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Consumer Reports' best insect repellents

It's summer; time for campfires, backyard barbecues and, unfortunately, mosquitoes and ticks. Beat the bloodsuckers with these 16 insect repellent recommendations from Consumer Reports. Ratings were broken down by effectiveness against aedes mosquitoes, culex mosquitoes and deer ticks, cost per ounce and damage to other materials. Check out the full buying guide, methodology and best buys/recommendations from Consumer Reports here.

1. Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 96 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 96
Cost per ounce: $2.06
Effectiveness 8 hours for mosquitoes, 8.5 hours for deer ticks

2. Ben's 30 Wilderness Formula Deet Tick and Insect Repellant

Type: Aerosol Overall score: 93 Cost per ounce:
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Type: Aerosol
Overall score: 93
Cost per ounce: $1.33
Effectiveness 7.5 to 8 hours for mosquitoes, 8.5 hours for deer ticks

3. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 87 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 87
Cost per ounce: $1.88
Effectiveness 7 to 8 hours for mosquitoes, 7 hours for deer ticks

4. Repel Scented Family insect repellent

Type: Aerosol Overall score: 82 Cost per ounce:
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Type: Aerosol
Overall score: 82
Cost per ounce: $1.08
Effectiveness 5 to 8 hours for mosquitoes, 8.5 hours for deer ticks

5. Natrapel 8 Hour insect repellent

Type: Aerosol Overall score: 81 Cost per ounce:
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Type: Aerosol
Overall score: 81
Cost per ounce: $1.50
Effectiveness 8 hours for mosquitoes, 6 hours for deer ticks

6. Off! Deepwoods Vlll insect repellent

Type: Aerosol Overall score: 74 Cost per ounce:
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Type: Aerosol
Overall score: 74
Cost per ounce: $1.63
Effectiveness 8 hours for mosquitoes, 5 hours for deer ticks

7. Coleman SkinSmart insect repellent

Type: Aerosol Overall score: 69 Cost per ounce:
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Type: Aerosol
Overall score: 69
Cost per ounce: $1.33
Effectiveness 3 to 6 hours for mosquitoes, 8 hours for deer ticks

8. Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard plus Picaridin insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 62 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 62
Cost per ounce: $3.50
Effectiveness 3 to 8 hours for mosquitoes, 7 hours for deer ticks

9. Cutter Skinsations insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 33 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 33
Cost per ounce: $0.75
Effectiveness 1 to 3 hours for mosquitoes, 6 hours for deer ticks

10. HOMS Bite Blocker BioUD Mini Trigger insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 31 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 31
Cost per ounce: $1.49
Effectiveness 3 to 3.5 hours for mosquitoes, 3 hours for deer ticks

11. Cutter Natural insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 29 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 29
Cost per ounce: $0.83
Effectiveness 0.5 to 1 hour for mosquitoes, 8 hours for deer ticks

12. Burt's Bees Herbal insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 28 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 28
Cost per ounce: $2.00
Effectiveness 1 to 1.5 hours for mosquitoes, 6 hours for deer ticks

13. All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 23 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 23
Cost per ounce: $2.50
Effectiveness 0.5 to 1 hour for mosquitoes, 6.5 hours for deer ticks

14. California Baby Natural Bug Blend insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 22 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 22
Cost per ounce: $2.43
Effectiveness 0.5 hours for mosquitoes, 7 hours for deer ticks

15. Off! FamilyCare ll Clean Feel insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 18 Cost per
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Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 18
Cost per ounce: $1.00
Effectiveness 0.5 to 1 hour for mosquitoes, 5 hours for deer ticks

16. EcoSmart Organic insect repellent

Type: Pump spray Overall score: 7 Cost per

Type: Pump spray
Overall score: 7
Cost per ounce: $1.17
Effectiveness 0.5 hours for mosquitoes, 1.5 hours for deer ticks

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