Feeling that itch now that the spring is settling in? Soon, mosquitoes will be out in full force and it is important you take the safety precautions necessary to limit the chance of being bitten by them. In the event you are bitten by these pests, follow these steps to properly care for them.
Clean Bites Thoroughly
To effectively care for any type of bite, the first thing that should be done is a proper cleaning. This can not only remove any surface level contaminates, but reduce the potential for severe itching that may occur. Clean the bites with rubbing alcohol or plain water.
Dealing with Itchiness
When a mosquito bites you, the saliva of the pest releases an anticoagulant to ensure the blood doesn’t clot while they extract it. The body interprets this as an allergic reaction and begins to release histamine at the bite site, creating an itchy feeling. If you are more sensitive to mosquito bites, it can take longer to heal and remove the itchy feeling.
Depending on any existing allergies, one of the most effective ways to deal with a mosquito bite is to utilize an anti-itch cream. Common ingredients used in an anti-itch cream include hydrocortisone or colloidal silver. These products can help alleviate the urge to scratch the bite.
Though their effectiveness is generally untested, there are many websites that purport the effectiveness of kitchen items in the treatment of mosquito bites. Common remedies include creating a paste of meat tenderizer and water and applying it to the bite, as well as covering the bite in lemon juice. Though these may have a positive reaction in some, these claims are not validated.
In the event your bite becomes infected, it is important to seek the help of a medical professional. However, the best option is to limit the chance of exposure and utilize effective repellents. Being prepared will make it much easier to effectively remedy the problem.
If you are dealing with a mosquito problem at your home or business, give us a call at 1 (800) 390-8626 to start a no-obligation mosquito evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every single one from your home and keep them away for good!