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How to Cure a Hornet Sting Now? Punch Pain with DIY Pantry Paste - Sting Stopper Printable Recipe

Updated on September 10, 2014

Baking soda has many uses.


Ouch! Pain is so not good.

I'm so ticked off right now because my foot was stinging like all hell.

A hornet lit me up. It's time to fix that, quick.

I'm going to share with you just how to do it for pennies, in seconds.

We moved to the edge of the forest recently.

It's the most beautiful place, wild and enchanting all at the same time.

Know your opponent! Hornets - A Sting in the Tale - Natural Killers by IMP Inc USA.

Love it!

However, I'm not alone.

It's creepy sounding, huh?

There are deer that journey through the yard. It's so cool to see one.

There are also bunnies, squirrels, several woodpeckers, a small flock of wild turkeys and a few other enchanting woodland creatures that hang out.

It's like being in a fairy tale.

Stinging culprits.

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Until just a minute ago, it was all good.

Like most fairy tales, mine seems to come with a villain or two. I like to leave the doors and windows open.

Being so far out in the boons means moths and other creatures are constantly flying in. I don't worry about it too much for my attack cat, Sammie, lives to hunt bugs. It's all good, or so I thought.

This afternoon a few hornets flew in and were hanging out buzzing around the ceiling. Before today, I've never been stung by a hornet. Lucky me. Yellow jackets, wasps and the occasional bee have gotten me through the years, but never a hornet. I had always heard they were the worst.

Inside a Hornet's Nest by sugarfoottevis.

Beware! Hornet nests can contain hundreds.

If encountering a nest like the one in the video, use extreme caution. Many stings at once can be fatal.

It's true! A hornet is the king of sting when it comes to pain.

Mr. Vix saw the hornets when he came in from working on the porch he's building out front. He about had a cow. Grabbing up the fly swatter, he went at them with a vengeance. Curses were flying and he was swinging like Babe Ruth. What's up with that I ask?

He began expounding upon the potential pain hornets can bring. I've seen this man catch spiders with his bare hands and set them loose outside. He hates hurting things and loves all animals for the most part. Evidently, not hornets.

It doesn't take long for him to have dispatched of all four flying fiends. He picked them up with some tissue paper and gave them a proper send off via the trash can. Cool, no worries and all is well. Right.

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He missed one!

Here I am all happily walking through the living room headed to look out the door at the progress on the porch and what happens? I get stung by a dead hornet. Yep, that's right, dead. We are talking doorknob type, not moving gone.

It's my own fault. I was barefoot and stepped on him. I never even saw him. I sure as hell felt him! I thought I had stepped on a hot coal and it just got worse. Lucky for me, Mr. Vix heard me cursing like a sailor and came to see what was up. I don't normally spout potty mouth language like that.

Hornets From Hell by National Geographic.

Baking soda saves the day.

He grabbed the baking soda and threw some in water. In seconds he had a paste mixed up. When applied directly to the affected area, it took the pain out almost instantly. Having been a satellite technician for years, he's been hit by hornets many times. He says they like to make nests in the nose cones on old dishes.

So, if you ever have the misfortune of getting stung, first off remember a hornet is not like another stinging insect that only gets one shot and then loses his stinger. Nope. These guys can hit you again and again. Once you are no longer under attack, go for the baking soda. It will fix you up in seconds.

Time required: 30 seconds

Difficulty: easy

Cost: less than a quarter


  • Baking soda and water


  • Your finger

Safety and precautions;

Some folks are allergic to stinging insects.

If you experience a spreading rash, hives or trouble breathing, seek medical care.

Multiple stings can also cause problems necessitating a medical professional.

Gather your stuff.



1. Get a small container.

Anything will work here. At this point, chances are you're in some pain. Just grab whatever you can get your hands on.

My husband swears this can be done in the bottom indentation of a soda can. He says he's actually done it that way a few times on jobs.

Get some water.

2. Add some water.

Put a little water in the bowl, just enough to cover the bottom should do it for one sting.

As you can see, I went straight for the tap but bottled water would work just as well. If you are actually in the woods, even creek or pond water will work.

It's not like you're going to drink it. We've added baking soda to the backpacks these days and always keep two bottles of water in them.

Toss in the soda.


3. Add baking soda.

You don't need to measure, just get a thick paste.

I unceremoniously just grabbed a handful and threw it in, literally. The irony is not lost on me that I was just recently using this stuff to scrub out the bath tub.

It took three batches of this mix for me because my puppies kept trying to lick it off. They thought they were helping.

I have to love things that serve multiple purposes.

Mix it up.


4. Mix it up with your finger.

Honestly, it would be better to mix with a spoon but I was in a hurry and not wasting the time to grab one.

However, I should point out a clean utensil would be best. Using your finger can cross contaminate.

Mom is a retired nurse and insisted I relay this to you.

Slap it on.


5. Apply it directly to the stung area.

The paste cools the area immediatley providing a soothing sensation.

It acts like a poltice almost to draw out the poison.

Personally, I hope to never get stung again. But, you can bet I'll be keeping some of this stuff on hand in case I do.

© 2014 Rhonda Lytle


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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Dressage Husband - I hope you never get stung. It amazes me how something so small can be so hurtful. I do love the wildlife. A few nights back, there were three owls close by just a talking and hooting all night. Since I'm a nightowl myself, it was great. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ DealForALiving - They really are! Crazy things, around here they are aggressive as all get out. They will even chase you. God bless and thanks bunches for the cool comment.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ favored - Thank you so much. I was glad my husband shared it with me! God bless and may you stay sting free.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Sounds like where I live, beautiful, but shared with a lot of wildlife! I did not know this solution before, but so far have avoided being stung. More luck than good judgement though. I appreciate the tip and will definitely use it if and when needed.

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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Those hornets are some nasty buggers! At least now I'll be able to deal with the pain if they get me in the yard again.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is something my husband taught me, and it works. So glad you thought to share it.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: I hope you don't need it! Thanks for visit.

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      4 years ago

      We get quite a few bees here and sometimes they get into the house. This is good information to know.


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