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    Updated on Jun 25, 2020. Posted on Jun 5, 2019

    18 Products For Anyone With Sweet, Sweet Blood That Mosquitoes Love

    Your time's up, suckas!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A lemon-eucalyptus spray I bought and wore while hiking in Greece with NO bites!

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    It's made with lemon eucalyptus oil (not DEET!) and is supposed to last for up to six hours. So just be OK with smelling like lemons, I guess.

    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 it from Amazon for $7.15.

    2. Bracelets and spray repellent that'll team up for some powerful deterrence without killing your signature style.

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    The bracelets are woven PU leather and the spray is DEET-free!

    Promising review: "First time purchasing these. We went up north to Minnesota for a week of fishing. Four adults and three children wore these and NO bites. We have never come home without being eaten alive by mosquitos. These are great." —Amazon Customer

    Get the spray and eight bracelets from Amazon for $19.97 (available in several styles and sizes).

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

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    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 $21.82 and 100 oz. of fuel for $13.93

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

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    Promising review: "Started them on fire...LOVE IT! The crackling sound they make adds to the experience. Only biting insects have been hurt during this production." —Greedydog63

    Get it from Amazon for $25.90.

    5. A salt gun made for killing flies, but it'll *also* be an effective, fun way to pick off mosquitoes at your leisure.

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    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 mosquitos, 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).

    6. All-natural balm made of lemongrass, rosemary, and peppermint for a repelling option that'll actually smell nice! Seriously, who'da thought?!

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    Promising review: "I tend to be very, very mosquito bite–prone that even the heaviest DEET spray can’t fend them off. But this balm works like a charm! Smells great, no gross chemicals, and it actually works! I’m so impressed, I will never explore the outdoors without this stuff!" —j.bean

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in two sizes).

    7. Or some citronella-based balm as a way to put a familiar repelling ingredient to good use.

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    Promising review: "This worked wonderfully. The last hike we did I was miserable so I researched a natural option and found this. Today I used it, my husband didn't, and boy did he regret that. He was being attacked the whole time and I was fine the whole time. I am glad I found this." —Alicia Conforti

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94 (also available in a travel stick).

    8. 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).

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    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).

    9. 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!

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    Promising review: "Absolutely 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 mosquitos 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 $18.99.

    10. 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!

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    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.

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

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    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 4 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 $9.52.

    12. A head net you can put over your regular cap.

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    Promising review: "FU mosquito horde. My face is off limits. The mosquitos 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).

    13. A 100% DEET spray in case you prefer the super concentrated stuff.

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    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 2 more now I like it so much!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

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    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 mosquitos, but over the course of four days, only one of us (out of 5) 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).

    15. And 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.

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    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.

    16. 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!

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    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 it from Amazon for $13.95.

    17. A netted umbrella as an ~extra layer~ so you can sit and survey your kingdom, even if mosquitoes have infested it.

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    Promising review: "Sprays, repellents, tiki-torches, etc were not enough; mosquitoes didn't allow us to enjoy a BBQ, eating and being outdoors as we love. Finally we did! Good product, reasonable price. Recommendable." —Jenny

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    18. And an investment-worthy hanging outdoor zapper the neighborhood homeowner's association just may give you an award for buying.

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    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 mosquitos 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 $279.98.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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