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16 Things That'll Stop Bugs From Torturing You This Summer

"Bite me." —an insult that would not work with mosquitoes.

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1. A rechargeable electronic zapper that'll make you feel superior to all the bugs that once made you whimper in fear.

"I am a KILLING MACHINE!" —me after murdering one ant. Promising review: "Okay, this thing is awesome! My first swing at a bug resulted in a ZAP, and then it was dead. In this case, it was a moth, and that moth hit the ground right away. We've used it on numerous bugs of various sizes, all with great success!" —Fernando PooGet it from Amazon for $19.99.
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"I am a KILLING MACHINE!" —me after murdering one ant.

Promising review: "Okay, this thing is awesome! My first swing at a bug resulted in a ZAP, and then it was dead. In this case, it was a moth, and that moth hit the ground right away. We've used it on numerous bugs of various sizes, all with great success!" —Fernando Poo

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

2. A reusable fly trap for when Venus is just too far away. Annoying buzzing should never fly around your home.

I'm using puns to distract myself from the all the review photos because AAHHHH. Promising review: "I have tried many fly traps and NONE of them compare to this one! We are on a farm, so we've got lots of flies: but if I had a dollar for every fly I have dumped out of these jars, I'd be a multi-millionaire! Be prepared that the smell when it gets full isn't pleasant, so you want to place it far away from occupied areas!" —alliecatzGet it from Amazon for $7.99.
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I'm using puns to distract myself from the all the review photos because AAHHHH.

Promising review: "I have tried many fly traps and NONE of them compare to this one! We are on a farm, so we've got lots of flies: but if I had a dollar for every fly I have dumped out of these jars, I'd be a multi-millionaire! Be prepared that the smell when it gets full isn't pleasant, so you want to place it far away from occupied areas!" —alliecatz

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

3. Bug control spray that is to mosquitoes what Dumbledore is to Voldemort; a threat and a worthy enemy.

Promising review: "I think this stuff has literally eradicated all of the mosquitoes in my backyard — and my backyard was originally like Valhalla for mosquitoes. But I sprayed the entire yard with this and I haven't seen ANY mosquitoes at all. Like, none." —William M. FerriterGet it from Amazon for $8.44.
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Promising review: "I think this stuff has literally eradicated all of the mosquitoes in my backyard — and my backyard was originally like Valhalla for mosquitoes. But I sprayed the entire yard with this and I haven't seen ANY mosquitoes at all. Like, none." —William M. Ferriter

Get it from Amazon for $8.44.

4. A deet free bug repellent made from organic ingredients that offers up to seven hours of protection.

The formula includes plant-based essential oils like lemongrass, citronella, soybean, geranium, rosemary, clove, and thyme oils. Promising review: "WOW. This is the best EVER! Living in Florida, we battle mosquitoes all year long. Not only did Bug Mace repel all the nastiness, but it also smells good — we didn't itch, feel sticky, or have the odor of typical bug spray." —Trina BierGet it from Amazon for $7.95.
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The formula includes plant-based essential oils like lemongrass, citronella, soybean, geranium, rosemary, clove, and thyme oils.

Promising review: "WOW. This is the best EVER! Living in Florida, we battle mosquitoes all year long. Not only did Bug Mace repel all the nastiness, but it also smells good — we didn't itch, feel sticky, or have the odor of typical bug spray." —Trina Bier

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

5. Ant bait granules intended for the perimeter of your home: they can't get inside if they can't survive outside.

Promising review: "We've been using Amdro ant bait for years now, and it has never failed. Once we start seeing ants working their way into the house, we spread the granules around the perimeter — if we catch them early enough, we're good for the rest of the summer and rarely need to apply more than once." —GamaGet it from Amazon for $11.97.
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Promising review: "We've been using Amdro ant bait for years now, and it has never failed. Once we start seeing ants working their way into the house, we spread the granules around the perimeter — if we catch them early enough, we're good for the rest of the summer and rarely need to apply more than once." —Gama

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

6. Heavy-duty cockroach bait that guarantees no insect will dare app~roach~ your home ever again.

I couldn't stomach posting the review photos. But there are several. Promising review: "Last night, I put the first glob of bait down in the kitchen. Before I had even stood all the way back up (no lie), three adult roaches beelined straight for it. I followed the directions and baited the entire kitchen, entryway, and laundry area and left to go meet some friends: eight hours later, there were dead and dying roaches EVERYWHERE, and the bait was gone. I stepped around the bodies of my defeated enemies and re-baited the same areas before leaving to go crash on my friend's couch." —Lesbian UnicornGet a box of four tubes from Amazon for $25.73.
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I couldn't stomach posting the review photos. But there are several.

Promising review: "Last night, I put the first glob of bait down in the kitchen. Before I had even stood all the way back up (no lie), three adult roaches beelined straight for it. I followed the directions and baited the entire kitchen, entryway, and laundry area and left to go meet some friends: eight hours later, there were dead and dying roaches EVERYWHERE, and the bait was gone. I stepped around the bodies of my defeated enemies and re-baited the same areas before leaving to go crash on my friend's couch." —Lesbian Unicorn

Get a box of four tubes from Amazon for $25.73.

7. Insect repellent wipes perfect for travel adventures and I-don't-want-to-carry-a-bottle scenarios.

Promising review: "These are effective and super easy to use. I used them on a trip to Vietnam and got zero mosquito bites. I love how you can just wipe them on: there's no spray mess and you can be precise with the application." —Jennifer TammiGet a pack of 30 wipes from Amazon for $7.95.
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Promising review: "These are effective and super easy to use. I used them on a trip to Vietnam and got zero mosquito bites. I love how you can just wipe them on: there's no spray mess and you can be precise with the application." —Jennifer Tammi

Get a pack of 30 wipes from Amazon for $7.95.

