August 11th, 2014

5 Ways to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching

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Groovy Green Livin Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites are running rampant in our family. Legs, arms, and any other exposed body part- mosquitoes don’t discriminate. My ankles are under attack.

Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite? They need our human blood in order to lay their eggs.

Thankfully there are a few techniques out there that really work to take the itch out of those pesky mosquito bites.

5 Ways to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching

Baking Soda

Mix baking soda and warm water. 

  • Mix together until a paste forms.
  • Once you have a good consistency apply the paste directly to the bug bite.
  • Leave the paste on for a few minutes and then wash off with warm water.
  • Baking soda paste can be messy so try to remain still while the paste is on your skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apply apple cider vinegar to the mosquito bite.

  • Soak a cotton ball or the tip of a Q-Tip in apple cider vinegar.
  • Once saturated place directly on the mosquito bite.
  • Hold in place for a few minutes to relieve itching.

Tea Bag

Use a cold, used tea bag for mosquito bites.

  • Use a tea bag for regular use.
  • Cool it off. I like to place it in the refrigerator so it’s cold when applied to the mosquito bite.
  • Apply to the affected area and hold for a few minutes.

Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil kicks those itchy mosquito bites.

  • Dab a small amount of lavender oil directly onto a mosquito bite for instant relief from itching.
  • Lavender oil is soothing and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.


Rub a small amount of non-gel toothpaste onto a mosquito bite. 

  • Don’t rub it in completely. Be sure to leave a visible amount on top of the bite.
  • If you can stand to leave it on overnight give it a try.
  • Rinse off in the morning with water and soap. The toothpaste will dry the bite out.

What’s your favorite way to treat a mosquito bite?

HERE are a few more ways to treat itchy bug bites. If you’re looking for DEET-free bug repellent take a look HERE.Also, these 3 mosquito repelling plants are good to have around.

Please note: if the bite doesn’t seem to be going away or continues to get larger please visit your doctor.

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15 Responses to “5 Ways to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching”

  1. Oh, thank you for the lavender reminder! My daughter and I get attacked and I never remember that I have some to put on it!
    Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? recently posted..B and Me | Mommy and Me Monday | 234th edMy Profile

  2. Thanks for the info! I pinned it to find later on; it will be so helpful in the coming summers!

  3. Baking soda is the way to go in our house. That is what my wife prepares for the kids when they get bites. Me, I’m way to old and sour for them to bite me.
    Drew Bennett recently posted..Moms of ABC Family Mixer – #ABCFamilyEventMy Profile

  4. I love these. I hope I don’t have to try too many this week on vacation. I always mark an x with my nail to stop the itch.

  5. Baking soda all the way. And my ankles are also being feasted upon. GAH.

  6. Great suggestions! We are so prone to mosquito bites in this home! Will try some these ideas out!
    Caroline Murphy recently posted..Carnival Freedom for Adventurous FUNMy Profile

  7. THe baking soda thing never works for me. My mom does this thing where she puts a hot sponge on the bite. SHe swears it works.

  8. Mosquitos love me so I appreciate the natural remedies using ingredients from my pantry to help stop the itch!
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  9. I find Tea Tree Essential Oil is another good essential oil for insect\mosquito bites, it does not smell quite as nice a Lavender, but like Lavender helps with itching and healing. Tea Tree Oil tends to be my goto essential oil for bites, cuts, grazes – due to its great antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

  10. I wrote about this recently, but there is an oil blend call purification from young living that works best for me! I think we all react differently to insects, and this oil really does the trick. Oddly enough lavender oil doesn’t work for me, but does for others! Thanks for sharing, I like the toothpaste idea, I’ll have to give that a try!
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  11. Good to know about Apple Cider Vinegar! I use for bee stings (really helps take the pain away)… great to know it works for mosquito bites as well. Looks like ACV should be a summer must-have!

  12. Thank you for making this known! Many of the store-bought “treatments” contain harmful chemicals for your body to absorb. I have also found that holding an Ice Cube directly on the bite reduces swelling and stops the itch.
    Thank you for these suggestions!

  13. All are great tips to try, i’ve used tea bags in the past to reduce itching and swelling

  14. Thanks for the ice cube suggestion Rose.

  15. This is great- haven’t tried baking soda for itches! We do use ice and it works quickly, although the effects dont always last as long!!

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