4 ways to keep bugs at bay this summer

Mosquitoes and other biting bugs aren’t just annoying’they can be a health risk too. Here’s how to protect yourself

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Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Icaridin Insect Repellent Spray I

With its light, pretty fragrance, no one will be able to tell that you're wearing insect repellent-except the bugs. This aerosol spray promises to repel mosquitoes for five hours and deer ticks for up to seven hours. ($16, 113 g; avon.ca)

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Natrapel

This plant-based, DEET-free insect repellent has an active ingredient of oil of lemon eucalyptus, which gives it a light scent. The company says it will repel mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects for up to six hours. (Available in Canada in two sizes: $7, 37 mL; $9, 74 mL)

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OFF! Clip-on Mosquito Repellent

This odourless mosquito-repellent device clips onto your clothing or belt. The quiet fan inside the device circulates repellent to offer full-body protection. ($12 for a starter kit that includes one fan unit, one repellent disk and an AA battery. A twin-pack repellent disk refill is $7.)

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ThermaCELL Mosquito Area Repellent Patio Lantern

This silent and odour-free lantern provides 4.5 metre by 4.5 metre protection from mosquitoes. It's portable and cordless so you can even bring it along for picnics and camping. ($30, kit includes lantern, three repellent mats and one ThermaCELL cartridge)