10 Effective Home Remedies For Bug Bites June 26, 2016

Bugs—those scary creepy crawlies are apt subjects for horror flicks! But no matter how scary they look, not all bugs are harmful! Bugs can be of various sorts, such as mosquitoes, ticks, lice, bees, etc. Some are harmless while some are poisonous. But on the whole, getting bitten by bugs can be a painful and annoying experience. But just because you have been bitten by a bug does not mean you have to rush off to the doctor’s office.

Top 10 Home Remedies For Bug Bites:

There are quite a few home remedies that can help you to take care of bug bites. Following are the top 10 home remedies for such bug bites.

1. Use Honey:

Now, this cure is somewhat of a double edged sword. With antiseptic and antibacterial properties, honey help in soothing the bug bite. It also prevents the spreading of the infection of bug bites. But on the other hand, it can also end up attracting more bugs due to its sweetness!

2. Rub With Banana Peel:

Rub a banana peel on the bite to soothe the bite area. Banana has calcium, which helps the affected skin to heal quickly. But, this too may at times, attract more insects. So, be careful!

3. Electric Current:

This is a military tactic. In case of a spider bite, bee sting or ant bite, all you need to do is wet the bitten area and put a 9-volt battery on it. This will prevent the poison of the bite from spreading. It will also relieve you of the pain of the bug bite.

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4. Use Rubbing Alcohol:

Rubbing the alcohol stops the bite from getting infected as it has antiseptic qualities. Although, when you apply it to the bitten area, it is bound to sting for a while, but that will probably keep you distracted from scratching the itch around the bite.

5. Apply Aloe Vera Paste:

Take some aloe vera leaves and refrigerate it. Then, grind them and make it into a paste. Apply this paste to the bite affected area. Aloe vera with its anti-inflammatory properties will also relieve some of the pain and itch associated with the bite.

6. Use Basil Leaves:

Basil leaves with anti-inflammatory properties, can be helpful in case of bug bites, especially mosquito bites. It also helps to decrease the swelling that is generally caused by bug bites. Also, basil has been known to repel mosquitoes!

7. Use Listerine:

This is probably an unusual and unheard of remedy, but, nonetheless it is effective. Listerine has menthol in it, which helps to cool the irritated skin around the bug bite. It is also helps to get relief from the itching sensation.

8. Use Sticky Tape:

This is more of a precautionary measure actually. Putting a sticky tape on the bitten area will prevent you from scratching it because if you scratch the bite, you can break the skin and infect the area.

9. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar helps to prevent any infection from spreading around the bitten. It also soothes the bitten area in the process. It causes a bit of sting, which helps in distracting you from the constant itching.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Spider Bites ]

10. Use Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil, which is an antiseptic, also helps to stop the infection from spreading. This too causes a burning sensation. But on the whole, this has been known to be an effective cure for bug bites.

These are the top 10 home remedies for bug bites itching. But in case, you are bitten by a dangerous and poisonous insect, it would be best to get yourself checked by a doctor. These home remedies are effective but will not be of much use when combating poison and venom!

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