Consumer Reports released their top five mosquito repellants of 2020, and what is crazy is that nothing really changed in 2021. With so many of us planning to finally go out and enjoy our summer, it's probably best that we make plans to bathe in mosquito repellent that actually works. Leave it to folks in the south to be more scared of mosquitos than they are of alligators.

Every year without fail, my arms and legs suffer. Mosquitoes are all part of a club that wants to eat me alive. Wearing shorts and short sleeves is a must in the South, however, this always leads to bites, sores, scabs, and scars on my skin. Some mosquito repellents just don't work on me. I hate that feeling of nonstop itching.

Joe Conlon, a former Navy entomologist and technical adviser to the American Mosquito Control Association told Consumer Report “There’s a mind-boggling number of choices that you have to make, and it’s actually very important to pick the right product because it will be your best defense against some very serious diseases.”

Anest, Thinkstock
Anest, Thinkstock

Conlon is talking about scary diseases like Lyme disease and the Zika virus, both of which are carried by mosquitoes. One thing that we can all agree on is horrid itching after we get bitten by the pests of the south, no one likes that itchy feeling.

Here are the best of the best mosquito repellents according to Consumer Reports.

Top 5 Mosquito Repellants

  1. 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent
  2. All Terrain Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent
  3. All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent
  4. Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Insect Repellent
  5. Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent

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