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11 best insect repellents: From sprays to candles and the popular Mosi-Guard

Protect yourself against insects

Megan Bull

There's nothing worse than contending with insect bites, so we've rounded up the best insect repellents to buy for the coming months. Whether you're shopping for adults or children, looking for a citronella candle or a gentle formula for your skin, there are a range of options at your disposal. 

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Infused with citronella oil, this insect-repelling candle combines a top note of green citrus with a bottom note of fresh clean fragrance. Harmless to humans, pets and the environment, it’s also biodegradable and eco-friendly.

La Jolíe Muse Citronella Candle, £10.59, Amazon


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This medical device is hugely popular, and it’s received over 500 glowing reviews on Amazon. Clinically proven to relieve itching, pain, and swelling caused by bites and stings, Bite Away works solely through heat technology - all you have to do is place the device onto the affected area and gently press it on to the skin. Then, after clicking the button, the ceramic contact surface heats up to approximately 51°C for a maximum of five seconds.

Bite Away, £26.99, Amazon



This scientifically tested insect repellent spray protects against mosquitoes, midges, sandflies, horseflies, ticks, and more for up to five hours. It's also been chosen as one of the stand-out nature-friendly mosquito repellent products by the vegan society.

Incognito Insect Repellent, £14.99, Amazon



Mosi-Guard's natural insect repellent stick is often recommended for adults and children from three months of age. Made with 32 percent citriodiol, this formula will protect you for up to eight hours. 

Mosi-Guard, £7.29, Amazon


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It might not be sold as repellent but Avon's oil body spray is raved about for doing the job. Infused with natural oils to help lock in moisture, it contains citronella which helps to protect against insects. Best applied on damp skin, this light and non-greasy formula does not leave any marks on your clothes.

Avon Mosquito Insect Repellent, £11.47, Amazon



Providing up to nine hours of total protection for adults and children over 12 years of age, Jungle Formula is one of the UK's No.1 selling insect repellent brands in the UK.

Jungle Formula Maximum Insect Repellent Spray, £5.49, Amazon



Smidge's novel, water and sweat resisting formula protects against insects for up to eight hours. It's also recommended by the WHO and Public Health England. 

Smidge Insect Repellent, £8.50, Amazon 


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Calypso's spray repels mosquitoes, midges and other biting insects and provides protection for up to six hours.

Calypso Insect Repellent Spray with Deet, £5.50, Amazon



Formulated with all natural ingredients, this spray has a compact design which makes it easy to carry along in a backpack or pocket. It's also suitable for pregnant women and babies.

CIDBEST Mosquito Repellent Spray, £15.99, Amazon



While it's not exclusively an insect repellent, some research suggests that the fatty acids and compounds found in coconut oil may help repel biting flies and mosquitoes for up to two weeks. So, if you opt for a moisturiser that contains coconut oil, you'll be able to combat dry skin and insects all at the same time.

Inecto Pure Coconut Oil Moisture Cream, £4.97, Amazon



If you're looking for a natural alternative, mint and basil can be used to keep creepy crawlies and unwanted pests at bay. Mint is known to repel lots of insects including mosquitoes due to its strong smell – it can even keep mice away. Another great insect repellent is basil, which can be planted around doors and windows to keep bugs from entering your office space.

Basil Pot, £1.25, Morrisons


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