Summer isn’t here officially until the end of June but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend. Most schools are out for vacation, the weather is perfect for swimming, and temperatures are rising. Of course, that also means that mosquitoes are coming out to enjoy their favorite time of year.

Most people have an unpleasant reaction to mosquito bites. This can include pain, redness, itching, and inflammation at the site of a bug bite. But for some people, getting a mosquito bite is much worse. “Skeeter syndrome” is a rare allergic reaction to mosquito bites. Those that have it can experience unbearable itching, pain, swelling, redness, and even scarring at the site.

Thankfully, most people don’t have such a severe reaction. But even if you aren’t allergic to mosquitoes, you probably want to avoid them as much as possible.

Bug spray has been proven to be safe and effective against most mosquito bites. However, there are some easy ways that you can make your yard a safe haven from mosquitoes — and make yourself less of a target.

If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself safe with these handy tips for avoiding itchy bites.