In the summer, your skin can really suffer. Between mosquito bites, bee or wasp stings and even flea bites, you could be covered with little red itchy or painful welts that usually take several days to completely go away. Avoiding and eliminating insect bites can be challenging, as insect repellents aren’t always effective. So what do you do about all those itchy red bites? Here are a few home remedies to soothe those summer bites from your friends at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions:
Apply an ice pack to soothe the bite area. This is especially helpful for bee or wasp stings, but can reduce the swelling on any bite you may suffer.
Apply a dab of one of the following to a bite as soon as you notice it: honey, lemon juice, vinegar, mouthwash, toothpaste or hemorrhoid cream. Don’t mix these items, but you may want to try each out to see their effectiveness on you at reducing the itch accompanied by bites.
Rub a dry bar of soap directly on the bite; this can provide temporary relief of itchy bites.
Create a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply generously to the affected areas; this can help reduce swelling and itching.
Use the peel of a banana, a plantain or even a fresh slice of onion to help take away the itch from insect bites. Make sure to wash the area thoroughly after the itch has gone away.
These home remedies should be used with caution; if you have an allergy to any of the items we’ve suggested, you may want to just stick with an ice pack for pain relief!
You don’t have to suffer through itchy bites this summer when you use these home bug bite remedies, but then again, you don’t have to get the bites in the first place if you take the right precautions! Using insect repellent with DEET can help reduce the instances of bug bites you receive and covering up your skin with clothing can also be a good way to prevent bites. Wearing lighter colored clothing will attract fewer insects and staying indoors during peak insect activity times (dawn and dusk) should help considerably. If you have pets, make sure to give them regular flea and tick treatments, which can be purchased from your veterinarian or even online. Keeping your home clean can also help reduce the instances of flea bites you receive this summer.
If the bugs are bothering you more than usual this year and you’re sick and tired of dealing with their bites, contact the St. Louis pest professionals at Rottler today. Our mosquito control and flea and tick control can be extremely helpful in limiting the populations of these pests on your property as well as our stinging insect control services for bees and wasps that may be nesting near or on your structure. Give us a call today for more information on Rottler’s St. Louis pest control services. Also serving Dardenne, Columbia, Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri, we are ready to help you take the bite out of insects this summer.