It’s getting warmer (finally!) here in central Illinois, but with the more beautiful weather, we have to contend with our arched enemy…the MOSQUITO!
Do you know of a more unpleasant noise: that small buzzing in your ear announcing you have been chosen for the mosquito’s next victim?
But alas, there it is. A small red button appears, and now you have to suffer from all that itching!
Keep reading to find out what you can do to prevent these terrible insects (do they have any purpose in this world at all?) and other information to help your summer be the best!
Let’s first start with what you can do to avoid mosquitoes in the first place.
How to Avoid Getting Bit
First of all, there are two reasons you have been chosen as a blood-sucking victim: (1). Your body temperature and, (2). Your body odor.
Female mosquitoes (they are the ones that bite you, of course, right?) are attracted to pheromones we release. Your body odor is related to the food you eat, the amount of sweat you produce, using perfume, etc.
If you happen to be the lucky one with just the right smells attracting Mrs. Mosquito, here are some tips to thwart her unwanted passes.
- Wear loose, thick clothing if you can, especially around your ankles (a favorite spot for mosquitos), especially when traipsing out in the woods.
- Don’t wear dark, shiny colors.
- Do not go near stagnant bodies of water.
- Don’t wear perfume or other scents that potentially could attract mosquitoes.
- There are some essential oils known to prevent mosquitoes. Learn more here.
- Use a ceiling fan or small, low-speed fan to prevent mosquitoes from flying around.
- Use a natural repellent like these when spending a reasonable amount of time outdoors.
But despite your efforts (or maybe carelessness), you have a mosquito bite. Maybe two. Perhaps even more. Now, what to do?
How to Treat Mosquito Bites
- Wash the sting with soap and water as soon as you can.
- Apply heat (place a towel in hot water) or ice on the sting.
- Mix a concoction of 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 1/2 cup of water. Dip a soft cloth in the baking soda solution and apply generously to sting.
- Apply alcohol swaps to bite for 10 minutes twice a day.
- Essential oils, like tea tree oil, can relieve the itch too.
- Or you can pick up anti-itching ointments like Benadryl, which can be highly effective.
Do Not Scratch!
You already know scratching only makes the bite worse. Scratching activates nerve endings that release histamine molecules that also itch. You are only adding misery to misery, so stop scratching!
Instead of scratching, see above and start treating your mosquito bites with a little love. 💚
Do you wake up in the morning with a runny nose, itchy red eyes, sneezing or nasal congestion? 🤧
Well, you’re not alone because bed mites are increasing!
Mites allergy has become more common because mites are easier to survive in modern homes with good insulation. Almost half of all children who have allergy problems are allergic to mites and allergy usually begins in childhood or adolescence, but can also come later in life.
A recent study shows three out of four children wake up with morning sniffing and closer to every fifth person as often as at least once a week. 63% of respondents do not know how to prevent or treat these symptoms.
So keep reading to learn what to do!
Vacuum the Bed!
Your bed 🛌 is the largest source of mites in your home, as mites thrive with moisture and heat. If you are allergic to mites, you usually experience the symptoms in the morning, as mites gather in the bed where you sleep.
Most people are good at washing the sheets and blankets, but forget about the bed itself, the survey explains. You should vacuum both the bed and mattress at least every fourteen days to decrease the number of mites.
Sadly, mites cannot be avoided entirely, but you can significantly decrease them with these tips:
- Have adequate ventilation in the bedroom.
- Keep the room temperature cool.
- Vent to lower the humidity.
- Wash bedding in cold water.
- Do not allow the bedroom to become dusty.
- Vacuum the mattress once a week and switch out the bedding.
Is your nose always stuffy in the morning? Now you know why!