I don't know why I didn't do this years ago but maybe it took some really horrible little black flies that are new to our area to make me finally find a safe bug repellent for our kids that was easy to apply and didn't leave a lingering bug repellent odor.
I had already long since given up traditional bug sprays because of the ingredients in them and had since found this natural bug balm for our kids.
The only trouble is, I can't spray it on them and the application process times four is more than I care to do every time my kids want to be out doors (which is pretty much all of the time when the weather is good). Plus, even though the bug balm is effective, it has a strong smell to it that I don't care to smell all day long after it is applied. (This brand does make a spray variety but it's almost $12 for 4 oz and I'm pretty sure we'd go through that in nothing flat.)