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How To Bite a Mosquito Back

How To Bite a Mosquito Back

An itty bitty speck of black flies past your face, or a wispy buzz sounds in your ear. If Lady Luck is on your side, sometimes you can quickly detect the presence of mosquitoes before they’ve had a chance to land on your skin.

But in most cases, however, we really don’t notice the pesky little bloodsuckers until one or two (or several) have feasted on your flesh, leaving nothing behind but an itchy, red welt. 

If you’re anything like us, the ferocious biting insects are critters you could most definitely live without. Not only are they a huge nuisance, often putting a major damper on summer fun, but mosquitos carry and transmit life-threatening illnesses. In fact, while they may seem relatively harmless and no match to a single flick of your finger, the buzzing bugs are considered the world’s deadliest animal, killing more than one million people each year.  

Mosquitoes suck — literally. And if you ask us, we say it’s time something is done about the pesky bloodsuckers. We need to fight together against these rude guests who uninvitedly help themselves to snack on our bodies. It doesn’t matter if you’re two or 102; this is a common problem that plagues us all. Enough is enough! 

If you agree and are ready to join hand in hand to fight back against this itchy terrorism, then keep reading.

Here’s everything you need to know to bite a mosquito back:

But First, What Attracts Mosquitoes? 

Is it the sweet sound of your voice? The twinkle in your eye? Your perfectly sun-kissed cheeks? 

Nope, not exactly. 

While we’re sure your appearance can most definitely bring all the boys to the yard, it’s not what mosquitoes are after. You see, the pesky little vampires are drawn to certain things. Like how we love that new baby smell, mosquitoes adore certain smells that our body emits.

Mosquitoes are usually attracted to the following: 

  • Sweat - mosquitoes are attracted to bacteria that live in your sweat: including lactic acid. The icky bugs also sense body heat, which can be generated by lots of movement (like exercise). 
  • Fragrances - many experts believe that floral scents are alluring to mosquitoes because their primary energy source is flowers, not blood.
  • Blood Type - another factor in attracting mosquitoes; many studies have found that the annoying bloodsuckers are particularly partial to Type O Blood, while they aren’t so infatuated with Type A. 
  • Metabolic Rate - the creepy critters are also attracted to those with a higher metabolic rate because they produce more carbon dioxide. This is likely why soon-to-be mamas seem to get bitten more since they are breathing more heavily and more often.  
  • Colors - research shows that skeeters are attracted to dark colors, but little is known about why. Regardless, if you’re rocking a dark-colored tee, you may be more attractive to the hungry vampires.   

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch So Badly? 

When a mosquito lands on your skin to enjoy a quick meal, it injects saliva into your body to prevent your blood from clotting, which allows the sneaky insect to extract your blood more quickly and efficiently. While good for the hungry mosquito, this saliva, however, is interpreted by the body as a foreign substance, triggering your immune system to attack it with histamine.

Histamine is an immune chemical that your cells naturally release in response to the presence of an injury, allergen, or other irritants. And it’s this histamine that produces the swelling and itchiness commonly experienced following a mosquito bite.  

So, what’s the best way to stop the itching right in its tracks, you ask? 

Simple: with Magic Patch

Here at The Natural Patch Co., we know what mosquito bites mean for kids. Our poor little ones simply can’t handle the itch — day or night. That’s why we created our amazing itch relief patches.

Made without any icky chemicals, our grid-relief technology gently adjusts the skin to help the lymphatic system drain the saliva injected by mosquitoes. Just peel off a relief patch, stick it over the itchy area, and your tiny tot should feel the itch melt away within 30 to 60 seconds. 

How To Tell Mosquitoes to Buzz Off

Mosquitoes are everywhere. They are annoying. They are relentless. They are hungry —and we’re sick of it. While we’d love to apply the golden rule, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated,” we can’t exactly bite a mosquito back. However, we can fight back. 

Here are a few tips to tell mosquitoes to buzz off:

Tip #1: Try a Fan 

Simple, yet effective. Skeeters are terrible fliers. So if you’re sitting outside on a summer day, bring a fan with you to keep the biting bugs at bay. 

Tip #2: Eliminate Standing Water 

Any pools, puddles, or buckets of water around your home can quickly become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Once a week, dump or drain gutters, pots, planters, birdbaths, wheelbarrows, toys, etc. 

Tip #3: Use BuzzPatch 

When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, nothing compares to BuzzPatch — a safe and natural patch infused with a combination of kid-friendly essential oils designed to confuse mosquitoes and hide your little ones from their senses. 

Created with you and your mini humans in mind, our patches are made with all-natural ingredients and absolutely no toxic chemicals like DEET or Picaridin. Just one patch prevents mosquito bites instantly. 

Whether you’re taking the family on a hike, heading to the lake, or simply enjoying your backyard, our non-woven fabric patches will help you to say goodbye to mosquitoes the natural way.

What’s not to love?

A Natural Solution 

So, how does one bite a mosquito back, you ask?

Simple — with BuzzPatch.

Mosquitoes are sneaky. They are like swift ninjas in the night attacking when we least expect it. And while we can certainly spray ourselves with chemical-laden bug repellant from head to toe, the truth is that these popular products often contain many icky chemicals that can quickly seep into our skin and enter the bloodstream. Plus, they are not recommended to leave on the skin for more than a few hours. 

When there is fun to be had outdoors, play shouldn’t be limited due to biting insects. It’s time to fight back against mosquitoes with our non-woven fabric patches designed to confuse the icky bugs and hide your little ones from their senses. 

Made with all-natural plant-based ingredients, BuzzPatch is non-toxic and DEET-free, using the most effective and safe essential oil combination to create a virtual shield, almost camouflaging your kids from mosquitoes. And the best part? Not only is BuzzPatch super easy to apply, but unlike traditional insect repellent, it smells amazing, too.

Perfect for babies, toddlers, kids, and adults, check us out today and see why everyone is turning to BuzzPatch — the natural way to keep mosquitoes at bay!

 

Sources:

Landing preference of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) on human skin among ABO blood groups, secretors or nonsecretors, and ABH antigens | PubMed

Mosquito-borne diseases | World Mosquito Program

Genes make some people mosquito targets, twins pilot study shows | Science Daily

Olfaction, experience and neural mechanisms underlying mosquito host preference | Journal of Experimental Biology | Journals

Mosquito saliva alone has profound effects on the human immune system | Journals