Mosquito bites can be very annoying and itchy. As the Summer weather settles in and the hot heat is bad enough, add mosquitos into the mix. Not the best combination. With that being said, there are a number of things you can do to stop mosquito bites from itching. Here, Any Pest discusses mosquitos and 10 easy ways to stop those pesky mosquito bites to stop itching.
Interesting Facts about Mosquitoes:
- Mosquitoes can smell their dinner from 165 feet away.
- Mosquitoes cause more human suffering any other organism.
- Over 1 million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.
- With receptors in their antennae, mosquitoes can smell human breath.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide and lactic acid in it.
Why Do I Always Get Bit By Mosquitoes?
Are you a mosquito magnet? Do you always wonder why you always get bit by mosquitoes? Here’s why 5 reasons why you are a mosquito magnet:
- Type O Blood — Mosquitoes are most attracted to type O blood. They are least attracted to Type A blood.
- Athlete — Strenuous activity increases lactic acid and body temperature, which attracts mosquitoes.
- Pregnant — Pregnant women exhale 21% more carbon dioxide— which mosquitoes love.
- Faster Metabolism — Mosquitoes are attracted to people who metabolize cholesterol quickly.
- Larger people and Adults — Larger people emit more carbon dioxide and have a higher body temperature.
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
Mosquitoes technically don’t bite; they suck. When mosquitoes find their dinner, the female mosquito uses her needle-like mouth part, called a proboscis, to penetrate the skin. When she penetrates the skin, she feeds on the blood, and her saliva is released. Her saliva acts as an anticoagulant which allows her to feed on our blood without us noticing.
Once we get bit, our bodies have a natural response to the anticoagulant and our body creates histamines to send them to the bitten area. When our bodies release the histamines, it causes the bite to itch. It’s actually our bodies that create the itching feeling and not the actual bite.
The more you itch the area, the more histamines your body sends to the affected area. If you are curious on how to stop mosquito bites from itching, check out our home remedies for mosquito bites below!
(10) Easy Tips To Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching
- Honey – Honey is a fantastic natural home remedy for many different ailments. For more than 100 years, honey has been a sought-after natural home remedy, from helping relieve sore throats to acne to bruises. Honey contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- How to do this: Simply apply honey to the area to stop mosquito bites from itching.
- Banana Peel – This may be a surprise, but banana peels are a great home remedy for itchy skin. Banana peels help relieve itchy skin from bug bites to poison ivy.
- How to do this: Simply rub the banana peel on the affected area until the inside of the banana peel turns brown. Leave on for up to 30 minutes, and wash off.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – For years, apple cider vinegar has been used as a natural home remedy for hundreds of medical conditions. It can help reduce both the burning and itching sensation. *Make sure you get the apple cider vinegar with the mother.
- How to do this: Simply dab a bit of apple cider vinegar on the mosquito bite. If you need more relief or have multiple bug bites, you can dilute some apple cider vinegar with water and take a bath.
- Toothpaste – Toothpaste is a great way to stop mosquito bites from itching. It contains menthol and baking soda, which are perfect agents to keep the itching away.
- How to do this: Make sure you use a minty flavor, and apply the menthol flavored toothpaste to the mosquito bite.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal may be one of your favorite breakfast go-tos, but it also has incredible anti-irritant benefits. This can help relieve the itching sensation and swelling.
- How to do this: Mix equal amounts of oatmeal and water, and rub it on the affected area. Leave on the irritated portion of the skin for 10 minutes and wipe away!
- Vapour Rub – Did you know, vapour rub isn’t just for when you are sick? Vapour rub is fantastic for mosquito bites. it not only cools the skin (since menthol is a top active ingredient), but it also alleviates the itching immensely.
- How to do this: Simply dab some vapour rub on the mosquito bite.
- Baking Soda – Baking soda is an amazing agent and has an array of uses. Do a quick Google search for “uses for baking soda”, and hundreds of articles will appear with over 100 natural remedy reliefs from baking soda. Baking soda helps relieve the itching and burning sensation, and also is incredible effective in killing the bacteria.
- How to do this: Mix a spoonful of baking soda with some water. Apply this paste to the bug bite, let sit for 10 minutes, and simply wipe away!
- Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is a natural antiseptic agent, which makes it ideal to stop the swelling and itching. In addition, aloe vera will help the mosquito bite heal faster.
- How to do this: You can use natural aloe vera or aloe vera gel. We recommend to refrigerate the aloe vera gel for 10 minutes to make sure it is at a cold temperature. Then, simply apply the chilled aloe to the affected area.
- X Marks the Spot – Though this is a temporary solution, it will do the trick in stopping the mosquito bite from itching.
- How to do this: Simply make an “X” shape on the bite with your fingernail. Don’t apply too much pressure! You just want to lightly mark an X, without actually penetrating the skin. This will temporarily stop the itching until the X fades away.
- Ice – Ice can reduce inflammation and numb the skin.
- How to do this: Use a cold ice pack or fill a bag with crushed ice to stop mosquito bites from itching.
These natural home remedies for mosquito bites are natural, effective, and very simple. If you are having problems with mosquitoes, call your local pest control company for a mosquito treatment for your yard.
Here at Any Pest, we provide effective mosquito treatments for your yard. Contact the pest control experts at Any Pest Inc. today to get mosquito prevention for your home or business. Call us at (678) 888-0035 for mosquito yard treatment, or contact us online!