SPY Guide: The Best Bug-Repelling Products Under $50

The Best Bug & Insect Repellents:
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* Summer evenings were made for chillin’
* Bugs have a way of spoiling the mood
* Fight for your paradise with these proven products

It’s a beautiful evening, so you decide to seize the moment. You invite some friends over to unwind beneath the waning sun and share a glorious vibe as day turns to dusk.

But you’re not the only ones seizing the moment. An entire strike force of bugs has launched an assault on you and your compadres, turning your perfect night into a symphony of irritation. You swat at the stealth bombers buzzing past your ears and brush off the tiny troops creeping along your legs and arms. Your backyard paradise has become a nightmarish battleground.

Don’t fret. No matter how fearsome the bug bombardment becomes, you do not have to raise the white flag and retreat inside your home. There is a whole arsenal of secret weapons you can employ to stave off the insect invasion whether you’re camping, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing. So, go ahead and reclaim your serenity with one (or more) of these formidable bug deterrents.

1. Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard + Picaridin Towelettes

No matter where your happy trail is, these Avon towelettes will keep you smiling for the entire journey. Just open the pack, grab a single towelette, wipe down all exposed areas, and share with a friend. (There’s enough picaridin in each towelette for two.) You’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor adventure all day long without unwanted intrusions from the insect world.

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2. Sawyer Ultra 30 Insect Repellent

Here’s an ingenious way to remain bite-free for up to 11 hours. Sawyer’s Ultra 30 contains DEET that is enveloped in a non-greasy, non-staining, perspiration-resistant liposome, a natural compound used in cosmetics. The liposome allows for a slow, time-released delivery that translates to extended effectiveness. What’s more, the three-ounce bottle makes it carry-on approved for your flight-worthy excursions.

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3. OFF! Active Sweat-Resistant Insect Repellent

It’s a toasty day that will involve a little more perspiration than a radiant glisten. You’re going to dampen that shirt, for sure. But how can you sweat and still keep the bugs from biting? That’s where OFF! Active Sweat-Resistant Insect Repellent comes in. Exert yourself without concern; the non-greasy spray provides up to six hours of protection from infectious insects. Don’t be afraid to sweat!

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4. Cutter 20 oz. CitroGuard Triple Wick Citronella Candle

Whether you’ll be sitting around a campfire in the woods or at a picnic table in your own backyard, Cutter’s three-wick citronella candle can provide a mosquito-free environment for up to 40 hours. It’s made with real citronella oil and comes with a handle for easy portability. For such a low price, consider surrounding your entire party with several candles for even more protection … and greater peace.

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5. Adventure Medical Ben’s 30 DEET Tick & Insect Repellent Field Wipes

These individually wrapped wipes are designed to provide protection for those hard-to-spray areas of your person. Although everyone’s body chemistry is a little bit different, these wipes are formulated to provide roughly eight hours of protection from pests that might be carrying diseases. Since DEET, the active ingredient, never expires, you can safely store unused wipes until next year. They won’t lose their effectiveness.

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6. Cutter All Family Insect Mosquito Repellent Wipes

The low DEET concentration in these insect-repelling wipes allows you to take the little ones (two months and older) along on your outdoor romps. You can gingerly apply the non-greasy formula via wipes so there is no worry about collateral spray getting in your child’s eyes or mouth. The resealable container is ideal for family outings when you want to have the wipes handy and fresh for a quick reapplication.

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