Best Mosquito Repellents

Canyon camping

Canyon camping on Feather River.

California OUTDOORS & Camping

Mosquitoes can totally ruin the outdoor experience for many people. Zika & West Nile Virus – alive in California, so check out your local county pages or the CDC.

Apparently these annoying bugs like a certain blood type. People with Type O blood are found to be twice as attractive to mosquitoes.

Many of these mosquito related items listed below contain toxic chemicals; and may carry a California Prop 65 warning. Luckily there are non-toxic alternatives; more choices everyday!

Here at Total Escape, we like to highlight more natural and organic products, but we know how bad mosquito problems can get, so we still show the real poisons too.

Bug Balm

Bug Sprays

Mosquito Bands


These inexpensive, stretchable wristbands are a Total Escape favorite choice! No smell, no liquid, no mess, no flame, no toxic chemicals. Cheap, reusable, easy to wear – on head, hat, wrist, ankle, neck. Wear more than one for added protection.


Caution using candles outdoors! Wildfires start way too easily. If there is a ban on all campfires [local fire restrictions] – then no smoking, no burning anything outside. No incense, no tiki torches, nor candles. In California, you can be held liable for any forest fire that you start.

Mosquito Candles


Mosquito Coiled?

Green, spiral, smoking. Usually sitting there stinking, on the picnic table. Grandparents may have used these precious relics, but should not be placed near food or dining areas.

The last time I read the Coleman box of these, the warnings were about NOT  letting this green chalky coil (or the burnt ash) get into natural waterways. So that means pretty dang TOXIC I would assume.

Careful disposal of dust/ash; a slight breeze can blow it, so use this older crap with caution. Outdoors. maybe in the garage, on the patio (without kids) or in the man cave.

Mosquito Coils


Mosquito Incense

Mosquito Netting

Not sure what neighbors think of me as I mow the lawn with a net on my head. However, the satisfaction of seeing gnats stuck on the mesh and unable to get at my face outweighs any concerns of what others think of my appearance.

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WET WINTER/ SPRING means many more mosquitoes hatching, far into late summer. Still, standing water is where they are born, so avoid those areas.

LATE SUMMER into AUTUMN can be ideal times to enjoy the outdoors – without too many mosquitoes. Dry land, high temps, minimal water, low moisture and humidity means fewer mosquitoes. This time is also high fire danger. Late summer thunderstorms or real rain may cancels the fire restrictions.

tips for home – remove all standing water – drip trays, ponds, plastic swimming pools, water-features; Trim vegetation way back, away from patios, walkways, sitting areas, dining tables.


tips for camp – avoid setting up camp along shallow, small creeks – which may have standing water, close by. beware of rivers, coastal marshes and wetlands.

Open skies, dry ground, sandy and rocky beaches, windy mountain ridge lines are all places to choose, to try to avoid mosquitoes.


Mosquito Bug Zapper

Ultrasonic Devices

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Second generation 2.0 gets much higher customer ratings.

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Towelettes / Wipes


see also – Camp Comforts

picnic areas – local parks


green creek trailhead at NFS campground