Best Mosquito Coil & Incense Sticks

This round-up article highlights some of the best mosquito coil and incense sticks available in the market to help deter the blood-sucking and disease carrying pest.

Mosquito coils and sticks (and even mosquito candles) are relatively cheap, easy to set-up and use,  and each one can burn for a few hours, providing lasting protection. They also provides a wide coverage which is ideal for outdoor area.

1S C Johnson OFF Mosquito Coil Check Price
2PIC C412 Mosquito Repellent Coil Check Price
3Outdoor Mosquito Repellent Coil by W4W Check Price
4Mosquito Repellent Sticks by Murphy’s Naturals Check Price
5Mosquito Guard 12" Repellent Incense Sticks Check Price
6Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Candle Check Price

Note: Avoid burning mosquito coils indoors (esp in enclosed area) as they may pose serious health risks as the particles released from a single mosquito coil is equivalent of up to 137 cigarettes.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using mosquito coils and sticks:

Pros of using mosquito coil & stick
  • Relatively cheap
  • Easy to set up
  • Portable (compared to electronic repellents)
  • Great for outdoor use to cover large area
  • Good alternative to spray
Cons of using Ant Bait
  • Inhaling too much is bad for health
  • Produces burning smell
  • Doesn’t provide 100% protection

1) S C Johnson OFF Mosquito Coil (Patio & Deck)

The mosquito coil by S C Johnson is designed for outdoor use, they are idea for use in patios, backyard and porches. The repellent effect works pretty fast and we suggest burning 2 to 4 at once for full coverage outdoor.

Each coil can last for up to 4 hours and provides protection of up to 100 sq ft coverage.

It uses active ingredient of trans allethrin and are a great alternative from messy, smelly and sticky mozzie repellent spray to protecting you and your family.

  • Good quality
  • Burns for a long time
  • Long lasting coverage (4 hrs per coil)
  • Wide coverage (Up to 100 sq ft)

2) PIC C412 Mosquito Coil Repellent

This Mosquito Repellent Coil by PIC not only repels mosquitoes, they also deters other flying pests and bugs within the area of the burning coil. Each pack includes 2 stands and 4 mosquito coils, and each coil can burn for 5 to 7 hours.

As with other mosquito coils, it is designed for outdoor use (ie patios, porches). For best results, set-up 1 coil every 10 feet around the area for best coverage.

  • Lasting burning (5 – 7 hrs per coil)
  • Coil stand provided
  • Slightly on the pricier side of mozzie coil
  • Quality of stand can be improved

3) Outdoor Mosquito Repellent Coil by W4W

This Mosquito repellent Coil by W4W is a EPA approved mosquito coil that covers up to 10 feet of area. Each of their mosquito coil can burn up to 7 hours (depending on the wind level where the coil is placed).

It is designed for outdoor use and is most effective in area with little or no wind. Each pack comes with 4 coils and 2 coil stands to hold the coil in place to facilitate the burning of the coil.

Note: Must be used outdoor as excessive inhaling can cause damage to humans and pets.

>> Available in these sizes: 3-pack, 5-pack & 12-pack

  • EPA Approved
  • Each coil can last 5 to 7 hrs
  • Provides up to 10 feet of coverage
  • Not for use indoor

4) Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks by Murphy’s Naturals

The Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Sticks are made out of plant-based ingredients that have proven to work against the pesky mosquitoes. Ingredients such as Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass among others.

Each of their incense sticks contain a high concentration of effective essential oils that can keep mosquitoes away for as far as 12 feet radius.

On top of the wide area of protection, every stick can last for up to 2.5 hours [May: Wind condition can affect how fast the sticks burn. The stronger the wind, the faster it burns. Hence it makes sense to place sticks in areas shaded from the wind.] 

Each tube contains 12 repellent incense sticks for use against the mosquitoes.

  • Pleasant scent
  • Made using plant based ingredients
  • Wide radius coverage
  • Last up to 2.5 hrs per stick

5) Mosquito Guard 12 inch Repellent Incense Sticks

This Mosquito Repellent Incense Stick by Mosquito Guard is another DEET-free repellent stick made with natural essential plant based oil including Lemongrass, Citronella and Rosemary [May: all these pants are known to repel mosquitoes naturally].

As with all mosquito repellent coils and sticks, they are also meant for outdoor use  to provide wide coverage against mosquitoes.

Each Mosquito Guard incense repellent stick is 3/4″ thick, 12 inches long and can burn for up to 3 hrs depending on wind condition and humidity.

For optimal coverage, place incense sticks 10 to 15 feet apart to create a boundary around outdoor area where humans will be hanging out. Place the mosquito sticks as close to the ground as possible to prevent wind from burning it out faster. It also allows better coverage as the smoke and scent rise from a lower point up.

  • Each stick burns for 2.5 to 3 hrs
  • Made with quality sawdust
  • Alcohol & DEET-free
  • Uses natural plant based essential oil

>> Bonus

6) Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Candle

The Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Candle is made with a 100% mixture of beeswax and soy to allow a clean and even burning. 

It’s formulated using natural plant based essential oils proven to keep mosquitoes and other common flying pests away. This all natural mosquito candle does not contain any chemicals, fillers or artificial fragrance.

Each candle can burn for up to 30 hours.

  • Up to 30 hours of protection
  • DEET Free
  • Made with Plant Based Essential Oils

[May: One thing we really like about Mosquito candles as an outdoor mosquito repellent method is that it adds ambiance while protecting the area.]

Iron Coil Holder
Portable Coil Holder


Mosquito repellent coils and sticks are very popular mozzie repellent options. They have proven to be great and effective ways to keep mosquitoes away. Even fancy restaurants that offer outdoor seatings use mosquito coils, candles and incense sticks to repel mosquitoes.

Here’s an interesting video of how mosquito coils are made:

For added protection, consider also applying a thin layer of mosquito repellent sprays (see article: Best mosquito repellents). As for the kids, mosquito bracelets and stick patches will give that added layer of protection.

As with anything that burns, keep kids and pets away from a burning mosquito coil, candle and incense stick. Also avoid placing too many of them too close to each other to avoid smoking up the place with toxic smokes.

What do you think of mosquito coils, sticks and candles? Have you tried them outdoors? Are they effective? Or do you have better alternatives to keep mosquitoes away? Feel free to leave a comment.