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Can firing a tiny ‘gun’ at an insect bite really stop a maddening itch?

Bites and stings can ruin any summer outing or holiday — but an array of products claims to ease the pain and irritation. 

Adrian Monti asked Ben Merriman, a clinical pharmacist in Cumbria, and Robert Bradshaw, a clinical pharmacist at Oxford Online Pharmacy, to assess commonly available products. We then rated them.

Bug Bite thing

£9.95, amazon.co.uk

Bug Bite thing

Claim: This plastic suction device is said to remove insect saliva or venom left in the skin from mosquitoes, bees, wasps and ants. The user first removes the ‘stinger’ using the scraper provided. 

Then the device is placed over the bite and the handles are pulled upwards, creating suction in the skin. This pulls the poison into the tube and ‘instantly alleviates the stinging, itching and swelling’, the…


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