“You’re too sweet.” At least that’s what some people say when I tell them I get eaten alive by mosquitos. It’s been an issue my entire life. I swear I can walk outside during the summertime and almost immediately get a few mosquito bites or 10. You would think at my age I would have figured out a remedy by now!
So, this past weekend, my fiance, David, and I went to Saint Helena Island in South Carolina with some friends. Of course, being near the beach, we spent quite a bit of time outside. And when I tell you I got eaten up by mosquitos… I mean it! I’m pretty sure my legs look like I have chicken pox or something.
Mosquito Bites Or Something Else?
Now, I say they are mosquito bites… But I’ve also heard people say it could be those no-see-ums. I’ve heard of no-see-ums… but I don’t know how to tell the difference between those bites and mosquito bites. According to Wikipedia, the actual name for no-see-ums is “Ceratopogonidae.” I wouldn’t even begin to try to pronounce that. Another name for them is “biting midges.”
As I read more about the no-see-ums, I’m beginning to think that might be what bit me. Wikipedia says the females feed on the blood of vertebrates, including humans, to get protein for egg laying. And apparently, the bites are painful and can cause “intensely itchy lesions.” That sounds about right, because let me tell you… my legs have been itching like crazy for DAYS! I had a couple of bites on my arms, but those don’t seem to be near as bad as the bites on my legs!
I have tried so hard not to scratch my legs, but the itching has been really intense. Mosquito bites or no-see-ums bites… either way, they are miserable to deal with.
Yes, I know I should use bug spray. But I’m not a big fan of using chemicals on my body. I know there are natural alternatives, but I just don’t always think about it, because sometimes I’m only outside for a short time and get bitten.
Throughout my life, and even just recently, I’ve tried a number of itch remedies. But these bites are no joke. Even with some of the things I’ve tried, it’s not long before I’m itching again.