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    Updated on Jul 26, 2020. Posted on Jul 25, 2020

    24 Things That'll Help Keep You From Getting Eaten Alive By Mosquitoes

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    1. A lemon-eucalyptus spray I bought and wore while hiking in Greece with NO bites! It really smells like lemon but that's a thing I can live with if it means I'm bite-free. (And I'm a total mosquito repellent.)

    the spray on a map surrounded by other camping supplies like a compass and pocket knife
    Amazon

    It's made with lemon eucalyptus oil (not DEET!) and is supposed to last for up to six hours.

    Promising review: "After an endless amount of North Carolina spring/summers searching for a 'safe for the family' repellent, I stumbled upon this. I had ordered a bottle of Skedattle repellent and a three-pack of this because the reviews for both were high and seemed like a sure thing. The three-pack of this was the same price as one bottle of the other. Well, the Skedattle didn't do anything for those freaking mosquitoes, they still swarmed us like we weren't even wearing anything. But this product, OMG! It actually worked, and not only did it just work, it worked GREAT! I tried a few different trips with this stuff on, and the kids use it every time they go out, and we hadn't had a single bite with it on. I will say though, it has a VERY strong smell, and you definitely want to make sure you reapply this as needed, but other than that, it's a great product. I won't use any other spray from now on." —Will M.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.84.

    2. A 50-pack of repellent bracelets that've made fans out of people who are just super prone to bug bites or tend to have allergic reactions to traditional sprays. They're also waterproof and work for up to 200 hours! Your camping trip is covered.

    bright blue telephone wire-like bracelet in an individual pack.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My grandbaby really suffers and is allergic to some insects, especially mosquitoes, when they come to visit in the summer. These bracelets work very well. She likes them, even at 2 years old she thinks she's a big girl with jewelry." —LaDona Pinkard

    Get a 50-pack of bracelets from Amazon for $39.95.

    If you're ready for a smaller commitment to repellent bracelets, you can get a 12-pack for $16.99 instead.

    3. A salt gun made for killing flies, but it'll *also* be an effective, fun way to pick off mosquitoes at your leisure. Look at your productive new hobby!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    As you can see above it's QUITE effective on horse flies.

    Promising review: "This bad mamajama is the real thing. I’m slaughtering flies like it’s my job. It cripples a common house fly in one shot, obliterates mosquitoes, and tortures horse flies (gotta do them Sopranos-style to kill them off). You have to plan your shot accordingly as you’ll want to control where the dead fly ends up — i.e. don’t knock the flies into the food. It’s like a shotgun for flies. Very clean. Very mess-free (other than fly carcasses lying around). No guts. No blood (unless you shoot a mosquito, then it’s a blood bath). Buy this thing." —Emily Hayden

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (also available in green).

    4. Or a handheld bug zapper that'll make for a sizzling method of revenge when you're sitting on the porch, out for walks, or on a camping trip. Oh, the possibilities! (Note: Reviewers say it works on all types of bugs, not just mosquitoes!)

    reviewer's hand holding up the zapper that looks like a small tennis racket
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this for a trip into northern Alaska, past the Brooks Range nearly to Prudhoe Bay. Epic mosquitoes, truly. Every time we'd open the door of the truck a swarm of them would come for a visit, but this zapper made quick work of the Alaska national bird." —zenpicker

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. Picaridin-based repellent for protecting yourself against a variety of buggers beyond just mosquitoes (like ticks, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, and midges, depending on which formula you use).

    variety of the repellant product on a patch of sticks in the woods
    Amazon

    Picaridin has a similar effect as DEET, but some people have a personal preference for it!

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old son is severely allergic to mosquito bites. When he does get bit, they swell to the size of a half-dollar, get hard and hot, and often turn into a staph infection. Every summer he was getting antibiotic prescriptions and I was starting to get seriously worried about this problem. We tried so many bug sprays, but they just didn't work. My sweet baby is just irresistible. I took him to an allergist and he recommended Sawyer Picaridin. I have been so happy with this bug repellent. Since using this bug spray, we haven't had to deal with a single bug bite and no more antibiotics!!" —Sarah R.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86+ (available in a variety of formulas, types).

    6. Or a 100% DEET spray in case you prefer the super concentrated stuff.

    person wearing a button up shirt with sleeve rolled up spraying the spray on forearm
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If there's a biting insect within 20 miles, it finds me! I am an avid camper and hiker so I have tried many, many products. This stuff is the only item I've purchased that's been 100% effective. I also like that Ben's repellent is odor-free. My dog hated the scent of most products I used and it lingered in sleeping bags, tents, etc.

