We all love a bright, sunny day. Unfortunately so do pesky critters like mosquitoes and ticks.
Warm weather brings out the bugs, and with bugs come bites, and with bites come those nasty red itches. Once an insect bite piques your immune system, it’s only a matter of time before you get that nagging itch to scratch.
Even though we well know we shouldn’t scratch, many of us fall victim to our instincts and end up scraping our skin, worsening the lesions. So how do you get relief from this vexing sensation? Fortunately, we have a ton of home remedies for bug bites you can try.
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Bugs that bite or sting include bees, hornets, wasps, ticks, horseflies, fleas, mosquitoes, spiders, bedbugs, and midges. Insect bites come from many different annoying pests, but they all commonly cause an itchy, swollen, red reaction out of our bodies.
Some people have mild allergic reactions to some insect bites, which generally go away within a week. While others demonstrate severe allergic reactions like shock, fever, dizziness and respiratory difficulties which require immediate medical attention.
Most bug bites and stings aren’t severe and heal within a few hours or days. However, in some cases, the bites can cause a nasty allergic reaction or spread serious illnesses, such as Typhus, Lyme or malaria.
It is important to practice preventive measures like slathering insect repellent when outdoors, making sure there are no holes in window screens, and regular cleaning to check for nesting bugs. Also do not provoke nesting insects like bees, wasps, and hornets.
- 1 The 30 Most Dangerous Bugs around the Globe
- 1.1 Bullet Ants
- 1.2 Tarantula Hawk Wasp
- 1.3 Deer Ticks
- 1.4 Bed Bugs
- 1.5 Chiggers
- 1.6 Scabies
- 1.7 Mosquitoes
- 1.8 Fleas
- 1.9 Lice
- 1.10 Black Widow
- 1.11 Army Ants
- 1.12 Yellow Jackets
- 1.13 The Black Spitting Thick Tail Scorpion
- 1.14 Puss Caterpillars
- 1.15 Human Bot Flies
- 1.16 House Centipedes
- 1.17 Kissing Bugs
- 1.18 Dorylus Ants
- 1.19 The Brazilian Wandering Spider
- 1.20 African Honeybee
- 1.21 Rat Fleas
- 1.22 Fire Ants
- 1.23 Anopheles Mosquito
- 1.24 Tsetse fly
- 1.25 Brown Recluse Spider
- 1.26 Asian Giant Hornet (or Giant Japanese Hornet)
- 1.27 Jumping Ants
- 1.28 Arizona Bark Scorpions
- 1.29 Katipo Spider
- 1.30 Funnel Web Spider
- 2 Bug Bite Home Remedies
- 3 First Aid for Wasp and Bee Stings
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions
- 5 Conclusion
The 30 Most Dangerous Bugs around the Globe
Here’s a list of bugs that bite, sting, or even carry disease. Be wary of these insects and learn how to spot them so you can protect yourself and your family.
The Bullet Ant sting, which is 30 times more painful than that of a honey bee, is the worst bug bite pain known to humans. As the name indicates, their sting is as painful as a gunshot, and the pain lasts for over 24 hours.
The Satere-Mawe tribe of Brazil use the ants for warrior initiation ceremonies. Although bullet ants cause extraordinary pain, there are almost no allergens in their venom. 
|Origin:||Rainforests of Nicaragua and Paraguay|
|Appearance:||They are reddish black in appearance, with large heads, huge gaping jaws and have a pair of blunt horns on the first segment of the thorax.|
|Are they Deadly?||No|
|Why they are Dangerous:||You probably won’t die, but bullet ant stings are the most painful out of all insects in the world.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Deep throbbing ache that increases over several hours, localized swelling and temporary paralysis|
Tarantula Hawk Wasp
The sting of a female Tarantula Hawk Wasp is the second most painful insect sting in the world. These insects are relatively passive and only sting on provocation.
