A mosquito bite can be a nuisance and uncomfortable, but mosquitoes do serve a purpose in the natural order of the food chain. Mosquito Larvae are a food source for fish and other aquatic life. Bats, Birds, and spiders also feed on adult mosquitoes. Much like humans a mosquito is just trying to survive in the world.
Males vs. Females
Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and other plant juices. With a life span only a week long, the main role of the male mosquito is mating. Females are the only mosquitoes that bite humans. In many species, the female needs to obtain nutrients from a blood meal before it can produce eggs. There are several ways in which a mosquito will find its prey including chemical, visual, and heat sensors.
Female mosquitoes mouthparts are very similar in design to a needle. They are very sharp and hollow to allow nectar and blood to be sucked up through them. When you receive a mosquito bite, the female will inject saliva to prevent clotting. The reaction that you get from a mosquito bite, a red itchy bump, is an immune response to their saliva. There are several over the counter medications to help with the natural reactions to a mosquito bite including diphenhydramine, or topically applied antihistamines.
Treatments and Prevention
Along with the over the counter medications there are several home remedies to reduce the irritation of a mosquito bite.
- Apply lemon or lime juice to the infected area.
- Make a paste out of your breakfast oatmeal and apply to the mosquito bite.
- Add a little meat tenderizer to the bite area.
- Using honey will help reduce the itching sensation.
- Try apple cider vinegar using a cotton ball to apply.
- Using baking soda in a paste will reduce the urge to itch.
Over the counter medications and home remedies will help reduce the discomfort caused by getting a mosquito bite. Mosquito control is also important. Mosquito Squad helps this by targeting areas in your yard that mosquitoes breed, feed, and harbor. Our process is back by our 100% money back guarantee. You can get an immediate reduction between 85%-90% with our barrier treatments. If you have more questions regrading our treatments give us a call at (937) 639-1394.