10 Home Remedies to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching

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Don’t Let Pesky Mosquitoes Ruin Your Chance to Have a Good Summer

We all love South Carolina because the winters are mild, and the summers arrive earlier than they do in a lot of other places. The price we have to pay for our ideal weather, however, is an abundance of mosquitoes. These pests feed on human blood, and while they can carry diseases, they’re better known for the itchy welts that they leave behind after feeding.


Mosquito bites itch because during the feeding process the female injects an anticoagulant saliva into your skin. Mosquito saliva causes an allergic reaction which can range from mild to severe. Your immune system kicks in and sends troops of antihistamine fighters to the scene. The stronger your response, the more the spot will itch. However bothersome, mosquito bites are common and not to be feared! Many of us have easy access to an abundance of natural, effective, and inexpensive home remedies; we just have to know how to use them. Read to find out more!

Lemon or Lime

Citrus fruits have anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have a lemon or lime on hand, cut it in half and rub one half over your bite. This should help reduce the itching sensation while simultaneously preventing infection.


Real honey has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. Grab some natural honey out of your cabinet and put a small dab onto your mosquito bites as often as you need.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great home remedy for anyone who has more than a few bites. While ACV shares antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties with other kitchen ingredients such as lemon and honey, it is preferred because it won’t leave a sticky or pasty residue on your skin. You can use a cotton ball to dab the liquid directly onto your bites, or pour some into your bath for a whole-body treatment.


You may have heard that you can use the gel from this plant to soothe sunburns. Guess what? This incredible plant can also help with bug bites! Your decorative Aloe vera is hearty and grows quickly, so don’t be afraid to snip off a leaf when you have a burn or a bite. Simply rub the gel from the inside of the leave onto your mosquito bite. the cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe vera will help the bite heal and reduce the itch.


Basil is a multi-functional plant that is valued for more than its incredible flavor! Basil contains eugenol, a compound that’s been shown to reduce itchiness. There are two ways to use basil to relieve a mosquito bite. Either chop up a small handful of fresh leaves and apply them directly to your bites, or steep dried basil leaves in boiling water just like tea. Use a cloth to apply the basil tea to your skin once it’s cooled.


Applying small bursts of heat to your bite can speed up your body’s histamine response, giving you a few hours itch-free. A great way to do this is to dip a cloth in hot water and apply immediately to your bite. Test the temperature of the cloth with your fingertips before applying it to your bite. You want to make sure it doesn’t scald your skin. Repeat this a few times and then sit back and relax!


Applying ice directly to a fresh mosquito bite will numb the nerves around the spot, reducing the itchy sensation. Added benefit: it keeps you cool on a hot day!

Banana Peel

Banana peels can be used for irritated skin regardless of the cause of the itch. Got a few mosquito bites? Think twice before you throw that peel in the trash! You can simply rub the inside of the peel on your mosquito bites until the itching stops.


Slice an onion in half and hold it on your bite until the itching resides. Be prepared for a bit of a sting at first!


Mint leaves have cooling properties, and when chopped up and applied to an irritated spot on your skin, they can help calm and cool the area.

Home Pest Control: The Key to an Itch Free Summer

It’s all well and good to know what to do once you’ve got a bite or a few. What’s even more critical is that you engage in active mosquito control to reduce the number of these predators in your yard. The first step is to remove any sources of standing water on your property. Beyond this, it’s often necessary to work with a professional throughout the warm months. Get in touch today to learn more about our mosquito control and prevention program.


February 15, 2019

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