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How To Get Rid of Ant Bites


Getting bitten by an insect is no fun thing as you don’t know how serious the situation can be. Insects heavily run on their self-defense mechanisms and biting or stinging is usually the first response from them if they feel threatened or irritated. Some insects like mosquitoes or ticks feed off other animals and suck their blood so biting is the only way for them to get their nutrition.

Ants might seem small and harmless but their bites can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. It can also depend on the type of the ant as some species tend to sting as well and cause a more serious problem.

What are ants and why do they bite?

Ants are wingless insects that belong to the family of Formicidae and have a similar anatomy that of wasps and bees (without the wings of course) and just like them, ants also have the same hierarchy structure and eusocial colonies.

There are over 25,000 species of ants in the world and they vary according to their size and color according t different regions and climates.

Ants generally don’t bite humans but if for some reason they do, the bites are nothing less than painful and annoying. It is like tiny pricks followed by a burning sensation. The burning sensation is due to the formic acid released from their mouths once they bite. Black ants in particular have a strong bite that is good enough to chew off hard leaves, wood and other small fibrous things therefore the human flesh is not immune to their bites.

As for other ants that sting such as the fire ants, you really have to be careful with those as the bites can cause painful blisters that can be filled with pus and infection.

How to get rid of an ant bite:

If you have ants in your area then you have to ensure that they don’t come inside your home and invade your personal space. So here are the things that you need to do to get rid of an ant bite:

  • Ice it

You need to ice that area that has the ant bites so that it doesn’t get swollen and the inflammation gets reduced. The ice also reduces the itchy sensation on your skin and prevents you from scratching the bite marks because they can bleed and turn into unpleasant looking scabs later on.

  • Toothpaste

Who knew that good ol’ toothpaste would do the job? Toothpaste has been proven to reduce inflammation on the skin that’s why it is also used as a hack for people who have acne and no medication around to clear spots and pimples on their skin. An ant bite also benefits from toothpaste being applied on the skin directly. The toothpaste soothes the irritated and burning sensation and calms down the blisters if any. The cooling properties of menthol, fluoride and peppermint all work in synergy to relieve you from the pain of the ant bite.

  • Aspirin

Another unlikely remedy that is sure to ease your ant bite problem. This time you have to search in your medicine cabinet and look for aspirin. But wait, don’t pop it in your mouth and wash it down with water. Instead, crush an aspirin and mix some drops of water to form a thick paste and apply it directly on the bite marks on your skin. Aspirin is an instant inflammation reducer when applied topically so your ant bites will be gone soon enough.

  • Rubbing alcohol

If you have been stung by a fire or red ant then it is best to first disinfect your skin first so that you can prevent any infections or pus from forming. The anti-bacterial properties in rubbing alcohol immediately kill all the germs that could develop and infect your skin therefore it is a good sterilizer.

  • Salt

This might seem a bit painful but you need to trust the process. Make a salt and water solution similar to the crushed aspirin and water solution mentioned earlier. Apply it on the affected area and let it get absorbed in the skin. It will sting a little but it will heal up the bite marks in no time.

  • Aloe vera

if you have an aloe vera plant near by then you can cut a leaf and slice off its th9rns from the side. Then you proceed to scooping out the transparent and thick gel and apply it directly on the bite marks. Aloe vera is known for its skin healing properties and is also an antibacterial agent to combat skin problems such as acne, eczema and rosacea. Therefore once you apply it on the ant bites, your skin will feel cooled down and there will be no swelling after.

How to prevent ant bites

If you want to get rid of ant bites you have to get rid of the source first, i.e. the ants themselves and for that you need to make your house an ant-free zone.

  • Ensure hygiene and good sanitary conditions

Insects and bugs love to invade dirty places so if you don’t clean your kitchen regularly then before you know it, you might see ants lurking about your kitchen tops and trying to invade your food.

  • Insecticide

Getting a good insecticide is a surefire way of eliminating an ant problem. Spraying insecticide such as the variety we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn and you won’t have to deal with those pesky ants no more.

If you see a line of ants crawling over your kitchen counters or in your cookie jars then apply some ant gel bait on the counters, the scent of the gel will lure them to their own death and they will be gone soon.

Here at Solutions Pest &  Lawn we have a wide range of products for all your ant problems so head over and check them out if you want to get rid of ants in your house. For more helpful DIY advice, call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com, or live chat with us online.

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