12 of the best bug repellents, from sprays to candles and even bracelets

Because the best insect repellent will allow you to spend more time outdoors.

Best bug repellents

by Sophie Knight |

If you're planning a staycation, hopefully, full of sunshine (although, yes the plants in the garden really could do with some rain), then expect some unwanted visitors in your garden. Never fear - the best bug repellents are here!

With hot weather, you can expect insects and mozzies - especially in Britain, where the humid weather seems perfect for those little biters. If you're planning plenty of time in your garden, having a BBQ with your family or relaxing in your hot tub, chances are you'll be joined by a selection of over-familiar bugs.

If you're getting bitten alive by mosquitoes or fed up with thunder bugs, a good bug repellent will be your friend during the heat. Whether you want to slather yourself in bug-repellent cream or light a citronella candle during your BBQ, we've picked some of the best products you can buy.

What are the most common insect bites?

You can get bitten by a range of bugs and insects, and it can be hard to identify what's bitten you unless you saw the bug in action. These are the most common insect bites:

• Mosquitoes

• Hornets

• Wasps

• Bees

• Ticks

• Horsefly

• Midges or gnats

• Bed bugs

• Mites

• Fleas

• Spiders

• Ants

Mosquitoes are often the most common bites in the summer, and cause red, itchy bumps on your skin. In other parts of the world, they can be dangerous as they spread diseases like malaria, but they don't cause major harm in the UK.

Spider bites are rare in the UK, although native species - such as the false widow spider - can give you a nasty bite.

Wasp, hornet, and bee stings can be really painful - and dangerous if you're allergic, as you can go into anaphylaxis, so always ring 999 if you have a severe reaction to a bite or sting. The NHS website has more information on what to do with bites and stings.

If you get bitten by a tick, you might not feel it; but you'll get a small red lump on the skin, swelling, itchiness, blistering and bruising. Ticks can also carry Lyme disease, which is potentially serious.

If you find a tick on your skin, remove it immediately, but do so carefully - rip them out and you can leave the mouthparts behind. It's best to use a tick remover - they're handy to have in your first aid box, especially if you go for lots of countryside walks.

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Sophie Knight is the Editor for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for Yours.co.uk, Mother&Baby across parenting and lifestyle.

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