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Bye-bye mosquitoes: 12 best bug sprays, zappers, candles, swatters in Canada

·Shopping & Lifestyle Editor
Published ·4-min read
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Nothing dampens the great outdoors quite like the buzzing, bugging and bites of insects. Often bothersome and sometimes deadly, communities across the country are reporting "higher than normal" levels of mosquitos this year, thanks to heavy rain and high water levels.

And while some bugs are society's hidden heroes, many of us could do without the pesky mosquitos, gnats, fleas, and biting flies that resurface this time of year.

Whether you're team zap, smoke or spray, scroll down to shop the best bug zappers, electric fly swatters, citronella candles and bug sprays available in Canada.

Best bug zappers to shop in Canada

$: Tompol Indoor/Outdoor Bug Zapper

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

This fan-favourite bug zapper uses a 15-watt bulb and a 4200-volt electric shock grid to attract bugs, mosquitos, and flies. With more than 2,100 five-star reviews on Amazon, shoppers say the device zaps bugs to "perfection" and is "well worth the money."

$50 at Amazon

$$: Aspectek 20W Electronic Insect Zapper

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 earned nearly 12,000 reviews from shoppers. The device attracts flies, moths, mosquitoes and other flying insects via two UV lightbulbs. According to one shopper, the zapper is a "necessary" device for all homes. "This thing literally vanquished all mosquitoes" from "our yard," they write.

$60 at Amazon

$$$: Black + Decker Electric Bug And Fly Zapper

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

Black + Decker's electric bug zapper has earned rave reviews from The Home Depot shoppers and an average rating of 4.8 stars. Designed for larger yards, the device offers reliable pest control for spaces up to two acres. It's like "'Fatal Attraction' for bugs," according to one shopper.

$107 at The Home Depot

Best electric fly swatters

$: Black Flag Portable Handheld Bug Zapper

Portable Handheld Bug Zapper with black handle and red cover (Photo via The Home Depot)
Portable Handheld Bug Zapper (Photo via The Home Depot)

This handheld bug zapper kills on contact and is effective on all sizes of bugs. With more than 650 reviews, 86 per cent of The Home Depot shoppers would recommend the electric fly swatter.

$10 at The Home Depot

$$: Ansevo Electric Fly Swatter

Ansevo Electric Fly Swatter with white handle and orange grid (Photo via Amazon)
Ansevo Electric Fly Swatter (Photo via Amazon)

This powerful insect killer features a 3,000-volt power grid and a large contact surface. The swatter can last between 20-30 days on a full charge and can be conveniently charged by USB.

$28 at Amazon

$$$: Zap It! Rechargeable Fly Zapper

Zap It! Bug Zapper Rechargeable Fly Zapper with two yellow zapping rackets (Photo via Amazon)
Zap It! Bug Zapper Rechargeable Fly Zapper (Photo via Amazon)

This "Amazon's Choice" electric bug swatter comes backed by a staggering 19,000 reviews. Featuring a 4,000-volt grid, each pack comes with two zapping rackets. It's the "greatest thing since sliced bread," according to one five-star reviewer.

$45 at Amazon

Best citronella candles

$: Cutter Citronella Outdoor Candle

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

This vanilla and lavender-scented candle is made with real citronella oil and features a burn time of up to 30 hours. With more than 250 reviews on The Home Depot's website, shoppers say it "smells amazing" and "helps keep bugs away!"

$8 at The Home Depot

$$: Coleman Scented Citronella Candle

Coleman Scented Citronella Candle with three metal tins (Photo via Amazon)
Coleman Scented Citronella Candle (Photo via Amazon)

This no.1 best-selling scented candle pack comes with three citronella candles with a total burn time of up to 75 hours. One Amazon shopper says they are "probably the best-scented" candles they have "ever bought." Adding, they have a "nice, strong smell" and "really keep the flies away."

$21 at Amazon

$$$: TIKI BiteFighter Citronella Wax Candle

TIKI BiteFighter Citronella Wax Candle in tin bucked with green label (Photo via Amazon)
TIKI BiteFighter Citronella Wax Candle (Photo via Amazon)

A top-rated pick among Amazon shoppers, this jumbo 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 Insect Repellent Pump Spray

Cutter Skinsations Mosquito and Insect Repellent Pump Spray (Photo via The Home Depot)
Cutter Skinsations Mosquito and Insect Repellent Pump Spray (Photo via The Home Depot)

This budget-friendly insect repellant contains seven per cent 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 "does not leave a greasy residue on your skin."

$5 at The Home Depot

$$: OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Aerosol Spray

Deep Woods 6 oz. Insect Repellent Aerosol Spray in green and orange bottle (Photo via The Home Depot)
Deep Woods 6 oz. Insect Repellent Aerosol Spray (Photo via The Home Depot)

OFF's powerful bug repellent is formulated with 25 per cent DEET, providing up to eight hours of protection from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, and chiggers. The Home Depot shoppers have given the spray a 4.5-star average rating and 91 per cent of users would recommend the product.

$6 at The Home Depot

$$$: Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent Twin Pack

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

This best-selling pack of bug spray provides up to 10 hours of protection against mosquitoes that may transmit the Zika or West Nile viruses and other bugs. "I am considered a bug magnet," and "this [bug spray] works the best," according to one shopper.

$9 at The Home Depot

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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