Summer is in full swing, which means warm weather, swimming and cookouts. But, with all the fun in the sun, comes mosquito and bug bites.

Being eaten alive by mosquitoes, can be one of the most frustrating parts of the season. However, there are solutions to prevent getting bitten and to deal with bites, if you have become a victim of mosquitos.

Read on to learn more about the prevention and treatment of bug bites.


Mosquitoes are tiny fly-like bugs; their life cycle is short. Males live for about a week, and females live for a few months. Despite their size and short lifespan, they always seem to wreak havoc on their victims. Their ability to leave itchy bites, or carry disease, is a serious problem.

A mosquito’s diet consists of water and plant nectar. Females also need blood to aid in reproduction; unfortunately, humans and other animals are the source of this dietary requirement. These bites leave itchy welts known as bug or mosquito bites.

When a mosquito bites you, they are injecting their saliva into your body while simultaneously draining a small amount of blood. Most humans are allergic to the proteins found in mosquito saliva, so your body jumps into action creating the red, itchy welts. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and other chemicals we produce through our sweat. The more sweat you produce, the more likely you are to be bitten.  

In some people, mainly children, a larger reaction may take place involving hives, larger patches of redness and swelling, head and body aches, fever and swollen lymph nodes.


You will never be able to completely prevent mosquito bites, but you are able to greatly reduce the possibility of being bitten. Here are some potential methods of prevention:


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There are many ways to prevent mosquito bites, but none is more effective than investing in bug repellent. It can be hard to decide on the best bug repellant, with the variety of selection that is available. Here are few things to look for when shopping for bug spray:


Unfortunately, you cannot protect yourself all the time. Mosquito bites are without a doubt an annoyance. Here are some treatments to help lessen the effects:

Although it is rare, you may have a severe reaction to a mosquito bite. If you begin to experience headaches, body aches, fever or any other symptoms listed above, contact your doctor.


Mosquito bites are frustrating and can be a damper on summer fun. We hope that with these tips and tricks for prevention and treatment, you can avoid the annoyance of bug bites.

If your mosquito bite symptoms worsen, or you experience a severe reaction to insect repellent.

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