Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Biting and Crawling Mites
- Bleach in Bath Water
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Borax, Tea Tree Oil, H2O2, Vitamin E
- Brewer's Yeast
- Coconut Oil, Tomato Juice
- Denatured Alcohol
- Diagnosing Mites
- Diatomaceous Earth, Peppermint and Oregano Oils
- Disinfectant, Hair Dryer
- Dry Mustard
- Essential Oils
- General Feedback
- Hair Dryer
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Ionic Silver and Vaseline
- Jan's Recipe
- Lamp Oil, Borax
- Lemon Juice in Shampoo
- Listerine, Eliminate Sugar
- Mite Infestation Bath Remedies
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Powder
- Neem Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Quassia Wood Chips
- Remedies Needed
- Skin Scraping Test
- Steam and Vacuum
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Walking Dandruff Remedies
- Yogurt With Cinnamon
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Over the Counter
07/18/2012: Sunnydove from Az: "After dealing with bird mites for 3 years, trying almost every solution listed on various internet sites, I've finally found relief by using a solution called "DeFlea Shampoo Concentrate". It also kills mites and lice by softening the exoskeletal system. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Quassia Wood Chips
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/24/2013: Nancy from Seattle, Wa: "I have been dealing with bird mites for three years, after innocently bringing an abandoned bird nest into my home as a natural decoration. Within a month I was bitten all over, then swarmed with tiny bugs I could not see. I left my house and rented a place near my job. My car and office were infested. Finally figureed out what was happening via birdmites.org. I used bug bombs, RID, etc. To no avail. Used natural remedies like neem, tea tree, cedar oil, DM, you name it. Nothing worked against these monsters, which I could feel all over, esp. In my nose, ears, eyes, crotch. Then they burrowed into my skin leaving lesions all over me. The scariest part was realizing they were in ME, not just the house, car, etc. I have been to 8 doctors who treat me like I am insane and diagnose Morgellons. Ozone, H2O2 baths help a lot, and last year I discovered that hot saunas helped beat them back, so I take a sauna 2-3x week. Still felt like I was just managing them, not killing them off.
I write this today to say that I have found that quassia wood is working to kill them off. Soak the bark chips in water and drink it and apply it all over. I have been doing this for 4 days and the results are amazing. I will post back as this treatment progresses."Replies
01/29/2013: Sweetkitten from Colorado Springs, Colorado / United States replies: "I picked up a skin mite infestation while a tourist in the Costa Rica rain forest five years ago. I have tried ivermectin oral and topical including eprinex, permethrin 5% cream and 45% permethrin for extra large dogs, lindane, malathion bug spray mixed with rubbing alcohol and citra-solv, bleach baths, epsom salt baths, borax oral drink, borax topical, essential oils, neem, ammonia, sulfur, etc.
By alternating I can sometimes knock them back but nothing cures. I have seen two dozen doctors and specialists, flown all over the United States seeking expert help and while I have the skin scrape results to prove I am not delusional, the doctors are clueless about how to help me.
Can you give me a update on your experience with 'Quassia Wood Chips' oral and topical??
Thank you, Jan"
03/19/2013: Nancy from Seattle, Wa replies: "It has now been about 2 months using the quassia wood decoction as a body wash and drink. It has really helped heal and eliminate the sores. I continue to use the wash, mixed with witch hazel, all over, and drink it. I have also discovered that the "bug patch" really helps. It is a vitamin B1 patch sold for "no-see-ums", mosquitos, etc. I have three on at a time and it is helping a lot. Seems that the B1 (thiamine) goes right to blood stream and changes my smell--they hate it. Helps keep them out of my mouth and nose as they avoid the smell of expiration. I am still struggling with the mites, wonder if this will ever be completely over, but know that slowly it is getting better."
04/16/2014: Audrey from Delray Beach, Florida: "Dermatologist took a scraping on face and diagnosed demodex mites and slight yeast. He prescribed Ketocanazole Cream (Nizoral) and Pemethium Cream (an insecticide). I am very chemically sensitive and do not want to use either. I was trying Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water. It is very drying to the face. I wanted to try Seabuck Thorn but I understand it has a smell that I may not be able to tolerate due to the multiple chemical sensitivities and I have since found out that it is high in Vitamin A and I have a vitamin A toxicity from taking a high dose multivitamin for many years and it has affected my pancreas with high amylase pancreatic enzymes so the dermatologist says do not use anything high in vitamin A, even topically. I am now thinking about Nutribiotics Grapefruit Seed Extract. I do know that it will be drying but I do not seem to have too many choices. I amwaiting for a call back from my holistic nutritionist but I need to do something soon so I am asking for advice. To sum it up, I need something that has no odor and not high in vitamin A. Thank you."
