Summer is here, which means mosquito season is at its absolute height. Whether you're enjoying a day out by the lake, on a camping trip, or just having a backyard cookout, it's always important to protect yourself and your little ones from bug bites. Although bug sprays can have chemicals such as DEET in them, the EPA has deemed that it's safe to use registered insect repellents when used appropriately (so be sure to read the labels!). If you're still on the fence, we've provided a list of options that include wipes to prevent any chemical inhalation, products with controlled DEET release, organic options, and even DEET-free products. These are kid-tested and mom-approved, so you won't have to worry about harsh chemicals, bad reactions, or nasty bug bites. Check out our Top 10 list of bug sprays for kids for an itch-free, carefree summer! Opening image: avon.com
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Natrapel Mosquito, Tick and Insect Repellent Wipes
LOVED FOR: Easy to apply, it's simple to unwrap a single wipe and control the application, ensuring the repellent reaches hard-to-spray areas.
USERS SAID: "I was initially skeptical about the strength of this substance, but it turned out to be just as good as DEET based repellents. It's an extremely convenient way to apply. You can wipe your neck and the areas close to your face without the risk of getting it into your eyes. I'm never going back to sprays again."
Bug X Insect Repellent Towelettes
HELPFUL TIP: These towelettes are meant for kids over the age of three.
BEST FOR: With its new formula allowing the DEET to be released in a more controlled and measured manner, the Bug X towelettes are best for long days and extended use.
Quantum Health Buzz Away Extreme - DEET-free Insect Repellent
FUN FACT: This spray consists of essential oils carried in purified water and plant-based preservatives that's good for your family and the environment.
USERS SAID: "Effective and family friendly bug spray. We live in the south and the mosquitoes this year were terrible. We have been using this spray for about a month or so and it works well. Bottle and sprayer are [of] good quality. While mosquitoes don’t usually target me, this stuff has been effective for me and the kids even while at the campgrounds in the evening."
Natrapel 12-Hour Mosquito, Tick and Insect Repellent
BEST FOR: All-day wear out camping, on the lake, or just in your backyard
USERS SAID: "Not sure what kind of wizardry is used to ward off bugs because this stuff is magic. I’m an avid outdoorsy person and trail run and camp and rock climb. This is my go-to spray. I spent 6 hours running in hot bug infested woods and I seriously didn’t get a single bite."
Cutter All Family Mosquito Wipes
USERS SAID: "Bought this for our family trip to Yosemite this last weekend, the wipes were so easy to use, and they worked so well my 10-month-old did not get bit once. I applied once in the morning and once in the afternoon: one wipe each for the baby's face, head, neck, forearms, and feet. I only lightly wiped his face and he did not have a reaction or he wasn't sensitive to the wipes which I'm super happy about. Will definitely buy again."
LOVED FOR: These wipes have received rave reviews for their non-greasiness, odorlessness, and effectiveness for little ones especially.
Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard PLUS IR3535 Gentle Breeze® SPF 30 Lotion
USERS SAID: "The BEST thing created to repel mosquitoes. We live in a high mosquito area. I couldn’t take my kids out for 2 min without them getting completely eaten by mosquitoes until I read on a post how this product change their life and I’m one of these people. I will forever order this product. HIGHLY recommended."
BEST FOR: With SPF 30, this doubles as a sunblock and is perfect for days out by the water.
Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin
BEST FOR: Lasting up to 14 hours, this is perfect for camping trips, day and night.
LOVED FOR: This lotion repellent is a favorite because it's almost odorless, it doesn't stain, it's doesn't leave a sticky film, and it works up to the advertised 14 hours.
REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
HELPFUL TIP: It's highly suggested to only use this product on those 3 years or older.
USERS SAID: "This stuff works fantastic. It lasts for hours and no chemical smell. No bites and I was out for about 3 hours. Bugs didn't bug me at all and no DEET. Would need to reapply if you're getting in and out of the water, just keep that in mind. Mosquitos LOVE me so if it works on me it should work on anyone."
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