Every year summer begins with the promise of ice creams and long warm nights, and then reminds us that it's also prime mosquito season. Dealing with the dreaded bites isn't exactly fun — though every family has their own homemade ways of dealing with them — but there are definitely tried and true methods to prevent bites in the first place. Of course, classic spray-on mosquito repellents containing DEET are still the most effective, but if you don't have bug spray on you (or aren't looking to use it), there are other unexpected ways to keep mosquitos away — from those you might find in your kitchen cabinet to those that might make it onto the market some day soon.
One thing you definitely shouldn't do? Use one of those ultrasound mosquito-repelling "apps" — you know, the ones that play a frequency that's supposed to be annoying to mosquitos? Numerous studies have demonstrated that they won't do anything to stop you from being bitten, according to the BBC. It's a nice idea that, unfortunately, doesn't work in practice. And neither do bug-zappers; mosquitos are apparently not all that attracted to bright purple lights, so that zap and crackle on a warm summer night is much more likely to be a moth or a fly than a pesky mosquito. Here are some other options if you want to keep yourself bite-free.