The comfort of warm weather and the enjoyment of the great outdoors is almost always tempered by the annoying persistence of mosquitoes. Fortunately, the everyday pain of mosquito bites can be reduced with the right course of action and prevention. Prevention that we at Orange Environmental Services specialize in.
Here are the common signs of mosquito bites and how you can effectively treat and prevent them.
What Does a Mosquito Bite Look Like?
Mosquito bite symptoms generally lessen in severity as you age and your body becomes accustomed to them. The most common sign is white or reddish bubbled skin around the affected area occurring immediately after a bite. Bumps tend to harden and darken if they appear a day or so after you have been bitten.
Children and people with compromised immune systems may show more serious symptoms because their bodies lack the tolerance to easily handle mosquito bites. Swelling and redness are usually amplified and are sometimes accompanied by mild fevers, rashes and swollen lymph nodes.
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite
The first step in treating a mosquito bite is washing the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Reduce swelling by applying a cold compress.
There are many ways to reduce itchiness. Calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines are extremely effective in this regard. However, you can also use some home remedies to relieve symptoms. Oatmeal, baking soda or basil can be used to reduce itchiness, while honey and aloe vera are viable applications for bringing down swelling.
Steps to Take for Mosquito Prevention
Removing areas of standing water around your property and in your gutters and drains is a critical step in culling mosquito populations, as mosquitoes use these sources for laying their eggs. Mosquitoes are most active during the late afternoon to early morning hours so plan your activities accordingly. Citronella candles can be useful preventatives if you do find yourself outside during peak mosquito hours. Wear protective clothing to prevent mosquitoes from getting to your skin.
Bug sprays are effective measures to repel mosquitoes. Repellents with DEET or icaridin are particularly potent but must be used with care, as they can cause health problems for small children.
Contact a Professional Pest Control
Mosquitoes are some of the most resilient and pervasive pests you can find in warm climates. Our team is acutely aware of the hazards they pose, and we are dedicated to educating our communities and providing high-quality removal services. If you would like more information on effective prevention methods or to arrange an assessment with one of our trained experts, contact Orange Environmental Services today.