01/24/2013: Alex from Buxton, Uk, Derbyshire: "On reading this mite infestation page we have had a similar situation for 2 years. Unbelievable to still be in this situation and our experience with numerous doctors is similar they just won't help, beyond giving you cream for scabies, which it isn't, and doesn't solve the problem.
We both experienced this problem from our old house, living in separate rooms and beds. We just moved house, and the problem seems to have come with us. We have tried everything, and when we moved we washed and dried everything on a high heat, and bleached what limited furniture we had to bring.
Is there no exact solution for this, it sounds like demodex mites, but I have found that if I went travelling and stayed in hotels I could get rid of the problem, but when I went back to my old house the problem would return and then in the daytime it would be on my skin again."
01/06/2013: Hoping from Des Plaines, Illinois: "Started writing Dec 26. (It's going on since May) Thanks to all the people that posted information about this nightmare. I understand the complexity of the kind of them, but this is what I have (hope had). First I will describe (I call them white flying parasites, because in opening the car doors I see the smallest white spec imaginable, flying in the sunlight against dark background).
These creatures live a long time and get bigger like a piece of white tread with ending tail (that look like a small fly and when are older they look grey when they fly because of fewer filaments) and they are not like the ones that burrow in the skin (hope not). On the filaments (that they use to fly and they loose) they have round things attached (I believe are eggs). I did not even know that mites existed and will explain the sequence of what I did. I bought a pair of pants (I bought shirts for work before in this store and there were no problems), put them on the back seat of the car. A couple of days later tried them and felt a crawling on my body, thinking it was some chemical used to dry clean them, I put them with other pants. Beware when you seat in the doctors office, they can be in the seat (I felt them also in a store that sells a zillion of things). The car, the couches, the bed and everywhere had this crawling sensation when getting on it. We trashed the couches and everything that possibly harbor them. Covered the mattresses and box springs and after, trashed them too. In doing so I was very efficient in putting the main source out, but where they were waiting to be moved at garbage day pickup, they spread everywhere and just going outside they get on you. From the car they got in the garage too. I kept the car in the driveway, spray it with all the things imaginable (yes even bleach), strip the seats and also used a heater inside when outside was over 100 F. Even now after few nights below 28 F, when driving I still get some on me (no use changing the car they will get back from the outside and from me). They move very fast and seemingly communicate (when something is done in one spot others are felt moving in other spots). I sprayed around the home (cut the bushes and branches) so they would move away from the home, put mothballs in the outside basement windows and between the upstairs sliding windows panes. Put anything to be saved in boxes with mothballs and stored them in the shed. Right now there are 10 mug warmers in the home (I made cups of aluminum foil a little smaller then the warmer (I used a plastic cap 3 and 1/4", cut it 2" hight and then folded the edges a little, because they leak when the menthol melts), 4 in the basement and 6 upstairs (2 in living room 1 in each room and 1 that I move among closets) into where I put a teaspoon of menthol crystals 3 or 4 times a day (it is more of a week now). Hopefully (God willing) it will get rid of them inside and winter out side.
We wash our clothes morning (used at night) and evening (used the daytime), adding borax and ammonia to everything else and 1/2 dropper of eucalyptus oil (the eucalyptus was added since this trouble started and 4 months ago (maybe more) I started spraying the furnace filter every time I had a chance (that's at least a bottle a day), but I do not know if it helped. The problem is the wall between the garage and the living room, and the attic. I considered also to use air cleaners and I did not know enough to make a decision. I am also considering to do something with sulphur powder (was planning to get some because I have grape vines in the yard).
The main reason why I wrote this (also to get advice) is that in this world (especially USA) there should not be people that get in this situation and are treated ignorantly by the medical sector, by thinking something is wrong with their mind. Doctors, dermatologist, et-cetera, should tell them that they do not know and tell them that these thing exist, (the ones that know they exist and do not tell, will have to answer at judgement) so they do not lose their minds. The hardest thing is how to rid them from your body; (prescriptions work one night and then not prescribed anymore) because otherwise nothing can be done.
