Whether you’re an avid hiker, camper, or kayaker, or you are out at the ball fields; mosquito bites are an unavoidable part of being outdoors during a St. Louis summer. The standard human reaction (non-allergic) to a mosquito bite is a familiar sight. A red bump followed shortly after that by an annoying itch. This is the result of the human body’s immune system reacting to the toxins in the mosquito saliva. Not only is scratching that itch a potential cause for a skin infection but, scratching is not likely to lead to itch relief. Don’t suffer needlessly – try one of these practical solutions for mosquito bite relief.
Mosquito Bite Relief
Ice, Ice Baby: A long-standing natural solution to mosquito bite itch is ice. Simply place an ice cube on the bite for about 10 minutes. Repeat if necessary to reduce swelling and numb potential itch.
Soap and Water: Among the CDC’s recommendations is another natural solution. Wash the bite as quickly as possible after it occurs with warm water and soap.
Baking Soda Paste: A traditional home remedy for wasp and bee stings, baking soda paste can relieve mosquito bites too. Add just enough water to a tiny bit of baking soda in a cup until it makes a paste. Apply to the bite and leave it for 10 minutes.
Antihistamine Cream: Apply an over-the-counter antihistamine or anti-itch cream to your mosquito bite for temporary relief of the itch.
Calamine Lotion: Yes, the classic pink liquid is still a go-to for many.
A Variety of New Mosquito Bite Tools: There are a few different devices and tools out there that claim to reduce mosquito bite itch. Some apply concentrated heat. Others use suction to remove venom or saliva if used shortly after the bite occurred. We don’t endorse any specific products but have heard some good reviews and anecdotal evidence. Please be sure to follow instructions carefully when trying any insect bite relief treatment.
If you find success – we hope you’ll send us a note or comment in our social media feed to let us know what you discovered.
Mosquito Control Service to Prevent Mosquito Bites Altogether
The best fight against itchy mosquito bites is to avoid them in the first place. When enjoying outdoor time in recreational areas, campgrounds, and hiking trails not treated by our team, be sure to use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin.
At home, the fewer mosquitoes on your property, the fewer chances for mosquitoes to bite you. Call Mosquito Squad of West St. Louis County today to request a free quote for mosquito control services. Our original barrier treatment reduces mosquitoes by 85-90%.