Choose the Right Bug Spray
Johnson recommends picking a bug spray with DEET, a chemical ingredient used by manufacturers for years. When choosing a formula, there is no need to buy a solution that is made up of more than than 50 percent DEET. “We tend to think more is better, and that’s not necessarily the case,” says Johnson. “The percent is not how well it will actually keep bugs away from you but rather how long it will last. It’s a lot like the SPF factor on sunscreen,” he states. Instead of slathering it on once for the whole day, the best strategy is to reapplay as prescribed on the bottle.
If you have sensitive skin, Grillo recommends Picaridin as an alternative to DEET. When choosing the right application method, i.e., lotions, sprays, wipes, Grillo says it all depends on preference. For example, sprays are convenient but require more frequent application. Wipes offer a more targeted application but need to be disposed of properly. Lotions are long-lasting but are a pain to apply when sweaty and make hikers feel warmer by clogging pores.Back to top