This repellent for less than €6 is the best anti-mosquito treatment to avoid bites this summer, according to UFC-Que Choisir

It’s hot, and with the heat comes the mosquitoes and itchy pimples. Good news, the most effective mosquito repellent treatment to buy this year to avoid mosquito bites costs less than 6 euros only, according to UFC-Que Choisir.

Like every summer, it is time to anticipate the inconveniences of the summer period and equip yourself with care to keep mosquitoes away and limit bites which leave itchy red bumps. As essential for summer vacations as sunscreen, this body treatment is useful so as not to end up with your arms, legs and back covered in mosquito buds. But we still need to find an effective one… For its latest comparative test, UFC-Que Choisir has precisely tested in the laboratory no less than 37 mosquito repellents in spray, aerosol, stick and roll-on.

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These anti-mosquito treatments have been tested against the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) which is very present in France. To find out which ones are really effective against mosquito bites, volunteers applied the different products to their forearms, making sure to put 1 g of mosquito repellentbefore putting their forearm “in a cage infested with hungry mosquitoes”. Result, it is a treatment for less than 6 euros only who is the most effective way to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes this summer: the repellent Insect Screen Infested Areas.

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Here is the most effective mosquito and tiger mosquito repellent treatment for summer 2024

To determine which anti-mosquito product to apply to the skin is the most effective, the duration of protection of repellent treatments – which varies from a few minutes to more than 10 hours without bites – was taken into account, as was the potential toxicity of these repellents to be applied to the skin which have, for their part, been evaluated in the short and medium term, as specified by the Federal Consumers’ Union. After testing, the Insect Écran Infested Zones repellent treatment obtained the best score in the ranking, 18.1/20.

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Suitable for adults as well as children from the age of 24 months and pregnant women, its allergen-free formula contains 50% DEET, a synthetic repellent active ingredient which is recognized as “the benchmark for mosquito repellents” according to the crusoe website, expert in anti-mosquito solutions. The Insect Screen Infested Areas spray protects against tiger mosquitoes, other mosquitoes, sandflies and even ticks. “Our test confirms its very good repellent effectiveness: more than 9 hours against tiger mosquitoes and 8 hours against ticks with 1 g/600 cm²”, notes UFC Que Choisir. The Federal Consumers’ Union specifies that it is essential to apply the product twice a day to benefit from the 16 hours of protection highlighted on the spray’s packaging. Something to know for your summer vacation in the sun!

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Tiger mosquito: here are the 4 other most effective repellent treatments to protect you from them, according to UFC-Que Choisir

If you cannot find the best mosquito repellent treatment in stores or pharmacies at your vacation spot, be aware that other repellent products have been validated by UFC-Que Choisir, which endorses their effectiveness. In second position in the ranking, we find the Paranix Zones tropiques spray rated 17.4/20 and sold for 5.75 euros on average. It contains DEET and geraniol to repel mosquitoes.

Several other effective mosquito repellent products are available at Decathlon. These are the yellow Forclaz repellent spray based on icaridin (another synthetic molecule) available from the brand, rated 17.2/20 by the Federal Consumers’ Union, and the black Forclaz repellent spray from Decathlon rated 17.1/20. It uses lemon eucalyptus oil to prevent itchy pimples. In 5th position, we also find an anti-mosquito spray with a “natural” formula which is rated 16.9/20 by UFC-Que Choisir: the 7-hour anti-bite repellent – soothing spray from the Puressentiel brand. This anti-mosquito treatment uses lemon eucalyptus oil to prevent mosquito bites.

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