
Coghlan's Mosquito Coil Holder
Coghlan's Mosquito Coils
Coghlan's Mosquito Sticks
Coleman 100 Max Insect Repellent
Coleman 100 Max Pen Spray
Coleman 40% Deet - Twin Pack
$13 MSRP
Coleman Botanicals
Coleman Citronella Lantern
Coleman Family Insect Repellant Pen Spray
Coleman Gear & Clothing Insect Treatment - Twin Pack
$13 MSRP
Coleman Skin Smart Aerosol
Coleman Skin Smart Deet Free Pen Spray
Coleman Skin Smart Pump Spray
Coleman Yard & Camp Fogger - Twin Pack
$15 MSRP
Cutter Advanced
Cutter Advanced Insect Repellant
Cutter Advanced Wipes
Cutter All Family
Cutter Outdoorsman Stick
Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus
Cutter Skinsations Pump Bottle
Dermatone Herbal Insect Repellent Spray
Grand Trunk Outdoor Organic Incense
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Greenerways Organic Bug-it-Off
Kiss My Face SwyFlotter
Liberty Mountain PermanoneĀ® Clothing and Gear Insect Repellent
Log House Designs Backpacker No-See-Um Head Net
Log House Designs Bug Socks
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Log House Designs No-See-Um Bug Jacket
Log House Designs No-See-Um Bug Pants
Real Earth Bug Away
Real Earth Bug Screen + SPF 30
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Repel 100 Pump Spray
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