Quick and Easy Ways to Treat Mosquito Bites At Home

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There's No Avoiding Mosquitoes in the South

Ah, mosquitoes. In South Carolina, the sound of buzzing and swatting (and probably swearing) is the theme music for the summer season. Those little buggers really pack a punch.


It seems like no matter how much you do to keep these pests away, you somehow still get left with an itchy red welt. And once you’ve got it, you pretty much have to suffer through it until it heals. So what can you do to calm down these unsightly remnants of a mosquito’s meal?


Household Mosquito Bite Remedies


Apply A Heated Spoon to Stop the Itch

Targeted intense heat is very effective at stopping an itch. The protein that mosquitoes inject under your skin to prevent blood from clotting is the same one that causes itching, but it can't survive at moderately high levels of heat.

Heat up a spoon in hot water and press it to your bite to "cook" the protein and eliminate the itch. Hairdryers work, too!

Soak the Bite in Oatmeal to Relieve Swelling

Oatmeal contains anti-irritant compounds and is great for relieving itching and swelling. For spot treatment, mix a paste with equal parts of oatmeal and water. Dab it on the bite and press with a washcloth for 10 minutes. If you have a lot of bites, oatmeal baths work well, too! Simply run a hot bath and sprinkle 1 cup of ground oats into your tub. Soak for 20 minutes, occasionally rubbing oatmeal clumps on your skin.

Apply A Cold Compress to Numb the Itching

A great way to soothe an itch fast is to apply a cold compress to the affected area. The cold sensation numbs the itch itself, while also reducing any swelling associated with a mosquito bite.

Use Witch Hazel to Soothe the Burning Sensation

Witch hazel is a natural astringent that can be found at any local pharmacy or grocery store. It's good for many minor skin irritations, including cuts and even hemorrhoids. For mosquito bites, it helps to calm inflammation and soothe the burning sensation of the bite. It can speed up the healing process, too! Apply a small amount to a cotton swab and gently dab or swipe it over the bite for quick relief.

Rub Some Aloe Vera On It

If you ever had an aloe plant growing up, you know that it's nature's little miracle! Simply break off part of a plant to get the gel inside and rub it on your bite. The gel from the plant has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, so it's great for soothing and reducing swelling. Aloe is also good for minor wounds and infections.

Make A Baking Soda Paste to Balance the Skin's PH  

Honestly, what can’t baking soda do? You can use it to clean drains, wash laundry, bake bread, and even relieve mosquito bites. Mixing baking soda and water creates an alkaline solution that neutralizes the skin's PH, thereby soothing the itch.

Make a baking soda paste by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to turn it into a thick glue-like texture.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Disinfect

We've probably all seen the trend of drinking diluted apple cider vinegar to help lose weight, but did you know you can use it for mosquito bites, too? Dab a drop of vinegar on a bug bite to reduce the sensation of burning or stinging. It also acts as a natural disinfectant, which is good if you've been scratching. For more relief, you can dilute 2 cups of vinegar in a lukewarm bath and soak the bite for 20 minutes. This option isn't the most pleasant smelling remedy, but it's effective nonetheless.

Prevent Infection Using Honey

Natural honey has many antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it's great for reducing swelling and preventing infections that may be introduced from itching. Plus, it's a deterrent for scratching - you won't be tempted to scratch when you realize what a mess the honey will make!

Calm the Swelling with Garlic

I'm noticing a pattern with garlic and warding off blood-sucking creatures, are you? Garlic has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it's great for calming the swelling of a bite and protecting you from infection. Be mindful that rubbing garlic directly on a bite is going to sting, especially if you've been scratching a lot. Instead, finely mince up some garlic and mix it with an unscented lotion or coconut oil. This will dilute the garlic enough so that it doesn't sting, but you still reap the benefits.

Make It Minty Fresh with Some Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a great home remedy for several ailments, like spot cleaner for stained clothing and treating mosquito bites. Toothpaste has menthol in it, which gives a cooling sensation to help numb itching and calm swelling. Try Vick's VapoRub or diluted eucalyptus or tea tree oil for a similar effect.


Any of these home remedies will be effective in helping you manage the incessant itching sensation that mosquitoes leave on your skin. Ultimately, the best way to manage bug bites is to simply not get them, which means getting rid of mosquitoes before they even make it to your home. Give us a call to discuss your mosquito control options.



February 7, 2021

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