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How to Help Mosquito Bites Heal Faster

September 2, 2015

If you spend time outdoors during the summer it is inevitable that at some time or another a mosquito or in reality a lot of mosquitoes will choose you to “bite” and feed on. Mosquitoes are a species of insect that can drive an outdoor party or event inside quicker than almost any other! At Mitchell Services we don’t want your summer fun to be ruined by these pesky pests so our Virginia experts have compiled some easy tips to help relive the itch and help mosquito bites heal faster! But first, some fun facts about mosquitoes, did you know that it is actually only the females that bite and feed on blood? That’s right, the females require the protein found in the blood to produce their eggs. Males and females feed on the nectar of plants and other sugary liquids as their main food sources. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn, dusk, and on cloudy overcast days because the bright hot sun can cause them to dehydrate and die. During the heat of the day they can be found hiding in tall grasses, bushes, and other areas of thick vegetation. Mosquitoes find their blood donors by detecting body heat and the carbon dioxide that is produced as people and other mammals breathe. In most people the bite from a mosquito causes a red, raised, very itchy and uncomfortable welt on the skin. Listed below are some tips to prevent mosquito bites, along with ways to help ease the pain, itch and discomfort from them.

  • If you are in an area where mosquitoes are biting, quickly move to a different location or move indoors until the mosquitoes are less active.
  • When spending time outdoors wear long pants, long sleeves, a hat, and closed toe shoes.
  • Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET.
  • As hard as it may be, do not scratch the bites. Scratching may cause the areas to break open allowing for a serious infection to occur. If at any time any of the bites seem infected you should seek medical attention.
  • In some people mosquito bites can become extremely swollen and painful, to reduce swelling apply ice pack for a period of 15-20 minutes every hour for the first several hours.
  • Applying a 1% hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to the bites can also help to reduce itching but we recommend that you speak with your doctor before applying.
Mosquitoes are a part of the outdoors and being aware of their presence and taking proper precautions can greatly reduce your chances of becoming their next meal source. At Mitchell Services we can also help by providing safe and effective mosquito control. For more information about mosquitoes, how to prevent them, and how mosquito treatments can help give us a call today!

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