10 home remedies for insect stings


So, what should you do for a wasp sting? And what could you put on a bee sting to stop the pain? Find out how to treat wasp and bee stings with items found around your home.

Almost everyone has become victim to the wrath of a stinging insect in their lifetime. We all know how painful this can be along with the irritating itch which always follows.

Fortunately for those lucky enough to not suffer from a severe allergic reaction from insect stings there are some home remedies for bee stings and remedies for wasp stings to help reduce swelling, ease the pain, and help with the mind-numbingly irritating itch.

If, however, you are allergic to wasp stings and/or bee stings the best course of action is to contact a hospital straight away.

Home remedies for insect stings

What home remedies can you use for insect stings? Find out below:

Different species of stining insects have different stings, some produce venom which is quite acidic whilst others produce venmo which is an alkalie. It is because of this that reactions to insect stings differ between each speieces and thus require different treatments. However, there are a few home remedies which can be used to reduce the swelling, pain, and itchiness caused by each insect stings.


Ice is a great way to help reduce the swelling from insect stings. This is because the cold temperature helps slow down the blood flow to the insect sting.

Simply take an ice cube, ice pack, or even a bag of frozen peas and place it on the wasp sting for around 20 minutes. This will help with the pain and reduce the swelling. If using an ice cube make sure to protect the infected area with a paper towel or cloth.


Garlic is a great pain relief for insect stings. For this home remedy simply crush a clove of garlic and lather it on the sting, making sure all the juices from the garlic are applied to the area. Place a plaster on top and let the garlic do its magic.


Another cooking ingredient which is great for treating wasp and insect stings is onions. Cut an onion in half and place it, flesh side down, on the bee or wasp sting and press gently until the pain has disappeared.


You may have used cucumber on your eyes to help with wrinkles; well they can also be used to treat insect stings. This is because cucumber is a natural astringent (a natural chemical that tends to shrink or constrict body tissue) and cooler. For this home remedy rub a slice of cucumber on the wasp sting until the pain has reduced.

Bee Sting Home Remedies

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Would you know what to put on a bee sting? Find out how to treat bee stings with items found around your home:

Bee sting venom is naturally quite acidic. To help with the pain and swelling you can use home remedies which include using something with is quite alkaline as this will help neutralise the venom.

You can treat bee stings at home using:

  • Baking Soda
  • Salt

Baking Soda

For this bee sting remedy create a thick paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the stung area. This will help reduce the swelling from the bee sting as well as ease the pain.


Just like our previous home remedy, make a thick paste by mixing the salt with water and apply it to the bee sting.

Wasp Sting Home Remedies

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Help I’ve been stung by a wasp! What can I do to stop the pain? – Find out below

Unlike bees, wasp sting venom is actually alkaline. Using home remedies which include products which are quite acidic is the best way to treat wasp stings as it will help neutralise the wasp venom.

Treating wasp stings at home can be done using:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Lemons

Apple Cider Vinegar

Soak a small bit of cotton wool in apple cider vinegar and place it on the wasp sting applying a small amount of pressure until the pain goes away. The acidity of the vinegar helps neutralise the wasp venom.


Much like apple cider vinegar, the best treatment option for this wasp sting home remedy is to apply it to a cotton pad and hold on the sting area. Alternatively you could use a cotton swab instead and rub the infected area or apply a few drops of vinegar to your skin.

Lemon Juice

Slice a lemon in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can. Dab either a cotton swab or cloth in the lemon juice and apply it to the wasp sting. You could also use your favourite bottled lemon juice that you use on your pancakes, however, fresh lemon juice works more effectively.

Fresh Lemons

If you don’t want to use lemon juice you can also use a fresh lemon instead. For this home remedy for wasp stings slice a fresh lemon in half and place one of the segments, flesh side down, to the sting.

Want to know about stinging insects such as wasps and bees? Visit our stinging insects page for more information.


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