Yesterday, I was setting up the boys’ new playhouse, and I felt a sting on my toe. Now, I know better than to walk out into our grass after a heavy rain without shoes…but I didn’t think. And I was barefoot. I looked down, and there were 4 fire ants crawling on my big toe.
Or…they were trying to eat it and take it back to their queen. I think. Regardless, it hurt like the dickens. I immediately did what any sane parent does when their children are tired and waiting on their new toy…I brushed them off and finished assembling their house.
When I was done, I posted a picture of my lovely fire ant bite (at the time I could only see a large swollen area) on Instagram. And I asked for help. I had already applied Purification to help reduce the sting and swelling, but I knew that I probably needed to get some other ideas.
And I got some great ones, so I thought I would share them with y’all!
8 Fire Ant Bite Remedies
I’ve compiled all of the suggestions that I was given below. If you have tried any of these items, please leave me a comment and let me know how they worked for you!
Take a garlic clove and cut it in half, then rub the “wet” half of the clove over the bite.
Take a 50/50 solution of ACV or white vinegar and water and gently rub it over the fire ant bite.
Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area.
Using a cotton ball, place the ammonia directly on the bite to neutralize the acid.
Apply directly to bite to help ease the swelling and tame the sting.
Apply the inside of the peel to the fire ant bite.
Apply deodorant to the fire ant bite to help reduce the itching.
Now, if you can’t handle the smell of some of these remedies (ammonia, anyone?!), I love my Young Living essential oils, and they certainly come in handy in times like this. Some of my favorite oils in cases like this are:
- Rosemary, and
- Tea Tree.
Sometimes nothing works, or you need a combination of things. I am so glad to have a full arsenal at my disposal for the next time this happens. Because, well, Texas.
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What is your go-to fire ant bite remedy?