Are You Using The Correct Bug Spray?


bug spray Are You Using The Correct Bug Spray?

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The summer brings on way too many bugs, which means way too much itching and scratching going on.  Now, I am always trying to find new ways to keep the bugs away, but nothing seems to work right and I end up with 20 different bottles of spray.  Seems like there are a few ones that work the best.

The experts over at Yahoo have come to a few conclusions about all the bug sprays out there and what really works the best.  Only 4 out of 10 sprays tested had an overall effectiveness rating of 98. 

• Off Deep Woods Sportsmen II
Overall effectiveness score: 98

• Cutter Backwoods Unscented Insect Repellent
Overall effectiveness score: 98

• Off FamilyCare Smooth & Dry
Overall effectiveness score: 98

• 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent 8
Overall effectiveness score: 98

The best thing about these is the fact they work for at least 7 hours per use.  Even though they all worked about the same, they smell quite a bit different.  So if scent is an issue for you:

Cutter Backwoods leaves little scent or sensation; Off Deep Woods has a citrusy odor and filmy residue panelists wanted to wash off; Off FamilyCare has a fruity odor and dries quickly; 3M Ultrathon has a strong odor and leaves an oily feeling on the skin at first; Repel has a plastic beach-ball and citrusy odor and left little residue; Natrapel has a floral odor and is a little greasy.

And their number one tip was to make sure you wear light-colored clothing.  And other than your scented bug spray, try not to use any scented items such as lotions, which will attract more bugs during peak feeding hours.

If you want more tips on bug spray, check out Yahoo.com

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