Mosquitos are members of the fly family, and we can easily see them with the naked eye. Males have feathery antennae that help them sense the presence of female mosquitos, while females have less bushy antennae.
Males usually live for about a week, while females can live for months. Mosquitos may be small and have short lifespans, but they can wreak havoc on human lives, causing itchy bites. They also carry diseases and are often annoying and sometimes deadly.
Many of us cannot stand the effects of mosquito bites, which usually leave red spots on the skin.
You may not be able to prevent mosquito bites entirely, but you can lower your chances of getting bitten. Since Mosquitos breed in water, you can try to avoid having standing water near your home.
Empty anything that holds stagnant water, and changes the water in your birdbaths once a week. Also, empty children’s wading pools when they’re not in use.
It’s also important to keep the grass and vegetation near your home well-trimmed and install screens in your windows to keep mosquitos out. Wear long sleeves and pants and use insect repellent when you are outside.
However, you can use the following remedy against mosquito bites:
- Prepare a green clay paste. This can be available at nature shops
- Mix a teaspoon of green clay powder with three drops of lavender essential oil
- Mix until you form a paste, then
- Apply on the area a couple of times a day.
Jellyfish stings are relatively common problems for people swimming, or diving in seawaters. The long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish body can inject you with venom from microscopic barbed stingers.
Jellyfish stings vary greatly in severity but often result in immediate pain and red, irritated marks on the skin. Some jellyfish stings may cause systemic illness, and in rare cases, jellyfish stings can cause deaths.
Most jellyfish stings get better with home treatment, but severe reactions require emergency medical care.
In the summer, you can get a jellyfish sting during swimming in the sea, and you’d better be prepared to take the following actions:
- Rinse the affected area with salt water, making sure that you do not wash it in tap water. Freshwater could cause an explosion of the jellyfish venom cells and spreading them throughout the skin.
- It is wise to prepare at home in advance a paste of baking soda; to help prevents the spread of the jellyfish venom and to relieve pain.
- Spread this paste on the affected area and leave it for half an hour or so, until the burning feeling stops.
- Prepare also some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Lemon contains acetic acid that helps in neutralizing the jellyfish venom.