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Shoppers are abuzz over this mosquito repelling device — and it's down to $30

'Five minutes after I started it up, the bugs just disappeared,' says one fan.

When the sun's out, you want to enjoy your yard while you can. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes want to enjoy your yard too. You can coat yourself in smelly, sticky bug spray every time you head outside, or you can invest in a handy device that's specially designed to ward them off. The latter option is Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Thermacell Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller. It disperses a scent-free repellent to create a 20-foot skeeter-free zone wherever you put it, and it's on sale for just $30.

This compact, portable device repels bugs quietly, making for a more restful evening outside than listening to a traditional bug zapper.

$30 at Amazon

A bottle of bug spray costs up to $10, but if you spend a lot of time outdoors, you'll probably use it up quickly. For the price of three bottles of bug spray, you can get this device and repel bugs all season long.

The Thermacell Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller creates a 20-foot mosquito protection zone within 15 minutes. Plop it in your backyard, pool area or patio, push a button, and enjoy up to 5.5 hours of protection (until it needs a recharge).

The device uses heat and scent-free repellent, but it doesn't get hot to the touch. You don't see steam or smoke coming out — it just works. When the cartridge is empty, pop in a new one. (It's also been reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency for safety and effectiveness, and it's been deemed pet-safe.) You get one cartridge with your purchase, and it should last up to 40 hours before it needs replacing. The device also comes with a two-year warranty and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, just in case anything goes wrong.

As someone who gets eaten alive by bugs every summer, I had to test this baby out. I sat next to it while I had dinner in my family's backyard in Florida, and my skin remained bite-free. The portability made it easy to take to the beach too! (For reference, the last time I visited Florida, I had to see a doctor after getting over 40 bug bites and a nasty allergic reaction.)

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repellent E-Series Rechargeable Repeller
Turn it on and wait just 15 minutes for bug-free bliss. (Amazon)

More than 12,800 Amazon shoppers are similarly bite-free and blissful, saying this is a five-star buy.

"Five minutes after I started it up, the bugs just disappeared," said a happy customer. "It's working on gnats and biting flies as well as mosquitoes. I've tried citronella candles, torches, fogger, just about everything, and Thermacell is the only thing that really, really works."

"My husband is a mosquito magnet. They seriously attack his face and any exposed skin," explained another shopper. "We tried this while sitting in our backyard around our propane fire table. I put the device between my son and husband. We sat out for about 30 minutes and neither of them had a single bite. We live in Florida so that's pretty remarkable."

Another Florida resident called the Thermacell "the most effective and convenient mosquito repellent on the market." They continued, "I just started using it a few hours ago and am already amazed and shocked at its effectiveness. I had been sitting in swarming mosquitoes on my patio, pushed the on button, and a mere few minutes later, all were gone! My skepticism kicked in, maybe it was somehow coincidence, so I turned it off. Minutes later the swarm returned. Pushed the button, minutes later, again, swarm was gone. Completely impressed and satisfied."

One bug-repelling cartridge should last you 40 hours. After that, you'll need to replace it — Amazon sells them in a three-pack for $44, but some shoppers say they wish the cartridges were cheaper.

"The effectiveness of this device is nothing short of sorcery," said one person. "But, and there's always a but, the cost of the refills is like a plot twist in an otherwise perfect story. These refills are the printer ink of the mosquito-repellent world — essential yet painfully pricey. It's like buying a luxury car and then realizing the fuel costs are going to keep you up at night."

"The only downside is the price. The device isn't cheap, and the refills aren't either. But it's amazingly effective and, for us, worth every penny," said another fan.

The device comes with only one cartridge, so you may want to purchase more if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.

$30 at Amazon
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