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We tried Amazon's popular Bug Bite Thing—and were amazed at how quickly it stopped itching and irritation from mosquito bites.
During warm, humid summers in New York’s most mountainous region, my family is prone to dozens of bug bites on any given day. We’ve tried all the natural bug repellents on the market, but my kids still end up polka-dotted with mosquito bites as if their blood tastes like bug candy.
Instead of trying to prevent them in the first place—my top priority, which seems futile—I started looking at ways to make the itchy, scratchy and oh-so-terrible bites more tolerable for my little ones.
I discovered the Bug Bite Thing, a small and easy-to-use Amazon gadget that promises to suck the irritant-causing residues out of bug bites, helping them heal faster and without itching. Given its more than 47,000 Amazon reviews and a 4.0-star rating, I knew my family had to get its hands on the Bug Bite Thing.
What is the Bug Bite Thing?
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The Bug Bite Thing is a small plastic device that sucks mosquito saliva out of affected areas. If used early enough, the Bug Bite Thing speeds healing and reduces swelling and itching.
It’s small enough to fit in your pocket or handbag, doesn’t require charging or special batteries, and it’s easy enough for kids to use on themselves. Plus, it’s affordable and reusable—two features Amazon shoppers love about this gem.
Believing bug spray will guard you against every bug bite is a common myth about personal insect repellents, which is why it’s important to have a treatment plan after you’ve been bitten.
People often turn to baking soda, oatmeal, and other tricks to help get rid of itchy mosquito bites, but removing the irritation-causing mosquito saliva is the most important step. It’s the saliva that causes redness, swelling, and major cases of itchy scratches. (Here’s how long mosquitos live, by the way.)
How we tested it
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Shortly after the Bug Bite Thing arrived, my nine-year-old daughter headed off to her school’s field day. As expected, she came home covered in bumps. We immediately deployed the little white suction device.
The instructions were simple and straightforward: Position the device over the center of the bug bite and pull the grips upward to apply suction. Then, we waited a handful of seconds before releasing the suction.
The first mosquito bite on my daughter’s leg oozed a drop or two of liquid we assumed to be mosquito saliva. The other bite didn’t secrete any noticeable fluid. Both bites became temporarily redder, but within minutes my daughter stopped complaining about them. The device appeared to alleviate the symptoms.
It still took two or three days for the bites to fully clear up, but the irritation seemed to dissipate within minutes. That was good enough for us.
In the past, my daughter lost sleep over itchy bug bites, scratching them to the point that little scabs formed. The Bug Bite thing genuinely solved that problem.
The Bug Bite Thing is small enough to fit in your pocket or bag, and requires no charging or electricity. It relies on suction to remove irritants like mosquito saliva from bug bites, thus helping the body naturally recover and reduce inflammation faster.
- Easy to use
- Pocket sized
- Doesn’t require charging or batteries
- Safe for sensitive skin
- Comes in three colors
- Temporarily leaves skin redder, but this fades in minutes
- The red bumps may not resolve as quickly as the itching, but a small price to pay for irritation-free skin
Does the Bug Bite Thing hurt to use?
No! You will feel strong suction, but it shouldn’t hurt. It’s only meant to be used for 10 to 20 seconds at a time.
Can the Bug Bite Thing be used on spider bites?
Yes! According to the Bug Bite Thing company, the device works well on spider bites, but it should not be used for Brown Recluse or Black Widow bites. It also works on bites from ants, bees, wasps, black flies, fleas, and any other insect. The key is to use it as fast as possible after a bite occurs.
Does the Bug Bite Thing leave a bruise or mark?
Typically, no. Redness and indentations are common for a few minutes but quickly dissipate. Those with sensitive skin may experience slightly more irritation, but it should pass.
What other reviewers had to say
“I cannot stress to you enough how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer in Ohio,” writes one verified Amazon purchaser. “It rains a lot. There are a lot of mosquitoes. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We’re talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn’t make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY.”
Andrea, another verified Amazon purchaser, writes: “This is the absolute best thing I’ve ever used on mosquito bites in my life. I have a rather large veggie garden and spend lots of time in it, harvesting veggies and getting eaten by mosquitoes. Yesterday I had 24 bites on my leg. Today I have just a couple of tiny red dots left where they were. I love this thing and recommend it to everyone I know! It’s outstanding.
“That being said… On my back, where my daughter helped me get to the mosquito bites and my skin is more sensitive, it gave me a hickey. You don’t have to depress the lever as far as it goes. I depress it until it just stays to sting a little, then stop. Don’t overdo it!”
I love the Bug Bite Thing’s portability and effectiveness without relying on potentially irritating chemicals. Its affordable price means I can keep one in my bag, my car, and my home. The suction device is also safe for those with sensitive skin.
Although the packaging says it works well on other types of bug bites, we’re grateful we didn’t have to put that to the test.
While the Bug Bite Thing is no replacement for insect repellents and hacks that keep mosquitoes away, it certainly is a remarkable addition to any first aid kit, backpack, and camp bag. I’m such a fan, I think these should be required packing gear for overnight camps.
Where to buy the Bug Bite Thing
You can buy the Bug Bite Thing on Amazon and at Walmart and Target, where it retails for about $10. Order yours ahead of the summer rush before your next camping trip!
- National Library of Medicine: “Mosquito saliva alone has profound effects on the human immune system”