You may have heard about The Bug Bite Thing from television or a recent ad. Or perhaps you're reading this after praying for mosquito bite relief after some nasty insects got to you, and you Googled how to make the itch stop. But does it really work?
The Bug Bite Thing is a small, lightweight medical-grade plastic tool that sucks the mosquito saliva, or bug venom, out of your skin, thus removing the itch. It's also great for bee stings.
The million-dollar question is: does it work? It does, it does! 100% of the time, no. But, in our experience, it works 80% of the time. And that's pretty damn good.
It's a simple plastic tool that has three parts: the main barrel, the lever or handles that you pull to suck the bug's saliva or venom – the “itch” – out of your skin, and a plastic piece on the bottom that you can flip from big to small.
It truly improved my quality of life. I used to have to take Zyrtec allergy pills for bug bites. I'm allergic to them, and nothing – including any anti-itch cream – would get rid of the itch.
Ehh…you can. But we don't necessarily recommend it. Dan and I each have our own, and we've gifted several to family and friends. But we admit to sharing it when we're out and about, and he needs one, and I have it in my purse.
No. Don't do that. Hand wash the tip only to ensure longevity. It takes 5 seconds to wash it.
The company's offices and packing facility are in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on the east coast of the Sunshine State. It's just north of the Palm Beaches and Fort Lauderdale.
If you lose the end piece, which is purposely reversible and removable, the device will not work. They do not sell new parts for the low-cost device, so if you lose the piece, simply buy a new Bug Bite Thing.
The tool is small, lightweight, and has a hole on one side. The “T” lever, or handles, where you pull to suction the bite, is tapered on either end if you need to use it to scrape your skin to get an insect's stinger out and don't have tweezers handy.
The bottom of the tool can be taken off the cylinder or barrel and flipped around. The piece is also removable so you can clean it after use with soap and water.