Summertime Pests: Itchy Mosquito Bites

Posted by David Outhous on Jul 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Although mosquitoes only live for a few days to a few weeks, it seems as though they live a lifetime – a human lifetime. They never seem to go away, especially when you want to enjoy some time outside. A mosquito infestation can cause a lot of problems – mosquito bites are itchy and they sometimes cause diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and yellow fever. You can take several steps for mosquito control, including ensuring that no standing water is nearby and contacting RichPro Pest Management to spray your yard.

How Long Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

When a mosquito bites you, draws out blood and injects its saliva into you at the same time. The mosquito saliva contains proteins and an anticoagulant. The proteins are foreign to the human body, which causes the body to release histamine to help white blood cells get to and heal the affected area. Inflammation, mosquito bites itching and mosquito bites swelling is caused by the histamine.

The itching from the mosquito bites could last for a few hours to several days. The length of time you itch depends on the size of the bite and your immune system. Scratching the mosquito bites makes the itching last longer.

In addition to spraying for mosquitoes, you can limit exposure to these pests by knowing what attracts them and avoiding the attractants. Sweat, body odor, heat, light, carbon dioxide and lactic acid all attract mosquitoes.

Mosquito Bites Treatment

Knowing how to get rid of mosquito bites is easy enough. Mosquito bites treatment usually stops the itching – at least temporarily. You can ice the bite to reduce inflammation. Sometimes, the ice helps with itching. Be sure to wrap the ice in a towel or a sock – never apply ice directly to your skin as it could cause damage to your skin in some cases.

Certain antihistamines will also help stop the itching. The most popular antihistamine is in cream form, though you can get some in pill form.

Applying hydrocortisone cream also helps with itching and inflammation. Always read the instructions before using hydrocortisone – while it is available over the counter, pregnant women, children and those with skin infections should avoid hydrocortisone.

Concentrated heat sometimes works for reducing the discomfort of bites, including itching. However, the study tested 146 people, and only 33 of them had mosquito bites.

Aloe vera has many uses, including relieving burns and frostbite. It may also help with the itching and inflammation caused by mosquito bites. If you tend to scar from bites, aloe vera will help with the scarring. At the very least, it will soothe the bite area. Honey also has healing properties that help reduce inflammation and prevent infection when applied to the skin.

However, if you have hives, swelling, breathing problems, vomiting, nausea and / or dizziness from a mosquito bite, you should go to the emergency room for immediate medical attention.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

In most cases, you can get rid of mosquitoes by making sure you have no standing water around and getting rid of empty flower pots, old tires, leaves and old plant matter around the yard. However, if you can’t get rid of them, regardless of what you do, contact RichPro Pest Management to come out and spray your yard to get rid of the mosquito infestation.