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Essential products for people who really dislike bugs

Tuesday, March 22nd 2022, 11:30 am - When the warm weather hits, so do the bugs. This list of products will help you combat a range of insects including ants, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies.

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Depending on how quickly the temperatures are rising where you live, you could soon be dealing with various kinds of spring bugs. Our weather writers say to be on the lookout for wasps, LLD moths, and ants in your household first. We also know that ticks, mosquitoes, and flies are looming out there too. Here’s a list of products to stock up on now, so you can be prepared when insects strike.

TERRO Ant Killer Liquid Baits

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Ants start to emerge when there are new food sources to discover, which is probably why they’re always hanging around picnics on sunny days! This liquid ant killer bait station eliminates all common household ants and can be used indoors or outdoors. All you need to do is place the bait where your population of ants is, using all six baits to ensure they’re sufficiently enticed. Customers say this product works as intended but make sure you don’t accidentally knock over its sticky contents in your house (click here for tips on environmentally-friendly cleaning products!).

What we like:

  • Effective product to lure in the ants you see and the ants you don’t see from a colony
  • Features include convenient, ready-to-use bait stations, fast-acting formula, and contains borax, which is a known ant repellent
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 based on almost 4,000 Amazon.ca reviews

Natrapel 75ml Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent Spray

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Even though the packaging highlights this spray’s mosquito-repellant properties, it’s actually an all-purpose bug spray that can also be used to keep ticks away (click here for more information about products that guard against ticks). Customer reviews indicate this DEET-free formula works better than other non-chemical repellents and smells great!

What we like:

  • Natural plant base (oil of lemon eucalyptus) helps avoid the usual acrid smell of most bug sprays
  • Provides up to six hours of protection from bugs of all kinds
  • Rated 4.9 out of 5 baked on Atmosphere reviews, and rated highly on other platforms like Amazon.ca

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Catchmaster Bug & Fly Clear Window Fly Traps

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If you’re having an issue with flies or pesky gnats living in your houseplants, try these professional-strength window fly traps. They’re made of high-quality, non-toxic adhesive and waterproof paper. To use, simply peel off the thin white release liner, space track on a window or a flat surface of your choice, and peel off the large release liner. Customer reviews include, “super easy application”, “solved my fruit fly problem”, and “incredibly impressed with this product”.

What we like:

  • Clear fly tape is less intrusive to your home décor
  • Features include a no-mess way of getting rid of flies, no chemicals or odor, and 12 traps in each pack
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on more than 9,000 Amazon.ca reviews

Zap It! Bug Zapper Rechargeable Fly Zapper Racket

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This modern take on the fly swatter features a 4,000-volt grid to electrically zap and eliminate moths, wasps, flies, mosquitoes, gnats, and other pests in a single swing. Made for indoor or outdoor use, you can take this zapper camping, fishing, hiking, or picnicking to create a bug-free experience. Customers say it works as advertised and that it’s powerful enough to get the job done.

What we like:

  • This zapper will take you farther than a traditional fly swatter
  • Features include a large surface area, LED light for zapping in the dark, and USB charging
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 based on more than 13,500 Amazon.ca reviews

Ben’s InvisiNet Head Net

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When you’re really getting bugged, turn to this ultra-lightweight net that you can drape over your head to keep insects away. The net has an elasticized chrome to keep it in place on your head or hat, no matter your movement or the wind speed. There’s also a drawcord elastic neck to ensure a snug fit. Customer reviews are all positive and indicate the light mesh doesn’t make you feel dizzy when you are wearing it.

What we like:

  • Good for people who are prone to attracting bugs or who are participating in an outdoor activity where insects are present
  • Features include high visibility, maximum ventilation, and packable for camping or fishing trips
  • Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on Atmosphere reviews

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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