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I’m a mosquito magnet, and this $10 tool is the only thing that relieves my itchy bites

If popularity contests existed among the mosquito community, I’m willing to bet I’d snag a first-place ribbon every time. For whatever reason, those winged pests just love making a meal out of my arms and legs, and up until last year I’d just accepted that a body covered in itchy welts was my fate every summer. How grateful I was to discover that I was wrong — thanks to a clever little gizmo called, fittingly enough, the Bug Bite Thing. This $10 lifesaver is the one remedy I’ve found to be effective, hence this (spoiler alert) unapologetically enthusiastic review. We’ve got what’s sure to be a buggy season ahead of us, so read on!

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This cult favorite bug bite remedy doesn’t rely on chemicals or creams, and it’s completely reusable.

Pros

  • No topical treatments required
  • Compact enough to bring on the go
  • Reusable
Cons

  • Not suitable for use on the neck or face
  • Can be irritating on sensitive skin

$10 at Amazon

Over the years, people had suggested I try ice packs or calamine lotion to relieve my torture; trust me when I say I did. But I found that ice packs only worked short-term and calamine lotion just dried out my already thirsty skin even more. So when I saw all of the “buzz” surrounding a Shark Tank–approved, cream- and chemical-free bug bite remedy on TikTok, I knew I had to try it.

What’s so ingenious about the Bug Bite Thing is that it literally sucks out the venom, saliva and anything else wreaking havoc on your skin that those critters may have left behind. Swelling and itching is the body’s response to these irritants, so when they’re removed, there’s nothing your body has to react to. Pretty cool, huh?

It might sound complicated, but in reality this nifty tool couldn’t be easier to use. All you do is place the opening over the bite you’re trying to target, slowly lift the handle to gently apply suction, hold it for 10–20 seconds and then press down to release. Take that, venom! You might have to try it a few times to get the suction going, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake.

The first time I used it, I was shocked that I could actually feel the swelling going down in real time — and within an hour, the unbearable itching I typically experienced had vanished. Was I dreaming? Nope! I’m happy to report that whenever I’ve used it immediately following a mosquito attack, it’s done its job. Best of all? It’s completely reusable and a cinch to clean.

Since then, I’ve kept it in my bag at all times (it’s incredibly compact and lightweight) just in case I need to whip it out. It’s much more effective when used right after being bitten, so having it within easy reach is a good idea. Oh, and since it comes in several colors, each member of the family can have their own.

two photos showing the author holding and using the Bug Bite Thing

Flying insects making spring an itchy, scratchy season of torment? Well, mosquitoes are no match for this doodad. (Britt Ross/Yahoo Life)

While my bites are usually caused by mosquitoes, the Bug Bite Thing was also designed to work on bites from bees, wasps, flies, ants and sea lice. I didn’t even know the latter existed, and to be honest, I’m not rushing to do any research. But I’m glad this has it covered, just in case!

One thing to note is that when used on children, or by those with sensitive skin, you’ll want to go easy — the manufacturer recommends starting with the handle halfway up and applying pressure for only 5-10 seconds. To target smaller areas, like toes and fingers, you can flip the cap to the more narrow opening, and if you’re having trouble getting good suction on a part of skin with hair, you can try wetting the area first. You’ll want to avoid using it on your neck and face, as those delicate areas are more prone to having suction marks left behind.

I’m far from being the only person this little gadget has wowed — it’s racked up over 52,000 perfect ratings from Amazon customers too.

“I brought one on a trip to Fiji,” wrote one former skeptic. “I’m allergic to mosquito bites to where they swell into large welts. I used it and after a couple of minutes, the itching went away. Also, the bites didn’t turn into welts, which is a big bonus … Other tourists were asking about it and I was hyping it up to everyone, who promptly went online to buy their own when they got home.”

“Amazing!” exclaimed another happy shopper. “A lot of times, after the first suction, the itching goes away completely! This was a game-changer for my son, who gets eaten by mosquitoes even with bug spray on — now his bites go away quickly and he’s not scratching at them, making them bleed, etc. I am starting to buy these as gifts!”

“I was just stung on the thumb by a wasp,” said a verified reviewer. “I remembered I had just gotten this little tool … I cannot believe how awesome this is! We repeated suctioning the sting three times until it stopped stinging. You could see the poison coming out! I’m getting a few more to have in the garage and truck! I recommend this highly … The instant relief is a miracle.”

Some buyers had the same note as this otherwise-satisfied user: “The only downside was being left with round hickeys (which might be my own fault or delicate skin).” I’ve experienced this too, but they’ve gone away quickly!

“It is sometimes hard to get a suction in some areas such as the top of your hands, fingers, on bony areas,” shared a final fan, “but you can turn the suction part over to make it work in a smaller area and sometimes that’s all it takes.”

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You can also scoop it up in this baby pink or black.

$10 at Amazon

And if you want to prevent bugs from making a meal of you in the first place, this zapper should do the trick.

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This top-seller plugs into an outlet and lures insects to its sticky glue cards via UV LED light, meaning it doesn’t rely on chemicals. All you do is place a glue card inside, plug it in and … yeah, that’s it. You can rotate it to fit any outlet, and since the glue cards are located in the back, you won’t have to stare at a bunch of dead bugs. The clean white design actually looks quite sleek, and each one offers up to 400 square feet of coverage.

“I love this plug-in for my kitchen and bathroom!” exclaimed one satisfied shopper. “You don’t realize how many bugs you have in your home until you replace the sticky backing with a new one. It’s effective and safe for kids and pets, so I feel good about using it since it has no toxic chemicals or sprays.”

$14 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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