No, it’s not your imagination. Summer 2021 has been an epically terrible year for mosquitoes in many parts of the country. Wetter and hotter summer weather has activated billions upon billions of summer floodwater mosquitoes — including many swarms delayed by drought conditions in the spring. (Summer floodwater mosquito eggs can survive for years through dry conditions and even cold winters, just waiting for a nice warm flood of water in which to hatch and begin their reign of terror.)
We’ve been on the case all along, finding the best defenses against these foul bloodsuckers. There is mosquito-proof clothing to make you less of a target, mosquito repellants, mosquito traps and even the electric tennis racket of doom. And these all work! But when you’re confronted by wave after ceaseless wave of hungry biters, you’re not gonna get them all. It’s worth noting that the genus and species name for the summer floodwater mosquito is aedes vexans, and vexans is derived from the Latin vexare, which means to annoy, torment or harass.
So chances are that you’re being vexare’d. A lot. And as bad as the buzzing and swarming are, the true torture starts after they sink in their needle-like proboscis, suck out your blood, and leave behind their saliva for your body to react to in the form of swelling and itching. Don’t scratch — you’re just inflaming your skin and causing, yup, even more itch. So what to do?
Take the Bite Away
So, no scratching allowed, maybe you’re not partial to greasy creams or ointments, and you want something chemical-free and amazingly fast. There is a fast, super-effective remedy to those awful itchy bites, and it’s hot. Literally. The Bite Away electric pen is one of the best anti-itch devices we’ve ever tried, and it works with one ingredient alone: heat. Mere seconds of heat to save you from days of maddening itching is a trade well worth making.
How Does It Work?
The Bite Away provides concentrated heat to the bite — it may smart a bit, but only temporarily. For many people, the heat actually feels oddly relieving, even before you remove the pen and realize that your bite no longer itches. How does heat counteract the effects of a mosquito bite? When the skeeter gets you, the saliva it injects contains an anticoagulant which makes your blood drinkable for the bug, but also causes itching and irritation. And your body’s natural response — releasing natural histamines to the area in an effort to wash out the foreign substance — causes swelling, more irritation and even pain.
The Bite Away is basically providing your body a shortcut. The ceramic tip heats to 124 degrees Fahrenheit. When delivered to that very localized area of the bite, it triggers an accelerated healing response from your body. Instead of taking days to slowly flush out the itch-causing venom, the localized heat spurs a stress reaction, increasing the blood flow to the bite area and immediately attacking the itching, pain, and swelling. Within minutes, the swelling and the itch are gone for good.
The Bite Away has two time settings for delivering the heat — three and five seconds, depending on the itchiness of the bite. And you can apply it to the same area multiple times — up to five times per hour, giving yourself at least two minutes between applications.
Inexpensive, Convenient, Safe Itch Relief for the Whole Family
The Bite Away runs on two AA batteries and provides all of its formidable itch-relief punch in a small, super-light, totally portable package. It even has a pocket clip like an actual ink pen, so it’s an easy carry-along for any outdoor activity. It’s safe for people of all ages two and up (Bite Away recommends adult supervision for kids 12 and under), and even if the heat gives you a (very) temporary ouchie, it is not nearly hot enough to actually burn your skin or leave a mark. The only problem we’ve experienced with it in a house of six in a mosquito-heavy area? We keep misplacing the Bite Away. “Who had it last?” is the most common question, because everybody uses it. A lot. In fact, it’s already on its third set of batteries, but it works every time.
At $40 per pen, the Bite Away is a steal, especially when you consider how much money you would otherwise spend on all of those anti-itch creams and ointments which don’t work anywhere near as well nor as quickly. There are other models on Amazon which work the same way and are less expensive, but we can’t attest to their efficacy. The Bite Away, however, has been working like gangbusters here during the buggiest summer we’ve ever endured. Two very enthusiastic and itch-free thumbs up for the Bite Away!
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