How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes are one of the biggest nuisances nature has to offer. They breed in mass quantity throughout the summer and infest our backyard barbecues, leaving us itching and scratching for weeks on end. Mosquitoes go after any exposed skin that they can find, which usually ends up being on your ankles and arms. Before they bite, mosquitoes inject a numbing agent into your skin so you can’t feel the bite. It’s actually this numbing agent that causes your skin to itch for what could be weeks at a time. Below are some suggestions to both avoid and get rid of mosquito bites:
Avoiding mosquitoes with repellent
To keep mosquitoes from plaguing your skin with that annoying itch and unsightly red bumps, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you need to setup your yard with mosquito repellent. Common types of repellent include citronella candles or torches, or mosquito spray that you put right onto your body. For a more serious case, you can purchase a mosquito magnet or similar device that will catch and kill the bugs.
Don’t encourage breeding
Mosquitoes only need still water to breed in. If there’s a puddle somewhere in your backyard, or even a little bit of water in the bottom of a bucket, mosquitoes can and will breed there. Go through your yard and check for any standing water, particularly after a heavy rain. Getting rid of any standing water can make a big difference toward keeping a swarm of mosquitoes out of your backyard or dealing with a massive amount of bites.
Once you’ve been bitten, getting the mosquitoes out of your backyard with the methods above won’t really be helpful. What will work is some antihistamine creams like Lanacane. Apply the cream directly to the mosquito bite and gently rub it into your skin. It should dry up and reduce the swelling, as well as alleviate some of the itch.
Home remedies to get rid of mosquito bites
Home remedies can sometimes work just as well or better than over the counter or prescription medications, so don’t knock them until you try them. Banana peels have proven to be an excellent source of relief from mosquito bites. Pull the banana out of the peel and rub the inside of the peel on your bites. Most people experience near-immediate relief from both swelling and itching.
Another home remedy worth trying is aloe vera. If you have an aloe plant in your home or garden, break off a piece and open it up. Rub the aloe onto the affected areas of your body and let it soak in. Just like with the banana peels, aloe should provide almost instant relief for your bites.
Mosquito bites typically only flare up and itch for a couple of minutes at a time. If you can avoid scratching them during a flare up, it’s in your best interest to do so. Scratching will only irritate your skin, causing it to swell up more and potentially break open. You’ll then have to deal with an open cut and you’ll be risking infection.
The “X” method
The “X” method goes into the “old wives tale” category, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s actually worked for me. Draw an “x” on your mosquito bites by digging your nail into it in the shape of an X. I have absolutely no idea what this does and what the logic is behind it working, but it’s worked for me!