Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

Mosquito BitesAfter  a mosquito has bitten you, you’ll most likely find a red welt on your skin. That bump will start itching and it seems the more you scratch, the more it itches. Female mosquitoes bite you to feed of your blood. When a mosquito bites you, it injects some of its own saliva. The saliva contains an anticoagulant, which prevents your blood from clotting.  The proteins trigger your immune system. In order to fight those foreign substances, your body releases histamine which causes the itching and swelling around the bite.  There are several remedies you can try to make the itching stop including putting lime or lemon juice, a paste made from water and baking soda or an ice cube on the bite.  Mosquito bites do not only itch, but you could contract dangerous diseases including the West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Found In New Orleans Again

The West Nile virus has been found for the second time this year in mosquitoes collected in the city,  according to multiple media reports. Last month officials also detected the virus in New Orleans mosquitoes. Officials have set up traps around the city and test the insects regularly for diseases. So far no human cases of the virus have been reported. Experts want you to get rid of standing water on their properties to minimize the mosquito population. Now, there is a unique new tool to fight mosquitoes called  In2Care® Mosquito Trap.

An Environmentally Friendly Solution

The In2Care® Mosquito Trap uses water with an odor  to attract egg-laying Aedes mosquitoes. Once inside the plastic container, they come in contact with a biological control agent that eliminates them. The system uses a fungus that kills the mosquito several days after infection and can prevent disease transmission. It exploits the fact that Aedes like to divide their eggs over multiple sites; by letting them fly out of the trap while carrying larvicide on their legs. They transport the larvicide and contaminate several breeding sites around the trap. This way, you can get rid of larvae in small and hard to find spots. The In2Care Mosquito Trap is the first trap that uses a biological control agent to kill mosquitoes. The larvicide is US-EPA-approved and World Health Organization-recommended.  Call Terminix today to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard. The system can protect you and your family for only $95 per month.

If mosquitoes are a problem in your yard, Terminix can create a custom tailored pest control service to meet your specific needs. Our knowledgeable technicians will go to your home for a no-obligation home inspection to create an effective, customized pest control solution. Our trained technicians will rid your home and yard of all pests. Our mission is to provide total customer satisfaction by providing tailored services to meet individual client needs.

Call us at the Eastbank office at (504) 834-7330, the River region at (985) 652-7378, or on the Northshore at (985) 643-6542.

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