Does sweet Summertime leave you wondering how to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Safely & Treat Bug Bites?
If so, then this is the perfect blog for you. We have finally after many years figured out the best treatment with 3 Easy Steps with bonus of how to treat mosquito bites and other bug bites.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m strolling throughout my garden for a morning harvest or an evening watch the sun go down session, I don’t want to be eaten alive by the dreaded mosquitoes!
There’s nothing worse than hearing that buzzzzzz in your ear and then bam, next thing ya know you have an itchy red swelling bump upon your skin.
What is a Mosquito?
Mosquitoes are a member of the fly family called Culicidae which can also mean gnat.
Their life cycle includes eggs, larva, pupa, and the dreaded adult stage in which the nasty bites come from. The Adult mosquito lays it’s eggs on water surfaces such as old kiddie pools, ponds, bird baths, old tires, and even flower pots. These blood feasting flyers have mouthparts that allow them to pierce their victims skin and feed on their blood. Sound gross right? Well, let’s face it…it indeed is gross!
Why does a Mosquito Bite Swell & Itch?
The saliva from the mosquito can cause a very itchy rash and raised bump. Not only can this be extremely uncomfortable, it can be quite dangerous! Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases that can be injected with one little bite. Diseases such as West Nile, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Zika and more. Yuck!
Bites from these blood sucking nasty ones can cause discomfort, sickness, and in some cases even death
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Safely & Treat Bug Bites?
THREE EASY STEPS, AND FOUR INEXPENSIVE PRODUCTS HAVE WORKED WONDERS FOR US!
Number one is to GET RID of the Mosquitoes!
First eliminate any standing water such as kiddie pools, gutters, flower pots, tires, etc.
Next is to Sprinkle these little magic bits upon the ground wherever water puddles during rain storms, and where you may have moist areas. Next, and this point is so very cool! Pour some of the bits in a disposable plastic cup, screw onto a fence and/or place wherever needed and fill with a little water. The mosquitoes will go into the water mixture to lay their eggs, however they will be unable to hatch.
Leaving you with the first step to Mosquitoes being gone!
You can purchase the Mosquito Bits at this Link
Step two is to repel the Mosquitoes.
As previously mentioned in my other fragrance free blogs, I am so allergic to any type of scent…therefore it’s extremely difficult for me to find bug repellents, sprays, and units that indeed are odorless Well my friends, I have FINALLY found Odorless Mosquito Repellents that Work!
My first FAVE on my Repellent list will be a unit called THERMACELL.
We have found this type to be the best simply because it’s portable and has a nice clip on the back which I clip to my pants and shirt while walking around the garden.
Seriously I kid you not, THIS LITTLE GUY WORKS! Let it run for about 10-15minutes and you will not have mosquitoes around you or if you do they will leave. For additional coverage you will need to purchase these Refill Packets which you can Purchase at this Link.
The other nice benefit is there isn’t an overpowering smell, in fact it’s hardly noticeable.
The Next Repellent will be this Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent.
I like having both the Lotion and the Spray. This Sawyer Lotion works as an easy base, I kind of think of it as I do with my sunscreen. I lather it on and then throughout the day if I find I’ve sweated or need more, I simply spray This Spray verses getting my hands all greasy again.
HUGE bonus is this stuff is pretty much odorless. There is a slight mild natural type of smell…but it goes away within a couple of seconds after using it.
The Third Step is what I like to call Create a Bug Barrier.
This Product by Sawyer is meant to be used on your Clothing and Products (Not on your Skin)
Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent works as an insect barrier repellent against mosquitoes, spiders, chiggers, ticks, mites & more! Not to forget to mention the huge bonus of this product is also is odorless. Permethrin is a natural based mosquito repellent made from Chrysanthemums
Another fun feature is it lasts for 6 weeks and up to 6 washings.
How to Treat Mosquito or Bug Bites:
As with anything, there is not one method that will prevent “all bug bites”
No worries though, I’m here to share what totally works for me!
I am a fair skinned allergic to everything type of girl, I’ve tried countless ways to sooth my bug-bites and this line up is what I have found works best at providing me a good night’s rest and relief.
My Go To Bug-Bite Treatment Line Up:
- First and foremost, make sure to wash any type of bug bite with soap & water
- Next Apply this “Sting-Eze Stick” it will provide you with instant relief
- Lastly Throughout the day you’ll want to alternate between this Tea-Tree Ointment and this Vanicream HC. The Reason I have included These Cleansing Pads is my home is never without them. I seriously use them for everything!
These pads are thick and I can even use them for make up removal. They work amazing to apply the ointment and cream, as well as I like to apply it rather thick and just let the cleansing pad sit on the bite with the ointment and/or cream applied. It provides a very soothing barrier and I feel it soaks into the bite better. I’m not certain why it works, it just does!
Hopefully my 3 step process on how to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Safely and Treat Bug Bites works for you! Living in the South, we are full of bugs allllll Summer long, so I’ve become quite familiar with the flow of bug season here in the South. If you have any other tips, I’d love to hear them in a comment below! Here’s wishing you a beautiful Bug-Free Summer!