Mosquito Bite Treatments
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Almost everyone has had to deal with the unmistakable itchy red bump left behind from a mosquito bite after spending an evening outside. When a female mosquito bites you by sticking her proboscis, or beak-like mouth, into your skin, she also injects saliva which irritates the skin leaving the signature red, itchy bump. There is a wide range of both DIY and over-the-counter products to treat mosquito bites and stop the itching.
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How to Treat Mosquito Bites
Once bitten by a mosquito, you can experience redness and itching anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. As hard as it may be, it is important to not itch a bit. Itching can break the skin and possibly lead to an infection and longer healing times. Only time can fully heal a mosquito bite but there are many ways that are reported to minimize itchiness. Common remedies that you can apply to treat an itchy mosquito bite include:
- An ice pack or ice cube
- A paste of baking soda and water
- Calamine lotion
- Antihistamine or corticosteroid cream
- Applying pressure to the site
- Oatmeal paste
Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes
Most people walk away from an encounter with a mosquito with a small, itchy red bump but in some cases, they may have been infected with something more serious. In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are known to spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, zika, and West Nile Virus. They spread these diseases by biting an infected animal or person and then biting an uninfected person, transmitting the disease to them. Malaria, zika, and yellow fever are not much of a concern in America except for those traveling to areas where it is common but there have been small pockets of West Nile Virus outbreaks in the United States.
Keeping Mosquitos Away
Mosquito bites can be extremely annoying to deal with, especially since you often get more than one at a time. There are a few things you can do to deter mosquitoes from biting you such as repellent sprays, wearing loose, light-colored clothes, and passing on floral perfumes and lotions. The easiest and most effective way to keep mosquitoes away from you and your loved ones is by ensuring any areas of standing water are emptied and through preventative extermination by a trained professional. At Rocket Pest, we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with mosquitoes and their nasty bites. Our technicians are experts in eliminating any type of pests that may have invaded your living space. Contact us today to keep mosquitoes away from your home!Back to Mosquito Control