The tarantula hawk wasp is, in fact, a parasite that preys on tarantulas, not humans, paralyzing them with a sting then dragging them into a den to have for a feast.
|Origin:||Rainforests of Southeast Asia, Americas, and Africa|
|Size:||1.64 to 1.8 inches|
|Appearance:||They are black in color with bluish-green highlights on the thorax and abdomen. Their orange wings contrast their black bodies which make them easy to identify.|
|Are they Deadly?||No|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Though not deadly to humans, their stings can still cause excruciating pain.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Swelling, redness, and intense pain that only lasts about five minutes.|
The deer tick is the primary reason for infecting people with Lyme disease; we’re talking about thousands of people every year. Deer ticks are found on deer and mice and are different from dog ticks.
|Origin:||The Midwestern United States and Southeast Canada|
|Size:||3-5mm unfed, and up to 10mm engorged|
|Appearance:||Reddish brown with black legs|
|Death Rate:||1 out of 10 cases of Lyme disease is fatal.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Ticks with Lyme disease can cause heart problems, joint problems and peripheral neuropathy in the brain.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Deer tick bites are virtually painless, and victims often do not notice it until symptoms appear. Deer tick bites usually manifest in small, red itchy bumps. Observe the bite area for expanding circular redness. If the rash develops a concentric ring-like appearance, that is a symptom of Lyme disease. At this stage, the victim may experience fever, chills and muscle pain.|
Bed bugs are the worst bugs because they actually live inside our homes and wait to feed on us when we’re not looking. While they are not life-threatening, they are very prevalent and irritating. They hide in mattresses, pillows, and furniture.
|Origin:||Believed to have originated from Middle Eastern caves and thought to have transferred from bats to humans|
|Size:||2.5mm for nymphs and 4.5mm for adults|
|Appearance:||Reddish brown with flat, oval-shaped body|
|Are they Deadly?||No|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Their bites are not lethal, venomous or painful, but excess scratching on the bite can bring on a skin infection.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Bites show as red welts that are very itchy.|
Chiggers are the larvae of a family of arachnid mites called Trombiculidae. They are parasitic to mammal flesh and blood only in their larval form. Chiggers flock in groups in low vegetation and patches of soil, where they can latch unto prospective hosts. Their bites are painless, but very itchy after a day or two.
|Origin:||Found throughout the world|
|Appearance:||Light red in color, with round bodies and eight legs|
|Are they Deadly?||No|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Their bites are harmless but are very itchy and can cause lesions when scratched too much.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Small reddish bumps with bright red centers|
Contrary to popular belief, scabies is not a skin infection but an infestation by tiny mites visible through a microscope. When humans come into contact with scabies mites, they burrow under the skin and cause extreme itching.
The mites spread via skin contact with an infected person or by sharing objects such as towels and clothes. Always be sure to wash your skin once you notice redness and itchiness.
|Origin:||Found throughout the world|
|Size:||Less than 0.5 mm|
|Appearance:||Round body with 8 legs|
|Are they Deadly?||There is a 50 percent chance of mortality for victims untreated over 5 years.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||The mites don’t directly kill, but they can enable potentially fatal bacterial infections. When left untreated, these insects multiply to millions, damaging the skin and other organs.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Scabies rashes look similar to acne: pink bumps with a transparent fluid tip. Sometimes they appear in grey or white lines with red bumps.|
That annoying buzzing sound of a mosquito isn’t just irritating; it’s also a sign of potential danger. Mosquitoes are parasitic, with tube-like mouths to pierce and suck blood from hosts. They also carry diseases such as Zika and Dengue.
|Origin:||Mosquitoes are found everywhere around the globe, but scientists believe they originated in South Africa.|
|Appearance:||Color and sizes vary with species, but all mosquitoes have long legs, slender bodies, a pair of wings and halters.|
|Are they Deadly?||Yes but not all species of mosquitoes are carriers of pathogens; however species like the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are vectors for very deadly viruses.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Mosquitoes are transporters of some of the world’s most deadly viruses such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever. All diseases have known fatality rates.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Round, puffy, itchy bumps on the skin similar to bed bug bites|
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, get rid of stagnant water at home and install screens in windows. Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Fleas are small, dark brown parasitic insects that infiltrate the coat and skin of pets. They are found in moist, shady places outside the house and latch unto pets once they come in contact outdoors.