8. An electronic insect light described as a "mosquito murdering machine." See below.

Promising review: "Holy crap! WOW! This is a mosquito murdering machine! This cleared the air of the little devils in one week. Life is wonderful because of this thing! ZZZT zzzzZZZT ZAP. I have my yard back!" —Charles KarpGet it from Amazon for $56.38.
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Promising review: "Holy crap! WOW! This is a mosquito murdering machine! This cleared the air of the little devils in one week. Life is wonderful because of this thing! ZZZT zzzzZZZT ZAP. I have my yard back!" —Charles Karp

Get it from Amazon for $56.38.

9. A citronella outdoor candle guaranteed to help mosquitoes relax and unwind after a long day of biting. NOT.

Mosquitoes hate citronella, and I hate mosquitoes. Promising review: "These worked great over the summer! They are long-lasting and cover a large area. You can buy with confidence knowing these will keep the bugs away." —BryanGet it from Amazon for $4.99.
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Mosquitoes hate citronella, and I hate mosquitoes.

Promising review: "These worked great over the summer! They are long-lasting and cover a large area. You can buy with confidence knowing these will keep the bugs away." —Bryan

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

10. Boric acid designed to say "sayonara" to the cockroaches that need to evacuate the premises, like, yesterday.

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"I DIDN'T INVITE YOU IN!"

Promising review: "I could cry as I type this. We had a terrible, terrible roach problem. I spent a fortune over the last couple of years on baits and sprays, but the roaches seem to thrive off the baits, frankly. I was skeptical about this stuff, but it was cheap, so I gave it a shot. I bought two canisters before we went on vacation. I powdered all the rooms where we had seen roaches: the bathrooms, around the electronics, and the kitchen. Then we left for a week. When I came home, it was a mass killing. I've never had any sort of success like I have with this thing!" —MCV

Get it from Amazon for $7.39.

11. Ant gel designed to get rid of the ant colonies that seem to think your home is the new frontier.

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Promising review: "This stuff was amazing. It was a bit freaky to see the amount of ants in my house as they came to gobble up the poison, but that's proof that this works. I had a terrible infestation in my kitchen and bathrooms, but it's been three months now and not an ant in sight." —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $26.48.

12. Apple cider vinegar ideal for trapping all the fruit flies that torture your apples and bananas.

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Are fruit flies annoying the livin' daylights out of you? Take a cup, pour in a little apple cider vinegar, cover the cup with saran wrap, and poke a few holes in it: the flies will be all but gone.

Get it from Amazon for $9.45.

13. Non-toxic spider traps that ensure the itsy bitsy spider will NOT climb up the spout again.

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"PLEASE DON'T CLIMB UP THE WATERSPOUT ANYMORE!" —me to every daddy longlegs in a 700 mile radius.

Promising review: "We get huge spiders entering the house every fall. Even the bravest men heavily question their choice of shoe before heading into battle against these creatures. After a particularly heated run-in last year, we pulled the trigger and placed these lil babies around the baseboards (2-4/room). The demons stick to them, for sure." —Lisa

14. Mosquito bits that'll drastically reduce the amount of blood-sucking vampire-insect hybrids that live in your yard.

Promising review: "Not one season has gone by without me using these marvelous little mosquito bits. They really do make a difference; it's the difference between wearing shorts and a tank top to water my flowers and having to wear a full-length space suit drenched in citronella." —Jeni ReinGet it from Amazon for $14.64.
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Promising review: "Not one season has gone by without me using these marvelous little mosquito bits. They really do make a difference; it's the difference between wearing shorts and a tank top to water my flowers and having to wear a full-length space suit drenched in citronella." —Jeni Rein

Get it from Amazon for $14.64.

15. Liquid ant baits guaranteed to squash any chances of a Bug's Life reunion in your home. Sorry not sorry, Flik.

Promising review: "I do feel a bit like God right now. It's been fun watching this microcosm of the ant apocalypse unfold with an aloof Mona Lisa grin on my face. I am a terrible God, but I am benevolent. These creatures died thinking they were having the best day of their lives, and that's better than most of us get in this crazy world. Thank you, Terro." —Allison M. DicksonGet a pack of six on Amazon for $4.72.
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Promising review: "I do feel a bit like God right now. It's been fun watching this microcosm of the ant apocalypse unfold with an aloof Mona Lisa grin on my face. I am a terrible God, but I am benevolent. These creatures died thinking they were having the best day of their lives, and that's better than most of us get in this crazy world. Thank you, Terro." —Allison M. Dickson

Get a pack of six on Amazon for $4.72.

16. And finally, a soothing balm to help ease itching from the bionic mosquitoes that just refuse to go away/die.

Promising review: "I had to write a review because I'm literally covered with mosquito bites and this is saving my sanity. This balm has worked like a miracle to relieve my intense itching bites, and the best thing? It doesn't sting upon application, and instead is really soothing. I haven't gone anywhere without it the last few days. GET THIS!" —MurtGet it from Amazon for $13.89.
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Promising review: "I had to write a review because I'm literally covered with mosquito bites and this is saving my sanity. This balm has worked like a miracle to relieve my intense itching bites, and the best thing? It doesn't sting upon application, and instead is really soothing. I haven't gone anywhere without it the last few days. GET THIS!" —Murt

Get it from Amazon for $13.89.

Me, killing mosquitoes this summer.

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Please note that I spent several hours cringing while I wrote this. Ah, the things I do for my job.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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