Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
After 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.