Right now we sleep on a queen rubber air inflated mattress, made a girt around it (included a piece of elastic) and girded it underside under the mattress just about at the chest position so the covers and linen stay put when tug in it. This way when needed are easily washables, I spray the linens and under them every morning (so they dry before bedtime) with enzymes mixed with water 1 to 7 ratio. We keep the temperature at 65 F (in summer we hardly could keep it at 70 F) and these creatures right away go where is warm and moist. It was a nightmare (all the time I was going in the garage to vacuum them from between my legs (the vacuum cleaner out the door (no filter) and also spry my clothes and myself with things that should not be used)). Now after reading about (I believe the name of this person is Toni) (also thanks to a site where we learned about menthol crystals) we use a mixture equally of mustard flower and water, a little (less then 5%) body glycerin and sometimes (around 5%) little of H2O2 (peroxide) or ACV, (because it seems more effective) (stay away from the eyes and wash your fingers before rubbing them).
We shower every other day to keep the moisture low, rub our body with a small towel first and then finish using soap (so if they fly back the suds keep them from flying and hopefully go in the drain). In the morning and evening after we put our close in the washing machine we spread the mixture all over our body. In my case in order to save them self, some go where we can't say and I add some more mustard mixture or try getting rid of them with tape. I realized (because is a couple days that I did not feel any landing on me), that the ones I am feeling are the mild (I always felt 2 kinds and did think that the mild were just hatched (it could be) and realized that they may be coming from inside of me or just barely inside me). It is a couple of weeks that we ingest a clove of garlic after supper (a friend of mine was doing it every day to lower blood pressure and my wife did it too for a while). So 2 days ago started also to insert a clove of garlic like a suppository twice a day. I do not know if this will work (these things get use to anything) in the morning I wake up at 5, 30 (usually twice more before) and I feel also better, so I will continue. When I felt one where I put garlic as a suppository and even after a rubbing gel (with menthol I had to use tape to remove it.
The dilemma now is; will garlic finish them? Are these the eggs of the withe parasites hatching or are these something else? I feel some lending on me (i opened the garage doors so the cold air cools garage and attic) they must be coming from outside. 2 days ago did not fill any getting on me, but the ones I fill I still do not know where they came from (the mild ones). We are going to stop the mustard and try spraying ourselfes with enzimes because my wife get burns more than I do.I hope this help somebody to have hope and not loose their mind. If somebody has suggestions, thank you kindly."Replies
01/11/2013: Sandy from Monroe, Washington replies: "Dear hoping, I live in an apartment complex of about 22 units. My trouble with what I believe are mites (because I have the same symptoms as almost everyone here) have been with me for over a year now. Almighty God and this website have kept my sanity. The doctors.. Oh boy! I have been treated like a parasite myself or like I had a mental problem... Its been a wild ride is all that I can say lol. What I want to tell you is that on the other side 2 buildings away from me there was a lady that I barely said hi to and that I had no contact with, that came down with the same symptoms... She also talked of seeing flying insects outside that would come in from outside. After she alerted me, I could see almost like a faint shadow at times. We were so glad to have found each other!! We started trying to find the commonalities in our lives, one was that we both had dogs that we let sleep on our beds.... I remember that when I was little that my dad would never let the animals sleep with us and now I wish that I would have listened. :) I am not absolutely sure where all this started but there are a few possibilities. My neighbor has moved away but is still being affected. Her little girl has them too and when she took her to the E.R they called child protection service on her. She is a great mother!!! They could not pull her child away but she is now fighting with all natural too. I just don't want you and your wife to feel alone. I have heard alot about wormwood, cloves and black walnut, so I am going to start taking this combo that I bought from the health food store tommorow. It is for parasites, we do have to fight this both internally and external. I switch from one thing then back to the other to fool them. Lol These suckers seem to have an intelligence. After sunday I am swearing off the sugar except for pineapple. I wish you the best and pray that we all are cured. Until then I will be with all of these wonderful people on this site. :)"
12/16/2013: Jo from Bentonville Ar replies: "I remember my mother using lard under the wings of chickens to get rid of mites. I don't know how well it worked, but it must have worked because she did it every spring. Maybe a person could use a lot of body oils and creams to prevent their bites..
Also, you may try putting a tsp lemon and a tsp. dish soap in a white plate of water. At night, set it where the light will reflect off of it in different rooms. Bugs love the reflection and will fly into the water.
You can use it in the daytime too. I put a water plate out one morning and it was filled with flies and mosquitoes by that afternoon."
