Photo courtesy Wikimedia CommonsPhoto courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Mosquitos love me. They love sucking the life out of me and leaving me with huge welts. The really bad bites wake me up in the middle of the night because they’re so itchy. I do my best to not scratch them, but several from the past couple years have turned into scars.

The mosquitos are really bad in our yard. I can’t figure out what it is. We don’t have any standing water in our yard, and neither do our neighbors, as far as I can tell. Where are they coming from? There is a small creek/drainage ditch that runs through the middle of our neighborhood, a street away from us. My suspicion is that they are coming from there, although I can’t back that up.

I’m sure I have gotten more mosquito bites in the last 3 1/2 years since we moved in our house than the rest of my life combined. Occasionally I am smart enough to put long pants and a long sleeved shirt on, but most of the time I just get eaten.

So, assuming you weren’t smart enough to prevent yourself from being an insect’s lunch, what can you do to ease the itching?

  1. Find a bar of soap.
  2. Dampen the soap slightly under a faucet.
  3. Rub the soap on your itchy spot.
  4. Let the soap dry. The itching will be either reduced or totally gone.

This isn’t one of those bar-of-soap-in-the-bed urban legends. It really does work. My guess is it’s because it dries out the bite.

What is your go-to mosquito bite remedy?

5 Responses to “Stop mosquito bites from itching with a bar of soap”

  1. pattyskypants
    27 August 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Skeeters don’t bother me and I don’t know why (but I’m not complaining). It seems, though, that something that would draw out venom and reduce swelling would work. Now, when you say “soap” are you talking lanolin-based, glycerin, what?

  2. Joanna Reuter
    28 August 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I run really hot water (as hot as I can stand) over the itchy area. The itchiness is really intense during this treatment, but completely dissipates thereafter. The effect wears off eventually, but it is enough for me to get to sleep (& usually to sleep through the night). This works for anything itchy: poison ivy, mosquito bites, tick bites, chigger bites, etc.

    The soap method sounds interesting. I’ll have to give it a try. Fortunately, our mosquito population has been virtually non-existent lately, so I may just have to remember that for later. (Our stream is 100% dry, and apparently predators are keeping mosquito larvae under control in the pond & lagoon.)

    On the prevention front, catnip works pretty well as a deterrent; see: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm
    I crush a few leaves and rub the juices on any exposed skin. It is very effective, but only for a short time. Seems to lose effectiveness as soon as it dries up. But, fortunately, we have a plentiful supply of catnip.

  3. CoMo Homestead
    29 August 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    pattskypants – I’ve heard of people who don’t react to mosquitoes, too. I wish I were one of them!

    Joanna – Thanks for the hot water tip! I’ve heard of it, but never tried it.

    Thanks also for the catnip tip. I’ll check into it.

  4. CoMo Homestead
    30 August 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Oh, pattskypants, I was referring to standard store-bought bar soap, like Dove.

  5. Jessica
    31 August 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I think I’ve done the full gambit over the years, just depending what I have on hand. I’ve done clear nail polish, I’ve done Vick’s, I’ve done regular Calamine lotion as well as lesser known stuff like vinegar or cracked egg.