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Sometimes, insects will penetrate even the most effective chemical or natural insect repellents. If you do get bitten or stung, you can use several household and medicine cabinet items to relieve your discomfort and speed healing. Dab mosquito and other itchy bug bites with a cotton ball saturated with white vinegar to relieve itching. Doing the same with onion juice is a smelly, but also effective at relieving the urge to scratch. Another home remedy for itching is to dab the bite with a wet bar of soap and let it dry. To relieve the pain of a bee or wasp sting, apply a paste of baking soda and water to the site of the sting.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|