With long hot summer days and balmy evenings comes the hum and sting of a variety of annoying insects and pests. These biting critters can make life miserable, so it is well worth having a good quality bug spray on hand to provide relief and keep repeat offenders at bay. We’ve hit the market to find the Summer of 2020’s best bug sprays and insect repellents. Read on for our top picks and tips on using them to best effect.

Best DEET containing bug spray

  1. OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent

DEET is a controversial ingredient in bug sprays as it is incredibly harmful to aquatic life, but many people find it to be an effective insect repellent, and it has not yet been found to be harmful to humans. This handy aerosol provides long-lasting relief from bugs like mosquitoes and ticks. Yes, you will reek, but this trusted brand will keep you bug-free on outdoor adventures.

Best DEET-free bug spray

  1. SkinSmart DEET Free Insect Repellent by Coleman

With up to 8 hours of cover from this popular bug spray, the only thing you will bring back from your hiking trip is good memories! Coleman’s formulation uses IR3535 as a potent active ingredient that is demonstrated to perform in warding off both mosquitoes and ticks. It is gentle on skin and clothes and can be used by all ages.

Best natural bug spray

  1. REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray

Finally! A bug spray that will make you smell great and is gentle enough for young children. Repel has put all its efforts into formulating an all-natural bug spray that you can use without worry. It is made with a proprietary mixture of potent essential oils, including lemon oil, that keeps nasty stinging critters at bay. It doesn’t last as long as other brands but is a prudent choice if you live somewhere warm, near woods, or by water.

Overall best bug spray for 2020

SkinSmart DEET Free Insect Repellent by Coleman

For many people, the reputation and strong odor of DEET are not easily tolerated, so this bug spray by Coleman will keep everyone happy. It is not as variable in effectiveness as the natural sprays and provides the chemical kick some folks just have to have. We also appreciate that it is gentle enough for little ones too.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is DEET?

N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide is a chemical pesticide that has become widely known and used as an insect repellent. It is a yellow oil that has a distinctive sweaty smell.

2.  Which essential oils can I use in a natural bug spray?

  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Oregano oil

3.  How should I treat an insect bite?

If there is a stinger, remove it with tweezers. Wash with warm soapy water and put some tea tree oil on it. Also, ice the area to reduce swelling.

If you are out and about this summer, a bug spray is vital for preventing nasty skins. Always ensure you protect yourself with long sleeves and hiking trousers hats and shoes. Keeping strong odors to a minimum helps too!