Mosquito Bite Prevention and Treatment
Did you know the reason mosquito bites are so itchy is that we’re allergic to them and their saliva? When a mosquito bites you, your body responds by producing histamine to fight off the allergen.
Not only are mosquito bites irritating, but some mosquitoes can spread potentially harmful diseases, including Zika, West Nile, and malaria.
How Can I Avoid Mosquito Bites?
The best way to avoid a mosquito bite is to deter mosquitoes from you. Below are some simple tips you can use to help ward off mosquitoes.
- Apply an EPA-approved insect repellent that contains DEET or picaridin, pay special attention to exposed skin
- Wear light-colored: mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing, so avoid black and navy
- Wear protective clothing: opt for long sleeves and pants when outdoors
- Consider permethrin-treated clothing
- Ensure your windows and doors are properly sealed and have screens
- Remove standing water from your property as mosquitoes use this for breeding
- Stay cool: mosquitoes are attracted to sweat
- Use a mosquito net over your bed
- Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
Treating Mosquito Bites
If you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, the best thing you can do is not scratch it. We know, easier said than done. But scratching mosquito bites will create openings in your skin that can lead to an infection. Instead, try these tips to treat mosquito bites.
- Use soap and water to wash the affected area
- Apply an antihistamine, anti-itch cream, or calamine lotion
- Take an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl, Allegra or Claritin
- Apply ice to the mosquito bite
If your mosquito bite causes you to experience shortness of breath, fever or vomiting, seek medical care immediately.
Professional Mosquito Control
If you’re looking to prevent mosquitoes from your property or have an existing infestation, contact Interstate Pest Management. We provide eco-friendly mosquito solutions that are highly effective and safe.