Forget Citronella: This Clever Mosquito Repeller Makes Bugs Disappear in '5 Minutes'—and It's Only $40

It has a 12-hour repellent refill that delivers protection for up to 20 feet.

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Thermacell E-Series Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller
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Some would say it's a crime to stay inside on a warm, summer day. But those people probably haven't experienced being eaten alive by mosquitoes. If you're hiding behind a mesh screen indoors, you need to check out the Thermacell Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller. It protects you from bugs on command for hours on end—and it's just $40 on Amazon.

The small but mighty DEET-free mosquito repeller is the one item you need on your patio this summer. With the push of a button, the Thermacell repellent gets to work, providing a 20-foot barrier between you and the bugs. This way, you and your loved ones can freely enjoy the outdoors for up to 12 hours without so much as a swat.

Thermacell E-Series Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller
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To buy: $40; amazon.com.

This Thermacell pick uses a long-lasting repellent refill that gets inserted right into the device. Once the repeller is on, it sends a signal to the battery-powered heater, releasing repellent all around you. One note: Its protection mode is at its highest after 15 minutes. And what's nice is you won't even notice it. However, if you're not sure it's actually working, the device produces audio sounds and has LED lights that verify it's fighting the good fight.

Plus, unlike strongly scented citronella candles, the repellent released here smells like, well, nothing. In fact, the repeller is designed with a fragrant-free repellent and doesn't use a flame, either, making it ideal for everyday use—especially while dining alfresco, grilling on the deck, or having a few drinks on the patio. In fact, one shopper who bought the repeller because of a friend's recommendation said it delivers a "better outdoor experience" and confirmed that "it really does keep the mosquitos away with no citronella smell."

While the refill provides 12 hours of protection, the device has a runtime that's just under six hours. But don't fret: It can be charged while in use via its USB charging cable, so the party can stay outdoors all evening long.

This top Amazon best-seller has earned more than 5,700 five-star ratings so far from shoppers who can't get enough of it.

"Five minutes after I started it up, the bugs just disappeared," wrote one Amazon shopper who said it works on gnats, biting flies, and mosquitos. "I've tried citronella candles, torches, foggers, just about everything, and [the] Thermacell is the only thing that really, really works."

Another person who lives in Florida titled their review, "Push-button mosquito repellent that actually works." They also said it is "easily the most effective and convenient mosquito repellent on the market" and shared, "I just started using it a few hours ago and am already amazed and shocked at its effectiveness."

Get rid of mosquitoes without the smell with the $40 Thermacell rechargeable mosquito repellent.

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