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Warmer weather means long evenings of sipping wine in our garden (short of wine? Top up with a wine delivery service pronto), brighter mornings that make getting out of bed less torturous and zero shivering when we stand outside for hours on end, because our children want us to watch them do tricks on the slide.
Sadly though, it also means the returns of all those bugs we’d forgotten about for another year.
From mosquitos and flies to ants and wasps, there are all manner of pests lurking in our newly planted gardens and, though we’re peaceful, animal-loving people, we’re not keen on being bitten while we wait for the barbecue to heat up.
That means that bug repellant is a must.
The thing is that many of us don’t stock up on it, especially when we don’t intend to travel to warmer climates for a while, and so, though our tin cupboard might be full to the brim, our bug repellant cupboard (if you have such a thing) remains bare.
So, we’ve rounded up six top-rated insect repellant sprays on Amazon, so you can enjoy the sun with none of the flailing your arms and itching that bugs bring to the party.
6 top-rated insect repellant sprays
Jungle Formula Maximum Insect Repellent Spray with DEET | £6 from Amazon
With an insect repellent factor of four, this spray provides up to nine hours of total protection
The Jungle Formula Maximum Insect Repellent Spray with DEET has 612 reviews, with an overall rating of 4.6 out of five.
“I’ve not been bitten by any bugs since I’ve used this product,” one reviewer wrote.
Smidge Insect Repellent | £7 from Amazon
With 1,300 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say that this rather stylish bug repellant does the trick.
Smidge Insect Repellent has 1,297 reviews and an overall rating of 4.5 out of five stars.
“This has been highly effective against mosquitoes for me and doesn't have a horrible caustic smell,” wrote one shopper.
Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent | £5.71 from Amazon
Fragrance-free topical insect repellent with 20% Picaridin will give you up to 14-hour protection from insect bites.
The Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent has a whopping 6,442 reviews and an overall rating of 4.4 out of five stars.
“Superb. No smell and no stickiness and best of all no mean mosquito bites either!” wrote one happy shopper.
Repel 100 Insect Repellent | £15.99 from Amazon
The Repel pump spray repellent protects up to 10 hours and is formulated for severe insect conditions such as Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue and West Nile viruses.
The Repel 100 Insect Repellent has 3,485 reviews and an overall rating of 4.4 out of five.
“Really good protection while away on holiday. Five stars.” wrote one bug-free buyer.
Incognito Insect Repellent Spray | £11.75 from Amazon
This scientifically-tested insect repellent spray is super effective at repelling mosquitoes and biting insects for up to 5 hours, just ask the 990 reviewers who gave it five stars.
“It's light, smell nice and not sticky at all. It's al natural ingredient! Very happy!” wrote one.
Jungle Formula Insect Repellent Spray Pump with DEET | £6.81 from Amazon
This environmentally friendly non-aerosol mosquito pump repellent contains 50 Percent DEET for maximum protection for adults for up to nine hours.
The Jungle Formula Insect Repellent Spray Pump with DEET has 1,670 reviews and overall rating of 4.6 out of five.
“This really works. I went out to a place where I normally get eaten alive and not one bite. Didn’t even have them land on me!” wrote one happy shopper.