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Blood is not a food source for mosquitoes; only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals to produce and lay their eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar from flowers and other plants and do not bite or spread diseases like female mosquitoes.
Humans experience a reaction to mosquito bites due to the insect’s saliva. According to Healthline, “When mosquitoes bite, they draw out blood while injecting some of their saliva. Their saliva contains an anticoagulant and proteins.”
Further, “The proteins are foreign substances that trigger the body’s immune system. To fight them, the body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes the itchiness, inflammation, and swelling.”
As a reaction to the insect saliva that is now present in its body, the host can develop a bump and subsequent itch. In addition to itchiness, some other signs that can indicate you’ve been bitten by a mosquito include puffy and reddish bumps, hard and itchy bumps, small blisters, and dark spots that resemble bruises.
There are various reasons why not everyone reacts to bites in the same way. For instance, people can be quite allergic to mosquito bites if they have a compromised immune system. On the other hand, others may not react at all, especially if they’ve built up a tolerance for mosquito bites.
It is possible to have a severe allergic reaction to mosquito bites. This reaction is called “skeeter syndrome” and often has more serious symptoms than the bumps and itchiness most experience after being bitten. Symptoms of skeeter syndrome include a larger amount of swelling than average, pain, inflammation, fever, and in rare cases, anaphylaxis.
How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching
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Fortunately, there are many different remedies you can utilize to relieve itchiness from mosquito bites. It’s important to treat the affected area first before applying any remedies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing the bite with soap and water before applying an ice pack for 10 minutes. The ice can help lessen swelling and ease itchiness by reducing blood flow to the surface of your skin. One can also apply a common topical mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste to relieve the itch.
While most bites from mosquitoes stop itching and heal on their own in a few days, there are several mainstream home remedies you can try that may make you more comfortable, including the following:
- Apply calamine lotion or a nonprescription antihistamine cream or corticosteroid cream
- Rub the affected area with an ice cube for 30 seconds
- Apply pressure for 10 seconds
- Take an oral nonprescription antihistamine for stronger reactions
- Place a cold tea bag on the bite for 10 to 15 minutes
- Take a lukewarm oatmeal bath for 10 minutes
- Apply aloe vera gel to help heal the wound
Natural Solutions to Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting
One of the best ways to stop mosquito bites from itching is to prevent them in the first place. The CDC suggests using mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or other EPA-registered products for the most effective solutions.
However, many people opt to use natural products such as lavender oil for mosquito bites to avoid chemicals. Essential oils can be used as a natural mosquito repellent, providing some protection against pests and the peace of mind that you aren’t putting chemicals on your skin.
Some of the essential oils people can use to keep pests at bay include the following:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
- Lavender oil
- Citronella oil
- Thyme oil
While these essential oils can provide a natural solution to prevent mosquito bites, the CDC strongly recommends using an EPA-registered, FDA-approved insect repellent for the most effective protection.
Prevention Is the Best First Step to Mosquito Control
It’s important to know how to properly treat mosquito bites, but it’s even more imperative that you take the proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites from happening in the first place.
Some practical approaches to deter mosquitoes include controlling mosquito habitats around your property. This means removing any standing or stagnant water that’s collected in items like trash can lids, tire swings, and children’s toys. Mosquitoes require very little water to lay their eggs in, so every bit counts.
It’s a good idea to wear insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors and minimize your outdoor activity during dusk and dawn. These times are when mosquitoes are typically the most active.
Finally, you’ll want to hire a local mosquito control company like Mosquito Authority. Professional mosquito control services can help protect you and your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, putting an end to mosquito bites.
We’re your best defense against mosquitoes, as we utilize professional mosquito treatments that are rooted in science and proven to work to ensure your property is mosquito-free. We take the time to complete a thorough analysis of your property, including identifying mosquito habitats and determining the best course of action for treatment methods.
Whether you’re looking for all-natural treatments, large-area solutions, or special event mosquito control services, Mosquito Authority has you covered. Our comprehensive range of services is designed to be cost-effective and hassle-free, so you’ll have the best chance of avoiding invading mosquitoes.
Plus, with our Mosquito Authority guarantee, you can rest assured that you won’t be bothered by mosquitoes in between your treatments. We help customers break the mosquito life cycle and get back to enjoying their outdoor spaces.
Contact us today for more information about how professional treatments from Mosquito Authority can help stop the itch from mosquito bites.