Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

Some of the most exciting moments of the summer occur outdoors. Between sports, backyard barbecues, and sunbathing, there’s never a shortage of things to do! One of the most annoying things about enjoying the outdoors are mosquito bites. Who wants to spend the first few innings of their baseball game swatting? And nothing ruins an outdoor wedding like taking your eyes away from the bride and groom to relieve the itch from a bite. We know how awful mosquito bites can be, so here’s some information on how you and your family can ditch the itch this summer.

Why do mosquito bites itch so much?

Mosquito bites appear when a female mosquito draws blood from a host. (Fun fact: Only female mosquitoes bite!) These bites can appear as small read bumps on the skin or as larger swollen areas. When mosquitoes draw blood, a protein is released into the blood system, causing general irritation of the skin and of course, itching.

We all know the automatic reaction to a mosquito bite is to scratch, however, this can lead to further irritation as scratching can damage the skin and lead to infection. So, what can you do? Here are some DIY remedies you can use:

One of the simplest ways to alleviate the itch of a mosquito bite is to apply a cold compress to the affected area. A small bag of ice can help reduce swelling and redness as well as temporarily soothe any itching. If you don’t have ice, a bag of frozen peas is a great alternative. Don’t worry, we’re not judging!

If you frequently get sunburned, you likely have the next ingredient in your cabinet. Aloe vera is a great, natural anti-septic that can help ease the pain of mosquito bites. You can use aloe vera gel which is available in most supermarkets or, you can get an aloe vera plant and scoop out the fresh gel. Another method is to remove the gel from the plant, blend until it reaches a smooth consistency, pour into an ice tray, and freeze. This makes for an easy application with less mess and a satisfying cooling sensation.

Another remedy that you may have at home is honey. While it’s most famous for being a natural sweetener, honey also has a number of antibiotic properties that can help combat irritation from mosquito bites. Using this ingredient, you can get rid of the itch fast and protect the area from infection.

Typically used in skincare, witch hazel is another household item that can be beneficial for fighting the itch of mosquito bites. Because it is an astringent, witch hazel helps lessen the irritation at the location of the bite.

Using essential oils to treat mosquito bites is a trendier solution. Natural oils such as lavender and tea tree oil help take out the sting and unpleasantness of mosquito bites, not to mention the added benefit of making you smell amazing. Be mindful when using essential oils, as a little goes a long way! You only need a drop or two diluted with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut) or water to do the trick. Using too much can result in further skin irritation. To make this solution a little more convenient, you can create your own essential oil roller!

The most common ways to combat mosquito bites are applying common over-the-counter items such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion. Both of these medicated creams help to relieve itchiness on contact and provide relief almost instantly.

The best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites is to make sure that your outdoor spaces have been treated by Mosquito Joe! Don’t let mosquito bites ruin your summer. Call Mosquito Joe today to ensure that you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about bites from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

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Meet a Joe: Amy Yemm

*Occasionally we like to provide a blog post that will help you get to know Joe. From our technicians to our Corporate staff to our hardworking franchisees – we think our company is full of people you ought to know!*

 

Joining us all the way from Arizona, we’d like to introduce Amy Yemm, unofficially known as “Postal Joe.” Amy is the Director of Mailer Programs at Mosquito Joe. Aside from being responsible for millions of pieces of mail each year – you read that correctly, millions of pieces of mail – Amy is a DIY queen and an expert in Excel.

 

Here are some fun facts about Amy:

 

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

When my previous company restructured and eliminated my specific job, I was looking for a place to work where I could lend my project management skills.

 

What is your favorite part about your position at Mosquito Joe?

There’s never a dull day, always something new to learn and I get to help owners grow their businesses.

 

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team? 

Organization, attention to detail, project management and a little Excel sprinkled on top!

 

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why? 

Did you mean to donate blood on the way to the mail box?

 

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Julia Roberts, she has experienced a lot in life and uses it to her advantage.

 

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go? 

A voyage on the new Titanic. Without the iceberg, of course.

 

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

My family and I love to swim in our back yard, and we can often be found at Busch Gardens throughout the summer.

 

How attracted are mosquitoes to you? 

Fortunately, not very!

 

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

I’m an extremely practical person so I would bring a satellite phone, a spear and a big ole’box of matches!

 

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National Day of Unplugging

 

With constant emails, social media updates, and staying in touch with our friends and family, many of us are attached to our phones. The average person spends about four hours a day scrolling! Imagine how much you could be missing out on! National Day of Unplugging is March 1st and 2nd and the perfect opportunity to put your phone down and enjoy the world around you! Here are a number of ways to give your eyes and thumbs a much-deserved break:

Get Fit!

This is the perfect time to start on some of the fitness goals you made at the beginning of the year. Was your New Years Resolution to hit the gym? Ditch your phone, lace up your sneakers and get moving! Find trails in your community that will get your heart rate up, build your endurance and give you a chance to take in the local scenery. Looking for something to do with the whole family? Make your backyard a sanctuary for yoga! Use this method of exercise as a way to practice mindfulness, meditate, and relax.

Volunteer!

One of the best ways to engage with people in your community offline is to volunteer! Check out your community websites to find non-profits in your area that could use a helping hand or two. Help beautify your neighborhood by volunteering to pick up litter. Don’t forget to bring along the kids! This is the perfect opportunity to teach them the importance of keeping the environment clean. If you love pets, try volunteering at your local animal shelter. You may even go home with a new furry friend!

Start a garden!

