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photo: Dan Bergstrom

Summer is here and we’re all probably eager to get out into the garden or just onto the porch with a cool drink. Those of you who seem to be natural mosquito magnets like me are probably also thinking about stocking up on repellents as well.

There are so many products on the market, though, and it can be pretty confusing. Not all repellents are equal. So what’s important is to know which actually work and which may pose health risks of their own.

Fortunately, our friends at NRDC Smarter Living have put together an excellent overview of the most common insect repellent ingredients, their effects, and their proper use.

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