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The 15 Best Mosquito Repellents to Keep Those Pesky Bugs Away

Warmer months bring killer barbecues, awesome playlists and delicious cocktails, plus a slew of new trends to adopt. On the flip side though, tiny creatures such as gnats, hornets and—worst of all—mosquitos also come out to play. They bite you when you’re lounging outside, they’re at your heels when you go hiking and heaven forbid one gets stuck indoors and buzzes in your ear as you try to go to sleep! Put a kibosh to all that with one (or more) of the 15 best mosquito repellent products below.

1. CUTTER BACKYARD BUG CONTROL

Best for Spraying on Lawns

Nothing is worse than throwing a barbecue in your yard on a nice summer’s day and then seeing your guests’ smiles turn to frowns as mosquitos start to bite them. Spray this tried-and-true mosquito repellent on your lawn and you won’t have to worry about those little pests for up to 12 weeks. Note: While this spray is safe for pets, it’s highly recommended that pets (and people) stay away until the treated area has been properly ventilated, and the product has set.

2. THERMACELL PATIO SHIELD MOSQUITO REPELLER

Best for Treating Patios, Decks and Pools

Mosquitos love to hide in all your hangout spots, but this thermal shield promises a 15-foot zone of protection once you turn it on. It’s powered by a fuel cartridge—which means there are no cords or chunky batteries involved for easy transportation—and it comes with three unscented repellent mats, so there won’t be any lingering chemical smells.

3. ORTHO HOME DEFENSE BACKYARD MOSQUITO KILLER FOGGER

Best for Repelling Mosquitos Hiding in Shrubs, Bushes or Other Grassy Areas

Get rid of pesky mosquitos but also keep your greenery in tip-top shape with this fogging solution. It promises to kill mosquitoes that land on treated surfaces for up to eight hours, so you can throw a small event in your backyard knowing you’re totally covered. P.S. This fogger works on a wide range of pests—gnats, flies, horse flies and more—but it’s not pet-friendly, so make sure it doesn’t come in contact with any house animals.

Continue reading the complete list of mosquito repellents to keep those pesky bugs away written Stephanie Sengwe here.

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October 28, 2023

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