Top mosquito repellents to fight off spread of Zika virus

(Various bug sprays on display in a store.)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A recent test performed by Consumer Reports shows which brands of insect repellent are most effective at fighting the spread of the Zika virus.

Trisha Calvo of Consumer Reports spoke with CBS contributors, telling them, “In a laboratory, very brave volunteers put their arms into a cage full of 200 disease-free mosquitoes and we use two types of mosquitoes. One is the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile and the other is the Aedes mosquito that carries Zika.”

16 insect repellents were tested. The most effective ingredients that keep away mosquitoes were found to be Deet, Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to the study.

Top brands, according to the report, are listed here:

  • Sawyer’s Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin
  • Ben’s 30% DEET Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula
  • Natrapel 8 Hour, with 20 percent picaridin
  • Off! Deepwoods VIII, with 25 percent DEET
  • Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, with 30 percent lemon eucalyptus
  • Repel Scented Family, with 15 percent DEET

The Sawyer’s product was listed as the best, according to the test. Contributors say it keeps mosquitoes away “for up to eight hours.”

The repellents that were not very effective had some common ingredients, the report said. The ones with natural plant oils like lemongrass and citronella were not recommended.

Contributors say that 756 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States, as of June 15. Every case was detected in someone who traveled abroad or had sexual contact with someone who did. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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