7 Home Remedies For Ant Bites

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Relief for Ant Bites: 7 Easy Home Remedies

If you’re currently suffering from ant bites, you're likely wondering how to soothe the uncomfortable itch and how to get rid of the ants.

To help you out we’ve put together some information on home remedies for ant bites. These home remedies will help relieve the itch fast, and they’re also safe, easy, and affordable. Keep reading to learn more!

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Signs of an Ant Bite

First off, are you certain that you’re suffering from an ant bite? If you’ve gotten a fire ant bite, you’ll probably know it: they hurt and itch like crazy, and can occur in clusters if you’re swarmed by a number of ants.

Other ants -- such as wood ants and flying ants -- can bite, too, although their bites are usually less intense than those of fire ants. These will be less red, less itchy, and less uncomfortable overall.

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Allergic Reactions to Ant Bites

First off, it’s important to note that when you get an ant bite, it’s possible to have an allergic reaction. Some mild swelling and redness around an ant bite is fairly common, but severe allergic reactions can be extremely dangerous.

If you’re suffering from difficulty breathing, intense burning and itching, swelling of the throat or tongue, confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness, or any other unusual symptoms, it’s essential that you seek out emergency medical help right away. Do not attempt to use a home remedy to treat these kinds of severe symptoms.

 

Home Remedies for Ant Bites

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Both lemon juice and baking soda are great for reducing the discomfort associated with ant bites. With lemon juice, simply squeeze a bit of juice into a small bowl and apply a tiny amount to the bite or bites. With baking soda, you’ll want to mix a very small amount of water with a few teaspoons of baking soda until a paste is formed. Then, apply the mixture to your bites. Whichever option you choose, you should experience relief quickly.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Just like lemon juice, the acidity of apple cider vinegar can take the stinging sensation out of an ant bite. Be sure to mix the apple cider vinegar with a little water first, and then apply it to your skin. Instant relief!

Honey

Honey left out on your counter could attract ants into your kitchen, which (of course) is the last thing you want. But did you know that a couple of drops of honey on an ant bite can cut down on redness, swelling, and itching? It’s true! Put a small amount of honey on your ant bites for fast relief.

Cucumber

As it turns out, cucumbers aren’t just good for eating: they can actually help with the irritation caused by ant bites, too. Simply take a thin slice of cucumber and apply it to the bite in question to reduce itching.

Toothpaste

Much like baking soda, toothpaste can help to reduce the burning and itching that often comes along with ant bites. Simply squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto your finger and apply it to the bite area. Baking soda-based toothpastes tend to work the best in this regard.

Salt

If you don’t have any baking soda available, salt is a good alternative that can also cut down on the swelling associated with ant bites. Simply dissolve some salt in a very small amount of water, and then apply it to the bite area. You’ll start to feel relief right away.

Olive Oil

Just like salt, the last home remedy we’ll mention is also found in the kitchen. Believe it or not, olive oil can also help relieve an itchy, red, irritated ant bite. This is due to its oleocanthal content, a chemical that inhibits the action of certain inflammatory enzymes. Simply rub a bit of olive oil onto an ant bite and see for yourself!

 

Get Rid of Ants for good

While getting instant relief from an ant bite is great, it’s important to take the necessary steps to eliminate ants in your home. If you’re looking for professional ant control, contact Home Pest.  Control today.

Have more questions about ants? Check out our FAQs about ants.

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Written By: Home Pest

July 24, 2018


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