How to find the best bug spray

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Want insects to stay away this summer? A new report lists the best types of available repellants that can help keep you pest-free.

The report by the Environmental Working Group finds that no bug repellent works against every single pest, but your best bets are those products made with active ingredients registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and approved by the Centers for Disease Control.

Tests have found that four registered chemicals provide a high level of protection from a number of bug bites. The ingredients can be found in many popular products on your drugstore shelves.

The EWG lists the ingredients as Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and its synthetic derivative known as PMD or DEET.

Despite its reputation as being a powerful chemical, researchers found DEET to be the most effective and least toxic of all the chemicals.

The report warns that, although these repellants are effective and safe, they need to be applied correctly. Consumers must follow the basic instructions to make sure they don’t overexpose their skin.