Encountering mosquitos in the summer is inevitable. Even if you have taken steps to control mosquitoes in your yard you can still be harassed by them in parks, the woods, or a friend or relative’s yard. With so much exposure it’s inevitable that you will get bitten at least once this summer and the itchy bumps that come along with them.
As part of a mosquito’s life cycle, female mosquitoes need the proteins in your blood in order to lay her eggs. When she bites, enzymes in her saliva prevent blood from clotting as she feeds. In response, your body releases histamines to attack the invaders. This causes the itchy red bumps that mosquitos are famous for.
Fortunately, you don’t have to lie in bed all night scratching. Here are some ways to ease the itch caused by mosquito bites.
Calamine lotion has a long history of treating a variety of different skin conditions including sunburns, rashes, poison ivy, and insect bites. Its active ingredient is zinc oxide which helps to reduce itching and swelling. Calamine lotion is applied directly to the skin and does not sting or burn. It is available over the counter at any pharmacy or grocery store. Be sure to read the instructions and ingredients before using. Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed.
Using cold temperatures to reduce pain and swelling has been around for thousands of years. Using ice packs or your favorite frozen vegetables, can give you immediate short-term relief of mosquito bites by reducing the swelling and numbing the itch. Do not put ice directly onto your skin for more than five minutes. Instead, put a washcloth between your skin and the ice to prevent damage to your skin.
There are a number of home remedies that use baking soda as a main ingredient. Your grandmother might even have used baking soda on your bee stings when you were a child. That’s because baking soda is alkaline which helps soothe itchiness and swelling. To soothe your mosquito bites just mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to create a paste. Apply it to the bite and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it away.
Another old remedy passed down for generations is oatmeal. Oatmeal contains antioxidants, known as avenanthramides, which reduce inflammation and soothes itches. Make a paste by mixing equal parts water and oatmeal. Use a washcloth to apply it to the skin and hold it for ten minutes. Then wipe clean.
As we mentioned before, mosquito bites cause our bodies to react and create histamines to fight the intruding enzymes the mosquito injects. Antihistamines, such as Benadryl, are designed to block the production of histamine which causes the itchiness in the first place.
Call The Mosquito Control Experts
Before mosquitos start giving you and your family problems, call the experts at Buzz Off Mosquito Control Solutions. We have a variety of pest control services including mosquito, fly, and flea & tick control services. We offer our mosquito control program to both residential and commercial customers.