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The 7 Best Mosquito Repellents for Your Yard of 2023

Protect your yard from pesky intruders

Mosquitos can make even the most-looked-forward-to outdoor activities unbearable, both for their annoying bites and their propensity to transmit diseases such as dengue, West Nile, and Zika.1 An effective insect repellent can help you better enjoy the outdoors, especially in humid areas where pests proliferate.

Here are our choices for the best mosquito repellents to keep the outdoor pests at bay.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall:

Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent at Amazon

Best Natural Repellent:

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent at Walmart

Best Incense:

Neem Aura Naturals Outdoor Citronella Sticks at Amazon

Best Candle:

Cutter Citro Guard Candle at Amazon

Best for Patios:

Thermacell Patio Shield at Amazon

Best Outdoor Spray:

Wondercide EcoTreat Ready-to-Use Outdoor Pest Control Spray at Amazon

Best Outdoor Coil:

PIC Mosquito Repelling Coils at Amazon

Read more on the best mosquito repellents, written by Amanda Rose Newton.


October 20, 2023

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Amanda Rose Newton

Amanda Rose Newton holds degrees in Horticulture, Biochemistry, Entomology, and soon a PhD in STEM Education. She is a board-certified entomologist and volunteers for USAIDs Farmer to Farmer program. Currently, she is a professor of Horticulture, an Education Specialist, and pest specialist.

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