Mosquito bites stink.
I said it. They itch, cause sores on your skin, and are uncomfortable no matter how you slice it. My youngest son has battled mosquito bug bites since he was a baby.
If he goes outside without bugspray they gobble him up. I’ve tried home remedies to keep the bugs away, I took him to the doctor in hopes they could give me some superpowered bug spray (with no avail), and I’ve finally had to learn how to prevent bug bites and treat them when they happen.
Are you curious how you can stop the itch when bugs get ahold of you without making a special trip to the store for itch cream? I’m going to give you a few options you may have in your medicine cabinet or growing around your property already.
Here’s how you can stop the itch when bugs bites are driving you mad:
1. Prevention is Key
If you’re being eaten alive by bugs, it’s important to know how to avoid them. When my son goes outside, I apply bug spray to him, he wears long pants, and a short-sleeve shirt (no tank tops.)
The reason being, if you wear loose clothing which covers your skin, it makes it harder for the bugs to have access.
2. Rubbing Alcohol
After the bugs have bitten, you must also know how to effectively treat the bites. My son went outside to help pick tomatoes one-day last week.
It was right after a rainstorm, and it didn’t cross his mind to put on long pants or bug spray. By the time I noticed him out there, it was too late. The mosquitoes had struck.
The first thing I did was bring him inside and apply rubbing alcohol to his legs and arms. Before the bites even had a chance to redden, I wanted to work on drying them out.
3. Hand Sanitizer
As the days progressed, we treated the bug bites with hand sanitizer. My son tends to pick at his bug bites to the point is habitual.
The faster I can dry them out, the less picking he does. Since he can use hand sanitizer by himself, I tell him every time he has the desire to scratch or pick at the bites, rub hand sanitizer on them.
This has rubbing alcohol which will dry the bites out and reduce his urge to pick at them out of habit.
4. ACV for Bug Bites
When I have bug bites, the first item I reach for is apple cider vinegar. It’s another way to dry the bites out.
Plus, it deters further bug bites because insects don’t enjoy the taste or smell of it. I prefer ACV to rubbing alcohol because (though it burns a little) it seems to dry the bites out quicker on me.
However, my son doesn’t like this method of treating bug bites because it does burn if you’ve scratched the irritated places on your skin.
5. Peppermint Oil
Menthol has been proven to relieve itch. Since peppermint oil contains menthol, it’s a great natural itch reliever.
Keep in mind, peppermint oil can be rather potent. If applying directly to your skin, use a carrier oil to dilute it.
Be sure to only apply it to small areas at a time until you know how your skin will react to it.
6. Ice Them Down
This is my preferred method of relieving an itch on my children when they have bug bites. After applying what I can to dry the bites out, I make them an ice pack.
They sit down with the ice pack on their bug bites, and the ice numbs the itch and reduces the swelling of the bites.
This gives the rubbing alcohol or ACV time to soak in and start the drying out process, without being disturbed.
7. Wet Gauze
If you don’t like the idea of being stuck with an ice pack on your limbs and can no longer stand the itch, consider wrapping your bites in wet gauze.
Soak gauze in cold water. You can add aloe or vitamin E oil as an additional skin conditioner. Wrap the gauze around your limbs to cover the bug bites.
This allows the itching to be soothed, your skin to be moisturized, and you can move around while the gauze does its job.
8. Oatmeal Paste
Have you ever had a nasty sunburn? If you have, you know when the peeling starts it can be miserable because of all the itching.
What about chicken pocks? They rarely occur anymore, but if you had them before the vaccination came around, you know they itched terribly as well.
The solution for both of these ailments was an oatmeal bath. You can do the same with bug bites or make a paste of oatmeal and water to be applied directly to the bites.
9. DIY Moisturizers
One way to stop itchy bug bites is to treat them the same way you would irritated skin. If you have a favorite moisturizer, apply it to the bug bites.
Keep your favorite moisturizers on hand, especially during the summer, when bug bites are most prominent.
10. Aloe to the Rescue
Do you grow your own aloe? If you do, you’ll be glad to know it can help you when bugs attack. Remove a piece of the plant and cut it open.
The gel should ooze from within. Apply the gel to the bug bites and allow it to soothe the itch. If you don’t grow your own aloe, you can purchase aloe gel from most stores.
It doesn’t only work to soothe sunburn. You can use the same products to apply to bug bites for relief.
11. Baking Soda
When I was a little girl, I had sun poisoning on multiple occasions. It was before SPF 50 and higher existed, and I’m extremely fair-skinned.
One time when my skin was burned, I had to have a cortisone shot to reduce the swelling from the burn. When the cortisone shot kicked in, the itching was indescribable.
To soothe the itch, my mom gave me a warm bath with baking soda in it. The baking soda was able to relieve some of the itchings. You can do the same when your bug bites are causing you distress.
12. Citrus Juice
Do you keep a jar of lemon or lime juice in your fridge for baking or cooking? It’s good for more than those things.
You can apply small amounts of either of the juices to your bug bites. It relieves itch and helps to dry out the bites.
This can give relief while also speeding up your healing process. Don’t rush to the store to find relief. It could be waiting for you in your kitchen.
13. Coconut Oil
I’m a huge believer in coconut oil. I know some people are against oil pulling and other popular things people do with coconut oil.
If your bug bites are giving you a problem, add coconut oil to the bite. It’ll moisturize the skin and help soothe the itch.
14. Tea Tree Oil for Bug Bites
Tea tree oil is another miracle-working product people swear by. It’s said to be able to keep bugs off you, to begin with.
However, if you aren’t reaching for the tea tree oil until the bugs have already bitten, it can help with the bite too.
This oil is an anti-inflammatory. It’ll help reduce redness, swelling, and can be effective at soothing an itch.
15. Hydrogen Peroxide
When I was a kid, if anything went wrong, my grandmother reached for the hydrogen peroxide. It was great for doctoring your ears after having them pierced.
It helped soothe skinned knees, but it can also help with cuts and bug bites. Apply a little of the peroxide to the bug bite.
When applying, it should cause little bubbles to form on the bite. Once this occurs, the skin will soak in the hydrogen peroxide. It should help relieve itch and speed up the healing process.
Don’t suffer from nasty bug bites. Instead, reach for any one of these items you probably already have around your home already.
Find relief and help speed up the healing process when possible. This will get you back to your normal self in no time flat.