Treating Insect Bites and Stings

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July 21, 2010

Mosquito BitesWe always have bad mosquitoes in Houston; even in the winter. I've tried literally every recipe on this site, with no luck. They bite me even when I'm wearing Off (without Deet). My husband told me a way to make the bites easier to bear - I didn't believe him at first! He said to put white vinegar on the bites. I didn't have white, so I used apple cider vinegar.


I was almost out, so all I had was the "mother" of this vinegar. That's the cloudy mass at the bottom of the bottle of apple cider vinegar. I got this bottle at Whole Foods Market, a very pricey health food store. I noticed that the one I buy at my grocery store has no "mother". I used the mother and applied it with a q-tip and, sure enough, the welts started to go away and so did the itching. The next day all I had was three small marks where the welts were. They also stopped itching completely.

I have used it on my 2 year old Grand-baby who is a redhead and very fair and it worked on her too. Maybe this will help someone out there too - I hope so!

By metroplex from Houston, TX

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June 24, 2011

We always put vinegar on itchy bug bites. Apply a little vinegar to a cotton ball and dab on the bites. Works like a charm almost every time, taking the itch away within a view minutes.


We've never had a bad reaction.

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July 13, 2012

In case of an insect sting, apply ice for one half hour and then try one of these remedies for one half hour. Caution, apply "around" the stung area. Do not put directly on broken skin.

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May 19, 2010

Put non-sudsy ammonia on a cotton ball and apply it to mosquito bites and bee stings. The ammonia somehow neutralizes the venom and poof! No more itchy bites.

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July 21, 2010

I read on about rubbing a slice of cucumber on any insect bites. I love cucumbers! I also looked in the ThriftyFun database and there are a few uses of them to get wasps away from picnics.


That is something I would very much like to do.

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July 9, 2008

June, July and August are warm days of summer for people and a smorgasbord of human legs and arms and bodies for bugs.

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June 24, 2004

Take a small bottle or lip balm tube, stuff it with cotton and saturate it with vinegar. It applies easily to insect stings and bites, can be used on scrapes, scratches and sunburns as well. Keep several in car, tackle box, backpack and don't forget the garden or back yard. By Dr. Jose

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April 28, 2005

Put liquid antacid products on insect bites to relieve the sting and discomfort.

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February 11, 2007

Can you have an allergic reaction to a ladybug bite?

Janice from Stafford, VA


February 12, 20070 found this helpful

Most definitely you can! I'm extremely allergic to the bites of any pest. It is most likely a potato bug that bit you [they look almost identical to ladybugs, just a bit more orange in color].

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February 12, 20070 found this helpful

Well, you can have an allergic reaction to most anything. because people are different etc. but ladybugs themselves don't bite. either. There is another type of bug in your surroundings or it is the potato bug as joandogs said.


I have many ladybugs in my home all year. They never bother me, but an ant, flea or mosquito will seek me out.

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By Sheryl (Guest Post)
February 12, 20070 found this helpful

Asian Lady bugs certainly do bite.

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By Trix (Guest Post)
February 13, 20070 found this helpful

Sheryl is right - Asian ladybugs DO bite! They aren't the red ladybugs that are more common in NA, but instead are orange-yellow. Unfortunately they were brought to my area in order to get rid of aphids (a stupid idea - anyone who's taking a biology/environmental issues class can tell you that) and now we're stuck with them. The bites hurt, but if you have other reactions later like swelling etc. then check with your doctor.

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By Tess (Guest Post)
April 4, 20070 found this helpful

I have had lady bug bites just a night ago and i feel awful! I have little bumps that look like bites every 6 inches or so, and i am itchy on my SCALP too!


I was surfing the web to see any advice.

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By Christine. (Guest Post)
October 8, 20070 found this helpful

They do bite. I got bit 3 times this summer at an outdoor camp where I worked at.
And they itch too..although that depends on the person. For me, the spot where i got bit itches.
I agree with Trix.

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By allison (Guest Post)
October 22, 20070 found this helpful

im so itchy from the ladybug bites

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July 31, 2010

I got bit by some little red ants about two weeks ago, they are now infected and look horrible. What can I put on them to heal?

By jessica from Lubbock, TX


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July 20, 20050 found this helpful

I am being bitten by what I think may be fleas. They are painful bites causing swelling and itchy at the site. What can I use or do to protect me that is non-invasive, as well what to I put on them now that I have been bitten. The bite and itch last a long time.



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July 16, 2018

I have flea bites that itch like crazy what do I do?

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June 12, 2010

I am trying to find out what kind of bites I'm getting the same time of the year. This is the 2nd year now. They bite when I'm sleeping, they sometimes appear later at work or when coming out of the shower. They are itchy and are driving me nuts. They swell like a bite, get a clear fluid in the top and will go away. I am even having bites turn up where I am wearing clothes. Any suggestions?

By pna from Findlay, OH

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June 5, 2016

Can you use apple cider vinegar with coconut oil or does it have to be white vinegar?

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August 3, 2017

Yellow jacket stings can be itchy and painful. This is a page about relieving itching from yellow jacket stings.

Close up of a yellow jacket and its nest.

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July 31, 2010

I have flea bites on my ankles. I need something good for the itching. I have tried anti itch medicine and I take Benadryl, but it makes me go to sleep. Any other suggestions?

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