During the summer months, there’s one thing home and business owners here in central Maryland can agree on with certainty: mosquitoes can quickly ruin any outdoor activity or event. As soon as the sun begins to set, these voracious parasites come out in full force. In just a matter of moments, these insects can take over our yards, swarming our alfresco adventures and driving us inside for the rest of the evening. But you don’t need to let mosquito bites threaten your summer.
Mosquito Prevention Services Can Reduce Pest Populations in Your Yard
Working with a professional provider of mosquito prevention services can effectively target these bugs where they are most likely to thrive. However, you or your family members may still find yourselves the victims of an occasional mosquito bite. If you do find a telltale red bump on your skin, try these natural remedies to help cure the irritation and itchiness of a mosquito bite.
Most people don’t realize just how effective an ice cube or even a cold pack can be when neutralizing a mosquito bite. Ice can quickly numb the bite and control overall swelling. For best results, place ice cubes in a towel and press against the infected area for 10 minutes, or as long as you can comfortably tolerate having the ice on your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is less acidic than some of its other vinegar counterparts. As a result, it can help restore the pH balance of an infected area of skin. Rub a swab of apple cider vinegar on the bite to neutralize its sting.
One of the most popular remedies for itches is often found right in our breakfast pantry. Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties that can provide fast relief for a bug bite. Create a paste with equal parts oatmeal and water in a bowl. Spoon some of the mixture onto a clean washcloth, holding the paste directly on the inflamed skin for about 10 minutes before wiping the area clean.
This common household plant has been used in various natural remedies for hundreds of years. Much like oats, aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it well-suited for a wide range of skin irritations. To use on mosquito bites, cut open the plant, applying its gel directly to irritated areas of the body.
The alkaline properties of baking soda serve as a natural pH neutralizer. Just like the oatmeal concoction, baking soda can be mixed with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply the mixture directly onto the bite.
Chamomile’s healing properties have been revered for generations. A member of the daisy family, chamomile can soothe skin irritations, reduce swelling, and promote faster healing. Steep a chamomile tea bag in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Squeeze to eliminate excess water, and place it directly onto the bite for 10 minutes.