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Bug Spray

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Bug Spray at Walgreens

Bug sprays, also known as insect repellents, are often used to keep bugs away from the body and help prevent bug bites. There are also bug sprays that can be used directly on insects, and sprays that help keep bugs off of pets. Different bug sprays may contain different active ingredients, and there are various formulations available depending on personal preference and need. Insect repellents designed to be used on the skin are available as sprays or wipes. Various formulations are available for purchase in stores or online at Walgreens.

Insect repellents for use on skin

Bug bites can be irritating, uncomfortable, and they can even lead to mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and yellow fever, and tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. Insect repellents can help prevent bites by coating the skin in a substance that insects don’t like, keeping them away from the skin and reducing the risk of bites. Insect repellents can help prevent bites from mosquitoes, flies, fleas, chiggers, and ticks.


One of the most effective active ingredients in insect repellents is diethyltoluamide, also known as DEET. DEET-based insect repellents are available at different concentrations and can be a good option when you need extended protection from bug bites. DEET works well to prevent bug bites and is safe for most people when used as directed on the label. However, DEET can be very dangerous if ingested or if used in heavy amounts on the skin for long periods of time. If ingested, DEET can cause a burning sensation. It can also affect the heart and nervous system, causing low blood pressure, low heart rate, and seizures. Consult with a healthcare provider immediately if you or someone you know ingests DEET.


Another common ingredient in insect repellents used on the skin is picaridin, sometimes also called icaridin. Picaridin can be as effective as DEET for shorter periods of time, but DEET’s effects tend to last longer. Picaridin is more tolerable than DEET for many people and is not as toxic when ingested, but proper safety precautions should always be followed when applying insect repellents such as picaridin and DEET. Be careful to follow the instructions on the label and consult a healthcare provider if you experience serious side effects from these products.

Plant-based bug sprays

People with sensitive skin and those who prefer natural ingredients may opt for plant-based formulations. The common active ingredient in natural formulas is PMD (P-menthane-3,8-diol), which comes from the oil of lemon eucalyptus. While PMD is effective for shorter-term use, it is not as effective as DEET and does not last as long. The CDC recommends people avoid eye contact with PMD and avoid using it on children’s faces and hands. This plant-based insect repellent can be a good alternative to DEET and picaridin for some people depending on personal preference. Consult with a healthcare provider if you are having trouble deciding on the best insect repellent for you.

Bug sprays for pets

Fleas and ticks can also bite pets such as dogs and cats. Protecting your pets and home from these bugs can help keep insects and the diseases they may carry at bay. Flea and tick repellents for pets are available in oral tablet form. They can also be purchased in spray form online and in stores at Walgreens. If you are considering these products for your pet, be sure to talk with your veterinarian about the options and carefully read the label to follow instructions safely.

Getting rid of insects inside the house

Insecticides are different from insect repellents that are used directly on the skin. Insecticides should never be applied to skin. Insecticides are chemicals that are often used to kill certain insects in households and outdoor environments. These products may use different active ingredients and may be designed to kill specific insects and pests. There are formulations specifically made to kill cockroaches, bedbugs, or wasps and hornets. These products should not come into contact with the skin and should not be inhaled or ingested. Consult with a healthcare provider right away if you or someone you know ingests insecticides.

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