Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them

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Spending time outside is top priority in the summertime, especially in places with long cold winters. However, if you're in an area that tends to get a lot of mosquitos, you may find yourself pretty annoyed most of the season. It's always great to learn about pest control options for the summer, or even if you're going on vacation. Being prepared with some outdoor pest control tips can save you the annoyance of having to deal with bug bites and the pain and itch they cause. But why do mosquito bites itch so badly? Mosquito bites can affect each person a bit differently. When these little pests bite, they will inject some of their saliva into the person which contains proteins. Since these proteins are foreign to our bodies, they will activate our immune system which will release a histamine that causes inflammation, swelling and itchiness. Some people won't even have a response to the bite at all since their body hasn't created a response to the protein yet, or some will build up a tolerance over time from being bitten often enough. Be careful not to scratch your itchy mosquito bites if you do have raised, itchy spots. This will cause the skin to become more irritated. It can also cause infection as well as scarring too.

You can try some natural home remedies for soothing mosquito bites if you like including using rubbing alcohol on the bite. This natural remedy will soothe the bite and can even bring down the swelling. You can also try putting a little bit of honey on your bites since honey has antibacterial properties in it. If you've gotten a lot of bites all over your body, you can also take a bath with some oatmeal in it which will soothe the itchiness and use a moisturizer after. Green tea or black tea will also help to take down the swelling so you can place a cool tea bag on the bites. Healthline also recommends garlic mixed with some coconut oil for mosquito bites too since it has healing properties. If the mosquito bite causes anaphylaxis, then go to the hospital or your doctor immediately. Signs of anaphylaxis include breaking out in hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or feeling as though your throat is closing up. Even though this is rare for mosquito bites, it's important to know what to do in case of an emergency like that.

If you are going to another country also be sure to visit your travel centre or your doctor, so you know about the precautions to take for mosquito bites and how to prevent them. There are outdoor pest control methods you can try to help prevent mosquito bites in the first place by getting rid of or protecting yourself from mosquitos. It's best to find a good mosquito repellant to put on if you know you're going to be in an area with a lot of mosquitos. It's also great if you can wear clothing that covers your body although mosquitos can still bite through certain thinner fabrics. Essential oils like citronella, lemon and orange can help keep the mosquitos away, but you'll have to reapply the homemade spray often. For outdoor pest control at home, you can also look into building yourself a screened in patio so you can still enjoy the outdoors without the pests bothering you. You can screen in your patio fairly affordable with some bug screen and some simple wood framing. Check out all of the information on mosquitos and pest control on Healthline and see the natural remedies you can use to help heal your bites.***

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