These Are the 5 Best Repellents to Protect Against Zika Virus
In light of the the Zika virus being declared an international public health emergency, Consumer Reports tested and rated the best Zika-spreading mosquito repellents on the market.
There haven't yet been any cases of Zika being passed by mosquito in the U.S., but the Centers for Disease Control is urging travelers to tropical destinations to guard against mosquito bites, and for pregnant women to avoid travel to those places altogether.
Experts also predict mosquito-transmitted Zika will eventually surface in U.S. southern states as the weather warms up.
Check out the top five anti-Zika repellents below.
1. Sawyer Picaridin
Consumer Reports found that this product provided more than 8 hours of protection against the Zika-carrying Aedes mosquitos and other biting insects. It received a 96 overall rating, highest of all the repellents.
2. Natrapel 8 Hour
Like the Sawyer Picardin, this repellent contains 20 percent picardin, an active ingredient in warding off mosquitos. Kept mosquitoes from biting for 8 hours.
3. Off! Deepwoods VIII
Contains 25 percent deet, which kept mosquitoes from biting for about 8 hours. Less effective at repelling ticks than the Sawyer product.
4. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
Contains 30 percent lemon eucalyptus, as an alternative to picardin or deet. Provides protection for 7 hours and was Consumer Reports second-highest overall repellent, with a score of 87.
5. Repel Scented Family
This aerosol spray contains 15 percent deet and provides 5 hours protection against the Aedes mosquitos.
The other ten repellents tested by Consumer Reports provided about three hours or less protection against Aedes mosquitos. CR advised skipping products made with nautral plant oils, saying they provided less than an hour of protection against the Zika carriers.
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