Home Remedies for Bug Bites

Summer is in full swing, and the heat has brought the bugs out of the woodwork. Just like those that have fairer skin and tend to burn more easily than others, those that are prone to bug bites are gearing up. At some point, this summer you will more then likely endure a mosquito bite or two. Instead of making a mad dash to the store for a chemical compound to stop the itching you may have the remedy right in your home. You may even be surprised at how odd these home remedies to bug bites are, but they may be the best remedy to that terribly itchy spot.

Baking Soda

A common kitchen ingredient that can also soothe your terribly itchy spot. Baking soda as common as it is for your own home concoctions it is also a common ingredient in many over the counter itch creams. To apply this remedy simply put a teaspoon of baking soda into a small dish and add water a teaspoon at a time stirring in between to find the right consistency for your now baking soda paste. Please note you do not want your paste too runny, or it will simply slide away from the bite with movement.


This delicious breakfast has also been known to be a soothing agent for multiple different skin ailments including sunburn. It is also amazing for dimming the irritation of different types of bug bites. To use, pour equal parts oatmeal with water and place on the bite. Leave the paste there for 10 minutes then wipe clean.


We are starting to wonder what chamomile can’t fix. The oil in chamomile has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Making it possible to soothe itchiness and redness. Mix a couple teaspoons of the flower per cup of water. Use this liquid as a compress on the affected areas.


This is a common household ingredient. Honey is an antibacterial ingredient making it a good remedy for keeping a bite from getting infected. However, this remedy should be used with caution as it could attract more bugs to you. So, make you have using this product in a concealed area from more bugs.

Aloe Vera

Another popular remedy for sunburns can also be used to take the sting and burn out of a bug bite. Simply apply generously to the affected area and let dry onto the skin. The cooling effect is normal and will help take the sting or sense to itch away.


This is one of the home remedies for bug bites that contains menthol which is a cooling agent. The antiseptic also cleans the bite. Apply a small amount onto a paper towel or cloth and press onto the skin in the affected areas.

Basil Leaf

Another herbal remedy is basil. If you store your basil leaves in the fridge first it can be even more soothing. Simply rub the basil leave on the affected area for 10-15 minutes and you should feel great relief.

Alka Seltzer

By adding two tablets to a glass of warm water you can create a compress that is great for removing the itch from those nasty bug bites. Lay the compress on the affected are for about 30 minutes for ultimate relief.


Probably the most convenient remedy for a bug bite is deodorant. This product has many of the same ingredients as anti-itch creams. To apply, rub onto the affected area.

Some of these home remedies for bug bites seem really out there. But anything to combat the painful itching a bug bite can cause. We want to remind you that you must refrain from itching so as not to break through the skin. If you do break through the skin extra healing measures may need to be implemented to keep the bite from becoming infected. We have listed some remedies that fight infection as well as soothe if this does happen. Let us know which you have used before and which remedy you like the best.

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