- Citronella Candles and Incense
Probably Not Effective
- Sonic Wrist Strap Repellants
- Vitamin B 1
Insects are the most successful group of creatures on earth, greatly outdoing mammals in number of species and sheer mass of life. Furthermore, despite great effort, human attempts to eliminate certain insects, such as mosquitoes, have utterly failed. In insects, it appears, humans have met their match.
When it comes to the more mundane level of avoiding insect bites, however, our species is doing a bit better. The chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide), found in almost all insect repellants, is highly successful especially against mosquitoes, flies, fleas, and ticks.
Medical treatment for bites that have already occurred consists primarily of soothing topical treatments.
Proposed Natural Treatments
Due to fears about the safety of DEET (probably unfounded), many natural products have been marketed as safer substitutes. However, while some of these may be effective to a certain extent, none matches the power of the chemical.
For people who have already been bitten, topical creams containing such herbs as aloe , calendula , chamomile , goldenseal , licorice , and marshmallow are often recommended, but there is no evidence that they are effective.
For a discussion of homeopathic approaches to insect bites and stings, see the homeopathy database.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -