Saw my first mosquito today, so time to stock up on Japan mosquito repellent and aid products!! All this rain and warmer weather are going to equal a heavy mosquito season in Japan. Usually, in Japan mosquitos start to hatch and bite starting in April and are active through the fall. Here is some handy information on Japan mosquito repellent and aid. Prevention is the best, so I have listed up the products that I stock-up on each spring and keep handy through the mosquito season!
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Japan Mosquito Repellent and Aid
Here is also some handy Japanese to know in mosquito season
蚊 か ka mosquito
虫 むし mushi insect
虫よけ or 虫除け むしよけ mushi yoke insect repellent
蚊に刺され かにさされ ka ni sasare mosquito bite
かゆみ かゆみ kayumi itch
腫れ はれ hare swelling
殺虫剤 さっちゅうざい sacchuuzai insect killer/insecticide
蚊取り かとり katori mosquitoes removal
室内用 しつないよう shitsunaiyou indoor use
Here are the best repellent products to prevent mosquito bites (all available on Amazon Japan)
Skin Vape Mist (200 ML, typically about 800 yen) is a good everyday spray to keep mosquitos, flies, and fleas away. We keep a bottle right in our entryway to spray on before going outside. Smells pretty good too. If you love the smell of baby soap, Skin Vape has a new smelling version which is lovely.
Perfect Potion Outdoor Body Spray (125 ML, typically 1,500 yen) is an organic bug deterrent and smells great. This product is one of the most popular with organic loving parents. There is also a Buzz Off! candle from the same brand (about 2,200 yen).
Dokodemo Vape (about 800 yen) is a portable vapor dispenser that you can move to any room or take outside for picnics. It lasts for a few months from my experience. Good to leave around windows and doorways to scare mosquitos away. Some parents prefer not to use it with children.
Baby Bug Away Stickers (about 800 yen for 60 seals) are great if you have a baby or young children and do not want to use a skin spray. Just apply to the back of the child’s shirt or pants and let them play away. Cute designs and no smell. Made from herbs.
Mosquito Coils (30 coils for about 800 yen) are the old and trusted bug protection and honestly my favorite. If you are outside on the patio or garden light a few of these and mosquitos dare not come near! You can buy a holder or hang it on a homemade hanger or wire holder. Be careful if using around children since these can burn and smell may bother some people. Economically, and many people love the smell! We love this piggy coil holder.
Hanging Mosquito Vapes
(about 1,000 yen) are great if you need mosquito repellent around a window or hook on a stroller. These hanging vapes will last you through the spring and summer and are very versatile.
Electric Mosquito Repellent Machine (called NoMat in Japanese, 60 day use is about 1,000 JPY for the machine and one liquid filler). Replacements can be purchased for refills. We have one of these machines in the living room and each bedroom that runs from April to the end of September. Noiseless, odorless, and economical. Some people prefer not to use it around babies. Good investment if you want to prevent and forget. Refills are easy to buy as well.
Here are some great mosquito aid products if you get bit
Muhi Baby Itch Medicine (15 grams for about 800 yen) is a great topical cream to carry in your purse or diaper bag for babies and toddlers. It does not sting and is baby-friendly. Not super strong, but will alleviate mosquito bite itch and decrease the swelling.
Unacowa Cool Lotion (60 ml for 600 -1,000 yen) is the bite medicine of choice for adults and teens. This stuff has a sting but takes the bite right out. Buy a couple of bottles to keep in backpacks and at home. There is also a mini-size for purses.
For more information on common childhood ailments and health services in Japan, check out these posts:
- Japanese Sunscreen for Kids – Top Selling Products, Ingredients and Protection Levels
- Himawari Medical Information Service – Find Tokyo Doctors and Pharmacies
- Tokyo English Speaking Doctors
- Six Common Children’s Skin Rashes in Japan – Heat, Virus, or Bug?
- Five Common Contagious Children’s Ailments in Japan – What is it? How to cure?
- Common Illnesses and Terms Among Young Children in Japan
- English Speaking Tokyo Dermatologists
- Tokyo English Speaking Dentists
- Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids
Japan Mosquito Repellent and Aid
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I like the wipes in the portable packet in case you unexpectedly find yourself in a garden (beer or otherwise) at dusk!
Searching Mosquito Repellent Sticke /Patch
Thanks for the list and the Japanese lesson! I like the hanging vapes and it looks like kids would enjoy them too.
Hi, I’m looking for the ‘mosquito away’ mosquito repellent bracelets, and can’t find where to buy them. Can you help me?
Hi Nicole, I`ve seen kids wearing the mosquito ring (bracelets) at the link below. If you`re looking for something different can you provide a photo?