Now that experts are saying Zika can be sexually transmitted for longer than previously thought, you have even more reason to avoid mosquitoes like it's your job.While the smartest strategy is to steer clear of areas where Zika-carrying mosquitos lurk, projections suggest these insects (aka Aedes) will reach many U.S. cities by this summer.
While religious use of bug spray sounds like a solid defense, not all formulas are equally effective, according to proprietary research recently released by Consumer Reports to serve the public good in light of the Zika epidemic. Here are the six most effective products, as per Consumer Reports's testing of 16 different brands, which involved real
humans heroes who stuck their repellent-treated arms into mosquito-filled cages and recorded frequency of bug bites.
Sawyer Fisherman Formulae Picaridin
This formula did its job for more than eight hours. Despite its slightly oily consistency and unique scent, which has been compared to corn chips with a hint of citrus, Sawyer Fisherman's Formula Picaridin ranked first among its competitors.
Deet Tick And Insect wilderness Formular
Earning a respectable 93 out of 100 possible points, this aerosol spray protected testers from two types of mosquitoes for 7.5 hours. The only downside: A chemical aroma that doesn't subside and an oily residue.
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
Made from oil of lemon eucalyptus, this fresh-scented formula stood up against Zika-carrying mosquitoes for seven hours without the help of any scary-sounding chemicals.