Buzz, Buzz, Bite: Mosquito Bites and Treatment
Aside from Antarctica and Iceland, nearly every region and every climate is home to a mosquito population. That means that nearly everyone in the world has been bitten by a mosquito before and is familiar with their pesky buzz and itchy bite. However, misconceptions still exist.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
Many people believe that mosquitos drink blood - and that blood is their only food source - but the truth is, only female mosquitos bite and take blood from the host. That's because females need a specific protein found only in blood in order to produce and nurture eggs. The truth is that mosquitos' primary source of nourishment is nectar from plants.
Mosquito bites are itchy for nearly everyone, but for some people, they come with even more unpleasant side effects. A reaction can make mosquito bites swollen, red, and warm to the touch. In rare cases, mosquitos can carry disease, making a mosquito bite more than inconvenient. Mosquito bite prevention involves a few key steps:
- steer clear of standing water. Mosquitos are drawn to wet areas and are more likely to linger near standing water.
- wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitos are drawn to bright, vibrant colors.
- have your lawn treated to prevent mosquito infestation. Calling an exterminator for service every spring/summer can help reduce or eliminate the mosquito population in your yard and reduce the risk of being bitten.
What To Put on Mosquito Bites
Wondering how to make mosquito bites stop itching? While there is little you can do to completely alleviate the discomfort associated with mosquito bites, there are remedies for mosquito bites. For the most common at-home mosquito bite treatment, follow these steps. First, wash the site of the bite with gentle soap and water. Then, apply a soft ice pack for ten minutes to reduce inflammation and swelling in that area. Next, create a baking soda paste by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a thick paste. Apply it liberally to the bite and let sit for ten minutes. After ten minutes, wash off the paste. After that, you can use an over-the-counter anti-itch cream like calamine lotion or Benadryl cream to manage itching.
Contact McDuffie Pest Control
Are you suffering from itchy mosquito bites in your own house or yard? (If you aren't sure, these mosquito bite pictures might help!) Worse yet, does somebody in your home react unusually to mosquito bites? McDuffie Pest Control is your local mosquito expert and we're eager to help. Scheduling preventative extermination services can help stop mosquitos from inhabiting your yard - and then growing their population there, too. This can help you transform your outdoor time from dodging, swatting, and itching to rest and relaxation under the summer sky. When you're ready to get started with a free estimate, call the experts at McDuffie Pest Control at 800.441.8278 in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. When it comes to mosquitos and other pests, we know exactly what to do!