The best insect repellents
Here, six wily weapons in the War on Bugs that let you skip the sticky sprays and enjoy the great outdoors itch-free.
Best for Large Yards
This powerful electric zapper works on all bugs and protects up to
one acre (!). Use an outdoor extension cord to place it away from the
patio. (Yes, it makes noise when fulfilling its mission.)
Best for the Table
This four-inch textured candle releases a light, plant-based scent
that’s effective but not overpowering, so it won’t interfere with the
savory aroma of your grilled feast.
Best for the Bite-Prone
If you’re a mosquito magnet, attach this three-inch device to your pocket or belt loop. It silently emits repellent through a fan.
Best for Small Yards
Bugs are drawn into this 12-inch plug-in lantern by a UV light,
then dropped into a holding area, which you empty later (containment
makes this usable indoors). Covers a half acre.
This high-tech swatter is as fun as it is, well, twisted.
Electrified netting lets you swing and zap. Despite the safety lock,
it’s better for homes without small kids.