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Effectiveness Aedes Mosquitoes (hrs.)
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Effectiveness Culex Mosquitoes (hrs.)
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Effectiveness Deer Ticks (hrs.)
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Resists damage to materials
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CU Recommended Sawyer Picaridin see here $8.25
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Picaridin 20% 8 8 8.5 Pump Spray 2.06 3
CU Best Buy Ben's 30% Deet Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula see here $8.00
93
Deet 30% 7.5 8 8.5 Aerosol 1.33 3
CU Recommended Repel Lemon Eucalyptus see here $7.50
87
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus 30% [Approx 65% p-menthane-3,8-diol] 7 8 7 Pump Spray 1.88 5
CU Best Buy Repel Scented Family see here $7.00
82
Deet 15% 5 8 8.5 Aerosol 1.08 3
CU Recommended Natrapel 8 Hour see here $9.00
81
Picaridin 20% 8 8 6 Aerosol 1.50 3
CU Recommended Off! Deepwoods Vlll see here $6.50
74
Deet 25% 8 8 5 Aerosol 1.63 3
CU Best Buy Coleman SkinSmart see here $8.00
69
3-[N-Butyl-acetyl]-amino propionic acid ethyl ester IR3535 20% 3 6 8 Aerosol 1.33 3
CU Best Buy Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard plus Picaridin see here $14.00
62
Picaridin 10% 3 8 7 Pump Spray 3.50 3
CU Best Buy Cutter Skinsations see here $4.50
33
Deet 7% 1 3 6 Pump Spray 0.75 3
CU Best Buy HOMS Bite Blocker BioUD Mini Trigger see here $8.95
31
7.75% 2-Undecanone (CAS # 112-12-9) 3 3.5 3 Pump spray 1.49 4
CU Best Buy Cutter Natural see here $5.00
29
Geraniol 5%, Soybean oil 2%, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 0.4%, Potassium Sorbate 0.1%. 1 0.5 8 Pump Spray 0.83 4
CU Best Buy Burt's Bees Herbal see here $8.00
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Castor oil 10%, Rosemary oil 3.77%, lemongrass oil 2.83%, cedar oil 0.94%, peppermint oil 0.76%, Citronella oil 0.57%, clove oil 0.38%, geranium oil 0.19% 1 1.5 6 Pump Spray 2.00 5
CU Best Buy All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor see here $10.00
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Oil of Soybean 11.5%, Oil of Citronella 10.0%, Oil of Peppermint 2.0%, Oil of Cedar 1.50%, Oil of Lemongrass 1.00%, Oil of Geranium 0.05%. 0.5 1 6.5 Pump Spray 2.50 3
CU Best Buy California Baby Natural Bug Blend see here $15.80
22
Pure essential oils of cymbopogon nardus (citronella) 5%, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) 0.5%, cedrus atlantica (cedar) 0.5%. 0.5 0.5 7 Pump Spray 2.43 5
CU Best Buy Off! FamilyCare ll Clean Feel see here $6.00
18
Picaridin 5% 0.5 1 5 Pump Spray 1.00 4
CU Best Buy EcoSmart Organic * see here $7.00
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Geraniol 1.0%, Rosemary Oil 0.5%, Cinnamon Oil 0.5%, Lemongrass Oil 0.5%, 0.5 0.5 1.5 Pump Spray 1.17 5
   
   
 
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