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As you spend long summer days and nights grilling out, going on vacation, having picnics and doing yard work, you’re bound to get at least a few bug bites. While Command Pest Control works hard to reduce the number of pests you come in contact with, we can’t eradicate every tick, mosquito and summer pest in Arkansas. When you do find a bug bite, reduce the chances of itchy irritation or illness by following the tips below.

Wash the bite with soap and water.

As soon as you notice a bite, always wash it with gentle soap and water immediately. This removes any irritating saliva the bug may have left on your skin, and helps to dry out and soothe the bite.

Ice the area.

Ice naturally and gently reduces inflammation and prevents swelling. It can also numb the affected area and relieve itchiness.

Take medication if your reaction is severe.

If you have numerous bug bites, have a bug bite allergy or are experiencing more swelling than usual, an oral antihistamine like Benadryl can help calm your reaction.

Reduce itchiness and infection with a topical cream.

Hydrocortisone cream and Calamine lotion have both long been used to treat irritated, itchy bug bites. Just remember if you’ve already been scratching the area and broken the skin, opt for Calamine lotion over Hydrocortisone cream, as Calamine lotion can help prevent infection from scratching. Another great itch relief cream is Sarna lotion.

Try some natural remedies.

While not all these are proven, some people swear by using natural remedies like lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, basil, tea bags and honey to help bug bites heal. Though they don’t guarantee relief, these natural elements gentle nature won’t aggravate or worsen the bite, making them worth a try if you have any of these products on hand.

Hopefully the tips above will help you make the most of your Arkansas summer. Of course, if you notice an especially large bug bite that doesn’t improve within a day or two, always consult your doctor.

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