Does your bug spray protect you from Zika?

By WSPA News Staff


The Zika virus may have you more focused this year on mosquito repellents, but with so many on the market, the search for the right one can be overwhelming.

Consumer Reports has done the homework for you.

It tested 16 new products using volunteers who were exposed to 200 disease-free mosquitoes.

It found three ingredients are the most effective: DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus and picaridin.

Top Picks:

Sawyer’s Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin
Ben’s 30% DEET Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula
Natrapel 8 Hour, with 20% picaridin
Off! Deepwoods VIII, with 25% DEET
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus , with 30% lemon eucalyptus
Repel Scented Family, with 15% DEET


Consumer Reports does not recommend using a product that is higher than 30% DEET.

Consumer Reports recommends skipping any products made only with natural plant oil like Geraniol, rosemary, cinnamon and lemongrass.

In testing, they lasted only an hour against the Aedes Mosquito, some not even that long.

They also suggest you not purchase an item based on ingredients alone; concentration and inactive ingredients do make a difference.

Click here to see the test results from the study.

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