Mosquito Bites

Mosquitos are my least favorite part of summer. As such I wanted to share with you my techniques for managing to share the summer with them. I realize that this blog post might read more like a list than a piece of writing but hopefully it is helpful to you. 

First a video (this is what it looks like when a mosquito bites you!)

Wow that is kind of a little nightmare. 

But its easy to see now why after a mosquito pokes around searching for a vein why your skin gets irritated.

Okay step 1 prevention 

In the evening stay away from stagnant water. It is the breeding ground for mosquitos. 

When you can long sleeves and long pants. If they are tight around the ankles and wrists they will do a fine job of creating a physical barrier between you and them :)

I wish I could say that there was an easy way to prevent mosquitos. I can't honestly say that there is. Now I am not a big fan of DEET. But I will say that if you are in a place where the mosquitos are bad - DEET is a surefire guarantee. Although as we know it is not the best for your body.

So If you can live with reduced bites what else is there? 

Citronella Candles- although not 100% they work fairly well at keeping some of the skeeters down. 

Geraniol oil and lemon eucalyptus sprays. You can apply them to any exposed skin. These are what you will find in your most common 'natural' anti mosquito spray. They work fairly well but require regular application. 

If you are out camping a mosquito net does exactly what it should do when used properly. Keep mosquitos out with a physical barrier. Doesn't get much better than that! 

I have mixed feelings about the anti-mosquito wrist bands. But I will tell you I still use them in conjecture with the other preventative methods. 

So despite all of that you have gotten bit- and it itches and you want it to stop. 

For severe cases I use the hydrocortisone anti itch cream at the pharmacy. It works. 

I also make a thick paste with baking soda and apply it to the bite. I have read discussions about baking sodas ph and neutralizing the bite. But the science is still out on that. Just leave it on until it dries and reapply. For some people this is more effective than others.

I also have had great success using the rind and juice of a lemon and applying it to bites. And aloe is also a great way to soothe the bite and bring the heat out of it. 

baking soda + water on a bite

baking soda + water on a bite

Some of my cohorts have suggested chewing up some plantain into a paste ( not the banana like fruit but the weed in your garden) and applying it to your bite with great success. 

And for a little further reading here is what the CDC says about insect repellants. 

Don't let the skeeters deter you from enjoying the summer. And apply your repellant before your sunscreen! Hopefully you find some of these tools useful.