Best Mosquito Repellent Bracelets – Do They Really Work?

Often we don’t want to put on smelly, sticky insect repellent in the evening when we’re socializing with friends or family. So, besides having some bug zappers that may have limited success or buying an expensive but effective mosquito trap, have we any alternative?

Well, some companies produce mosquito repellent bracelets, wristbands or stickers that are meant to keep the mozzies at bay. This sounds like an attractive replacement to the repellents, but will this really protect us?


Using Repellents

When the female mosquitoes are looking for a meal they’re attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale, our body heat and the smell of our skin. It’s the odor emitted from our skin that explains why some people are more prone to mosquitos bites than others.

Insect repellents such as DEET or Picaridin work by either confusing the mosquito that has trouble detecting the host odor, masking the odors or giving off a scent that is avoided by the mosquitoes.

When using repellents you really need to apply to all your bare skin, not just a drop here and there. So, this could be the first sign that a repellent bracelet may not be all that useful unless they have discovered some magic formula for repelling the mosquitoes.


The Types of Bracelets Available

Although I am very skeptical about the effectiveness of bracelets or wristbands, many have positive reviews on Amazon and some come with guarantees that they work.

One thing that I do like about them is that nearly all use natural repellents. This might mean they are non-toxic and safe for children with adult supervision.

Natural repellents are usually essential oils distilled from plants. Here are a few of the common ones:

  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geraniol
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Rosemary

These are oils that have evolved with the plants to defend the plant from being eaten by insects. These oils might be toxic and can cause irritation in high concentrations. Therefore, natural repellents are not necessarily always safe repellents.

However, insect repelling wristbands are considered as being safer as you don’t have to rub anything into your skin.

Here is a selection of some repellent bracelets with the most reviews on Amazon.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00ZXYI1I6″ locale=”US” tag=”bugzapperz-20″]Mosquito Repellent Bracelet 10 Pack[/easyazon_link]

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  • Extendable bands that fit adults and children
  • Works for up to 250 hours
  • Come with resealable bag
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Natural band with citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and lemongrass oil
  • Comes in a pack of 10 bracelets
  • Waterproof


[easyazon_link identifier=”B00KBEGN6K” locale=”US” tag=”bugzapperz-20″]Invisaband 6 Pack Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets [/easyazon_link]


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  • Adjusted microfibre band that can fit all different size wrists
  • Each bracelet is effective for over 120 hours
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • The University of Florida says the ingredient of Invisaband is one of the most effective mosquito repellents
  • The bands come in a resealable bag
  • One natural ingredient – geraniol


[easyazon_link identifier=”B0058IL92W” locale=”US” tag=”bugzapperz-20″]SUPERBAND 10 Pack All Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets[/easyazon_link]


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  • Extendable band for use on wrists or ankles
  • Each band lasts for up to 200 hours
  • Sold in different pack sizes from 10 to 100 bands
  • Natural active ingredients geraniol, lemongrass oil and citronella oil
  • Waterproof
  • Natural ingredients


[easyazon_link identifier=”B01E9F83HS” locale=”US” tag=”bugzapperz-20″]12 Pack Mosquito Repellent Bracelet/Band [/easyazon_link]


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  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Come in packs of 12
  • 6 different colors
  • Give up to 320 hours of protection
  • Waterproof
  • Come in individual resealable bags
  • 100% natural ingredients (although no mention of what they are)



I’m really surprised, most people seem to be happy with the repellent bracelets they purchased. Although they might not give complete protection, most folk who are susceptible to mosquito bites reported  having fewer bites than normal or less than others not wearing any form of protection.

Mosquito repellent bracelets or wristbands aren’t very expensive, so it could be worth trying a few to see if they work for you.


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