Mosquitoes swarming? 6 things to keep them from bugging you

Want to get through the season without being swarmed? We're here to help.

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If you’ve spent any time outside lately, then you know: the mosquitoes are either swarming, or just about to swarm. Of course, you needn’t be helpless, and that’s what we’re here for, with these six recommendations for products to keep the blasted things at a distance.

Natrapel 6-Hour Mosquito, Tick and Insect Repellent

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We can't get enough of this spray from Natrapel. DEET-free with an essential oil base, we’ve recommended it several times before, and we aren’t the only ones who love it; it’s the top choice for insect repellent sprays on

Other features we liked:

  • 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 4.3 out of 5 by users who ordered it from, based on almost 250 reviews

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

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This is one of the more popular mosquito repellent options among those who purchased it from, and it's a nifty little gadget. The repellent mats can keep bugs away within a 15-foot radius for up to four hours each, and a separate fuel cartridge removes the need for cords, making it good for camping trips as well.

Other features we liked:

  • Three colour options

  • Includes fuel cartridge and three unscented repellant mats

  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 on

Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller

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For the more mobile among you, there’s this smaller, belt-mounted version of the gadget in the last entry. Using the same active ingredient, it keeps mosquitos away in a 15-foot radius. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that some reviewers reported lower efficacy in windy conditions, so use your best judgement.

Other features we like:

  • Fuel cartridge (one included) provides up to 12 hours of operation

  • Individual repellent mats are unscented and last up to four hours (three included)

  • Very popular on, where it has a 4.5 out of 5 rating based on more than 1,200 reviews


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LABELLEFÉE Citronella Coils

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We've recommended citronella tea lights before, but don’t mind too much about aesthetics, there’s this option as well: citronella incense coils, with a dash of lemongrass. With a solid burn time, they should help take the edge off.

Other features we liked:

  • Includes 48 coils and two free stands

  • Each coil burns for up to four hours

  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 on, based on around 900 reviews

Tough Outdoors Mosquito Suit

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If gadgets and sprays don't grab you while out for a walk, there are a few options out there for mesh suits. We were drawn to this unisex variety, with its breathability and high visibility due to its beige colour.

Other features we liked:

  • Adjustable drawcords to seal off arms and legs

  • Comes with carrying pouch for easy storage

  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 based on more than 300 reviews on

Zap-It! Rechargeable Bug Zapper

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Opting for one of these electric bug zappers over a simple swatter has two advantages: first, the wire mesh is spread over a larger surface area, making for an easier swing that’s more likely to make contact. Second, the electric grid’s 4,000-volt charge will mean instant doom for any small insects that invade your space. We like it so much that this isn’t the first time we’ve suggested it.

Other features we liked:

  • Activation button and indicator light should help users avoid accidental zaps

  • Relies on a USB charger rather than batteries, with 10,000 zaps on a single charge

  • Wildly popular among users who bought it on, with almost 14,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.2 out of 5


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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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