10 Ways To Soothe Insect Stings

It’s almost time for us to put those winter coats away again. But what comes with the warmer weather? Insects! And what do some of those insects do? STING!

Most of us have been stung by a wasp, hornet or bee before, and it hurts! So we’ve put together some great remedies to stop the soreness and itching an insect sting can bring.


  • Ice – To reduce swelling, use some ice. The cold temperature will slow down the flow of blood to the sting, causing it to hurt less. Take an ice cube or an ice pack and hold it on the sting for about 20 minutes. It should take down the swelling and reduce any discomfort you will have.
  • Garlic – It’s a little known fact, garlic is amazing pain relief for insect stings! So, get a clove of garlic, crush it, and rub it on the sting. You might stink, but the juices will help to stop the sting from hurting.
  • Onion – Another vegetable, onion works in much the same way. Cut the onion in half, and rub the juicy side onto your sting. The pain will reduce right away!
  • Cucumbers – Why not treat your wrinkles and your sting at the same time? A natural astringent, cucumber will help to reduce pain and cool the sting down.
  • Baking Soda – Venom is acidic, so baking soda will neutralise a bee sting affectively, and stop it from hurting.
  • Lemon Juice – Dabbing lemon juice on a wasp sting will help it to stop hurting. Make sure you use a fresh lemon though!
  • Vinegar – Get a piece of cotton wool and soak it in vinegar. Then apply it to the sting. This will reduce the swelling and pain from the sting.

If you’re ever stung by a hornet, it’s best to seek medical advice. Hornet stings are incredibly painful, and in some cases can be deadly.

If you have an insects nests on your property, you need to call in the professional pest controllers. We can’t speak more highly of Catch-it Ltd Pest Control for quality services in London, so give them a call. In the meantime, keep children, pets and yourself away from the nest to avoid being stung. Do not try to move it yourself, as this could result in injury.

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