Mosquito bites are not only annoying, but also dangerous. Besides itching and swelling, various diseases can be spread by mosquito bites. The exchange of blood and mosquito saliva gives a perfect situation for spreading disease such as Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and Yellow fever. The prevalence of these diseases depends on the geographic location. Certain areas of the world, such as tropical areas, carry a greater risk of contacting these diseases than others.
Hence, instead of figuring out the most effective way to relief mosquito bites, we should first try to reduce the risk of being bitten. Prevention is the best mosquito bite treatment. And here are some tips to share.
Covering up ourselves not only protects us from the strong burning sun, but it also prevents us from being the yummy meals of the hungry mosquitoes. Therefore, we should wear long-sleeves shirts and long pants, and these clothing should be light colored. Dark colored clothes attract more mosquitoes. Also, don’t forget to wear a hat, shoes (instead of sandals), and socks.
Stay Out of the Peak Hours
Avoid staying outdoors in the early morning or evening when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.
Avoid Standing Water
We should not keep standing water in our garden as mosquitoes lay eggs and breed in these areas.
Mosquito Repellent Products
Mosquito repellents containing DEET are very effective and can keep these little buggies at bay for hours. Yet, there are pros and cons. There are researches reporting that DEET can causes harm to our health in the long run. And before use, carefully read the precautions of the product for these products can irritate our eyes, etc.
In addition, mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing. Hence, besides spraying mosquito repellent on our skin, we should also spray it on our clothing.
For me, mosquito repellent incense (or mosquito repellent candle) is probably the most effective way for preventing mosquito bites. Because I sweat so much, I often wipe off not only my sweat, but also most of the mosquito repellent cream and spray that I have applied just a few minutes earlier. But with mosquito repellent incense, I don’t have to reapply any cream or spray even when I am all sweaty and stink.
LEFT: Mosquito repellent incense RIGHT: The kind of case I use to carry around the burning mosquito repellent incense