natural remedies for insect bites

Natural Remedies for Insect Bites

Not everyone feels comfortable using certain insect bite medications because of their potentially harsh ingredients. For people suffering from insect bites but dissatisfied or uncomfortable with chemical solutions, there are natural remedies that can help soothe irritation and swelling. Some can also reduce redness and even repel pests like mosquitoes due to their scent.

So, what can someone do to stop uncomfortable sensations?

 

Smooth and Mild

One of the first available solutions is to mix baking powder with unscented body lotions. The baking powder reduces inflammation and redness while the lotion holds it in place. Anyone who has ever worked with baking powder knows that it refuses to stay in one location for long, so it is important to find a mild adhesive to help! The mixture can be left for ten minutes and then wiped away with a damp cloth. As it is mild, affected people can reapply the mixture as often as needed. A similar material is oatmeal, which can be mixed with water and then applied as a paste.

 

Soothing Aloe

Another potential remedy is aloe vera. This spiky plant produces a thick, sticky gel inside of its tendrils which can be scooped out and applied to insect bites, burns, and other forms of skin irritation. Its composition helps sooth bites and redness and contains a healthy amount of water and antioxidants. To this day, it is one of the only natural remedies which is also frequently used by doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the beauty industry. Chances are that if someone has received a sunburn, they have used aloe vera. The same properties that calm these burns also help fight back against the irritation of insect bites.

Succulent

 

It Sticks With You

People who are not afraid to deal with stickiness can use common household items like toothpaste or honey. Mint toothpaste is especially potent because the mint cools the affected site and can numb pain and discomfort while reducing swelling and redness. Honey possesses antibacterial properties that can help prevent some common forms of skin irritation. The thick substance additionally helps stop itching and can keep children from scratching at insect bites. Both items can be bought from local grocery and general stores, making them quick remedies to a common problem.

 

Fragrant and Cooling

Finally, there are products with calming scents and properties. One method individuals can use is to develop a peppermint paste, which cools the inflamed and annoying site of an insect bite. Chickweed has a similar effect and can be found at many herbal stores. Another common natural remedy is the use of essential oils, which have gained popularity in recent years. Tea tree oil has been shown to be particularly effective because of its antiseptic properties, while lavender and peppermint have similar effects and a more nuanced smell. The only downside to these methods is that the scents can be irritating to people with sensitive noses or skin, so they might need to be diluted.

Essential Oils

Conclusion

Most of these natural remedies can be found at regular stores, and some are even used in pharmacies as common treatments. By using one of these solutions to insect bites, individuals can prevent potential further irritation from the bite and the chemicals in more processed materials like antihistamine creams. Nevertheless, if swelling and irritation persists after trying these home remedies, you should follow up with your GP to be prescribed the appropriate treatment.


Killem Pest Pesticide Profile: Agenda 10SC

In this very first Killem Pest Pesticide Profile, we look at than Agenda 10SC (“Agenda”)?

Agenda is known as the king of termiticides and Killem Pest is one of only five Agenda Authorised Applicators in Singapore.

In one of our previous blog post: Killem Pest Profile Series: What you need to know about Termites we mentioned that termites are the most economically destructive pests, causing worldwide damage of US$30 billion in damage to crops and manmade structures.

In another of our blog posts: What Pest Control Treatment Methods Can You Use To Eradicate Pests? we outlined that there are three ways to combat termite infestations: baiting, dusting and soil treatment.

What is Agenda?

Agenda was created by Bayer, the healthcare and agricultural giant, as a non-repellent termiticide (kills termites that enter treated soil) that provides comprehensive colony management. Agenda is also the first non-repellent termiticide to obtain ‘Green Label’ in Singapore under the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme. This means that it has the seal of approval as being environmentally friendly.

Green Label Singapore

The active ingredient in Agenda is fipronil and when applied appropriately, it remains effective in the soil for a minimum of 7 years, thus affording 7 years of structure protection, the longest offered from a normal soil treatment. Fipronil is used commonly in pesticides and has a proven success in controlling not just termites, but also ants, beetles, cockroaches, fleas, weevils and other inspects.

Agenda 10SC Termicide Treatment

The Colony Management Effect

Agenda works by killing termites that ingest or come into contact with it, but not until the termites have had a chance to go back to their colony and unknowingly pass it on to others in the termite colony. Thus, Agenda works as a non-repellent termiticide as termites are not repelled and willingly enter Agenda treated soil. The process of the transfer of food among social pests such as termites is known as trophallaxis.

The Use of Agenda 10SC in Singapore

Since Agenda was introduced in Singapore in 2001, more than 5,000 premises or more than 2,860,260 linear meters have been treated with Agenda! Killem alone has treated hundreds of these premises that include residential areas, condominiums, schools, warehouses and commercial offices.

Use of Agenda 10SC by Killem

Killem has been part of the original group of five Agenda Authorised Applicators in Singapore. Last year Bayer celebrated 15 years of success with Agenda at Pest Summit 2016 which was held in Singapore. As of today, Killem’s call back rate for Agenda is 0%. We would like to think that this is due both to the efficacy of the termiticide as well as the correct application method by our Pest Control Operators. Killem continually trains our staff on the appropriate and safe use of pesticides. We were fortunate enough for representatives from Bayer to come down directly to our office to conduct a special session on Agenda!

Bayer Training Session

For more information on how Killem can help eliminate your Termite problems please visit our termite control page.