|Origin:||Traced all over the world|
|Appearance:||Fleas have brown to black, flat, wingless bodies with strong hind legs that enable them to jump long distances in the air.|
|Death Toll:||Around 25 million people died in Europe during the era of the Bubonic Plague (1665). Fleas and lice carried the Yersinia pestis virus and spread the plague. Thankfully, modern medicine can cure the epidemic today.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Although they are mainly bloodsuckers to our furry friends, fleas can transmit diseases from infected animals to humans as well.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Flea bites result in itchy red spots encircled by reddened rings.|
Lice are not the most lethal bugs out there, but they can definitely be annoying and embarrassing. They can also transfer diseases if they are on your body.
Head lice, on the other hand, do not carry diseases. Use a pediculicide shampoo to treat infected hair and kill lice. Remove any nits on hair as those can still carry larvae.
|Origin:||Believed to have originated from North America, then migrated across the globe|
|Appearance:||The size and shape of a sesame seed|
|Are they Deadly?||No|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Body lice can carry typhus and trench fever.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Body lice bites appear as clusters of tiny red dots with outer pink rims. Head lice bites result in very itchy scalps with small bumps and redness.|
This species of spider gets its name from its mating style where females typically eat their male partners after copulating, leaving them as “widows.” Out of the thousands of spider species, people fear the Black Widow the most due to its poisonous bite.
|Origin:||North America and Canada|
|Size:||1.5 inches long|
|Appearance:||Shiny black, plump, spiders with a red, hourglass-shaped, mark on the abdomen|
|Are they Deadly?||Thousands of people suffer from bites every year, but occurrences of death are rare and unlikely.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||The venom from their bites can cause a lot of pain and body complications.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The skin bitten will turn red and swell. Victims will experience cramps, abdominal pain, fever, cramps, increase in blood pressure and temporary paralysis of the diaphragm.|
Army ants are a general term for predator ants which flock rather than build nests. Unlike other ant types, these are nomads that actively seek prey and food.
|Origin:||Army Ants are everywhere, but most species are in Africa.|
|Size:||10-12 mm long|
|Appearance:||Very dark brown to black bodies with orange colored abdomens|
|Are they Deadly?||Not for humans|
|Why they are Dangerous:||They swarm in groups and tend to destroy anything in their way. Together they are capable of killing small animals like lizards, frogs, snakes, chickens, and goats.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||A painful, swelling red bump on the skin|
Yellowjacket Wasps are very aggressive and hostile wasps. They will attack together, stinging again and again when threatened. An attack can result in severe health conditions like intense pain, swelling, tightness in chest, slurred speech, and fainting.
|Origin:||Originally native to Europe, but are now regular in North America, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia|
|Appearance:||Often mistaken as bees, yellow jackets have alternating black and yellow stripes with a pair of transparent wings and stingers at the tip of their abdomen|
|Are they Deadly?||Those allergic to yellow jacket stings can die less than an hour after the sting.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Once a human trespasses on their territory, they will not hesitate to attack in groups. There are reports of allergic individuals who died after a swarm attack.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||For most people, the yellow jacket sting is very painful but temporary. However hypersensitive individuals will need immediate medical treatment.|
The Black Spitting Thick Tail Scorpion
Not your typical bug, but quite dangerous for sure. One of the most harmful types of scorpions, the Black Spitting Thick Tail can spit venom up to 3 feet away.
|Origin:||Native to Africa|
|Size:||3.5 -4.3 inches long|
|Appearance:||They have a heavy build with a brownish black color and segmented tail.|
|Are they Deadly?||Severe envenoming has a 10-20% chance of fatality|
|Why they are Dangerous:||A hit from this scorpion will cause extreme pain, paralysis and in some cases, death|
These furry, soft-looking caterpillars, also known as wasps appear to be cute and harmless. However, one touch from these creatures will cause you great pain.