    The only con is that the product is not an aerosol so it's trickier to apply to feet and legs as the pump stops working upside down. I got around that by squirting a dedicated face cloth and using that for application. I'm ordering two more now that I like it so much!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A net for your patio umbrella as an ~extra layer~ so you can sit and survey your kingdom, even if mosquitoes have infested it.

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    This fits umbrellas that are 8–10 feet.

    Promising review: "Although it is not the prettiest thing, this net is a perfect addition to my backyard to keep the biting bugs out. It is easy to set up with two people and user friendly. When you are inside the net, you can barely see the netting." —KrissieB

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    8. A pretty citronella candle to serve up some decor like deterring any unwelcome guests.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon: left for $17.99 (or three for $43.99) or four-pack of right for $12.99

    9. Or a bucket citronella candle if you're less concerned with aesthetics.

    the Citronella bucket candle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I avoided these and bought a different brand a few years ago because I assumed these had unwanted chemicals in them. After the other ones were so weak and ineffective I gave in and bought these. They are effective and potent in their citronella content. I was also happy to see that the only active ingredient is citronella — no unnatural repellents or chemicals. They also seem to be slower burning than other candles of this type. A bonus is that the label comes off easily (be patient and pull slowly) and the buckets are attractive and quality looking for those that care ! Another great thing is that when you put the lid back on they are water tight so you could leave them outside in the summer." —Cara Lucia

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in six styles).

    10. A pair of repelling citronella plants with a citrusy smell you can use to decorate your outdoor rooms solo or tuck around other plants you already have potted in containers.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "There are two plants in one container as seen in the pic. Received four plants in small containers. In two months has grown this big. The plants are growing strong and full. We are having a lot of raining days in MD, and I have noticed that the mosquitoes are not plentiful in my seating area of the back yard as last summer. The fragrance is nice and even stronger when you brush the leaves and water them. I'm thinking of bringing them in the house closer to the fall. I will order the citronella plants next year too." —Deborah S.

    Get two plants from Amazon for $32.95.

    11. Incense scents made with citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary essential oils that reviewers say work better than traditional citronella candles. You can nestle 'em in amongst your plant bbs on your deck to scare away the skeeters!

    potted plant with flower with green stick stuck into the soil
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has been a terrible summer for mosquitoes, especially living by a lake. Glad I purchased these incense sticks as they seem to make a world of a difference in protecting from flying insects on our deck." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

    12. An organic citrus body cream with a nice fragrance that'll also help repel those nasty bugs. There's *also* a matching repellent spray!

    the body cream in a jar with the packaging
    Holly Beth Organics

    The brand's items are 100% USDA organic certified.

    Get them from Holly Beth Organics: body cream for $35 and spray for $30

    13. Pretty tabletop torches and bug-repelling fuel so you can live your life at the outdoor dining set you adore.

    outdoor table setting at night with the colorful glass-size tiki torches lit
    Amazon

    Promising review (for torch fuel): "Took this out with four tiki torches and kept the skeeters at bay. Skeeters were horrible at the campground and we were right on the pond. Lit these up along with a campfire and all was well." —Will

    Get them from Amazon: three torches for $19.99+ (two color combos) and 100 oz. of fuel for $13.93

    14. A citronella-based balm as a way to put a familiar repelling ingredient to good use. Plus it's in a cute little tube you can carry in your pocket (or carry-on on a plane as the reviewer points out)!

    stick of the balm
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Found Badger Anti-bug balm a few years ago, and I've been buying it ever since. This travel size version is great (and fine to take on planes since it's not a liquid). This definitely doesn't keep 100% of the bugs away but I feel a LOT better about putting in on than something with DEET. Works for me, and I'm a mosquito magnet." —JenGA

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    15. A camping hammock with a mosquito net that'll help you kick back, relax, and take in some nature without worrying about those annoying critters.

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top
    Amazon

    The net isn't removable but if you choose not to use it, you can flip it to the underside while in use.

    Promising review: "We recently took two of these camping and they worked well. Hammock sleeping takes some getting used to. They are initially comfy but, depending on how you set it up, your legs can end up high which caused me to wake up a few times to adjust my sleeping position. The mosquito netting is a great add. Be careful getting into the hammock as one of the lines we used to hold up the netting was caught in our hand and snapped when the full weight of your body was applied. It's not really a product flaw, you just have to make sure you are only putting your weight on the sleeping surface and not the netting when getting in. Common sense really, just something to watch for." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in eight color combos).

    16. Mosquito Bits you can sprinkle throughout your yard to stop mosquito larvae in their tracks in breeding hotspots like bodies of water. AND it works to keep away fungus gnats on house plants — which are also terrible!

    jug of the bits
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Absolutely a miracle-worker. How did I go my entire life without knowing about this?? I have a huge lot with two 5k koi ponds and veg garden and this stuff reduced the mosquito and gnat population by at least 90% in ONE application! My body hates mosquitoes and has a violent reaction to bites, so this stuff just made my home life so much more enjoyable." —Lex

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A cool hanging citronella coil to light while you're doing all the things you do on your front porch. Talk about a conversation starter!

