How to Keep Bugs, DEET Away

Keep the bugs from biting without the toxins
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2008 7:25 AM CDT
Dr. Anju Peters shows where a swarm of mosquitoes attacked her daughter Sonia, 7, last week leading to an outbreak of hives, swelling and a rash Wednesday, July 2, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Looking to keep the mosquitos away but not crazy about slathering yourself in a chemical such as DEET? Grist slapped on five DEET-free alternatives, with varying results:

  1. All Terrain Herbal Armor: This spray might be eco-friendly, but a medicine smell and filmy skin coating make that $4.99 better spent elsewhere.

  1. Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil: Has a loyal fan base, though it leaves you oily and smelling like grandma; a bit of a hassle to apply. $12.99.
  2. EcoSmart Insect Repellent: This all-natural $5.99 spray smells nice and dries fast.
  3. Quantum Buzz Away Insect Repellent: The best of the bunch.This spray leaves no film. $5.99.
  4. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent: The overpowering smell makes this not such a bargain at $5.99.