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The 7 Best Mosquito Repellents for 2023

Smart ways to ensure your outdoor activities don’t become bug block parties.

Going for a hike or otherwise getting outside is a welcome way to get some fresh air and clear your mind, but the warm weather also brings some downsides to it—namely, mosquitos. These pesky bugs can invade your backyard and make spending time outdoors annoying.

While there are some general precautions you should take to make your yard and home less inviting for mosquitos and other bugs, having the proper set of tools on hand—like the ones we recommend below—can help you stay as bite-free as possible. The best mosquito repellents, from sprays to zappers, provide ample protection from bites without intruding on enjoying your outdoor time.

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The Best Mosquito Repellents

  • Best Overall: Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent
  • Best for Large Spaces: Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer
  • Best for Small Spaces: Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repeller
  • Most Powerful: Ben's 100 Tick and Insect Repellent Pump
  • Best for Fabrics and Clothes: Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent

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October 3, 2023

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