Mosquito’s are out in full force right now in Australia. The rainy start we had to spring created the perfect habitat and breeding ground for these blood suckers to thrive out here.
Currently, there are around 60 different types of mosquitoes making Australia their home.
Male mosquitos don’t bite humans, but the females do.
While both of them feed on plant nectar and water, females also need blood in their diet to be able to reproduce.
If by some miracle you haven’t been bitten yet, be very happy but be prepared to get bitten at some point soon.
When mosquitoes bite you, they can leave a lot more than an itchy welt behind.
They can also spread diseases between animals and humans, as well as from one human to another.
While you cannot contract HIV or hepatitis from a mosquito bite, you can get many other viruses.
Mosquitoes are known carriers of malaria, zika, yellow fever, dengue fever and West Nile Virus.
They also can carry several viruses that can cause encephalitis.
In fact, the World Health Organization considers mosquitoes to be some of the deadliest animals on Earth because most malaria cases are directly transmitted by mosquitoes.
Doesn’t mean you’ll contract any of these diseases in Dubbo but it’s still something to think about.
Prevention is always your best bet against mosquitoes so take simple measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Put up screens on your windows and doors, use mosquito bed nets if needed. Wear long sleeves and long pants when you go out, and frequently re-apply mosquito repellent. Also, check for puddles of stagnant water around the home.
Ways to stop mosquito bites from itching:
Antihistamines are still widely thought of as the best treatment when it comes to battling the itchiness from mosquito bites.
Antihistamines come in a few different forms such as gels, creams, and pills but are all considered effective.
The pills can even be taken as a precaution beforehand, to deal with the inflammation as soon as you are bitten.
Look for ointments containing antiseptics, antihistamines, or numbing agents such as lidocaine and benzocaine, and pills that contain Diphenhydramine in the ingredients list – such as Benadryl.
Both the cream and the pills can be found over the counter at most pharmacies.
Applying an ice pack to your skin can also provide relief from itching.
If you’re all out of anti-itch cream Aloe Vera is probably your next best bet to stop the scratching.
Aloe Vera is a natural antiseptic agent.
It will reduce pain, swelling, and itching, as well as aid in faster healing.
Just cut and extract the gel from a piece of Aloe Vera plant.
If you don’t have an Aloe Vera plant at home you can always go buy some Aloe Vera Gel at the grocery store and it should work just as well.
It helps to chill the gel in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes before rubbing it on the bite. This is a soothing option for relieving the itchiness.
Another great treatment for mosquito bites is lemon juice because lemons contain natural anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties.
Applying lemon juice to bites helps reduce the chance of developing an infection, which makes them very useful in treating bites.
Simply cut a lemon open and rub the inside of one of the halves against your itchy skin for quick relief.
People often say rubbing the yellow rind of the lemon over your skin helps too.
Another option is to add crushed basil leaves to lemon juice and apply the mixture onto the affected area.
Have you been affected by mozzies in Dubbo this spring?
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