Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks

Last updated date: May 28, 2021

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9.2

Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks

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We looked at the top Mosquito Repellents and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Mosquito Repellent you should buy.

Update as May 28, 2021:
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Overall Take

This is a DEET-free option that covers 12 square feet at a time. It boasts a pleasantly scented protection from biting insects. These incense sticks last more two hours per stick, so you can reclaim the outdoors from flying pests.


In our analysis of 15 expert reviews, the Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks placed 3rd when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

A Natural Repellent That Actually Works: Each incense repellent sticks provides protection from mosquitos for up to 2.5 hours. Harness the Power of Nature with 10% Plant-Based Repellent Oil Content: Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Cedar, and Peppermint oils. 10x the Repellent Oil Content than Other Brands: We use a combination of plant-based repellent oils other manufacturers tend to overlook to provide you with the best mosquito protection. No Petroleum, No Dyes, No Synthetic Fragrances, No Harsh Chemicals. Enjoy Life Outdoors: Make your outdoors yours again - not theirs. Sit back on your patio, campground, or at your next BBQ bite-free with a natural repellent that actually works. This product is not available for sale in Indiana.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

10.0
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
10,034 user reviews

What experts liked

Murphy's Mosquito Sticks, as well as their entire line of products, are eco-friendly— I stan a sustainable alternative to bug repellents.
- House Beautiful
They also have a pleasant scent that I could smell as soon as I opened them up. These mosquito repellent incense sticks have a smoky, lemony scent when they were burned.
- Home Fixated
These repellent incense sticks are plant-based and DEET-free. The sticks use a combination of citronella, rosemary, peppermint, lemongrass, cedar wood and bamboo to ward of mosquitos.
- Today

What experts didn't like

But take heed to the shopper's warning and make sure to check the incense every now and then.
- House Beautiful
However, I found out that it’s a good idea to put the incense sticks upwind of the area you’re trying to protect from the bugs.
- Home Fixated
According to Joe Conlon, Technical Advisor at the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquito repellents are most effective when they provide an atmosphere on or around the skin. Products like candles and incense may be less effective because the atmosphere that they create may be disturbed by wind or rain.
- Today

An Overview On Mosquito Repellents

In many places, mosquitoes are a fact of life in the summer months. Whether you just want to escape pesky bites in your backyard or are avoiding vector-borne diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease in the great outdoors, a good mosquito repellent will keep you and your family covered.

When choosing between different ingredients and the various methods of application — from lotions to sprays to bracelets — the options for insect repellent can be overwhelming.

Sprays and lotions are assured to stick with you, and they are effective. Many dry well and won’t leave behind a residue, but some can leave you feeling sticky in the summer heat.

DEET and picaridin sprays and lotions have proven efficacy against mosquitoes and ticks. If these are a concern — or if you’re traveling to an area where you could be exposed to malaria or other vector-borne diseases — these chemicals provide a long-lasting way to avoid bites. However, while DEET and picaridin are really effective when you need protection, you might want a lighter repellent for other times.

Essential oil-based sprays provide some protection, but they’re usually not as long-lasting as chemical options.

Incense is a classic repellent choice for patios and decks, and the smell of citrus and herbs can be pleasant. However, being surrounded by smoke isn’t always enjoyable, and this sort of repellent is only effective in the immediate area.

Wristbands are designed to work similar to perfume. By remaining in contact with your skin, the oils and smells are absorbed into your bloodstream in small amounts and distributed throughout the rest of your body, where you sweat them out.

It’s best to find the delivery method and ingredients you’re most comfortable with, and that suit your needs.

The Mosquito Repellent Buying Guide

  • DEET has been studied widely and is believed to be safe and most effective at levels between 30% and 45%, but it can be hard to find sprays in that exact concentration range.
  • Be careful when applying DEET or handling items with the spray on your hands. It will melt certain plastics and synthetic fabrics, sometimes permanently softening them.
  • Lemon eucalyptus has been proven to be effective in concentrations between 30% and 50%, but again, the trick is finding those concentrations on the market.
  • There have been a few allergic reactions recorded to lemon eucalyptus repellent, but the odds of this happening are low.
  • Picaridin is a chemical derived from pepper plants. Sprays of 20% concentration can be effective against mosquitoes, ticks and flies. Unlike DEET, picaridin won’t break down certain materials, so it’s safe to spray on clothing. As with all of these options, keep this repellent away from your eyes and mouth.
  • Botanicals such as peppermint, lavender and lemons have been used for centuries as insect deterrents, but modern studies don’t often rate them as highly as alternatives.