Summer is meant to be a relaxing time, except when mosquitos start looking for a snack and you’re the next thing on the menu. As a travel nurse, you’ll be preparing for any new location you’ll be traveling to, so it’s always a good idea to research the area ahead of time. The humid summers in many of our locations can be the perfect breeding ground for millions of mosquitos. With 300-500 million cases every year, we found these next few summer tips to be helpful to prevent travel nurses from becoming the afternoon snack :
Use insect repellent! Make sure that you are looking for ones that have these active ingredients:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus
Purchase products containing citronella such as candles, oil, torches, and even the plants themselves can keep these pests away.
If you are outside adventuring at a park or back at your Airbnb for the evening, start a fire. Like most insects, mosquitos don’t care for smoke and won’t stick around.
Wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitos hunt using sight, smell, and heat. Deep dark colors such as black, brown, or dark blue tend to reflect heat and attract mosquitos. Learn more about it from this recent study done.
Wear long sleeves and pants to provide an extra layer of protection against the bites.
Perhaps you did all of that and still got a mosquito bite, ugh!
According to the CDC, here’s what you can do to prevent any more damage from happening:
- Wash the area with soap and water
- Apply an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and itching
- Mix baking soda and water to reduce the itch response
- Go to your local store and grab an over-the-counter anti-itch cream