Top 5 Common Insect Bites And Their Remedies

Written By Alla Levin
February 05, 2020
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Insect Bite Remedy: Top 5 Common Insect Bites And Their Remedies

Insects are annoying at times. I am not talking about pretty butterflies and ladybugs. I’m mentioning the pain-causing ticks, fleas and every other insect that bites us when they are intimidated.

But, I swear, when I get bit I am always the victim with zero faults.

In this article, we will be seeing Top 7 common insect bites and their remedies.

This will help you to determine the bite type and to come up with the right insect bite remedy in times of need.

The Common Bites

Spiders

Who else has not dreamt of transforming into a Spiderman after a spider bite? But, in real life, some spider bite can be a nightmare. Luckily most of the house spiders are not poisonous.

But beware of the black widow and the brown recluses. These kinds of spiders contain venom and usually live in undisturbed areas of your home. So, better do not disturb them.

Symptoms of the bite:

  • Itching at the point of bite
  • Slight swelling and faint red or purple marks
  • Intense pain and stiffness

In some cases

  • Fever
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain

Home Treatment

  • Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water
  • Sooth the wound with an Ice pack
  • Apply aloe vera gel
  • You may also apply rose oil or chamomile oil with a carrier oil

Home remedies can work on mild spider bites. But, in case of a venomous spider bite, call 911 immediately.

Ants and Wasps

This can be a good pair in the Marvel Universe but again not in real life.

Insect stings are meant to cause severe allergies when compared to Insect bites. Some species of ants and wasps can cause Anaphylaxis (deadly allergic reaction) with their sting.

The sum of the ant species and the wasp species whose sting can be deadly are as follows: fire ant, bullet ant, bulldog ant, hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps.

Unlike bees, wasps don’t die after the sting. This makes them more dangerous.

Signs of a Sting

  • Pain at the point of the sting
  • Redness
  • Swelling (in area of sting and sometimes beyond)
  • Flushing
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Anaphylaxis (less common), a potentially life-threatening reaction that can cause cardiac arrest, loss of consciousness and a sharp drop in blood pressure

Home Treatments

  • Cold compress the area with ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas for at least 20 minutes
  • Apply (Baking soda + water) paste
  • Apply a thick paste of salt
  • Gently rub a piece of cucumber on the sting
  • Soak a small cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold on to the sting.

If the symptoms are mild, these home treatments can work. In case of signs being severe, it is always recommended to consult your physician.

Bed bugs and Fleas

Bed bugs have earned their own label called vampires as they feed on warm-blooded animals at night.

Though they look nothing like those fictional characters, they can be identified as a wingless, flat, oval-shaped and reddish-brown blood-sucking insect.

Fleas are similar to bed bugs which makes it difficult to differentiate the bite from one another. The only main difference is that bedbug bites may develop into a blister while Fleabite doesn’t.

Symptoms of the bite:

  • Itchy
  • Reddish with a center elevated spot
  • Arranged in a rough line or clustered
  • Can be identified in face, neck, arms, and hands

If these symptoms match with your bite, you can probably seek out these home remedies.

  • Application of calamine lotion
  • Application of (baking soda + water) paste
  • Lemon Juice
  • 100% pure aloe vera gel

You may also consult a physician if you have multiple bites, blisters, signs of skin infection (tenderness or oozing discharge), Fever and an allergic skin reaction (reddened, swollen skin or hives).

Bees

I love bees. They help in pollination which is the very aspect of building a land ecosystem. Nearly one-third of our food supply is produced with the help of bees.

Without bees, the entire link of the food chain and food webs can collapse. These little creatures are literally the flying fairies of food production, yet this doesn’t make their sting any much less painful so use the right insect bite remedy.

Symptoms of the sting

The symptoms can be mild if the victim is not allergic. If allergic, the symptoms can be severe.

Mild reactions

  • Sharp burning pain at the point of the sting
  • The area of the sting will be reddish and raised.
  • Slight swelling

Severe Reactions

  • itchy, red hives on the skin
  • pale or flushed skin
  • a swollen throat or tongue
  • difficulty breathing
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • dizziness
  • a weak, rapid pulse
  • loss of consciousness

If you find these symptoms after a bee stung for the first time, you have probably discovered that you are allergic. Hurry and dial 911.

Home Treatments

If the reactions are mild, you can home treat the sting.

  • dreadful diseases they can carry, mosquitos are often annoying and sometimes downright Cold compress the string using an ice pack
  • Apply 100% fresh Aloe vera gel
  • Use calamine solution at the spot
  • Ironically, Honey can help you heal the sting.

Mosquitos Insect Bites And Their Remedies

Mosquitos are the most common pests. Mosquitos may be small and have short lifespans, but they have the ability to wreak havoc on human lives. From their itchy tiny bites to the deadly.

Symptoms of the bite

  • A puffy and hard bump after a while
  • Reddish or reddish-brown in color
  • Small blisters
  • Hard bumps
  • Dark spots that look like bruises

Home Treatment

  • Apply the Oatmeal paste on the affected area
  • Use a pack of crushed ice on the spot
  • Apply 100% pure Aloe vera gel
  • Apply Garlic or Onion paste

The female mosquitoes are carriers of the disease Malaria. In case you have chills, high fever and nausea, there are chances of malarial infection. Consult your physician.

These are the steps you take post pest bite. But, prevention is always better than cure. So, it’s better to hire Responsible Pest control services to make your home pest free and worry-free.

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