As much as we love spending time outdoors in the summer, it does come with some unwelcome visitors – the presence of pesky bugs. But you can keep buzzing mosquitos and bothersome flies at bay – and prevent bites – with an array of insect repellants (that actually work). And we’ve sourced 7 of the best bug-busting products for all sorts of outdoor scenarios.
Don’t let some annoying bug bites put a damper on your summer fun. Stock up on these smart products that will deter mosquitos, flies, and more insects from crashing your outdoor entertaining. We’ve selected an array of repellant products, from classic citronella to DEET-free sprays to smart technology that will really keep unwanted bugs away – and help you truly enjoy all that summer has to offer.
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Just like the classic candle, this stylish hanging coil releases natural citronella oil into the air once lit. And with 36 hours of burn time, mosquitos will be banished until long after your outdoor entertaining is over.
Picaridin Insect Repellent
This top-rated repellant uses Picaridin — a safer alternative to DEET – to repel ticks, mosquitoes, flies, and more. Plus this nongreasy formula is comfortable on the skin, dries quickly, and works for up to bug-free 12 hours.
Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller
For a tech twist on keeping mosquitos away, opt for this smart product. Using a rechargeable ion battery, this repeller creates a 20-foot zone of protection against mosquitoes – and lasts for an impressive 5 hours on a single charge.
Ceramic Citronella Candle
You can’t go wrong with that staple of bug banishing – the citronella candle. With 6 wicks, this one produces plenty of scent, and will also make a very pretty addition to your outdoor dining table.
Bug Bam! Mosquito Band
Whether camping or just enjoying an evening in the backyard, these bracelets are a must-have for any summer outdoor activity. Slide a band on your wrist or ankle (or a chair, tent, or stroller) and you’ll deter mosquitos for up to 100 hours.
Golden Hour DEET-Free Repellent
Prefer a totally natural bug spray? This repellant is made of Indonesian citronella oil that stops bugs in their tracks. And as an added bonus, it’s a far cry from other chemical-smelling sprays, with a lovely citrus and vanilla scent.
Table Top Bug Repellent Fan
Keep bugs from buzzing around tabletops with this simple and effective solution. The holographic blades on this fan create light patterns that flying pests dislike – and won’t come near. And don’t worry, the soft blades are also totally safe for fingers too.
And If You Do Get Bit…Bug Bite Thing
This oh-so-convenient gadget is here to help heal bug bites fast. By using a powerful suction, it removes venom, saliva, and other irritants that cause itching and swelling. That means your mosquito bites end up being a lot less itchy – and you can have a lot more fun instead.