Let me emphasize that mosquitos are dumb. Like, sooooo dumb, I will be asking God one day…”Why? What was the point?” And for some crazy, insane reason they have been out in full force. The BEST thing I’ve done for killing them in my home is this plug in zapper. Get this zapper.
Here’s truly what I do. Screw the natural stuff…use product with Deet. I’m from the Midwest. I’m sorry, but the nice, friendly stuff just isn’t very successful. Treating the bites…well there’s this new gadget I haven’t used yet, but some boast very successful. It’s called Bug Bite Thing. But I also totally love to use baking soda and water paste. Mosquitos are so dumb.
This is the professional stance on preventing dumb mosquitos from hanging out:
- Use Mosquito Repellent: Apply an effective mosquito repellent on exposed skin. Look for repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Wear Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes when you’re in mosquito-prone areas. This helps cover your skin and reduce the risk of bites.
- Avoid Peak Mosquito Hours: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. If possible, stay indoors during these times to minimize exposure.
- Use Mosquito Nets: When sleeping outdoors or in areas with a high mosquito population, use mosquito nets to create a barrier between you and the insects.
- Eliminate Standing Water: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Regularly empty and clean containers like flower pots, bird baths, and gutters to reduce breeding sites.
- Install Screens: Ensure that windows and doors have screens that are in good repair to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Choose Light-Colored Clothing: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Opt for light-colored clothing to make yourself less appealing to them.
- Avoid Fragrances: Mosquitoes are attracted to strong scents, including perfumes and scented lotions. Try to use unscented products when spending time outdoors.
- Stay in Air-Conditioned or Fan-Cooled Spaces: Mosquitoes are less likely to fly in areas with moving air. Using fans or staying in air-conditioned spaces can help deter them.
- Natural Remedies: Some natural remedies like citronella candles, neem oil, or lavender oil can repel mosquitoes to some extent. While they may not be as effective as commercial repellents, they can still offer some protection.
And here’s how it’s suggested to treat the dumb mosquito bites once you get them:
- Clean the Bite Area: Wash the mosquito bite gently with soap and water to remove any dirt or bacteria that may have been introduced when the mosquito bit you. Pat the area dry with a clean cloth.
- Apply a Cold Compress: Use a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to reduce swelling and alleviate itching. Apply it to the mosquito bite for 10-15 minutes at a time, taking short breaks in between to avoid frostbite.
- Use Over-the-Counter Creams or Lotions: Over-the-counter anti-itch creams or lotions containing ingredients like hydrocortisone or calamine can provide relief from itching and inflammation. Follow the product’s instructions for application.
- Take Oral Antihistamines: If the itching is severe, you can take an oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) to reduce itching and inflammation. Be sure to follow the recommended dosage on the product label.
- Try Natural Remedies: Some natural remedies can provide relief from mosquito bites. These include applying a paste of baking soda and water, aloe vera gel, or a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar to the affected area. Calendula cream or tea tree oil may also help soothe the itch.
To conclude. Mosquitos are dumb.