    The two size of the hanging coils
    Fredericks and Mae

    Get it from Fredericks and Mae for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A lotion with controlled-release technology for up to 12 hours of protection.

    the lotion bottle
    Amazon

    AND this tube is only 2 oz. big, so you can take it in your carry-on on a flight!

    Promising review: "I didn't want to use lotion because that feels gross to rub chemicals in, but my doctor recommended this to me for a 4 day trek on the Inca Trail instead of bug spray, which she said evaporates easily and isn't as effective.

    I didn't get a single bite for four days until I forgot to apply ONCE during the trip to my shins (I rolled up my pants mid-hike and didn't think about it) and within 10 minutes had dozens of mosquito bites. Not using this for 10 minutes was the worst mistake I made that entire trip!" —Catherine S.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.92.

    19. A head net you can put over your regular cap. Honestly, mesh is very in right now!

    person laying down outside with the net over a baseball cap
    Amazon

    Promising review: "FU mosquito horde. My face is off limits. The mosquitoes were everywhere. Went for a hike and if you stopped you were a mosquito slushy. Put this on my head and, no worries. Two for under $10. Yes please." —Christian

    Get two from Amazon for $6.99 (available in six colors).

    20. An LED camp lantern with scent-free repelling powers in up to a 15-foot radius thanks to a cartridge.

    the lantern
    Amazon

    The 300-lumen light runs for 50 hours on its highest setting.

    Promising review: "We used the thermaCELL Mosquito repellent camping lantern on several occasions this summer. It worked very well with no use of spray repellents whatsoever. While camping, we heard many folks complaining about the mosquitoes, but over the course of four days, only one of us (out of five) was bitten by a mosquito, and that was out of range of this product. Overall, I give it an A+." —Ben Vandermeer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in three styles, with refills).

    21. A mosquito-net tent big enough to cover you while you're in the great outdoors, whether you're sleeping under the stars or in a tent.

    person in a sleeping bag on grass with the sheer net tent surrounding them, hung up from a low tree branch
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used this mosquito net on a three-night backpacking trip camping near lakes with a never-ending supply of mosquitoes. This net worked beautifully and I didn't get a single mosquito bite all night long, but the other five people in my party either had trouble sleeping or woke up with countless bites on the hands and face.

    It's very easy to set up and packs away quickly into the stuff sack. I used four lightweight stakes to stretch and hold the corners taught, and the supplied cordage to hang it from a tree branch. I found the best way to get in and out of the net was to keep one of the stakes near the head of my bag relatively loose in the ground. This way I could easily pull up a stake to loosen the net, exit or enter, and then lightly re-stake the corner in order to keep the net tight.

    The only trouble is finding a tree, shrub, stick, etc., to hang the net from that is also near flat ground. I suggest finding some flat ground near a suitable hanging spot and laying down on your pad first to make sure you will be comfortable before rigging up the net.

    All in all it worked very well, pair it with a tarp, pad, and nice bag, and you will get a great night's sleep on the trail. Bug-free!" —EC

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. An investment-worthy hanging outdoor zapper the neighborhood homeowners' association just may give you an award for buying.

    lantern-iike bug zapper hanging up on porch roof
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot speak well enough about this zapper! I have purchased the most expensive zappers I could find at local store for them to last three days, before becoming so clogged with bugs that it makes them short out and break. I live in south Louisiana right next to a bayou and we breed mosquitoes for the rest of the country, when I walk through my yard I can feel them hit my face like rain. Since I purchased the Diplomat I am about to sit outside without nasty bug spray. It lowered the whole population of our mosquitoes in a matter of months! It zaps so many times per second you can't even count. I took the bottom bug tray off before I hung it, right out of the box. It's amazing it's amazing it's amazing! I can't say it enough! Don't let the price scare you, it's worth every penny!" —Krystina Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $324.99.

    23. And for when you DO get bit, a bug bite suction tool will help remove the irritating venom, and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollenness. Plus it works on other insect stings!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm. I used this little tool (3x per the instructions) and documented with photos. Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    24. And a bite-relief stick tiny enough to take on the go every single day JUST IN CASE. It's also worth buying one for your first aid kit!

    person applying the tip of the pen-like stick to wrist
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This works so much better for me than cortisone, calamine, or anything else I've tried. I have much more sensitivity to bites than others, and this is honestly the only thing that doesn't leave me miserable from mosquito bites. Does not work for other things as well, but this is the only thing I use for mosquito bites. It travels really well, too." —CE

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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