|Origin:||Southeastern and Central America|
|Appearance:||They have teardrop-shaped bodies, with long, orangey, silky hairs, resembling fur.|
|Are they Deadly?||No.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Poisonous spines are under their fur. The caterpillar releases them upon contact with danger. The toxins result in an intense burning sensation that includes a headache, nausea, chest pain and trouble breathing.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The stings will manifest in several lines of red spots. Use tape to remove the spines from the skin.|
Human Bot Flies
As ingeniously disgusting as it sounds, bot flies force mosquitoes and other flies to carry their eggs towards a host. When a hijacked mosquito lands on a human, the fly eggs will naturally fall and den into the skin. The larvae will then grow from feeding underneath the live host’s flesh.
|Origin:||Mexico, Paraguay, and Argentina|
|Size:||12 to 18 millimeters long (twice the size of houseflies)|
|Appearance:||They have a yellow face, orange legs, and blue abdomen fully covered in hairs|
|Are they Deadly?||A bot fly infestation can kill small animals like rats and chipmunks.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Though not direct human killers, flies are natural vectors of pathogens and viruses. Once these flesh-eating maggots make home to your skin, you are at risk of severe infections.|
|Manifestation:||A round, puss-filled ulcer with an open center similar to a cyst or boil|
House Centipedes actually help you get rid of termites, roaches, ants, spiders and other house-dwelling insects.
|Size:||3-4 inches in length|
|Appearance:||Long, flattened bodies with 15 segments with a pair of thin legs for each section|
|Are they Deadly?||No|
|Why they are Dangerous:||They are generally docile but will inflict a painful bite upon contact with humans.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Centipede bites appear to have two puncture wounds and look similar to a spider bite. Symptoms of a centipede bite include intense pain, inflammation, redness, and swelling.|
Kissing bugs come by their name from the habit of biting humans on the lips or face. They are blood-feeding insects that live in parts of Central and South America.
Most bites are harmless, but if the bug carries the Chagas blood parasite, the parasite may enter your bloodstream through the wound and slowly damage the heart and other organs in the future.
|Origin:||Can be found all over the world|
|Size:||0.5 to 1 inch long|
|Appearance:||Dark brown or black with red dots on each side of their broad, flatbacks|
|Are they Deadly?||Most bugs are not but for bugs infected with Trypanosoma Cruzi, yes.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||These bugs are not only parasitic, but they can spread the Chagas disease, a disorder that does damage to the heart and can be fatal.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The bite site becomes a swollen, red lesion that is very itchy. For those allergic to the bug saliva, they may experience anaphylactic shock and should get medical treatment fast.|
Also known as driver ants, these bugs move in colonies and can quickly take down small animals when they attack together. Though not as threatening to humans, their bite is still pretty painful.
|Size:||Workers are 2 to 9 millimeters while male “sausage” flyers are up to 25 millimeters long.|
|Appearance:||Orange to shiny bright red|
|Are they Deadly?||For small animals, yes|
|Why they are Dangerous:||These blind ants are killing machines, ravaging anything in their way. Though it’s likely you wouldn’t fall asleep on a driver ant hoard; it’s best to stay away from their colony as they don’t leave anything they start to feed on until it’s clean.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Their bite is severely painful; their huge jaws leave two puncture wounds when removed.|
The Brazilian Wandering Spider
The Brazilian Wandering Spider is the most poisonous spider in the world for having the most potent neurotoxic venom of any spider species.
|Origin:||Tropical South and Central America|
|Size:||6 inches wide|
|Appearance:||Most are brown in color, hairy, and may have a black spot on their bellies.|
|Are they Deadly?||Yes.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||They are the world’s deadliest spider.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Their venom can leave a person paralyzed, with a loss of breathing resulting in death. Some of the known symptoms consist of loss of muscle control, intense pain, and inflammation.|
African Honey bees are the more vicious cousins of European honey bees. Honey bees are usually more docile as they breed in benign, carefully managed hive enclosures whereas African bees evolved in the wild, under constant destructive attack from animals.
|Appearance:||Almost indistinguishable from honey bees|
|Death Toll:||175 deaths in Mexico since 1985, and around 100 deaths annually in the US|
|Why they are Dangerous:||African honeybees can kill humans because they travel in larger groups and attack in swarms.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The usual symptoms are swelling, numbing pain, and itching. Victims stung more than ten times must seek immediate hospitalization.|
Rat fleas feed on rodent blood and can transfer deadly diseases to other mammals and humans.
