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Recommended Insect Repellents

žWhen used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are safe and effective for children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Learn more about using insect repellents safely and effectively here. Our pediatricians and advice staff are also happy to answer any questions you may have.

Below are some highly rated products for safely repelling mosquitoes, ticks, and other insect pests:

Product Active Ingredients
All-Terrain Kids Herbal Armor Soybean oil, 11.5%; citronella oil, 10%; peppermint oil, 2%; cedar oil, 1.5%; lemongrass oil, 1%; geranium oil, .05%
Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Picaridin, 10%
Avon Skin-So-Soft Original Bath Oil None stated
Ben’s 30% DEET Tick and Insect Wilderness Formula* DEET, 30%
Burt’s Bees Herbal Castor oil, 10%; rosemary oil, 3.77%, lemongrass oil, 2.83%; cedar oil, .94%; peppermint oil, .76%; citronella oil, .57%; clove oil, .38%; geranium oil, .19%
California Baby Natural Bug Blend Pure essential oils of cymbopogon nardus (citronella grass), 5%; cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass), .5%; Cedrus atlantica (cedar), .5%
Coleman SkinSmart IR3535, 20%
Cutter Natural Geraniol, 5%; soybean oil, 2%; sodium lauryl sulfate, .4%; potassium sorbate, .1%
Cutter Skinsations DEET, 7%
EcoSmart Organic** Geraniol, 1%; rosemary oil, .5%; cinnamon oil, .5%; lemongrass oil, .5%
HOMS Bite Blocker BioUD Mini Trigger 2-undecanone (CAS #112-12-9), 7.75%
Natrapel 8-Hour Picaridin, 20%
OFF! Deep Woods VIII DEET, 25%
OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I (Smooth and Dry) DEET, 15%
OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent II (Clean Feel) Picaridin, 5%
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus* Oil of lemon eucalyptus, 30% (approximately 65% para-menthane-3.8-diol)
Repel Scented Family DEET, 15%
Sawyer Picaridin* Picaridin, 20%

*Indicates a top 3-rated product for repelling Aedus and Culex mosquitoes and ticks according to Consumer Reports.
**Does not contain certified organic ingredients.

Adapted from: Contemporary Pediatrics (June 2016). Zika virus: Top mosquito repellent recommendations.