Posted August 9, 2021
Mosquitoes have been bothering people for a long time. Mark Twain once said of Mosquitoes, “Two could whip a dog and four could hold down a man.” These little flies are known for their ability to transmit diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. However they may be best known for their ability to leave small itchy bites all over the body and be incredibly irritating.
While it may seem like every mosquito is out to get you, only female mosquitoes actually bite. While their main source of food is nectar, females also require blood in order to reproduce. When they bite you, they use an anticoagulant to thin your blood and allow them to get a full meal. Most people are allergic to this anticoagulant, which is why it will leave a red, itchy bump. Here at Fox Pest Control, we’ve learned some tips and tricks to soothe these bites.
A simple non-irritating solution for mosquito bites is crushed ice or a cold pack. If you have been bitten, simply apply crushed ice to the bite, and the cold will temporarily reduce inflammation and offer relief. Do not leave ice on the bite for more than 5 minutes, as this can damage the skin. Although this is a short term solution, sometimes that’s all you need.
Great for healing minor wounds or sunburns, aloe vera is also helpful to soothe bug bites. If you have an aloe vera plant, cut open a leaf and apply a small amount of the gel to the affected area. If you do not have a plant, you can purchase aloe vera gel at your local store and it will do the trick.
Commonly used as a dietary supplement or a cure-all natural remedy, apple cider vinegar is a good option to reduce irritation. Apply a few drops of the liquid onto the bite and let sit for a few minutes to reduce inflammation and pain. You can also soak a washcloth with water and apple cider vinegar to relieve a larger area.
Antihistamines, or allergy medicine, can be a great option to relieve pain from mosquito bites. Common over the counter brands such as Zyrtec or Allegra will block your histamine receptors, and reduce the intensity of the itchy bite. Make sure to take a non-drowsy version of your antihistamine of choice, as some of them include sleep aids.
If you have a serious mosquito problem around your home, Fox Pest Control is here to help. Our state of the art Home Protection Plan offers year round treatments so that you can prevent mosquitoes and other pests before they become a problem.