You’ve Been Doing It Wrong! How to Properly Apply Bug Spray

Andy McVey

Insect repellent is only as effective as the way it is applied. When applied properly, Ranger Ready picaridin insect repellent will prevent bites from mosquitos and ticks all day long.

Make applying insect repellent a part of your everyday routine. Before you walk out the door, apply sunscreen and then bug spray for all-day protection.

For those hard to reach areas, Ranger Ready’s trigger spray bottle makes applying your insect repellent much easier and is perfect for daily use, as it has enough product for over 70 full-body applications.


Ranger Ready repels ticks and mosquitos for 12 hours, so a typical day outdoors will require just one application. If you plan on spending a long day outdoors, and biting flies, gnats, and chiggers are prevalent in your area, reapply the bug spray after every 8 hours. 

Of course, when swimming or experiencing excessive sweating, reapplication is necessary to effectively repel biting insects.

When applying insect repellent on exposed skin, also pay close attention to the easily forgotten areas like behind the knees and the back of the neck. And don’t forget your face! Spray into your hands first and apply that way.

Ticks love warm areas and will climb up your sleeves to get under your arms, up your pant legs, and into your shoes. We recommend wearing long sleeves, high socks, and pants when possible. Additionally, wearing a hat when in wooded areas will prevent vectors from burrowing into your hair.

Even when you’re wearing your tick repellent, take the time to check yourself, friends, family, and pets after a day outdoors. It will exponentially decrease your chances of contracting Lyme disease if you remove a tick within a few hours of being bitten. If you need to remove a tick, read our safe tick removal guide.

By applying your insect repellent properly and taking all of the preventative steps, like wearing proper clothing and reapplying when necessary, you can feel safe and protected from insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Powassan virus, and others.

Watch the video below for a detailed explanation and helpful tips for staying protected against ticks, mosquitos, flies, and other biting insects.

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