Nothing says spring like fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want to try your hand at gardening, try planting different types of vegetables or legumes. Beans, tomatoes, and peppers are some of the easiest to begin with. Don’t have a green thumb? Try starting an herb garden. These typically take up less space in your yard and require much less maintenance than flowers and produce. Once your produce is ripe for picking, use it to bring your recipes to life!

Visit a museum!

If you’re looking to do a bit of learning while your phone is powered down, visit your local museum! Depending on your location, you can typically find a number of different types of museums. Attend an art exhibit to find out more about local artists, learn cool facts that are specific to your area, or find a museum that gives you a chance to interact with the exhibits such as those that specialize in exploring life and sciences.

All of these ideas are great ways for you and your family to explore the world around you. Consider taking one day out of each month to unplug and see what creative activities you can come up with! For more information on how you can enjoy your outdoor spaces without the hassle of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, call your local Joe today!

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Meet A Joe: Thomas Bartolomeo

*Occasionally we like to provide a blog post that will help you get to know Joe. From our technicians to our Corporate staff to our hardworking franchisees – we think our company is full of people you ought to know!*

Thomas is one of the few Mosquito Joe Corporate team members that is originally from the Hampton Roads area. With his hard work and dedication, this homegrown Joe has been able to assist numerous franchisees across the country in realizing their goal of becoming business owners.

Here are some fun facts about Thomas:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

A former coworker took a position with Mosquito Joe and raved about the company culture and values. When I was looking to make a career change it was one of the first places I looked at and jumped at the opportunity.

What is your favorite part about your position at Mosquito Joe?

Working with franchisees is incredibly rewarding. For many franchisees Mosquito Joe is the realization of a dream of owning their own business and being their own boss. To play a part in helping them achieve their goals is awesome.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team?

I really enjoy working on projects. I’ve been able to add value to projects such as our annual Convention, new office site selection, and vendor integration.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

Stop smacking yourself in the face. It’s even on the back of my business cards! I think it does a great job of integrating the service we provide and the fun nature of our brand.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Chris Pratt. We look nothing alike but he just seems like someone you’d want to hang out with. If it’s a biopic about my life, he’d definitely want to meet me before taking the part and that can mark the start of our friendship.

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?

I would like to go island hopping in the South Pacific, places like Vanuatu and Palau. I’ve always wanted to compete on Survivor, so in addition to spending time on beautiful beaches, this will help me acclimate to the climate and give me a leg up on the competition.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I really enjoy hiking. Unfortunately, I don’t get to do enough of it since the terrain in Virginia Beach isn’t really fit for it. I’ve made some trips to western Virginia and even as far south as Georgia to hike some really superb trails. It’s also great bonding time with my miniature dachshund Otto. People are always surprised that he can cover those distances with his short legs but I tire out quicker than him!

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Have you ever seen a Chick-Fil-A drive-through during the lunch rush? That’s how mosquitoes line up the second I step outside in the summer.

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

Some sort of water purification device, a volleyball named Wilson, and my hair products so I can look fresh when the rescue ship arrives.

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Fall Outdoor Activities

 

With the weather cooling down it may seem like it’s time to come indoors, but this isn’t true! There are plenty of outdoor activities that you and your family can enjoy that are complimentary to the fall weather. For many of us, our fondest childhood memories of fall include playing in giant piles of leaves. Bring that nostalgia to your home this fall by checking out this list of activities you can enjoy:

Go on an apple farm tour!

We can’t mention fall without thinking of apples. From warm apple pie to crisp apple cider, learn more about how these treats are created on your local farm. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this a great opportunity to find out the specifics of each kind of apple and how you can incorporate them into your regular meals. You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” We won’t judge if it’s a candy apple.

Go to a sports game!

Fall sports season means football and basketball are constantly on the television in most homes. Why not join the fun and attend the games in person? From local high school games to professional leagues, there are plenty of ways to check out these exciting sports. You can make it a competition among your family to see which team wins or bring the whole family together for your home team. Own a grill? Another way to enjoy your favorite sports teams is to tailgate outside of the game with your friends and family. Nothing makes new friends faster than good food and sports trash talk!

Go on a hike!

One of the best things about fall is the beautiful colors. In areas like Asheville, North Carolina people travel from hours away to get a glimpse of the leaves changing. But you don’t have to take a road trip to enjoy the scenery. You can use sites such as Trail Link to find hiking trails in your area. With the crisp fall air and an open trail, this could be a great physical activity for the whole family!

Go to a festival!

For most communities, fall is the perfect time for festivals, fairs and parades. Most areas have fall festivals where you can shop local vendors, hear local performers, and enjoy the weather with your neighbors. If you prefer the thrill of theme park rides and the smell of deep-fried treats, check to see when your state fair comes to town. If you’re a fan of spectacle and show, you can check your city’s events calendar for information on upcoming parades. All the floats and performances make for a great outing, especially if you have younger children.

Take family photos!

Grab your kids and plan your matching outfits! Fall weather makes a picturesque background for family photos. You can make this fun for the whole family by challenging everyone to find the best location for your pictures. This is an opportunity to work with a local photographer who will be able to capture the essence of the scenery and your family. If you own a camera, you can also find out who’s the photographer of the family by having everyone take photos of each other. Be sure to take them early in the day since it gets dark early!

Fall is such a great season to spend quality time with the ones you love. For more ideas on outdoor activities, take a look at lists such as this one. Make it fun by seeing who can come up with the best idea! To keep your outdoor spaces mosquito, flea, and tick free during the fall, click here to find your local Mosquito Joe.

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