Treating insect stings: 10 methods to ease the pain

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The sun is out and winter coats are being stored away, it’s time to enjoy the weather in your garden. But as you walk outside, you notice something else has come out to enjoy the weather…stinging insects!

Most of us have suffered the wrath of a wasp or bee sting before, and if you haven’t, it sure hurts! However, for those who do not enough suffer from severe allergic reactions from insect stings, there are some home remedies that can help reduce swelling, ease the pain, and help with the irritating itch.

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

And, if wasps or bees have infested your property and you becoming afraid, reach out to a stinging insect expert as soon as possible. Ehrlich specialists can help with wasp and bee removal, and we handle stinging insects in a safe manner. Start getting rid of the problem by calling us at 888-984-0186 or contact us online.

Home Remedies for Wasp, Hornet and Bee Stings


What home remedies can you use for wasp, hornet and bee stings? Find out below:


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 them in a paper towel or a damp cloth to protect the affected area.


Garlic acts as a pain relief for insect stings. For this home remedy, crush a clove of garlic and slather it on the sting. Make sure the juices from the garlic are applied to the sting (this is what makes it an effective home remedy). After that is complete place a bandage on the affected area and let the garlic do its magic.


The onion is another vegetable that is great for treating insect stings. Simply cut an onion in half and place it (flesh side down) on the insect sting, pressing gently until the pain has reduced.


Cucumbers are a great remedy to treat wrinkles, but did you know they are also great for treating insect stings? This is because cucumber is a natural astringent (a natural chemical that tends to shrink or constrict body tissue). For this insect sting home remedy, take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the insect sting. This will help reduce the pain and cool the area.

Bee Sting Home Remedies


What home remedies can you use for bee stings? Find out how to treat bee stings using items in your home:

Bee sting venom is naturally quite acidic. Helping to reduce the pain and swelling consists of using home remedies that are alkaline as this will help neutralize the venom.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great way to help neutralize the venom of a bee sting. All you need to do is create a thick paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the sting.


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

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

Compared to bee stings,  the venom in hornet and wasp stings are alkalines. Using home remedies, which are quite acidic, is the best way to treat wasp stings by neutralizing the wasp venom.

Lemon juice

To treat wasp stings with lemon, slice a fresh lemon in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can. Dab either a cotton swab or cloth in the juice and apply it to the wasp sting. You can also use bottled lemon juice; however, fresh lemon juice works better.


If you don’t want to use lemon juice, you can also use a fresh lemon instead. Slice a fresh lemon in half and place one of the segments, flesh side down, on the wasp sting.

waspApple cider vinegar

Soak a small bit of absorbent cotton in apple cider vinegar and place it on the wasp sting while applying a small amount of pressure. The acidity of the vinegar helps neutralize the wasp venom.


Much like apple cider vinegar, the best way to treat wasp stings using vinegar is to apply it to a piece of absorbent cotton and place it on the sting. You can also use a cotton swab soaked in vinegar and rub it on the insect sting.

Hornet Stings

Although some of the home remedies on this list can help to treat hornet stings, they are not a definite cure. Compared to the stings of bees and other wasps, hornet stings can be much more painful, and possibly even deadly. This is because hornet venom is a lot more powerful than that of bees and other wasps as it contains a large amount of acetylcholine, which is a powerful pain stimulant. This is what makes hornet stings so painful.

The strength of hornet venom does differ between each species. Some hornet stings are just like that from a bee or other wasp, while others can be extremely painful. European hornet stings are usually the most painful, as they contain the most venom, thus being the most deadly.

The most infamous of all the hornet stings is that from a giant Asian hornet. This stinging insect is reportedly the cause of 30-50 human deaths in Japan every year, and 42 in China. The toxicity of a giant hornet’s venom is extremely nasty, causing severe reactions such as melting skin and organ failure.

Your local stinging insect control experts

We know you want to avoid dealing with insect stings at all. Ehrlich can help by providing effective bee and wasp management solutions. Our specialists are equipped to remove stinging insects that are threatening you.

If you are looking for help controlling wasps, bees, and hornets in your home and/or business, then get in contact with the experts at Ehrlich today.

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