I’ve been talking a lot about how to keep bees and wasps away, but what happens if that fails or you are out somewhere that you can’t control the environment? What do you do when you actually get stung? We discovered a hornets nest down at the bottom of our driveway last week and the hornets came in the house, despite all of my natural pest control outside. Here are some home remedies for wasp stings that you can use in the case that you do get stung.
Home Remedies for Wasp Stings
The venom contained in a bee or wasp sting induces a local toxic reaction at the site of attack. In some people, components of the venom can cause an allergic reaction. These home remedies for wasp stings are for people that are not allergic to wasps or hornets.
Wasps do not leave stingers behind, but bees do. If you are stung by a bee, do NOT use tweezers to get it out as that will only increase the venom being injected into your body. Instead, use your fingernail to scrape the stinger.
Before using any of these home remedies for wasp stings, make sure to wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water!
Ice for Wasp Stings
Ice is a great way to help reduce the swelling from a wasp sting as well as both bees and hornet stings, the cold temperature slows down the blood flow to the insect sting.
To treat insect stings using ice, take an ice cube or an ice pack and place it on the wasp sting for around 20 minutes. This will help with the pain and reduce the swelling.
Note: If using ice cubes wrap in a paper towel or a damp cloth to protect the affected area.
Garlic for Wasp Stings
Garlic acts as a pain relief for insect stings. For this home remedy crush a clove of garlic and slather it on the sting. You want to get the juices from the garlic on the sting site. Then put a bandaid on the affected area and let the garlic do its magic.
Onion for Wasp Sting
Onions work great on bee and wasp stings! Just cut an onion in half and place the juicy side on the insect sting, pressing gently until the pain has reduced.
Cucumbers for stings
Cucumber is so great at treating insect stings because it is a natural astringent which tends to constrict body tissues. To use cucumber as a home remedy for wasp stings, cut a slice of cucumber and rub it on the sting. This will help reduce the pain and cool the area.
Household items that can neutralize the wasp venom
- Baking Soda – Create a thick paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the sting.
- Lemon Juice – Slice a fresh lemon in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can. Use a cotton swab to collect the juice and apply it to the wasp sting.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it on the wasp sting.