While mosquitoes should be on their way out as the weather gets cooler, the threat of mosquito bites is by no means gone entirely. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a night outdoors in cooler fall temperatures and coming home to miserable, relentless itchiness that seems to last forever. For all of you desperate mosquito victims, read on to learn quick and effective ways to get relief.
What Do Mosquito Bites Look Like?
Mosquito bites are some of the more recognizable bites. When bitten, you can expect to see a small, swollen, white, or reddish bump. These bumps grow darker after a day or so. Scratching mosquito bites may make the bite sites more red, irritated, and swollen.
In some cases, bites can become more severe due to an allergic reaction. Bites that have caused a reaction will look like blisters or bruises. They may cause swollen hives, nausea and vomiting, fever, rash, and other symptoms that could turn life-threatening. It would be best to seek medical attention in this scenario.
Remedies For Itchy Bites
As the itchy sensation from a bite is due to inflammation, there may be a way to reduce this sensation by tackling the problem. To get itch relief from your mosquito bites, try these at-home remedies:
- Wash the area with soap and water, then ice the bumps for ten minutes.
- Apply a mixture of one tablespoon of baking soda and just enough water to create a paste. Wash off after ten minutes. Antihistamine pastes like Benedryl cream will also be effective.
- Aloe vera is known to reduce inflammation and has shown healing properties for small wounds. Apply pure aloe from an aloe vera plant or a store-bought mixture.
- Soak a washcloth in cold water and vinegar and hold over the bites. Wash clean after ten minutes. Stop and treat the area with mild soap and water if skin irritation occurs.
- Chamomile tea is also anti-inflammatory. To create a mixture, steep a bag in water sitting in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Drain the water, then apply the tea bag directly to the bites. Wipe clean after ten minutes.
Other natural remedies using oils and mixtures may also prove effective. Remember not to expose the bites to any substance that increases inflammation, and know that hot water may make bites itchier.
How To Avoid Mosquito Bites
In order to prevent having to deal with mosquito bites, there are a few tested ways to keep Atlanta mosquitoes away. If you have to go outside, try these methods to avoid bites:
- Wear bright-colored, long-sleeved clothing.
- Treat clothing with insect repellent that contains picaridin. Do not use picaridin on your face or children.
- Avoid going out in the early morning or at dusk, as mosquitoes are most active at these times.
- Around your home, make sure there isn’t any standing water to entice them.
- Plant mosquito-repelling plants like eucalyptus, lavender, and citronella.
Contact Tuxedo Mosquito Control For The Best In Mosquito Protection
If mosquitoes are harming your quality of life and disrupting your time at home, it’s time to call local professional pest control experts at Tuxedo Mosquito Control. Whether you’re preparing for a one-time event and want to make sure it’s mosquito-free, or you want a mosquito-free yard year-round, we have a service option for you. Call Tuxedo Mosquito Control today to talk about our services or install our automated mosquito-repelling mister systems to protect your property. You can also visit us online for your free yard estimate.