Apparently it is still mosquito season in Brevard and surrounding areas. I absolutely hate it but it is true.
Two weeks ago I got a nasty spider bite. I was anticipating amputation of my lower leg because it lasted a loooonnnngggg time.
Good news. It is almost gone over 2 weeks later. I won’t share the pictures because that’s just gross.
This morning I woke up to about 15 mosquito bites in various parts of my body.
DON”T THEY KNOW I HAVE A WEDDING COMING UP?????????
I am livid, And itchy. Very itchy.
My mosquito bites stay small for the first couple of days and then swell to gigantic proportions.
I may be exaggerating a bit but suffice it to say I am not happy about this latest development.
They have until the 21st to disappear. Fingers crossed.
And here are a few must know facts about my least favorite pest that I have shared in the past.
I did a little searching and came up with some facts from
TreeHugger.com. An article on their website offers several reasons why mosquitos in particular are attracted to some and not others.
Did you know that mosquitos are highly visual? That means they can target their victims. They prefer dark colors like black, dark blue and red. Note to self: wear light colored clothing.
Apparently mosquitos prefer certain blood types with type O being the favored of female mosquitos who rely on the protein in blood to help with egg production. However I suspect I fall into the category of 85% of folks who are “secreters” . We send out secretions that are a signal of our blood type to the mosquitos so regardless they zero in on us even if we aren’t O blood types. Just call me secreter I guess. Ugh.
Mosquitos can detect gas. No….not THAT kind of gas. Carbon dioxide. When we exhale we are VERY attractive to the pests. According to TreeHugger.com they can detect it up to 160 feet away.
Mosquitos also can smell things like lactic acid, urea and ammonia which are present in our sweat. They love it. When we sweat they zero in so maybe the best advice to avoid bites is to not sweat?
Types of bacteria that is found on the skin can attract mosquitos as well. In my case I guess my ankles are ripe with bacteria. That really grosses me out but I guess I need to practice even better hygiene to avoid the ankle biters.
In one study it was found that mosquitos were more attracted to pregnant women. While that is not the case in my life (whew) there was also a link to warmth of the body. With all of the lovely hot flashes that I experience I suspect this might be yet another nail in my coffin when it comes to mosquito bites.
Finally another attractor that does not apply to me is the consumption of beer. Apparently the insects like to sample blood from beer drinking folks. There is no evidence that was cited that really explained this phenomenon but still it exists. (Read the complete article here.)
You will recognize me as the welt covered woman the next time you see me. And I am not the least bit happy about it. Tell me your mosquito bite stories in the comments – make me laugh because I need a good laugh right now. Remember all comments go for our Comments for a Cause – Donors Choose.
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Oh no! This is not good. Does aloe vera help reduce the swelling and itching? It works for me. If I hang around with Paul, they usually bite him instead of me. Of course I am not always with him and have had a few bites walking the dog in the park. xo
I have been using a Benadryl gel that his helping a lot thank goodness. But I still have welts and I am tired of seeing those all over my body. I took Benadryl pill to help with the itch–big mistake. I got absolutely nothing done that day because I was so sleepy!
ACK! Mosquito bites itch so badly. I’m sorry you have to endure this and hope (fingers crossed for you) that all of those ‘skeeter’ marks vanish very soon so your skin won’t be red and puffy for the wedding. You could try some tea tree oil for the swelling and lavender oil for the itch.
I am well on my way to getting over these stupid mosquito bites, thank goodness. Until the next round….
I empathize, having served as a mosquito banquet this summer while playing in community band concerts. Here’s some help — Benadryl gel. You can get it over the counter (Wal-Mart, for sure). It’s cooling and really helps ease the itchiness. You can apply it up to four times a day. Should really help by the wedding!!
Benadryl gel is exactly what I have been using. It does help a lot but man—I hate mosquito bites. With a passion.
Hahaha me too, those lil’ buggers can always find me. I’ve got bites on my ankles and knees as we speak, er, ah, I mean type. Though I react the opposite as mine swell up immediately and then recede to an itchy lil’ dot the next day. I guess it beats winter.
I guess mosquitoes find both of us delightful. Ugh. I am so not a fan but at least mine are fading away. Hope yours are as well.
You have had it pretty rough lately. Please take care of yourself..I too seen to attract those pesky critters.
Don’t you just hate mosquitoes? Ugh. I think they are fading now but gee whiz–I had a lot!
Gah, mosquito bites are the worst. I’m luckily not too prone to them but both Ash and Corey must have super sweet blood because they get covered in them if they are outside at the wrong time!
Mosquitos are just the worst. I hate them with a passion. My bites are fading…slowly. Thank goodness.
I react the same way. I don’t have a mosquito story and only hope and pray those welts disappear before the wedding.
That is why we are friends –our bite reaction is the same. 🙂 They are disappearing and I had Chris spray the back yard the other day so hopefully it will help a bit. The mosquitos are really bad right now for some reason.
You poor thing….mosquito bites are SO uncomfortable! Hoping the bites you have will clear up before the wedding, and that you won’t suffer with any more!
Bites are disappearing and I have avoided getting more. However I now have bruises from bumps when I have been doing housework and cleaning windows in prep for the week. I am a mess! 🙂 Good thing my dress is long!
I have something called StingEze – I am very sensitive to any kind of bug bite and this works wonders on the itch! You are welcome to borrow it!
Thanks, Marci! I am over the itchy part now thank goodness but will keep it in mind for the inevitable next round. 🙂