DEET seems to be the main insect repellent that works for pretty much all of the bug world. I just don't care for it, it feels weird, smells weird, and likes to melt stuff.

Most the alternatives seems targeted for just mosquitos, not ticks. IR3535 seems to have some data on ticks (10 people, really?).

What is the best alternative that works for both mosquitos and ticks? Is there any data out there to compare all the repellents?

  • @BenCrowell The suggested duplicate question (and answers) seem to be focused on mosquitoes. The OP seems to be asking about all bugs especially ticks. Could we consider it not being a duplicate if reworded to be clear about this?
    – Roflo
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 16:29
  • Consider discussing on Meta... could be a rather long, complex discussion. Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 22:50


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