5 Easy At-Home Remedies For Insect Stings

Have you woken up to a weird sting on your body? Spot insects crawling around on the floor? Don’t waste time searching freaking out about it. Have a team of trusted pest experts on hand, whenever you need it, to remove the pest. And in the meantime, learn about different at-home strategies to minimise the effects of that bite.

We’ve all been there, being stung by an insect. It hurts, it’s itchy, and it’s really not pretty. But don’t worry, there are things that you can do with products you probably already have around the home.

DIY insect bite tricks. 

Of course, don’t avoid going to the doctor if you’ve been bitten, but here’s what you can do immediately to help the pain.


Ice fixes everything. it’s a great way to minimise the swelling that comes up almost instantly from insect bites. Because of the drop in temperature, your blood flow to the sting slows down. Grab an ice pack or a bag of peas and rest it on the sting for 20 minutes.



It’s not just vampires that hate garlic – bugs do, too. A great, natural pain-relief for stings, garlic can be applied directly on the skin. Lather it on and let it do its thing. Onion is another great option. This staple ingredient works wonders on the skin – cut an onion in half and place it on the sting, exposed side down.

garlic for insect bite


Now for some fruity goodness, the cucumber. It’s not the first time this food is used on the skin. It’s an age-old trick for helping with wrinkles under the eye. Save a slice or two to treat insect stings. Its power is in the natural chemical that shrinks or constricts body tissue. It makes the skin cooler, too.



Keep a jar of honey close by to soothe bug bites. It stops the spreading of infection. But be careful you’re not close to any insects because the sweetness can attract them back. Make sure you have a good shower afterwards.

honey for insect bite

Apple cider vinegar

Another infection-stopper is apple cider vinegar. It helps to calm the bitten area. Don’t worry if you feel a little bit of a sting. That’s natural, with vinegar. It might work to your advantage, distracting you from that constant itch.


There’s plenty of other natural go-to’s to keep on hand. They include fresh lemons, salt, baking soda, banana peels, aloe vera, basil leaves, tea tree oil, and alcohol.

If you’ve been stung by an insect or you suspect an infestation in your house, contact us. We’ve done this for over 40 years, which means we’ve dealt with a whole lot of pests. Whatever the issue is, we’ll fix it. Even if you don’t know what you’ve been stung by, it doesn’t matter. Our pest control Perth team will let you know and will prevent it from happening again.

Oh, and at prices that won’t sting.


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Ian Bright