Ouch! Going outside during the summer is one of life’s greatest pleasures… but sometimes it is accompanied by bug bites. Here is some information to help keep you and your family bug bite free on and off the trails this summer, as well as some advice on what to do for minor spider and mosquito bites.
Did you know that there are several different factors that can possibly affect your likelihood of getting bitten by a mosquito? Some recent studies have found that blood type may play a role—people with Type O were found to be more susceptible than those with Type A or B. Other factors that can attribute to how tasty mosquitoes find your blood are cleanliness (they’re attached to sweat, so taking a shower after exercising can help) and the color of clothing (light colors repel best).
To help prevent spider bites when going to areas that are likely to have them, wear long sleeved shirts and pants, and tuck pants into shoes to prevent critters from having any access to your skin. For both spiders and mosquitos, you should use bug spray on yourself and your surroundings (check out this recipe). At home, make sure that windows and doors are properly screened and closed when not in use to prevent bugs from getting inside.
There are also amazing essential oils and all-natural products to help protect you and your home. Our Bug Away Blend is particularly effective in fending off unwanted pests. This powerful blend is available in Pure Essential Oil, Roll-On, Spritz, Soap, Candle and Meltie. It also comes in a handy Wellness Kit, which makes for a marvelous addition to a camp care package!
One of the main ingredients in Bug Away Blend, Citronella kicks bug butt! This essential oil is powerful in not only deterring mosquitos, it is also great for killing them too. It works as a deodorant, which can also help keep bugs away in the first place. Citronella contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which can fight off possible minor infections from bites.
This oil is well regarded for its ability to help soothe irritation from bites and infections, as it contains antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. After a bite, combine Eucalyptus with a carrier oil and apply to help protect the area from infection.
Bug bites often mean irritation and inflammation, and Lavender is known for its amazing soothing abilities. Additionally, some insects, such as mosquitos, find its aroma potent. Lavender is also great for its healing properties—applying it to the bug or spider bite can help reduce scaring!