There are many ways to prevent and treat bug bits and stings at home. Common bugs that bite people include fleas, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders, flies, bedbugs, midges, and ticks. When bit, the symptoms range in severity from mild, to those causing allergic reactions. You can prevent and treat bug bites and stings by avoiding contact with them and using natural remedies to rid yourself of these pesky visitors.
Avoid Contact with the Bugs
Avoiding contact with the bugs is best accomplished by remaining indoors around dawn and dusk. Also, you can avoid the assaults by wearing long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored/loose-fitting clothes. Hats and socks should also be worn. The more you are able to cover your skin with clothing, the less likely you will be bit.
Consume Natural Supplements
Research has shown that those that consume garlic or garlic supplements are less likely to get bit by fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks. Also, vitamin B1 capsules have been shown to lower the likelihood the bugs will bite. B100 also makes a person less attractive to mosquitoes. Find vitamin supplements at a grocery store and ask your doctor if they interfere with any medication you may already be taking.
Plant Marigolds in Your Yard
The smell of the marigold flowers is unappealing to mosquitoes. By planting marigolds around your house, the mosquitoes will be eliminated drastically. Keep bugs away from your fruit and vegetable plants as well by ringing them in with a few marigolds. Look for other methods of mosquito control by hiring a company to spray around your house if you fear them getting inside.
Treat with Hot or Cold Therapies
Using either hot or cold therapies can help with the discomfort that often accompanies bug bites. Hot therapies are shown to relieve itchiness. Hot therapies include applying a heated spoon directly to the bite (the spoon should never be hot enough to burn). Alternatively, a cold spoon (taken from your freezer) can also be applied to the bite. A cold spoon or rubbing ice cubes on the bite helps to relieve itch and discomfort. Cleaning the area and applying a cold compress is also recommended as a natural way to treat bites. The “Therapik” is a higher-tech device that creates the same “hot spoon” effect.
Treat with Herbs and Natural Ingredients
Bentonite clay can be applied direct to the bites in order to speed up the healing process. The clay works by drawing the toxins out of the skin and into the clay. Bentonite clay helps to alleviate pain and itchiness. Other herbs and natural ingredients useful for treating bug bites include aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, cinnamon, cucumbers, raw organic honey, lavender, neem oil, tea tree oil, basil, lemon and lime, and peppermint. Applying a cooled tea bag can also reduce swelling and discomfort.
As you can see, bug bites can be prevented and treated naturally! Reducing the breeding grounds for mosquitoes, defending against the bugs, and treating bites naturally are great ways to help you come against bug assaults!