|Origin:||Originated in Africa but are now native throughout the world|
|Size:||2.5 millimeters long|
|Appearance:||The rat flea has no genal combs; this differentiates it from dog fleas and cat fleas.|
|Death Toll:||Millions of people died up until 1665 due to the Plague. Fleas on rodents which carried the plague transferred it to people. Thankfully, Bubonic Plague disease is curable today with to modern medicine.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||The rat flea may carry bubonic plague and murine typhus. It can also host tapeworms and viruses with their eggs.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The first sign of a plague-infected rat flea bite is painful swollen lymph nodes.|
It’s easy to identify a fire ant because of its copper head and red brownish body. Contact with a fire ant will result in a painful sting that releases acid on the host. Their venom causes sharp pain and in some cases, death.
|Size:||2 to 6 millimeters|
|Appearance:||Brownish red color|
|Death Toll:||From the 5 million Americans stung by fire ants each year, about a dozen die from allergic reactions.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||The fire ant attacks with both a bite and a sting. They are very aggressive and also venomous. A group attack can cause severe medical conditions.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||A victim experiences swelling, intense itching, difficulty in breathing, rapid heart rate, vomiting, and formation of white pustules in the bite site.|
This flying bugger is responsible for many deaths by transmitting malaria.
|Origin:||Native all over the world|
|Size:||4.4 to 5 millimeters|
|Appearance:||Anopheles has a long proboscis and black and white grid wings.|
|Death Toll:||Around 400 million cases of malaria occur annually around the world, and a child dies from it every 30 seconds.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||They are vectors for malaria, which has no available vaccine.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The bite itself is painless and unnoticeable, but the resulting bite mark may cause swelling and itching. Symptoms of malaria include fever, diarrhea, and chills.|
The tsetse fly causes the African sleeping sickness where victims are in a state of comatose. These bugs feed on the blood of mammals, and they carry trypanosome, which is dangerous to humans.
|Size:||Size of a honey bee|
|Death Toll:||Every year 250,000 to 300,000 victims are suffering because of no vaccine hat shields against sleeping sickness.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||This fly carries a parasite that can travel through bitten flesh, leading to specific body parts shutting down and the person in a coma.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Bites are usually quite painful, and a chancre will form at the site of the tsetse fly bite. Infected individuals will experience high fever, muscle aches, and rashes.|
Brown Recluse Spider
This spider bite can destroy tissues which will take months to heal. Like most spiders, they typically only bite when disturbed.
|Origin:||Midwestern and Southeastern America|
|Size:||6 to 20 millimeters|
|Appearance:||Light to dark brown color with a violin pattern on their back, unlike most spiders, they don’t have eight eyes|
|Are they Deadly?||Healthy adults can survive a bite.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||The bite of the brown recluse has the potential for severe tissue necrosis.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The bite area will become bright red with a blister at the site. That blister can grow into a purple ulcer after a few days depending on the case. Additional symptoms include fever, chills, and nausea.|
Asian Giant Hornet (or Giant Japanese Hornet)
Possibly the deadliest of all the bugs on this list, the Japanese Hornet’s venom can dissolve human tissues within a short period. Repeated stinging from a group attack could result in death.
Japanese hornets are very aggressive and fearless. Their stings cause shock and paralysis in allergic people but are still lethal in sufficient doses to people who are not allergic.
|Origin:||East and Southeast Asia|
|Appearance:||Broad yellow heads with black and yellow striped abdomens|
|Death Toll:||Around 40 deaths annually and 1,700 injuries|
|Why they are Dangerous:||If the venom enters the bloodstream, it can trigger kidney failure resulting in death.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||The sting is extremely painful and can require hospitalization. The sting manifests in deep skin holes the size of quarters. The strength of the sting is due to the relatively large amount of venom injected.|
Jumper ants do not bite. They grip the victim in their jaws and then sting them with their tail instead. They are aggressive and jump around vegetation to travel.
