The consumer testing group released its latest update on which repellents work best Tuesday, and said those with naturally derived oils may smell nice, but they don't keep the mosquitoes off for long.
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This jibes with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. Both the CDC and Consumer Reports say that while "natural" sounds better and safer to consumer, it isn't necessarily so. That's especially true when it comes to mosquito repellents.
"Consumer Reports tested products to see which work best against the Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika as well as against Culex mosquitoes, which spread West Nile, and the ticks that carry Lyme," the group says it its report.
"We looked at 16 repellents with a range of active ingredients, including conventional chemicals like DEET, synthetic plantlike compounds that resemble those found in nature, and plant oils like citronella and rosemary."