What Do I Do When a Mosquito Bites Me? | Dr. Killigan’s
There is not a place in the U.S. that does not see the yearly migration of mosquitoes. True, you must deal with them more, and for much longer in the South where the climate is much warmer. But no one is safe – it is inevitable, you will be bitten by mosquitoes. Once that occurs, you need to know how to deal with the effects of their bite.
What are Mosquitos?
Mosquitos are tiny flying insects, generally around a half-inch in size. They primarily feed on nectar and plant sugars. People have always assumed that they are bloodsuckers to survive, but only the female has the proboscis to pierce human skin. In addition, she only collects your blood to lay her eggs.
What Attracts Them?
Many factors attract mosquitoes to their victims. They are mainly attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. From there, the color of clothing worn, body chemistry, and body heat are all factors that will vary from person to person. This is why some people get bitten more than others.
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite?
Once you have been bitten, the most important thing to remember is not to scratch it. Difficult yes, because their bite can itch pretty severely. Scratching an insect bite can cause the injury to become infected, thus leading to a more serious issue. The best way to relieve the itch is with calamine or hydrocortisone-based cream. Taking an antihistamine is also recommended. Although they are predominantly for allergies, they can help relieve the itch.
One of the main concerns many have over mosquito bites is that they are known to spread various diseases. West Nile Virus is one that is common in the U.S. Other more serious diseases they can carry are Yellow Fever and Malaria, although not frequently found in the states, it does occur. These two are often carried in by tourists returning home from another country. So, it is essential to protect yourself if you plan to travel to a foreign country where these diseases are more prevalent.
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away?
Here are some tips to keep mosquitoes away:
- From You: Mosquitoes are most active during twilight hours. The best protection is avoidance, so try to remain indoors during these hours. If you are out and about, wearing a light-colored long sleeve shirt and pants will help deter the pest. Over the counter insect repellants are also a good way of deterrence. There are several non-toxic options available. Be sure to read the label and choose the best solution for you and your family.
- Around Your Home: Like all creatures, they need a source of water to survive. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water sources. This can be a puddle in your yard, an unattended kiddie pool, birdbaths, and items around your yard that can collect water, like an old tire. The key is to remove the water and keep the females from laying their eggs. If you see areas that are active with mosquitoes, you can use Killigan’s Six Feet Under ™ insect spray to assist you in ridding the area of these insects. While not a repellant, it does an excellent job of handling current activity as it kills on contact. The scent will linger to deter future visitors, and it would be a good idea to spray this area regularly.
- In Your Home: You have always heard your parents holler (or you may have at your kids yourself) to keep the door closed. Not only does this keep flies out, but it will also keep moths and mosquitoes out of your home. Be sure to keep an eye on door and window screens. Mosquitos are tiny and will be able to enter even a small tear or gap.
The Final Word
The best advice is to rid your home of what attracts them. When you do see active areas use Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under Spray ™ to dispose of them quickly. The best part about our spray is that it is 100% safe and toxin-free. It is safe enough to use around children and pets. In fact, Six Feet Under ™ is also an effective treatment for fleas and ticks and can be sprayed directly on your pet’s coat.
All of Dr. Killigan’s products reflect our motto of Killing Them Softly™. Meaning, we have effectively created products for home pests that are non-toxic. Six Feet Under ™ uses a combination of cinnamon, clove, and cottonseed oils. We are so confident in our products that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not pleased with how our products work, simply contact us, and we will do whatever it takes to make things right.