You are most likely to find insect repellent in a spray can or bottle for applying on skin or clothing.
Insect repellent in any form should always be applied according to label instructions, which are usually listed on the back of the product container.
Spray your entire body with repellent, including your clothes and exposed skin — don't forget the top of your feet and the back of your neck and hands.
Spray your legs, ankles, and shoes with repellent — ticks usually crawl onto people from the grass or ground.
For more information about how to use insect repellent, visit the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Using Insect Repellents Safely and Effectively webpage.
Frequently reapplying repellent will not make it work better. Look for labels on the repellent container that tell you how long the product will protect you from mosquitoes and ticks.
To reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and ticks, wear long sleeves and pants, and spray repellent on your clothes. (Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, like yoga pants.)
Check your entire body for ticks after returning indoors. Don't forget to check children and pets!
Wash your clothes and bathe after using insect repellent and returning indoors.