Texas summers bring warmth, sunshine, and, unfortunately, a swarm of mosquitoes and bugs. To help you enjoy your outdoor activities without the constant annoyance of insect bites, we've compiled a list of the best mosquito and bug repellents for kids and adults. Here are our top recommendations:

 

For Adults

 

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

  • Active Ingredient: Metofluthrin
  • Protection Zone: 15-foot radius
  • Why We Love It: Ideal for backyard use, this device creates a mosquito-free zone without the need for skin contact. It's great for patio or porch settings​.

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion

  • Active Ingredient: 20% Picaridin
  • Protection Duration: Up to 14 hours
  • Why We Love It: This lotion is perfect for applying to sensitive areas like hands and face. It offers long-lasting protection and is less greasy than DEET-based repellents​.

OFF! Deep Woods Insect & Mosquito Repellent

  • Active Ingredient: 25% DEET
  • Protection Duration: Up to 8 hours
  • Why We Love It: This spray is effective against mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects. Its powder-dry formula ensures your skin doesn't feel greasy​.

For Kids

 

OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent

  • Active Ingredient: 5% Picaridin
  • Protection Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Why We Love It: This gentle formula is safe for kids and provides effective protection without greasiness. It's also easy to apply with a fine mist spray​.

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

  • Active Ingredient: Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (30% PMD)
  • Protection Duration: Up to 6 hours
  • Why We Love It: A great DEET-free option, this repellent has a pleasant lemon scent and is effective against mosquitoes and ticks. It's suitable for kids aged 3 and older​.

BuggyBands Mosquito Repellent Bracelets

  • Active Ingredients: Geraniol, Lemongrass, Citronella
  • Protection Duration: Up to 350 hours
  • Why We Love It: These colorful bracelets are fun for kids to wear and offer a non-greasy alternative to sprays and lotions. They are best for short outdoor activities​.

Additional Tips:

  • For Areas with Standing Water: Use products like Summit Mosquito Dunks to kill mosquito larvae in standing water around your home​.
  • For Camping and Hiking: Small, portable options like Repel 100 with 98% DEET are highly effective and easy to carry​.

Insect-Repelling Plants for Your Backyard or Patio

 

Enhance your outdoor living space with plants that naturally repel insects. Many are both edible and pretty, as well!

 

Citronella Grass (Lemon Grass)

 

Citronella grass, known for its strong lemon scent, is one of the most effective mosquito repellents. It's best grown in large planters in sunny areas​.

 

Basil

 

This versatile herb repels mosquitoes and flies with its strong aroma. Plant it in containers around seating areas for added protection and a handy cooking ingredient​.

 

Marigold

 

Marigolds emit a scent that deters mosquitoes, aphids, and other insects. They are easy to grow and can be planted around vegetable gardens or in pots on patios​.

 

Lavender

 

Lavender's pleasant fragrance repels mosquitoes, flies, and moths. It also adds a lovely purple hue to your garden​​.

 

Rosemary

 

Rosemary's woody scent keeps mosquitoes and other pests away. It thrives in containers and can also be used in cooking.

 

Mint

 

Mint is effective against mosquitoes, ants, and flies. Plant it in pots to prevent it from overtaking your garden​.

 

Catnip

 

In some studies, catnip has been found to be more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes, cockroaches, and termites.

 

Lemongrass

 

Lemongrass, like citronella grass, repels mosquitoes with its strong, lemony scent​.

 

Integrating these plants into your garden or patio allows you to enjoy a more pleasant and pest-free outdoor environment.

 

With these options, you can enjoy your summer activities in Texas without the hassle of constant mosquito bites. Always follow the application instructions and reapply as needed to ensure maximum protection. Stay safe and bug-free!