At outdoor events such as BBQs and picknicks, everyone is bound to enjoy some sunshine, good friends, and delicious food. Unfortunately, there will be plenty of unwanted guests at these events too – mosquitos, waiting to suck the blood from an unsuspecting reveler. While mosquitos play a significant role in our ecosystem, most would prefer they stay away from us while we are enjoying the outdoors. A summer can become very unpleasant when one is covered in itchy and unsightly mosquito bites.
While getting bit by a mosquito may be unavoidable, there are things you can do to treat the bite once you feel the symptoms coming on. Check out these easy tricks that you can do to help assuage the discomfort of those pesky mosquito bites.
Choose your attire wisely
1. Mosquitos are attracted to mammal flesh, so you will want to cover up as much of your body in light clothing if possible to avoid attracting mosquitos. Try to avoid bright colors that will remind the mosquitos of nectar – you can feel pretty safe wearing khaki or beige colored clothes as mosquitos are not drawn into those colors. Mosquitos also flock towards strong odors, so if you are going to be outside avoid wearing perfumes and colognes and be cognizant of the soaps and lotions you are using before heading out. They could attract mosquitos.
2. Grab some tea
If you were unsuccessful in your attempts to avoid the mosquitos and now have an itchy bite, try dampening a green tea bag and cooling it down in the refrigerator. Hold the bag onto the bite as the compounds in the team will help with the inflammation and the coldness of the back will work on the itchiness.
3. Act fast
As soon as the bite occurs you want to start working on it. Don’t scratch the itch as it will only irritate the bite and make it more susceptible to infection. As soon as you can, clean the bite with rubbing alcohol and water. There are also plenty of over the counter antihistamine creams that will help soothe the pain and itchiness of the mosquito bite.
There are lots of quick solutions you can put together to treat the itch, many of which use items that are found in your pantry. One great solution is to soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and hold it on the mosquito bite. You should notice the pain start to subside after leaving it on the bite for a few minutes.
5. Brush your teeth — treat your bite
Believe it or not, dabbing toothpaste on the bite is a great way to relieve itching. Rub a non-gel toothpaste on the infected area and let it dry overnight. Wash if off the next morning – the toothpaste should dry the bite out and soothe any itchiness that was present the night before.
It won’t be easy to avoid mosquitos this summer. But if you know how to treat the bite, you will no longer have to dread them.