Worried About Zika? Here Are The Best Mosquito Repellents

By Lifestyle and Budget

File photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

The first baby born in the continental U.S. with a Zika virus-related birth defect, microcephaly, was delivered in New Jersey on Tuesday. According to the CDC, 591 cases of Zika have been diagnosed in the U.S. so far -- all travel related. While there are currently no cures, you may be able prevent contracting the virus by using mosquito repellents. Here are some of the best-rated insect repellents, according to Consumer Reports.

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  • 1. Sawyer Picaridin

    Sawyer Picaridin

    Sawyer Picaridin insect repellent scored a 96 out of a possible 100 points based on tick and mosquito repellent effectiveness. The pump spray retails for about $8.25 and was found to last up to eight hours.

  • 2. Off! Deepwoods Vlll Insect Repellent

    Off! Deepwoods Vlll Insect Repellent

    This mild, mostly floral aroma aerosol spray costs about $6.50 and offers more than 8 hours protection from Aedes and Culex mosquitos. Its active ingredient is deet 25%.

  • 3. Ben’s 30% Deet Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula

    Ben’s 30% Deet Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula

    This formula also scored very high at 93 when it came to effectiveness, but beware of its rubber cement aroma after applying. The aerosol spray costs approximately $6.39 and its active ingredient is deet 30%.

  • 4. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus

    Repel Lemon Eucalyptus

    The pump spray costs about $7.50, and if you like the smell of eucalyptus with a hint of lemon, you’re in luck. Its active ingredients are oil of lemon and eucalyptus 30%.  

  • 5. Natrapel 8 Hour Insect Repellent

    Natrapel 8 Hour Insect Repellent

    Priced between $5.42 and $9.95, this aerosol spray’s active ingredient is picaridin 20%, and protects against Aedes and Culex mosquitoes for up to six hours.

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