If you are looking for a product that is more effective on bug bites and stings than the typical over-the-counter medications found in the drug store, then you may already be familiar with a device called The Bug Bite Thing.
The Bug Bite Thing is a venom remover that uses suction power to get rid of irritants left in your skin after a bug bite or sting. It can work on bites and stings from mosquitos, bees, horseflies, chiggers, wasps, hornets, and more. It is lightweight, portable, and safe for use on children.
You may be familiar with this product from the TV show Shark Tank. They were offered and accepted an investment deal on the program.
How Does It Work?
After you have been bitten or stung by an insect, you use the suction device to remove the venom from your skin. For best results, you should use the device as soon as possible after the bite.
Once you have removed the stinger, venom, or insect saliva from your skin, you should begin feeling relief promptly. It does not appear that the device needs to be used more than once on a single bite or sting.
The product should not be used on the face or neck. It may leave a mark. The company’s website states that it is safe to use on children.
Cost and Price Plans
The cost is $9.95 per device. You get a modest discount when you buy a three or six pack. Since this is a reusable device with no expiration date, purchasing the three and six packs would make sense if you want to have one handy in your purse, car, home, etc.
They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee – if you return the device within 30 days they will refund the full purchase price.
You can contact the company at 561-748-5587 or by emailing [email protected] They do not have specific hours listed.
Online Customer Reviews/Complaints
The reviews on Amazon are very positive. The product is listed as the number one insect bite treatment in sales. The average review is 4.2 out of 5 stars, taken out of 40,867 reviews.
The favorable reviews state that the device worked as advertised and that it reduced the swelling and improved healing times caused by mosquito bites. Customers were also very pleased that the suction tool was able to reduce itching caused by bites as well.
On the other hand the complaints tend to describe an opposite experience, where the device had no effect on the bites and only caused slight bruising of the skin. Some users believe that the the tool might be more effective on stings/bites where poison or a stinger is actually deposited into the skin.
Where To Buy?
You can purchase the product on the company website, Amazon, CVS, and Lowes, just to name a few.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the venom/saliva go once it is removed?
The venom and/or saliva is drawn into the removable end cap of the tool, which can be taken off and washed between uses.
What kind of insect bites/stings does this venom remover work on?
Insect bites and stings such as: chigger bites, yellow jackets stings, wasp stings, bee stings, mosquito bites, “no see ums” bites.
The device is NOT intended for use on the face or neck. It is not intended for treatment on cellulitis, acne (pimples), blisters, rashes, hives or allergic reactions, or poison ivy rashes.
How long after the insect bite or sting do you use the product?
You can expect the best results when using the device as soon as possible after the bite or sting. The longer the venom or saliva stays in your skin, the longer it has to cause a reaction. From the comments in the product reviews, many people found immediate relief from pain and itching after using this device.
How many uses do you get out of the device?
It is a reusable device. It does not expire or have a limited number of uses. It can be cleaned with alcohol wipes or washed with soapy water after use. (Although they do warn you not to get the pump part of the device wet because it can lose suction power.)
How long does the device last?
It is a reusable device, and should last a while if cared for and stored properly. It does mention in the care instructions for the device that if the suction part gets wet it will cause the device not to work.
Does The Bug Bite Thing really work?
Yes, according to reviews and press coverage.
Who invented The Bug Bite Thing?
The Bug Bite Thing was invented by Ellen McAllister and her daughter Kelley Higney who were looking for a chemical-free way to treat insect bites and stings for themselves and their children.
Competitors and Alternatives
Bite Away is a similar product, but instead of working on suction power it uses electricity. You’ll find it on Amazon for about twice the price of The Bug Bite Thing. The ratings are great at 4.3 out of 5 stars, taken from 3,919 ratings. It’s also a chemical-free way to deal with insect bites and stings. The product can be used on children, ages 2 and up.
Is It Worth It?
From the mostly excellent reviews, the answer to the question ‘does it work’ seems to be yes. They actually have medical testing on the company website as evidence of the product’s effectiveness. Those that said it does not work seem to have used the product incorrectly in many cases, for example there are reviews which state the product left a mark on the user’s face when they used it on their acne.
The product description clearly states that it should not be used on the face or neck, and the product is not designed to work on acne. It is intended only for insect bites or stings. The evidence of the product’s effectiveness can be seen in the tens of thousands of reviews on Amazon alone.
The product is chemical- and drug-free, so you are not going to experience the drowsiness that can come from the use of antihistamines or the hassle of having to reapply a topical remedy that is marginally effective.
The product is only $9.95 each. It can be used as many times as needed. It can be washed and sanitized. It’s a portable device, and it’s inexpensive enough to purchase multiple units and store them where needed – whether in your purse, car, or home.
Taking all of this information into account, the answer would have to be yes, The Bug Bite Thing is worth a try.
If you have any experience with The Bug Bite Thing, please leave your reviews below.