With the weather warming up here in Texas, lots of changes come with it. Flowers bloom, leaves begin growing on trees, swimming season starts, and so much more. In addition to all of those things, different bugs begin to come out. One bug that comes out more in warmer weather is the mosquito. Mosquitoes are known for being rather annoying bugs. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control wants to share some helpful information about mosquitoes with all of you today. First we are going to talk about why and how mosquitoes bite humans. You may not know this, but female mosquitoes are the ones that typically are biting you. They bite you because they are feeding on your blood. They need your blood for the protein that is in it. The protein that mosquitoes get from your blood helps to develop and hatch their eggs. Without human blood the eggs will not mature enough for them to actually hatch.
What Attracts Mosquitoes to Bite?
When mosquitoes are looking to feed on some human blood they use their sight, smell, and feel to find their prey. Their heads have two giant compound eyes that help them see movement and bright colors from far away. Once they see you they begin flying in that direction. When they get about 120 feet away from they can smell the carbon dioxide that you exhale when you are breathing. They use their sense of smell until they are close enough to feel you. When the mosquito finds you, they put their serrated proboscis into your skin. They inject saliva into you that helps dull the pain that you may experience and to keep your blood from clotting while they draw enough blood to fill them up.
How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Swelling & Itching
The saliva and enzymes that mosquitoes inject into you signal your body to release histamine. Histamine is naturally found in your body. The histamine rushes to the site of the bite and causes your blood vessels to enlarge. If your body releases too much histamine you will have a larger amount of swelling at the site of the bite. Mosquito bites can be extremely annoying because they turn red and are itchy. There is a variety of things that you can do to help with your mosquito bites. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control wants to share some of our favorite tips with you today on how to relieve the pain from these mosquito bites.
• Oatmeal: It may seem strange that your favorite breakfast food can help relieve the pain and irritation from your mosquito bite. Oatmeal contains special compounds that have anti-irritant qualities. Take some oatmeal and mix it with water until you have a thick paste. Put the mixture on your bite and hold it on to your skin with a washcloth for 10 seconds. Then wipe the area clean. If you have a large amount of mosquito bites you may want to take an oatmeal bath. Simply sprinkle 1 cup of oatmeal into your bathtub water and soak for 20 minutes.
• Ice: The inflammation from the bite can be reduce by putting some ice on the bite. Leave it on your skin for about 5 minutes. Repeat throughout the day as needed.
• Honey: Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the itching sensation and inflammation. Simply put a small dab of honey on your bite.
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We hope you find this information helpful. If you find yourself with a large mosquito problem on your property, A Five Star Termite & Pest Control can come out and help you get rid of them. Give us a call today.