Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How You Can Prevent Them

Through the long, cold, winter months we constantly count down the days until we get to see summer again. Now that summer is finally here, we can enjoy the beautiful evenings outside. The only thing that can come close to ruining your long-awaited plans is having a mosquito use you as their dinner. Not only are the red bumps unsightly, but boy do they itch! And of course, the more you scratch, the itchier they become. But why is that the case? What makes mosquito bites so itchy?

Not all mosquitoes are to blame. The female mosquito is actually responsible for these itchy bites. And believe it or not she doesn’t bite, but instead pokes her proboscis through your skin to feed on your blood. Pretty gross right? When your body detects the mosquito in its system, it sends histamines to fight off the intruder. This will lead to your skin becoming red, swollen, and itchy. Your body is also reacting to the mosquito’s saliva, which different people react to in different ways.

So, how do you get rid of that annoying itch once you get bit? Some natural remedies include applying rubbing alcohol, ice, aloe vera, witch hazel, or vinegar directly to the bite itself. Other remedies include oral antihistamines such as Benadryl or Claritin, or even applying Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the bit.

Luckily, there are a few ways for you to avoid mosquitoes in the first place.

  1. Make sure to remove any standing water throughout your yard to get rid of possible mosquito breeding grounds. This includes looking for water in your gutters, kid’s toys, or bird baths.
  2. If you have tarps covering anything in your yard like a grill for example, make sure it is tied tightly. This way you can’t trap any pockets of water in the folds.
  3. You could also add some plants to your garden that deter mosquitoes like citronella, basil, or lavender.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you prep your yard for mosquitoes, sometimes it just isn’t enough. That’s where the professionals at Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville-Jackson come in and help. Call one of our professionals to talk about our mosquito, tick, and flea treatments today. With our spray, you won’t have to worry about those pesky bites again!

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