A few years ago when a work trip sent me to the Dominican Republic, I woke up one morning, looked at my red polka-dotted legs, and was certain that my hotel room had bedbugs. After calling a coworker to help me inspect my room, we determined that it wasn't bedbugs I was up against but mosquitoes.
Whatever type of blood chemistry or energy mosquitoes are drawn to, I have it. Whether I'm on a patio or in a Caribbean climate, they find me. And while you can buy safe bug sprays to wear, nothing sounds as appealing to me as creating a bug-free zone that they simply cannot get through.
The Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller ($22, originally $25) creates a 15-foot round shield that mosquitoes can't penetrate. It's scent-free and has been evaluated by the EPA for safety. Now you can finally spend time outdoors with your entire family without burning stinky Citronella candles around the kids and more importantly, without worrying that the bugs are going to bite everyone.