|Size:||12 to 14 millimeters|
|Appearance:||Jumper ants have a black body and orange limbs and pincers.|
|Death Toll:||3 deaths due to Jack Jumper ant stings in Tasmania|
|Why they are Dangerous:||This predatory ant targets its prey by sight, unlike other insects that target by scent. Their sting can penetrate through the thickest fabric, and the pain is comparable to an electric shock.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||If allergic to the venom, severe symptoms need immediate medical treatment.|
Arizona Bark Scorpions
All scorpions are venomous, but very few species in the US are deadly. One of those is the bark scorpion.
|Origin:||Southwest America and Southern Utah|
|Size:||2-3 inches long|
|Appearance:||It is almost of uniform color ranging from tan to tan-yellow|
|Are they Deadly?||Dying from their sting is unlikely, but children and elderly are more at risk of fatalities.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||The bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America, and its venom can cause severe pain in adults, typically lasting between 2 to 3 days.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Scorpion stings cause extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, and numbness.|
The katipo species is native to New Zealand. Like its relative, the Black Widow spider, it is also as venomous and capable of delivering a reasonably dangerous bite.
|Appearance:||Shiny black color with an orange mark on its huge round abdomen|
|Death Toll:||6 cases of death out of 98 cases recorded|
|Why they are Dangerous:||A bite from the katipo spider can lead to death.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Katipo venom spreads within the bloodstream in minutes, leading to several symptoms ranging from minor to severe.|
Funnel Web Spider
Funnel-web spiders are predatory spiders found in the forests of Australia. Not all species of funnel webs are poisonous. Species that are extremely poisonous, like the black Sydney funnel web, contain Robustoxin, a toxin that completely destroys the nervous system of mammals.
|Size:||1 to 2 inches in span|
|Appearance:||Glossy and darkly colored, ranging from black, dark-plum, and blue-black|
|Death Toll:||Funnel-web spiders have caused 13 deaths (7 children) in Sydney.|
|Why they are Dangerous:||Their venom contains over 40 different poisons, which can corrupt the body’s nervous system and reportedly kill children in minutes.|
|Reaction from their Bite:||Due to their large fangs, the bite is very painful and will leave puncture marks with bleeding. If envenomation occurs, symptoms like nausea, difficulty breathing and fever progress rapidly.|
Bug Bite Home Remedies
As incredible as it feels to scratch that annoying itch; you are posing a higher risk of more irritation and inflammation. So how else can you get relief from that crazy need to itch?
Look beyond drugstore shelves and find relief naturally with these natural home remedies for bug bites. 
Ice can reduce inflammation from the bite site. The cold also numbs the skin, which can give you immediate but short-term relief from itchiness.
Don’t let the ice remain directly on your skin for more than five minutes as it can damage the skin. We recommend using a bag filled with crushed ice or a cold pack.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of an infected area. It is less acidic than other kinds of vinegar and an excellent choice for restoring natural pH.
Try applying a small swab of vinegar directly to the itchy bump. If you have numerous bites all over your body, take a hot bath in and add 2 to 3 cups of the said vinegar in the tub.
3. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera gel is another excellent remedy for insect bites, as well as many other skin conditions. Not only does it relieve the swelling and itching from the bite, but it also aids in healing the wound. You can use over the counter aloe vera gel, fresh gel directly from an aloe leaf, or organic aloe juice.
4. Baking Soda:
Mix a thick paste of one-part water and two parts baking soda. Apply this paste generously to the affected area. This blend is effective at killing bacteria and relieving an itch. It also works for poison ivy and itchy rashes.
5. Local Raw Honey:
Raw organic honey is excellent for relieving bug bites. It is anti-inflammatory and robust antibacterial power. Dab some honey on the inflamed area. Take a wrapped up ice cube and apply over the syrup.
Cinnamon powder has analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds that can heal the welts and bite marks caused by mosquitoes, bed bug, and almost all other bugs. Just make a paste of cinnamon and water and apply it to the skin.
