Summer is great for lots of things. Mosquito bites ain’t one of them. During the summer, many people fight the bite by using smells that keep mosquitoes away – citronella, chickens, garlic, citrus, catnip, and more. But, there are also many specific smells that mosquitoes can’t get enough of! Thus, all we have left are home remedies to get us some relief. Keep on reading and see what works best for you.
It never ever occurred to me to apply an ice-pack to a bug bite, but it totally works. Granted, you’ll seem a bit melodramatic, hoisting your poor red limb up onto a table as though you had a real injury, but about 10 minutes of applying an ice pack will give you an hour or more of itch-free relief. It’s glorious.
If you have some rubbing alcohol or any liquid that contains a high content of alcohol, like mouthwash or vodka, dab a little on the bug-bites. It should relieve the itching and will disinfect the bite (helping to prevent infection).
Just a dab of toothpaste can help relieve itching of bites. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and ingredients like baking soda and menthol help to relieve the irritation. And you obviously have toothpaste with you on your trip, right?
You could also make a paste with regular old salt and some water and apply it to bug bites to relieve the sting. While I’ve never tried this technique, I suspect it works: as I kid, I remember that going to the beach and swimming in the ocean was always a great relief after a group of bugs bite me. So it makes sense to try it out.
Instead of popping the pills, grind them up into a powder, add a drop of two of water to make a paste, and apply it to your bug bites. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, and it works even topically. Apply the paste to red spots at night, and wash off in the morning.