How to Get Rid of Common Bug Bites (Mosquitos, Wasps, Ticks)

Bug bites are an inevitable thing in the summer. No matter how sensitive or resilient your skin is, you should not suffer from this. Try some home remedies that can help you get rid of unpleasant feelings of itching and even pain.

Redness, itching, swelling. This is how your body reacts when you get bitten by an insect. In the summer, because of the frequent rainfall that favors their reproduction, insect bites will most likely give you a lot of trouble.

Mosquito bites

Apple vinegar. Apple vinegar works well for mosquito bites. Apply it directly over the affected area. If you have many bites, you can make local baths with a mixture of vinegar diluted in water.

Aloe Vera. The Aloe plant has plenty of beneficial properties. It reduces the itching sensation and also helps heal the wound. You can either apply aloe gel directly on the affected area or you can massage it with aloe juice.

Toothpaste. Apply a little toothpaste on the bite and wait for it to dry.

Honey. Honey has antimicrobial properties that can prevent infection. Apply a small amount of honey over the redness caused by the mosquito bite.

Lime/ lemon. A few drops of lime or lemon juice applied directly to the skin will soothe the itchiness and will prevent infection.

Essential oils. Tea tree, rosemary, lavender essential oils will temporarily soothe the itch. Dilute a few drops of essential oil in water and apply it over the bite.

Salt. Mix a small amount of salt with a little water and apply the paste over the affected area.

Onion/ garlic. Massage the inflamed area with half an onion. Some people say the inflammation will be reduced if you rub the area with crushed garlic.

Baking soda. You can use baking soda in two ways. Either mixing it with a little body lotion and massage the area with this mixture, either dissolving it in water and, using a sterile bandage, dab the swelling around the bite for 20 minutes.

Bee/ wasp stings


Apple vinegar. First of all, if a bee bites you, do not forget that you need to remove the stinger as quickly as possible because it still pumps the venom into your body. As soon as you remove the bee stinger, apply a little apple vinegar on the sting for a few minutes. You can soak a cleansing pad in apple vinegar and apply it to the sting. It will improve redness and will reduce swelling.

Aspirin. Crush one or two aspirins using a spoon. Mix the powder with a little water and apply the paste over the inflamed area. Ingredients in aspirin will neutralize venom and will stop itching.

Ice cubes. Apply ice to the sting to numb the area and to reduce the swelling.

Papaya. This fruit contains enzymes that neutralize insect venom. It’s simple. If you have this fruit in the house, you just have to put a slice of papaya over the sting for an hour.

Lavender oil. Apply one or two drops of lavender oil on the sting and wait about 15 minutes.

Tick bites

Wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water. This will prevent infection and keep the wound clean and healthy. Cover the bite with a bandage and let it heal naturally, usually after 2-3 days.

If you have it, apply a topical antibacterial cream like Neosporin to clean the bite out.