Experts reveal whether these 4 mosquito repellent spray alternatives actually work

For those that prefer to steer clear of bug repellent sprays, other options exist that also claim to repel mosquitoes and other flying pests. However, not all of them may be as effective as others.

“One that I’ve been hearing chatter about recently are phone apps that purport to emit a high-frequency sound that keeps mosquitoes at bay,” said Catherine Roberts, a Consumer Reports associate editor for health who covers insect repellents.

Although Consumer Reports hasn’t tested these apps, Roberts said there’s no proof that sonic repellent devices will work. A few companies landed themselves in hot water with the New York State attorney general’s office in 2016 for making false claims about their efficacy, according to Roberts.

“The attorney general also cited a few companies that made wristbands, bracelets, patches and stickers in that same set of cease and desist letters, telling them to stop selling [products] as ‘Zika protective,’” Roberts told AccuWeather.

Below are four alternatives to mosquito repellent sprays that may or may not work for you:

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