Nothing spoils outdoor fun like itchy insect bites. Although there are a slew of sprays that ward off pests, they can be clunky to carry and sticky (and stinky) on your skin. To the rescue: products embedded with bug repellent. From stickers to clothes, these surprising items offer practical protection minus the hassle. Read on to see nine of the most unusual items.
Covering your yard in bug repellent is a lot of work. Why not have outdoor decor do double duty? This lantern automatically sprays repellent based on bug activity. So if your yard is insect central, the lantern works overtime. The mighty mist wards off 95% of mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums for up to 10 hours in backyards up to 300 sq. ft. Made of geraniol (an odorless, plant-based repellent), citric acid and water, the repellent is safe for you, your grass and your pets.
Message-toting bracelets may be all the rage, but this kind’s more useful, repelling mosquitoes, houseflies, gnats, ticks and no-see-ums for up to five days. Even better, the geraniol deters bugs from a farther distance than citronella products can. The brightly colored bands’ simple snapping feature makes them wearable across belts, pet collars and more.
Geraniol Insect-Repellent Wristbands, $26 for set of 4; Gaiam.com
Snuggle up—without worrying about creepy crawlers. This convenient and durable cloth has a permethrin-based repellent bonded to its fibers, which protects against flies, mosquitoes, chiggers, ants, midges, disease-carrying ticks and more. The long-lasting repellent is odorless and safe for the whole family, and the blanket is available in dark blue, green and red.
Outdoor Blanket, $30; InsectShield.com
Forget scratch-n-sniff; these have a whole different superpower. Infused with three days’ worth of citronella to ward off biting insects like mosquitoes, flies, gnats and no-see-ums, these stickers attach to everything from backpacks to shoes. The DEET-free formula along with the six fun patterns make it prime for kid-friendly protection.
SpotZzz Peel and Stick Natural Mosquito Repellent, $3.99; MosquitnoBand.com
A sun and bug blocker, this blue hat wards off over 95% of UV rays and mosquitoes, flies, ticks, ants and other biting insects. Packed with a repellent derived from chrysanthemums, the breathable sweatband also breaks up sweat—so it evaporates more quickly—allowing for long wear in the muggiest of weather.
Bug Me Not Cap, $28; Columbia.com
Another sun, sweat and bug repellent, this handy headwear lasts up to 70 washes and keeps most biting bugs at bay with an odorless formula. Best of all, it looks great as a scarf or wrap. Sensitive skin? The headpiece is dermatologist-approved.
Starting at UV Insect Shield Buff Headwear, $23; Yahoo! Shopping
This shirt may look standard, but it’s actually packed with permethrin—Insect Shield’s repellent of choice.
The fashionable bug-fighter keeps mosquitoes, ticks, flies, ants, chiggers and more away from skin, while the top’s porous, flexible material keeps you cool on sweltering days. Available in two colors, the hoodie's repellent sticks around for 70 laundry cycles.
Starting at Women’s BugsAway Lumen Hoodie, $40; Yahoo! Shopping
Start the bug battle long before you leave the house with this DEET-free cleansing bar. Infused with an insect-repelling combination of eucalyptus oil and citronella oil, mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other biting bugs will think twice before making a meal out of you. If you’ve already been bitten, the bar’s menthol and calendula can soothe skin and relieve itching.
Skin Armour Anti-Mosquito Soap, $10.50; Overstock.com
If bugs love you, just do the twist. This flexible band is made with citronella, driving off most stinging and biting insects within a 10-foot radius for up to 200 hours. Just wrap it around your arm, bike or beach chair to keep you and your family bite-free at home or on vacation.
PIC TWIST-IT Mosquito Repeller, currently priced at $5, Amazon.com
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