So, you tried hard to not get bit, but somehow you ended up with itchy, little mosquito bites?
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Many bug bites that are thought to have been caused by a mosquito may actually have been the handiwork of other insects or bugs. Because mosquitoes are so common in Southwest Florida, it’s fair to say that they get the majority of the blame.
In most cases, treating mosquito bites will work the same way you would treat any other bug bite. Your symptoms (itching, redness and swelling at the site of the bite) may last as long as a week, but you have a few different options for dealing with the irritation.
Here are 15 unique ways to treat your mosquito bites:
Aloe: It’s not just for sunburn! Aloe is known to reduce itching and swelling.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Diluting two or three cups in a bathtub of warm water is a good way to treat all-over bites, or you can put a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe a individual bites.
Baking Soda: Baking soda mixed with water will make a paste that can be applied to skin, which reduces swelling and itching.
Honey: It’s natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make honey a sweet choice for treating mosquito bites.
Ice: Putting an ice cube directly on the bite can offer relief and reduce swelling.
White Vinegar: Apply white vinegar on a bite to reduce the itching.
Tea Tree Oil: Often available at natural health food stores, tea tree oil is also thought to reduce the itch and swelling of a mosquito bite.
Damp Green Tea Bag: The cold helps soothe the itch and compounds in the tea help with inflammation.
Scotch Tape: It’s another sticky solution that may help you remember not to scratch, especially at night.
Witch Hazel: This plant-based astringent draws raw fluid out and reduce swelling at the bite. Apply in a paste with baking soda.
Over-the-Counter Anti-itch Cream: You can find these at most drugstores.
Banana Peels: The sugars in the chemical makeup of the skin of a banana can sooth and draw fluid out from a bite.
Lemon & Lime: These citrus fruits are anti-itch, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
Milk & Water: For a soothing compress, soak equal parts milk and water into a towel and apply on the bite.
Basil: Basil’s aromatic leaf contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can naturally relieve itching.
I hope these remedies for treating mosquito bites are helpful to you and your family! If you want to learn more about how we can help keep mosquitoes at bay around your home with our Mosquito Reduction Program and our MistAway Mosquito Misting Systems please contact us today!
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