It’s a fact: at some point in your life you will suffer from a mosquito bite, whether you want to or not. These itchy, red spots can appear out of nowhere and the itching/sore result is enough to drive anyone crazy.
Fortunately, there are several ways that you can effectively prevent a majority of mosquito bites during the year, so you can stop having to deal with the inconvenience.
Identifying a Mosquito Bite
During the months, in which mosquitoes are most prevalent is, unfortunately, the same times of year that other bug bites are also a threat.
Oftentimes, you can worry yourself too much by thinking that one bug bite is actually another; this is why identification is of the utmost importance.
Here are some clear-cut signs that your bug bite is the work of a mosquito:
- You have one (or many) small, raised white bumps with a light red color around it
- The bite itself is warm to the touch
- The bite, as well as the surrounding skin is constantly itchy.
- You may experience irritation on the skin that is a few centimeters around the bite area
- Hives or other bumps appear on a concentrated area of your body
It’s important to note, children with an immune disorder may have these signs in addition to a small headache, swollen lymph nodes and fever.
Preventing Mosquito Bites When You Travel
Now that you know what a mosquito bite looks and feels like, understanding how to prevent them is key in avoiding any possible viral disease such as Malaria, Zika or the West Nile Virus.
Chemical Free Repellent
If you don’t want to douse yourself or your family in the chemicals that are found in your typical store-bought repellents, you can try natural repellents.
This includes, oil of eucalyptus as well as lemon. Some popular repellent brands actually do use these safer alternatives for their main ingredients.
Time It Right
An important aspect of avoiding mosquitoes is ensuring you aren’t out during their ‘feeding’ times. This means you should avoid any outings that take place at dusk or dawn, as these are the times most mosquitoes are out and active.
Consider Ditching Your Kiddie Pool
The type of slightly warm, stand still water that usually sits in a kiddie pool makes for an extremely ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Whether you have it for your pets or children, there exists much better alternative to staying cool during the summer months (popsicle, anyone?).
Get Rid Of Your Perfume
As with most bugs, mosquitoes are attracted to any sweet and flowery smelling scent. If you must wear perfume or cologne while outdoors, you should always opt for a slightly deeper scent.
Mosquitoes can certainly be a pain (literally) and mosquito bites are not only an inconvenience, but have the potential to make you extremely ill. This is why prevention is key to keeping yourself and your family safe next season.
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