Summer to me, and many others, means here comes the bugs! I really do hate bugs, especially those that bite and leave such wonderful itchy bumps. And the kids really have a hard time not scratching. And scratching can lead to infections. So if you or the kids end up with some bad bug bites this summer, you’ll be surprised at how many items you have around the house that will make great bug bite remedies.
Here are some homemade bug bite remedies that will hopefully ease the pain of bug bites this summer.
1) An ice pack will do wonders for a bug bite. You can use it alone or in conjunction of any of the other remedies below.
2) Scrape off the inside of a banana peel and apply to the bug bite. You can also apply the entire peel to the bite. Let sit for about 90 minutes.
3) Apply some toothpaste directly to the bite. It should immediately help take away the sting. Let dry on the bite and wash off after an hour or so.
4) Place a cold, used tea bag directly on the bite and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
5) Make a paste out of baking soda and water. You can apply this directly to the bug bite.
6) Crush an aspirin and make a paste with water. Apply directly to the bite and let dry. Leave overnight and wash off in the morning.
7) Apply a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash directly to the bug bite.
Of course, the best bug remedy is to keep them away to being with. :) You can try the DIY Bug Spray I posted about previously to try to make your own bug spray.
Even when you coat yourself or your kids in bug spray, it seems that some really tough mosquitoes seem to make it through anyway. So if anyone in your house ends up with one or multiple bug bites, try some of these great home remedies to reduce itch and swelling. You likely have at least one of them in your house at all times.