Bug Sprays Rated​: This Year's Safest & Most Effective Insect Repellents​ (PHOTOS)

woman applying bug sprayIt's almost summer, and in addition to all the beauty and green and warmth that brings, it'll also mean busting out the bug spray. But conundrum: Only about a third of Americans believe insect repellents on the market are safe for adults, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. Even fewer -- 23 percent! -- believe they're safe for kids.   

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It's no surprise. No matter how much you hate clawing at mosquito bites, you probably loathe the toxic idea of dousing yourself in deet. But are natural alternatives effective?

Well, good news: For the first time ever in Consumer Reports’ tests of insect repellents, new, safer products—made with milder, plantlike chemicals—were the most effective.

So which ones should we be using -- and how? Here, the most useful findings from Consumer Reports' latest bug spray investigation.

What will you be using to keep mosquitoes away this summer? 

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