Mosquito Bites

Have you been bitten by a mosquito? Chances are you have because mosquitoes are biting millions of people around the world on a daily basis!

For this reason we have put together a free, comprehensive list of everything you need to know about mosquito bites; including how to treat and prevent them, what mosquito bites look like, and the diseases these mosquitoes can carry!
Mosquito Biting

Mosquito Bite Treatment

So what helps to stop mosquito itch? The first thing you need to do after getting a mosquito bite is to wash the area! Mosquitoes leave behind saliva on your skin and this will cause more histamines to be released which will lead to more itching.

The second important thing is to not scratch the bite! This can be very hard, but itching it will not lead to relief, in fact it will lead to more itching, swelling and possible infection from the bite opening up.

One home remedy that we highly recommend is using heat on the bite. Taking a hot shower, using a warm rag or even using a blow dryer on the area can really help to reduce the itch!

There are also many remedies you can buy to help soothe the bitten area. Some of the products we recommend are:

1. Hydrocortisone Cream

2. Aloe Vera

3. Calamine Lotion
Hydrocortisone Cream to Prevent Itch

If all else fails you can try over the counter medications such as Benadryl or NSAIDs.

How do Mosquitoes Bite and Why are They Itchy?

Why Mosquito Bites are Itchy When a mosquito bites you they will penetrate your skin multiple times in search of a blood vessel, from this blood vessel the mosquito will draw blood and at the same time pump saliva into your skin.

This saliva will prevent your blood from clotting, but it will also trigger a protective response in the body. Your body will automatically send histamines to the area in which you were bitten.

These histamines are the reason why your bite is so itchy! When they arrive the area will start to swell, and change color and as a result your skin will itch.

Even though these histamines cause discomfort, this process is good because it allows the body to heal the tissue which can prevent disease and possible infection.

Why do Mosquitoes Bite?

Believe it or not, male mosquitoes do not bite us. Males feed entirely on nectar and even if for some reason they wanted to feed off of our blood they would not be able to because their proboscis (mouth piece) is not capable of taking in blood.

Female mosquitoes on the other hand are the ones that bite. Why do they want our blood? In order to lay eggs, the female mosquito needs to take in protein. Nectar from plants doesn’t contain the needed protein, so she has to look for blood from living things in order to be successful at producing the next generation of eggs.
Why Mosquitoes Bite

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

There are many ways to prevent mosquito bites, but the most effective ways include wearing clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, using a DEET based mosquito repellent and by helping to control the mosquito population in your area by preventing them from breeding.

When you are choosing clothing to wear, it is a good idea to choose light colors such as a pair of khakis over dark blue jeans. The reason for this is because one of the mosquitoes sensory includes sight. Mosquitoes can see colors, especially dark colors. If you walk past them wearing dark clothing they will be more attracted to you as a potential meal.
Prevent Bites with DEET Repellent
Prevent Mosquito Bites Prevent Bites with Mosquito Bait and Kill There are many mosquito repellents on the market, but DEET has the most science and testing behind it. It is truly the most effective repellent when it comes to preventing mosquito bites.

But some people experience skin reactions due to the chemical nature of DEET, so if you cannot use this product then we recommend a natural mosquito repellent such as Lemon Eucalyptus Oil or Distilled Citronella Oil.

Lastly controlling the mosquito population in your area could be as simple as dumping the standing water in your yard. This could be from a number of places such as your potted plants, garbage cans, clogged gutters, etc.

Getting rid of these potential breeding grounds can reduce the number mosquitoes in your area drastically and prevent many potential mosquito bites!

We also recommend using a garlic spray to cut down on mosquito bites. By spraying your yard with a natural garlic spray you can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard by up to 90%!

For more information see: Ways to control Mosquito Population.

What Do Mosquito Bites Look Like?

What a Mosquito Bite Looks Like Mosquito bites typically appear as a semi-circular shape on your skin. At first the bite will be swollen, the skin will be slightly raised. The color of the area will depend on the severity of the allergic reaction and the amount of scratching done on the area.

For those who do not have an adverse reaction to the bite and have not scratched the area, it will likely be a light shade of pink, whereas a bite that has been scratched or infected could vary between a light or dark shade of red.

Can Mosquito Bites Cause Disease?

Yes! There are over 1,000,000 people every year that acquire a disease from mosquitoes! The number one disease mosquitoes spread is Malaria which is estimated to kill over 400,000 people and infect 600,000 people every year! For this reason the mosquito is considered to be the deadliest animal in the world!

If you live in the United States the chances of you picking up a disease from a mosquito bite are much less than if you lived in Africa. The reason is because mosquitoes do not transmit diseases on their own; they first need to come into contact with the disease or parasite in order to transmit it to another person.

So in countries where disease and parasites are more common, there will be a greater chance of coming into contact with a mosquito that could potentially spread the disease on to you.

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