Bug bites are as annoying as they are inevitable. Don't settle for scratching! Instead, try these time tested remedies:

Rub the bite with the inside of a banana peel

It is speculated that the sugars in the banana help draw out the fluid.

Apply a dab of peppermint toothpaste

Peppermint is the key. It causes a 'cooling' sensation that overwhelms the itch.

Squeeze some lemon juice onto the bite

As an antibacterial, lemon juice is a perfect alleviant.

Apply a paste of baking soda and water

Sodium bicarbonate eases itching by neutralizing the pH on your irritated skin.

Seal off the bite with a piece of tape

Depriving the bite of air helps stop the itching, as well as keeping you from scratching.

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