This Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller Really Works… I LOVE This Product!

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Thermacell Patio Shield mosquito repellent offers DEET-free, scent-free, and soundless protection from mosquitos!

themacell mosquito repeller on a table

Got mosquitos? Consider grabbing a Thermacell shield repeller!

We recently went on a trip to visit family in the midwest and there were a TON of mosquitos outside, which is a bummer if you are prone to mosquito bites like me. My sister-in-law had a Thermacell mosquito repeller out on her outdoor patio table, and I was so impressed with how well it worked, I too now have one in my own backyard to keep mosquitos at bay! 🙌

I hadn’t used one of these, and was so curious to find out more about how they work. It was nice to sit outside and make s’mores and enjoy family time without being eaten alive! 😂

For anyone curious, this post is not sponsored! I knew the moment I tried this nifty outdoor gadget out that I needed to share it with all of you, especially if you’ve been suffering through buggy days and nights outdoors this summer. ☀️

woman holding a thermacell mosquito repellent

How does the Thermacell mosquito repellent work?

The battery-powered device creates heat with a 12-hour fuel cartridge that warms up and “activates” the small mosquito repellent mat on the top. It repels without smoke, flames, or citronella, and creates a 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitos.

The unscented repellent mats (3 included) last up to 4 hours each and change color when it’s time to refill. There is no mess, no DEET, no spray, and no on-skin chemicals. The active ingredient is based on naturally occurring repellents found in plants. 

pieces of a thermacell

The setup on the Thermacell is very easy if you follow the simple directions included.

The butane fuel source at the bottom of the device easily screws in, and the blue repellent mat slides in at the top. You can purchase more of the mosquito repellent scent-free replacements and fuel cartridges separately when the initial few that come with the unit run out.

refills for the mosquito repellent

Thermacell is perfect for mosquito protection on patios, decks, pools, porches, camping, and is an easy way to stay outside and enjoy yourself while avoiding the itchy mosquito bites that can happen, especially during the summer months!

mosquito bites on a child

Mosquito bites are the WORST, aren’t they?!

The Thermacell repeller can be such a lifesaver if you or your kids welt up with big skin reactions to mosquitos! My daughter’s bites have also always been so bad and painful/itchy. Above is a photo of what one softball practice without any protection can do! 

I try to be proactive and prepared by wearing mosquito repellent when we are active outdoors and the Thermacell is another smart way to protect your family from mosquitos while sitting outside.

Hip Tip: If you’re looking for a great natural, organic mosquito and bug repellent for skin, check out our helpful review of “No-Bite-Me” cream! I purchased it myself to try and I agree it works great.

holding up a thermacell mosquito repellent device

Thermacell Patio Shield Repeller has over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon with tons of happy customers!


“This thing works MIRACLES y’all! Freaking MIRACLES. I let it warm up for a good 5-10 min and it works amazingly. I have received ZERO bites within that 10-15 foot radius, which is perfect for our deck.”


“This actually does keep mosquitos and usually flies away from us while we sit on our porch! You have to keep replacing the blue discs and the cartridges but that is totally worth it for us to sit on our porch in peace! We place it on the floor by our feet so it wafts up and protects our legs too. There is no smell that I can detect, and we are just so excited that it really works!!!”


“Excellent product that does precisely what it says it does. We have a large patio area and use one of these on each side of the patio. We live in South Florida and even in the height of mosquito season, we can spend an evening on the patio with these and not get a single bite. These are excellent!

thermacell patio shield mosquito repellent on the patio

Pros to using Thermacell Mosquito Repellent:

  • easy to setup, and easy to turn on/off
  • no sound, no smell, and no noise
  • effective when you are sitting within the 15-foot shield
  • battery operated (no charging or cords)
  • natural DEET-free repellent
  • sleek look with modern design & available in lots of colors

Cons to using Thermacell Mosquito Repellent:

  • needing to buy the repellent mat and butane fuel replacements
  • only protects while sitting on the patio or in one area
  • doesn’t work its best in windy conditions

woman holding a thermacell patio shield mosquito repellent

In my opinion, mosquito-free patio time is well worth the cost of the Thermacell!

If you’re a mosquito magnet like me, then definitely consider the Thermacell mosquito repellent shield as an option for added protection outdoors that’s easy to use! I find it to be super helpful at reducing mosquitos on the patio and think you will as well.


Let us know in the comments if you have tried the Thermacell mosquito repellent!  


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 19

  1. Angela

    I agree. I have this and it works wonders.

  2. Nicole

    Very mixed reviews on this. Seems people either love it or hate it. Although one review I saw showed pictures of flies near it and complained that it didn’t keep the “mosquitos” away 😂 can never trust crazy reviews. I’m going to give it a try! Hope it works!

  3. Cindy

    I tried it and wanted to love it, but it didn’t make any noticeable difference on my patio. A simple fan works better. May depend where you live and what conditions are like, though. I’m in Texas.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh darn. Thanks for sharing Cindy!

    • Skyday

      Cindy I agree with you. I myself live in Texas and it did not work in my back yard.

  4. Teah

    I have a different model and I love it. It keeps Oregon mosquitos away. The only issue I have is the refills can be spendy, but I do see them on clearance often and usually stock up when I do.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh nice! Thanks for sharing Teah!

  5. Olivia

    I bought one at the beginning of summer and I think it’s worth the pricey refills! Mosquitoes LOVE me and I get huge welts from mosquito bites. But this summer I have only gotten one little bite. That’s way bette than the 5-10 each night I was getting before. So totally worth it in my book! Just make sure your kids “forget” and leave it on all night….darn kids.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ha yes that is a great point! I almost did that myself 😂 Thanks for your input Olivia 🙌

  6. Mollie

    Mosquitoes are bad in Alabama. We have a company that sprays once a month and we decided to let them go after the contract expires because they want go away. I am going to try this and not worry about the price if it works.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Hope it works as well for you Mollie!

  7. Suzanne

    I have to disagree with you on this. We bought one to take camping and was not happy with it at all. My husband thought maybe if he used to while he was out in the woods and carried it we’d have better luck. Nope! Very disappointed and not worth the money we spent

  8. luna

    We had good luck with this product. so many friends have asked me the details for this one.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Luna!

    • Betst

      Thank you! If it sounds to good to be true it probably is. 🙂

  9. Carrie

    I got this and took it camping with us. I have to agree with those who say it does work. I will note that it does not work if it it windy or even really breezy. It works best if you keep it in one place and stay within 15 feet of it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Carrie for sharing your experience!

  10. Kimberlyn

    Don’t use around food. When I saw your original post on this I looked at it since we have more mosquitos with the Az monsoon season this year. It says to move it away from the table where there is food due to the chemical it puts out. No thanks!!

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