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The Bug Bite Thing is the Best Weapon Against bug Bite reactions and stings

When I started this blog, I promised myself that I would only promote products that I 100% believed in. And I BELIEVE in the Bug Bite Thing. The reactions I get to mosquito bites are horrendous, and before discovering the Bug Bite Thing, anytime I would get bit, the area would swell up, sometimes as wide as 5 inches. Red, hot to the touch, tender and sometimes hard. No amount of cortisone cream or antihistamine creme would do anything to relieve it. I had resorted to doubling up on antihistamines (take an H1 and H2 blocker IMMEDIATELY after getting bitten, ugh), and while I do support modern medicine, if I don’t have to take medication, then I would rather not.

The Bug Bite Thing has literally solved this for me and my children. My kids have inherited my allergy and I use the Bug Bite Thing on them and it works, every time! This product is incredible for parents of small children. It is small enough to fit into a diaper bag, all natural, uses no chemicals (just the power of suction!). I carry one in my purse and another one in the diaper bag so it is always handy.

What is the Bug Bite Thing and What Makes it so Amazing?

In essence, it is a suction tool that when used properly (it is so easy) that will extract insect saliva, venom or stingers from under the skin, thereby getting rid of the itching, stinging and swelling that usually occurs with insect bites. When the IRRITANT is removed, your body ceases to produce the reactions that cause the itching and swelling. While creams and ointments might mask the problem, they do not eliminate it. The Bug Bite Thing removes the allergen that causes the reaction so that the bite can heal faster.

In my experience, the Bug Bite Thing is small enough and light enough to carry in my purse or pocket. I like to use the larger suction cap more than the smaller one, as I personally feel like it brings everything to the surface. The smaller cap is better for weird spots like on or in between your fingers. It is very effective at reducing the itch and inflammation that I get whenever I get bit. After using it, I clean the area with an alcohol pad and let air dry.

History of The Bug Bite Thing

One of the best selling insect bite treatments on Amazon (buy now, $10 on Amazon!), this simple device has over a thousand five-star reviews! Mother and daughter team Kelley Higney and Ellen McAlister debuted their amazing invention on Shark Tank just last year and with the $150,000 grant from Lori Greiner, they’ve produced and sold millions of units to bug bite sufferers everywhere!

How does the Bug Bite Thing work, exactly?

The Bug Bite Thing uses the power of suction to remove insect saliva and venom from bug bites. It can also remove stingers! Removing the allergen/stinger reduces the need for the body to produce the reaction that causes itching, swelling and pain.

How to use the Bug Bite Thing:

  1. Begin with the handles pushed all the way down.
  2. Place the tool over the bite or sting area.
  3. Slowly pull up on the handles until you feel suction.
  4. Hold the handles in place for 10-20 seconds.
  5. Push the handles all the way down to release the suction.
  6. Remove the Bug Bite Thing from the skin.

The handles must be pushed all the way back down to release the suction so that marks are not left on the skin and so that the cap does not pop off

Simply put, the Bug Bite Thing:

  • Helps alleviate pain, itching + swelling caused by bug bites and stings
  • No cream, no chemicals + kid-friendly
  • Reusable, compact + lightweight

It works on:

  • Mosquitos
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Ants
  • …and other biting insects!

It even helps removing splinters and thorns. To reiterate, it eliminates the problem at its source rather than temporarily relieving the symptoms with creams and chemicals. It is all-natural, chemical-free, reusable, lightweight, and safe for all ages, including babies and children.


  • Take off and reverse the end cap to reveal a smaller area of suction which can be used on awkward areas like fingers and toes.
  • Make sure to wash the removable end cap with soapy water or an alcohol wipe between every use. Avoid getting the pump portion wet to avoid losing suction ability.
  • The sooner you use the Bug Bite Thing on a bite or sting, the better your results will be.


Does Bug Bite Thing use or need batteries?

No. It is a reusable manual suction tool. You have complete control over the amount of suction applied.

