Piquiña, redness, swelling and discomfort are some of the symptoms that the annoying mosquito bites leave us. August is the high season for mosquitoes in the United States, the combination of humidity and high temperatures experienced in almost all regions provide these insects with the perfect environment for hatching and, of course, feeding! In addition to the obvious discomfort caused by bites, US Today reports that mosquitoes increase the chance of spreading diseases not normally found in the United States and can travel long distances on the tiny bodies of these bugs.
After a week of trying, failing, and finally starting to beat my fight against mosquitoes, here are some tips on how to avoid them and treat their bites.
Before the chop:
As long as the weather permits, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts. A good alternative is light materials. This is especially important at sunrise and sunset, which is when mosquitoes are most active. Always use a mosquito repellent when you are outside. Carefully follow the directions on the label. Avoid water settlements: do not leave containers with liquids, do not leave crockery or clothes soaking in open spaces. Any container that can accumulate rainwater must be stored or turned upside down. Deflate plastic pools when you're not using them. Change your pets' water frequently. Make sure that all your windows have mosquito nets and that they have no holes. Try to attract animals that naturally eat mosquitoes,building birdhouses or having a space full of mosquito fish, which feed on larvae. Consume vitamin B, not only will it give you shiny hair, but it will produce a bitter taste in your blood and keep mosquitoes away. Citronella works as a natural repellent.
Read on to learn how to treat mosquito bites.