Most insect bites are just annoyances that itch like crazy and leave ugly little welts that go away in a few days. However, flies and mosquitoes can spread disease. The first thing you want to do is wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water and apply an antiseptic.

In the first place, you should try avoiding a bite by using repellents. Remember - the hotter it is the more active flies and mosquito's are. Mosquito's are at their worst in damp areas like ponds and marshes, and are attracted to outdoor lightings after dark.

Here are some recommended remedies that may help to repel those pesty flies and mosquito's.

- Mix 2 capfuls of chlorine bleach in a tub of warm water. Soak in it for 15 minutes. Do not get the solution near or in the eyes. The repellent effect should last for several hours.

- The bath oils "Alpha-Keri" and Avon's "Skin-So-Soft" are known to have a repellent effect.

- The sun screen "PreSun" is also known to repel insects.

- Some people claim to have had great success with the strong smelling ointment "Vicks VapoRub" as an insect repellent. It contains camphor. Its herbal pungent fumes are known to ward off bugs.

- While bees love balm, mosquito's hate it. You might want to try rubbing on some balm oil, or rub this herbs scented leaves over your skin.

- It has been known that some of the compounds found in herbal lavender oil repels insects.

- Pennyroyal oil helps to repel flies, gnats, mosquito's, fleas and ticks. It is the ingredient found in most natural insect repellents.

- Some people swear that taking thiamin supplements (a B vitamin) repels mosquito's. The theory is that the vitamin releases an odor in your sweat.

- Daily doses of a zinc supplement (at least 60 milligrams) is recommended as a natural repellent. However, it takes about a month to build up enough zinc in your system to discourage insects. Take zinc supplements only with approval from your doctor.

Fly and mosquito bites may produce intense itching and swelling that can last for up to 4 days. Here are some recommended natural remedies and medicines that may help to relieve the itching and inflammation.

- An unusual treatment to help control inflammation is to moisten your skin and rub an aspirin tablet right over the bite. Do this as soon as possible after being bitten. (**If you are allergic or sensitive to aspirin do not use this remedy.)

- Take an oral antihistamine. An over the counter allergy or cold medicine.

- Apply calamine lotion.

- Apply ice packs.

- With a little water, moisten salt or meat tenderizer, just enough to make a paste and apply it to the bite.

- Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Dip a cloth into the solution and place on bite for 15 to 20 minutes.

- Dissolve 1 tablespoon of epsom salts in a quart of hot water. Chill. Dip a cloth into the solution and place on bite for 15 to 20 minutes.

Hope these natural remedies and medicine tips provides you with some RELIEF.

Author's Bio: 

Edith Lingenfelter - webmaster of Age-old Herbs shows how "self defense" is natures oldest law and how to prevent your health concerns with natural healing herbs and herbal nutrition supplements. For better health and well being visit