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The best insect repellents

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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The best insect repellents

By Stephanie Sisco, Real Simple

Here, six wily weapons in the War on Bugs that let you skip the sticky sprays and enjoy the great outdoors itch-free.

Flowtron Outdoor Insect Killer
Photo: Jens Mortensen

Best for Large Yards

Flowtron Outdoor Insect Killer

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.)

To buy: $46, amazon.com.

 

Mosquito Dunks
Photo: Jens Mortensen

Best for Standing Water

Mosquito Dunks

Birdbaths, gutters, and swampy areas are where mosquitoes breed. Drop one of these two-inch organic rings into any depth of water to scare away pests and kill larvae within a 100-foot radius.

To buy: $10 for six, lowes.com.

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Citronella Bucket Candle
Photo: Jens Mortensen

Best for the Table

Citronella Bucket Candle

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.

To buy: $8, crateandbarrel.com.

 

 




Off! Clip-On
Photo: Jens Mortensen

Best for the Bite-Prone

Off! Clip-On

If you’re a mosquito magnet, attach this three-inch device to your pocket or belt loop. It silently emits repellent through a fan.

To buy: $9 for a starter kit (lasts up to 12 hours), Yahoo! Shopping.

Dynatrap III Insect Eliminator
Photo: Jens Mortensen

Best for Small Yards

Dynatrap III Insect Eliminator

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.

To buy: $130, frontgate.com.

Charcoal Companion Amazing Bug Zapper
Photo: Jens Mortensen

Best Swatter

Charcoal Companion Amazing Bug Zapper

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.

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

 

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clowry02
by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

great always wanting to get rid of bugs

aneela
by Neely in Texas on Aug. 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

HA HA HA

aneela
by Neely in Texas on Aug. 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

there is that swatter someone mentioned to me

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