Dear Pharmacist: What spray do you recommend for hiking or picnicking outdoors? — T.K., Denver, Colorado
Answer: This may shock you, but I prefer chemical sprays that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. I am all about good bug protection and can’t find any natural spray that works. Mosquitoes, ticks and other ‘vectors,’ as they are called, carry pathogens that can infect you and disable you with encephalitis, malaria, Lyme, Babesia and other diseases.
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