What types of bites & stings does it work on?

The But Bite Thing is useful against bites committed by Mosquitoes, Bees, Wasps, Ants, & other biting insects that leave an irritant just below the surface of the skin. It also works great at removing splinters, thorns and bee stingers. Please note, if you are having a severe reaction, seek medical attention immediately.

How soon do I have to use the Bug Bite Thing after a bite or sting?

The best results are achieved when used as soon as a bite is noticed. The longer you wait, the longer the irritant stays in the body, giving your body more of a chance to react to it. This is why I recommend keeping one close by at all times,  in your purse, diaper bag, nightstand, first aid kit, etc.

Is the tool painful?

The amount of suction used and the duration is completely up to you. The tool should NEVER be painful.

Why can’t I get a good suction?

Test the tool on your inner palm to ensure the suction is functioning properly. If using over body hair, lightly wet the area before you apply the tool. If the bite is in an awkward place, or if it is a smaller bite, reverse the end cap to use the smaller side of the suction.

How do I release the suction?

Press down on the handles to release the suction. The Bug Bite Thing is specifically designed not to release any venom/irritant back into the skin. Pressing the handles down will prevent the cap from popping off and causing marks on your skin that might occur if you just pull the tool off

How do I know if it worked?

You can feel it working. The itching, swelling and discomfort will start to disappear while you are using it.

Where does the venom/saliva go once it is removed?

The venom or saliva is drawn into the removable end cap portion of the tool. Simply take off the the cap and sanitize between uses.

Why can’t I see the removed irritant?

Smaller biting insects like mosquitoes leave behind such a tiny amount of saliva, at times it may not visible to the naked eye. You will still feel the tool working and the itching and swelling will calm down. With other insects like ants, bees, wasps etc. you may be able to see more expelled venom.

Can I use it on my children?

Absolutely! This is why I love it so much! Bug Bite Thing contains NO ingredients, so it is safe for everyone to use. Please remember that you have complete control over the amount of suction you use. Children or people with more sensitive skin require less suction to remove the irritant due to their thinner skin. *Please only use with adult supervision as the tool contains small removable parts.

Can I use it on my face?

Use on the face or neck is not recommended as there is greater risk for marks to be left on those sensitive areas.

Will the suction create a hickey or mark?

Remember, you have complete control over the amount and the duration of suction. If marks are being left, too much suction was used on that particular bite for too long a period. Some areas of the body have thinner skin, so they require less suction (how high you pull up on the handles) and duration (how long you hold in place). On more sensitive areas or if using on children, try using the tool at half strength or less for 5-10 seconds to start. You can always increase the strength/duration or repeat the process to achieve desired results. Less is more until you are more familiar with the tool.

The Pros and Cons of The Bug Bite Thing


  1. Small and lightweight! Can fit in your pocket or small purse!
  2. Lessens the need for antihistamine creams or medications.
  3. Easy to use and clean!
  4. You are in complete control of how the product is used.
  5. Affordable! You can have one in your purse, diaper bag, medicine cabinet, first aid kit, glove box, fishing box, as many as you need! It is the perfect stocking stuffer!


  1. I can only think of one in my personal experience. It is less effective for me in places like the bottom of the foot where the skin is thicker. I have to apply it more than once over the course of a few hours to get any relief in that area. But as the bottom of my foot gets stung less often, it doesn’t bother me.


Final thoughts

As someone who reacts terribly to mosquito bites, the Bug Bite Thing is a godsend. I don’t have to apply creams over and over and over with little relief. It works wonders on my children who have inherited my allergy. Once one of us gets bit, I apply the Bug Bite Thing, clean the bite with alcohol and let it air dry. It is a better itch relief alternative than just slathering on creams and lotions. It is all natural, chemical-free, reusable, lightweight and safe for all ages, including babies and children! For those who prefer an all-natural approach to bug bites, the Bug Bite Thing will do the trick!


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