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Home Remedies For Insect Bites

Home Remedies for Insect Bites

Insect bites are nothing but stings of venom made by insects. The bites from fleas, mosquitoes, and mites are usually not severe, but may cause skin reactions like redness, itching, swelling and pain. Bites from sting bees, hornets, fire ants, and wasps are usually painful and can sometimes cause a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can be life threatening when not treated on time. The most life-threatening insect bite is black spider that can cause death if left untreated.

Common Insect Bites

Common insect bites and stings are caused by the fleas, mosquitoes, mites, bees, spiders, wasps, and hornets.

Symptoms of Insect Bites
  1. Localized pain
  2. Swelling with redness
  3. Rashes and itching
  4. Numbness and tingling sensation
  5. Burning
  6. Cramps 
  7. joint pain or stiffness
  8. Nausea and vomiting

Home Remedies for Insect Bites

Raw Honey

Raw honey has got very powerful anti-microbial properties which help in relieving the itching sensation and help prevent from infection. Take a cotton ball and dip into honey and apply this onto the affected area.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A mixture of apple cider vinegar with lemon juice may be applied with a cotton ball on the affected area.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is another natural antiseptic agent which is very effective in treating insect bites. Cut to open Aloe Vera leaf and simply rub on the affected area to reduce the pain, swelling, and itching sensation.


Raw onions contain enzymes that help to break down the inflammation. Cut a slice of onion and rub it on the affected area.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another ingredient can be used for treating insect bites. Add few drops of water to a teaspoon of baking soda, mix well till it makes a thick paste. Apply this paste onto the affected area and leave this on for few minutes and then wash off with warm water. 


Papaya has got medicinal enzymes that can be used to heal the insect bites. Slice a papaya and apply on the affected area to relieve from swelling effect.

Tea tree oil

The oil extracted from tea tree works as an anesthesia. This can be applied on the affected area to reduce the swelling of bites from insects.

Ice Pack

Take an ice pack and rub it on the affected area 10 to 15 minutes. This will help in reducing the swelling and inflammation.


Toothpaste has anti-inflammatory substances like menthol and baking soda that helps to reduce the pain when this is applied on the affected part.

Lavender Oil

Dab a piece of cotton ball to lavender oil and apply this directly to the affected part to get an immediate relief from itching sensation