Mosquito bites are not only bothersome, but each bite you receive can be likened to playing a game of chance.
As you know, these pesky insects carry a myriad of diseases such as Chikungunya, and you never know which mosquito could be the culprit. With so much emphasis geared toward avoidance of mosquito-borne illnesses, some of us might not know the dangers associated with the wounds caused by a bite.
The itching caused by a mosquito bite is a low-grade form of pain. The mosquito is injecting a material into your skin that causes inflammation, which presents as redness, swelling, tenderness, and heat. All this leads to our least favorite typical mosquito bite reaction – the itch! Our body's natural response to the bite is to release histamine, a compound that signals an allergic reaction, which causes itching. Therefore, allergy remedies are called anti-histamines.
Over-the-Counter Mosquito Bite Remedies
There are many mosquito bite remedies on the market that will help reduce symptoms. Walk into almost any pharmacy and you will see an entire section dedicated to allergy symptom relief. Many people automatically turn to the aforementioned anti-histamines to reduce the effects of their bug bites and bee stings. However, these can cause side effects, such as drowsiness. There are topical remedies like Calamine lotion, which acts as an astringent that draws the offending fluid out of the bite to reduce the itchiness. Perhaps this product is best known for its noticeable pink appearance when applied to your skin. Thus, it might not be the most appealing choice.
All-Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies
At Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire, we know that mosquito bite prevention is better than any remedy. That said, bites still occur. Try one of these natural remedies before running to the pharmacy next time. You might be surprised at their effectiveness.
- Apply a cold compress or ice the bite - A shock of cold therapy can provide relief for itching and allay swelling.
- Dab a little essential oil to the bite - Tea Tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can help prevent infection at the site of the bite.
- Vinegar - This natural remedy can be diluted with water and can help stop itching due to its acidity.
- Honey - A sweet way to gain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it is not surprising that honey can also ease itchy mosquito bites.
- Tea Bags - The tannins in tea acts as astringents, drawing fluid out of the bite.
- Baking Soda – Can quell the inflammation that occurs at the skin's surface, and ease soreness.
- Basil - The aromatic leaf naturally contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can relieve itching. It is easy to crush some up and apply it to bites or buy the essential oil and dab onto the skin.
- Lemon & lime - Both citrus fruits are anti-itch, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial.
- Peppermint - Produces a cooling sensation that curbs itching.
- Aloe Vera – Can calm itching and swelling and is overall very soothing.
Merrimack mosquito control comes in all-natural formulas too!
Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire offers effective all-natural Merrimack mosquito control, which will help protect your family from the threat of mosquito bites. Our natural mosquito protection starts working at the time of application and will continue to repel mosquitoes for about 14 days. For continuous protection, our professional mosquito control technician will return to re-apply about every two weeks from springtime through autumn.
In a perfect world, our all-natural mosquito protection would follow you everywhere you go. Since it cannot, there are simple common-sense practices you can employ when venturing away from home. Wear light-colored clothing as to not as readily attract mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves and pants when possible. If additional protection is required, you might consider applying DEET or Picaridin based repellents to your skin or wear permethrin-treated clothing. Be sure to read about any product’s age restrictions and safety standards before applying treatment to your skin or clothing.
Whether you are in search of an all-natural or EPA-registered synthetic mosquito control solution, we have you covered! Call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire at (603) 538-3125 to begin your Merrimack mosquito control regimen.