It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, it’s a giant mosquito headed north from Florida! Any great time outdoors can be ruined by mosquitoes, and Florida’s new “giant” strain may soon be spoiling a good time near you. Although insect repellants with Deet repel mosquitoes, the chemical can be abrasive to skin and will actually dissolve the finish from a rifle or fishing reel in 100% form. It’s much better to employ a Star Trek-like shield that repels biting insects so that you can have fun and enjoy evenings, when mosquitoes are most active. The ThermaCELL appliance, the size of an antique cell phone, has proven effective for years; now the same company offers insect repellant in a lantern form. This will provide you with enough light to eat popcorn and gaze at the stars on your back deck. Here’s the scoop from the company.

ApplianceThe ThermaCELL Appliance in olive is a portable mosquito repellent that creates a 15-foot radius of protection and is up to 93% effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects. The unit operates on a single butane cartridge that heats a mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a naturally occurring insect repellent. Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection, and each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours. It has no open flames, is virtually odor free and is great for camping, hunting, fishing, and outdoors activities around the house. MSRP is $26.99.

patiolantern_1 The ThermaCELL Patio Lantern has a 15 by 15-foot effective range that creates a zone of protection against black flies, mosquitoes, and other flying pests. The Patio Lantern has four LED lights with two different illumination settings. The unit is easy to use and has no open flames or odors. The ThermaCELL Patio Lantern operates silently and features a decorative design that is ideal for backyard entertaining. MSRP is $29.99.

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.