Pappataci: natural remedies for stings

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The most effective natural remedies for parrot bites.

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Sand flies are insects that can sting causing some blisters that tend to swell and redden causing itching and discomfort, in some cases even pain. But there are gods natural remedies effective for parrot bites?


What are sand flies?

First let's try to understand what are sand flies and how they differ from common mosquitoes. It's always about insects, but smaller in size, which resemble mosquitoes in terms of appearance and equally endowed with a sting with which they attack, with the aim of sucking blood and thus feeding, not only men but also animals.

One big difference from mosquitoes is that sand flies are very quiet, it is therefore difficult to defend oneself as in some cases we manage to do with mosquitoes whose bite is announced by the characteristic noise of these insects.

Sand flies move and act especially in the evening hours and most of the time their bite generates only itching and discomfort (but usually more than that of a common mosquito). In rare cases these insects can prove dangerous and pass on the Leishmaniasis, a disease that poses a great risk especially for dogs.

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Summarizing the parrots:

  • They are similar to mosquitoes but smaller
  • They sting mostly at night
  • They are very quiet
  • They can be the vehicle for very serious diseases such as Leishmaniasis


Symptoms of parrot bites

When they sting, the sand flies through their saliva they inject an anticoagulant substance into the skin of the affected person. Our body as a defense activates the immune system which begins to release histamine (the same that comes into play in case of allergic reactions), so itching, redness and swelling appear.

Symptoms of parrot sting they can be more or less marked and decisive depending on the sensitivity of the individual person or the animal. There are those who tolerate them better and see only small itchy blisters appear and those who instead may find themselves struggling with a very swollen, red and painful area of ​​the body.

Those who suffer the most from the annoyances of sand flies are above all children who have more delicate skin and feel a great itch, tend to scratch a lot and thus risk spreading the infection.

In some cases, the bite of sand flies can even cause fever, the so-called "Pappataci fever" which usually lasts a few days, the time it takes the body to work off the effects of the substance injected by these insects. They can appear in this case real flu symptoms which also include chills, headaches and general malaise.

In summary, sand flies can cause the following to appear more or less markedly:

  • itch
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Temperature
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • General malaise

But what to do in case of one or more sand flies bites? Let's find out some effective natural remedies to soothe the discomfort and deflate the affected area faster.

Parrot bites, natural remedies

Aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera Gel is an excellent remedy against insect bites, including sand flies. Indeed, one of its properties is the effect anti-inflammatory and soothing. You can use either a 100% pure and organic Aloe Vera gel packaged in a tube, or cut a plant leaf, if grown indoors, placing the inner part directly on the sting and letting it act for a few minutes.


Another plant from anti-inflammatory and soothing qualities is the calendula, also excellent to spread several times a day on the bites of sand flies. It is found available in the form of a cream or ointment in all herbalists or pharmacies.

Tea tree oil and neem oil

Who wants to, in addition to soothe the burning, also proceed to disinfect the tip area from cockroaches can use neem oil in combination with tea tree oil. The two oils can also be used individually, as far as Tea tree oil is concerned, however, it is always better to avoid using it pure but it is good to dilute it first in a vegetable oil.

Potassium alum

Potassium alum, known above all as a natural anti-odor and therefore often used instead of deodorant, has actually also soothing and emollient qualities. It can therefore be used, slightly moistened with water, on the areas affected by insects to counteract discomfort but also promote healing.

Baking soda or salt

To disinfect the sting and prevent the infection from spreading by scratching, it is also possible to dab with one baby food made with water and bicarbonate or with a little bit of water and salt.

To recap in the case of parrot bites, keep one or more of the following remedies handy:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calendula
  • Tea tree oil
  • Neem oil
  • Potassium alum
  • Baking soda
  • Sale

How to prevent parrot bites

In some cases it is possible to prevent the bites of sand flies a bit like mosquito bites, keeping these insects away from people and animals through some tricks.

The first useful advice, also valid for mosquitoes, is to avoid standing water at home, on the balcony or in the garden. These insects, in fact, exploit the water to reproduce: removing the primary source useful for their proliferation is undoubtedly the first step to take to avoid their duplication. Attention therefore to always keep the saucers clean, classic point where sand flies and mosquitoes lay their eggs.

Then they exist some plants whose scent is unwelcome to these insects, these are in particular geranium, thyme, basil and rosemary. For example, you can keep some plants on the windowsills to discourage insects from entering the house or alternatively grow them on the balcony or in the garden, especially if you have animals.

If the presence of sand flies in your area is really critical you can consider installing some mosquito nets on the windows of the house, keep in mind, however, that the classic ones will not work, in fact there are some suitable for these insects which are smaller in size and therefore can fit into large mesh mosquito nets.

for direct defense of the skin you can experiment with sand flies some essential oils to be used by diluting a few drops in a vegetable oil such as that of sweet almonds. These are the same as for mosquitoes including lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, tea tree oil and thyme.


In summary to prevent sand flies from bites and their reproduction:

  • Pay attention to stagnant water
  • Keep the saucers clean
  • Keep thyme, geranium, basil and rosemary plants at home, on the balcony or in the garden
  • Put special mosquito nets

If you have petsInstead, it is always good to keep their spaces, their kennels or litter boxes very clean. As we have seen, in fact, sand flies can be very dangerous for our animal friends and transmit Leishmaniasis to them.

Parrot and Leishmaniasis Bites

Animals, especially i dogs, they can suffer a lot from the bites of sand flies and in some cases even contract the much feared Leishamaniosis through their bites, disease that endangers their own life.

However, there are specific prophylaxis and vaccinations to reduce the incidence of the disease in animals.


Fortunately, human leishmaniasis is much rarer. These insects can in fact also transmit to humans a very dangerous form of disease that can lead, if contracted and not recognized in a short time, to serious consequences.

Have you ever been stung by sand flies? Which natural remedy have you found most effective for relieving itching and discomfort?

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