Mosquitoes can be the most annoying pests in summer because their bites last way after they are gone. Many people have their own remedies that they swear by, like marking them with a cross with a fingernail, resting a cold tea bag on them, or even slapping them. These might work for some people, but here are some few proven ways that will stop bug bites from itching.
- One solution that works for a variety of itches is calamine lotion. It creates a cooling sensation that temporarily relieves itching and discomfort. It’s available at most drugstores and can be applied over the affected area as needed.
- If you don’t have access to a drugstore, a good option is ice. All you have to do is fill a baggie with ice and apply it to the affected area for 10-15 minutes. This should reduce the amount of blood flowing to the bite area to reduce swelling and itching.
- Another possible solution to your itching is an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal contains calming properties that moisturize the skin and ease inflammation. You can use oatmeal you have in the house by grinding it to make it powder-like and then adding it to lukewarm water, or you can buy a premade option.
- Sometimes sunburn and bug bites go hand in hand. If that’s the case, we recommend aloe vera gel. Aloe vera works because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help heal minor ailments.
- Most people’s go-to remedy is hydrocortisone cream. This over-the-counter cream contains corticosteroids that reduce inflammation, redness and swelling, which will in turn ease the itch.
No matter what solution you use, we hope you find relief from your bug bites this summer. If you’re concerned about mosquitoes or other pests on your property, contact a friendly pest expert from K&C Pest Control.