Q. Here is a home remedy for you. I got bitten by fire ants yesterday, and the bites swelled up and itched like crazy. I applied castor oil right away, and the itching stopped. The bites are just a little bit swollen today, and they don’t itch at all. Castor oil sure works on ant bites!
A. Castor oil is an old-fashioned remedy that was once used as a laxative. We’ve heard of using it on warts, bruises and sore joints, but this is the first we’ve heard of using it on ant bites. Other remedies that readers have successfully used on fire ant bites include baking soda and vinegar, toothpaste and Vicks VapoRub.