Consumer Reports: Top Bug Sprays

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -While you spend your time outdoors – camping, hiking, or even just hanging out in your yard – it’s important to protect yourself from ticks and mosquitoes.

Insect-borne diseases are on the rise across the country. And it’s not just the ones you may have heard of, like West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. New ones are emerging.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least nine diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks have been reported for the first time in the United States since 2004. So it is very important to protect yourself against them.

A good form of protection is insect repellant. At CR, testers apply a standard dose of repellant to the skin of test subjects. After 30 minutes, these willing panelists stick their arms into cages filled with 200 disease-free mosquitoes.

Testing gives a clear picture that no matter what brand or type of repellant you use, products made with 15-30% deet work the best.

Two of CR’s best buying options are Total Home (CVS) Woodland Scent Insect Repellent and 3M Ultrathon8 Insect Repellent.

The Environmental Protection Agency says deet has been carefully tested and is safe when used correctly. But if you’re still looking for an alternative, products with 30% lemon eucalyptus oil are a good alternative, and there are a few high markers that contain 20% picaridin as well.

Whichever repellant you choose, it must be used correctly to be effective. Apply a thin layer to all exposed skin. You can also spray on your clothes, but do not apply underneath.

And be sure to wash your hands after applying repellant and wash yourself after going back inside. CR tests also show that products that are effective against mosquitoes are also effective against ticks.

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