Bug killers, sprays and more

Best bug sprays, swatters, candles and sprays in 2022 (Photo via Getty)

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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

Tompol Indoor/Outdoor Bug Zapper with blue UV bulbs (Photo via Amazon)

Tompol Indoor/Outdoor Bug Zapper (Photo via Amazon)

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

Aspectek 20W Electronic Insect Zapper with grid and white edges (Photo via Amazon)

Aspectek 20W Electronic Insect Zapper (Photo via 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 Electric Bug And Fly Zapper (Photo via Home Depot)

Black + Decker Electric Bug And Fly Zapper (Photo via Home Depot)

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

Portable bug zapper with black handle and red lid (Photo via Home Depot)

Portable Bug Zapper (Photo via Home Depot)

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

Ansevo electric fly swatter with white handle and orange grid (Photo via Amazon)

Ansevo Electric Fly Swatter (Photo via Amazon)

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

Zap it!  Bug Zapper Rechargeable Fly Zapper with two yellow zapping paddles (Photo via Amazon)

Zap it! Bug Zapper Rechargeable Fly Zapper (Photo via 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

Cutter Citronella Outdoor Candle in purple packaging and glass container (Photo via Amazon)

Cutter Citronella Outdoor Candle (Photo via Amazon)

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

Coleman citronella scented candle with three tins (Photo via Amazon)

Coleman Citronella Scented Candle (Photo via Amazon)

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

TIKI BiteFighter citronella wax candle in tin with green label (Photo via Amazon)

TIKI BiteFighter Citronella Wax Candle (Photo via 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

Cutter Skinsations Mosquito and Bug Spray (Photo via Home Depot)

Cutter Skinsations Mosquito and Bug Spray (Photo via Home Depot)

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

Deep woods 6 oz.  Insect repellent aerosol in green and orange bottle (Photo via Home Depot)

Deep woods 6 oz. Insect repellent aerosol (Photo via 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

Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent Twin Pack in blue and green packaging (Photo via The Home Depot)

Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent Two Pack (Photo via 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.

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