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Nothing dulls the great outdoors like buzzing, tapping, and bug bites. Often troublesome and sometimes deadly, communities across the country are reporting “higher than normal” levels of mosquitoes this year, thanks to heavy rains and high water levels.
And while some insects are society’s hidden heroes, many of us could do without the mosquitoes, gnats, fleas and biting flies that resurface this time of year.
Whether you’re a team zapper, smoker or vaporizer, scroll down to shop the best bug killers, electric fly swatters, citronella candles and bug sprays available in Canada.
The Best Bug Repellents to Buy in Canada
This fan-favorite bug zapper uses a 15 watt bulb and 4200 volt electric discharge grid to attract bugs, mosquitoes and flies. With more than 2,100 five-star reviews on Amazon, shoppers say the device eliminates bugs to perfection and is “definitely worth the money”.
$50 at Amazon
This “Amazon’s Choice” pick for indoor bug zappers has received nearly 12,000 buyer reviews. The device attracts flies, moths, mosquitoes and other flying insects via two UV bulbs. According to one buyer, the zapper is a “necessary” device for every household. “This thing has literally defeated all the mosquitoes” in “our yard”, they write.
$60 at Amazon
Black + Decker’s Electric Bug Zapper has received rave reviews from Home Depot buyers and an average rating of 4.8 stars. Designed for large yards, the device provides reliable pest control for spaces up to two acres. It’s like “‘Fatal attraction’ for insects”, according to one buyer.
$107 at Home Depot
The best electric fly swatters
This portable bug zapper kills on contact and is effective on all bug sizes. With over 650 reviews, 86% of Home Depot shoppers would recommend the Electric Fly Swatter.
$10 at Home Depot
This powerful insect killer has a 3000 volt electrical network and a large contact surface. The swatter can last between 20 and 30 days on a full charge and can be easily recharged via USB.
$28 at Amazon
This “Amazon’s Choice” electric bug swatter is backed by a staggering 19,000 reviews. Featuring a 4,000 volt grid, each pack comes with two zapping rackets. It’s the “best thing since sliced bread,” according to one five-star reviewer.
$45 at Amazon
Better citronella candles
This vanilla and lavender scented candle is made with real lemongrass oil and offers a burn time of up to 30 hours. With over 250 reviews on the Home Depot website, shoppers say it “smells great” and “helps keep bugs away!”
$8 at Home Depot
This best-selling scented candle pack comes with three citronella candles with a total burn time of up to 75 hours. One Amazon shopper said these were “probably the best scented candles” he had “ever purchased”. Plus, they have a “nice, strong smell” and “really keep flies away.”
$21 at Amazon
A top-rated pick from Amazon shoppers, this giant citronella candle has a burn time of up to 35 hours and “keeps bugs away,” according to reviewers.
$29 at Amazon
Best Bug Sprays
This economical insect repellent contains 7% DEET to protect against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, gnats, fleas and biting flies. With an average rating of 4.4 stars, shoppers say the aloe-infused product has a “pleasant smell” and “won’t leave a greasy residue on skin.”
$5 at Home Depot
The powerful insect repellent OFF is formulated with 25% DEET, providing up to eight hours of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats and chiggers. Home Depot shoppers gave the spray an average rating of 4.5 stars and 91% of users would recommend the product.
$6 at Home Depot
This bestselling bug spray pack provides up to 10 hours of protection against mosquitoes that can transmit Zika or West Nile viruses and other insects. “I am considered an insect magnet” and “this [bug spray] works best,” according to one buyer.
$9 at Home Depot
The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.