TATT: Taking the Bite Out of Bug Bites

‘Tis the season for mosquitoes, at least if you live in Minnesota, where it is often joked that mosquitoes are the state bird. They aren’t actually. That honor goes to the Common Loon. However, between the Common Loon and the common mosquito, I can tell you which one is more common in our back yard… bzzzzz…..

Naturally, I can’t stand them. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who did like mosquitoes. They have absolutely no redeeming qualities. Unfortunately, I also can’t stand most bug sprays. They make my eyes water, nose itch and I really don’t like the smell. Uggg!

Being forced to choose between being eaten alive or feeling like I’m having an allergic reaction is one of those rock and a hard place situations for me. That is, it was, until I discovered Herbal Armor.

I found this at Target last year and bought it for my kids. Having tried other natural bug sprays in the past that didn’t work at all, I was a little hesitant to spend more money going down the herbal road, but I really didn’t want to cover my kids with unnecessary chemicals, so I gave it a try.

Am I ever glad I did. Not only does it keep the bugs off of my girls, it also works for me without causing any watery eyes or itchy, runny nose. I stocked up at Target again this summer and have a couple bottles out in the garage for when we go outside to play.

Herbal Armor is great. I highly recommend it. Of course, it only works when you actually put it on, which I confess, sometimes I forget to do until a few mosquitoes are so kind as to remind me that I neglected to apply it. Ouch!

Now I think we can all agree that the only thing worse than the initial mosquito bite is the red bump that itches like crazy later. But never fear, I have a solution for that too… toothpaste.

Yup, good old, always have it around, toothpaste. People think I’m crazy when I tell them this, but just try it, and I think you’ll be amazed. Not sure why it works, the internet seems to think it’s either because of the peppermint or because of the fluoride, but whatever the reason, it does work. So instead of running out and buying some special bug bite product, the next time a mosquito gets through your defenses, just head to the medicine cabinet, dab on some toothpaste, and in a minute or two, the itch will be gone. It’s like magic!

Have a happy, mosquito-free Wednesday y’all!

2 thoughts on “TATT: Taking the Bite Out of Bug Bites

  1. Toothpaste on mosquitoe bites is a great idea, Elise! When I was a little girl, Mom always put butter & salt on our bites. Can’t say why, but it really worked! I’ll try toothpaste next time. Thanks for the tip!

    • Butter and salt, huh? That sounds even messier than toothpaste, but whatever works, because mosquito bites are the worst!

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