Turmeric is a powerful natural remedy to soothe bug bites. It is also analgesic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. Mix it with coconut oil or water and apply on the bites. Cover the paste with a Band-Aid to prevent staining clothes.
8. Lemon or Lime:
These citrus fruits have antimicrobial and anti-itch properties. You can rub lemon or lime peel or juice on your skin instead of scratching it with your fingernails.
9. Essential oils:
Essential oils like neem, tea tree, witch hazel and peppermint help provide temporary relief for bites. Take a minute amount on a cotton pad and then apply directly to the bite. The smell of neem also helps to repel mosquitoes.
Try rubbing a piece of raw garlic with the juicy side on the wound. That will sting a bit, but you should feel some significant relief afterward. The scent of garlic will also help repel the bugs from biting you more.
An onion’s juices, which leak out when freshly cut, can reduce sting and irritation. Onions also possess natural antifungal properties. Slice up an onion and tape it over the bite. Rinse and wash the area well after 30 minutes.
Oatmeal contains unique compounds that have anti-irritant qualities. Mix your favorite breakfast and spoon some paste onto the irritated skin for about 10 minutes. 
If you have several bites around the body, try an oatmeal bath instead. Sprinkle a bag of oatmeal into a bathtub full of warm water. Soak in the tub and stay for at least 20 minutes and rub some of the clumps on irritated areas of your skin.
Thyme leaves are not only delicious, but they have antibacterial and antifungal properties that reduce your risk of irritating the skin around a mosquito bite. Finely mince the leaves and let them sit on your bites for 10 minutes.
Eugenol, a compound found in basil, can relieve itchy skin. You can mince some fresh basil leaves to an excellent consistency and rub them on to your skin.
15. Chamomile tea:
Chamomile is a natural remedy for many ailments. When applied to the skin, the tea can ease inflammation and quicken healing.
After drinking tea, you can apply the tea bags directly to your bite for at least 10 minutes. You can store the tea bag in the fridge for reuse later.
First Aid for Wasp and Bee Stings
- Remove the stinger ASAP. You can do this by scraping it with a blunt blade edge of a card, or your fingernail. This little bag will keep loading its poison into your body while it rests on your skin. Using tweezers will just squeeze more venom into the skin.
- As soon as the stinger is out, neutralize the venom with aspirin paste. Crush one or two aspirin tablets and add enough water to make a paste. Apply it on the sting site.
- You can also tape a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar over the site to relieve redness and swelling.
- Apply an ice pack over the area to numb and slow down swelling.
Call for emergency medical help if:
- The victim is experiencing swelling in the face, sudden hives, fainting and difficulty breathing.
- The victim has a history of allergic reactions to an insect sting or bite.
- The sting or bite is near the eyes, nose or mouth.
- The area stung is oozing, getting larger or getting redder. These are signs of infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which stinging insects trigger allergic reactions?
A: Basically, any insect can set off an innate allergy in people. The reaction will differ depending on the degree of someone’s allergy to the venom.
Some people only have local pain and swelling that subsides after a day. Others are terribly allergic that the most minor of stings will set off a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Anyone who is hypersensitive and allergic should carry an EpiPen for emergency administration.
Q: Why do bug bites itch?
A: Bugs have mouthparts that pierce the skin, suck blood and leave saliva and feces on the skin while they’re at it. The presence of these foreign substances triggers the body’s immune system to fight.
Our immune system releases histamine, which signals white blood cells to get to the infected area. Histamine is what causes the itchiness and swelling.
Q: Why can’t I scratch the insect bites?
A: As tempting as it may be, scratching the bite only worsens it. Scratching agitates the skin and increases your itching. It might also cause rips in the skin leaving it vulnerable to infections.
Unless we lock ourselves indoors, we’re eventually going to get bit by insects at some point in our lives. Moreover, when we do, it’s good to know that there are natural home remedies for bug bites we can use to cure itchiness and infections. For venomous bites and stings, administer first aid and call emergency medical assistance if needed.
We at Morning Homestead aim to provide you with the necessary precautions, techniques, and solutions to effectively fight the bite. We hope this article is helpful to you when you need to know how to take care of nasty bites and stings.
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