12/01/2012: Onepammy from Charleston, Sc, Usa: "I am infested with bird mites. I have been using a company for 4 weeks fogging and spraying. The toxins are killing my eye site and memory. I have done everything that birdmite.org has said to do. Does anyone have an answer? I am at the end of my rope and will probably jump off the bridge soon if the mites don't stop biting me."Replies
12/29/2012: Sandy from Monroe, Washinton, usa replies: "I use dry eye ointment in my eyes at night, just a thin line in lower eye lid. I think that this is the only thing that has saved my eye sight. Hang in there!!"
08/09/2012: Ling Ling from Markham, Ontario, Canada: "This by far is the best site I had found that had given some hope to beat whatever I have! Our case is nowhere as serious as many of the cases on this site. However, it is starting to get to us and interrupting our life. About a month ago, both my husband and I started getting bites that feel like a needle pinch. First, I thought it was only bed bugs, which we had encountered before while we were vacationing in Cuba, but now, these "bites" are everywhere, regardless the time of day. We cannot see anything, but can feel these bites when we were on our sofa, dining table, kitchen, in our cars and even while I am at the office. So for sure, they are attached to our body.
The worst or best part of this, depend on how you look at it, we actually do not feel any itchiness, no swelling, no crawling sensation, no marks, nothing. Just this needle like "bites", mostly on our feet and legs, but sometime feel the bites on our arms and upper body too. Sometime these bites can be very painful too. Of course my dermatologist don't believe me that it's any kind of insert/mite/parasites as she can't see anything on my skin. She thinks it's all in my head, but it's biting both me & my husband, not just me! I am going to try everything recommended on this site and hopefully one or more of these methods will help to stop all of this!
I just wanted to know does anyone else experience anything like this or have any clue of what bites but leave no itchiness or marks? I am starting to wonder if it could be a skin reaction to something, but there are so many things we come in contact everyday, how do you know which one it is? I don't think any doctor is going to spend time on us as we don't have any "severe" symptoms like others and evidence of mites or infestation. Anyone have any real info would greatly appreciated!"Replies
11/29/2012: Sandy from Monroe, Washinton, usa replies: "I do not get the itchiness either, and I also get the bites. I am soaking in the bathtub now with lavendar epsom salt that I bought at a rite-aid store. It says natural mineral bath soak with magnesium sulfate crystals with zinc and potassium. These things seemed to start in my leg area too. I like to use clove bud essential oil in my shampoo and as a body scrub with a back body brush. I use about 5 drops in my shamoo, it burns a little but I like it better than tea tree. It smells alot better too! Keep it away from your eyes though!"
05/23/2012: Daisy 6 from Aurora, Co: "I have invisible mites, and they get in my hair, face, eyebrows, eyelids, and also on my ankles, and the bottom of my feet are always numb. What would I do to get rid of this problem? Also, would the ACV help to clear away the mites from my scalp and face?"Replies
06/05/2012: Ruth from Skaneateles, Ny replies: "I'm surprised you haven't had any responses yet, Daisy! Most of the treatments on this site are very good. Your first line of defense is "dead-sea salt soap" or sulfur soap. Wash all over and leave on for a good 5 minutes before rinsing in your daily shower. A lotion with sulfur or store bought MSM lotion (a form of sulfur) is best for your face. There is a ZZ cream you can get on line which is fantastic for the face, but it is expensive. Ted's borax bath = (20 mule team borax @ Walmart near laundry detergents) (receipe found on this site) is a great bath soak, you can add Epsom Salts or Vinegar to the water too. Tea Tree Oil mixed with 50% mineral oil kills the mites, add a big pinch of sulfur to the mix and its great to battle them. Good luck! We all have been there. It gets better but it takes persistence and perseverence. :)"
12/30/2012: Lynne from Wrentham, Ma. replies: "I am so relieved to find this site!! I received a very nasty spider bite last Memorial day weekend/2012 the bites came a few weeks later as mt doc thought I had an allergic reaction to the venom. I have been trying everything to suffocate the twisted little problem-solving back biter!! I have Fibromyalgia & for a very long time now, I wanted to write & recommend beeswax & banana hand cream, I tried it one night & just as one of you mentioned, as the bugger in my arm struggled to break free I felt another react rapidly squirming , so of course I covered my self head to toe, even around my eyes & into my ears, I awoke the next day not only feeling no bites but actually refreshed from my 1st good night sleep since May, I have to put all the other solutions this brilliant group of colaberators has put together but the light is finally in sight at the end of the tunnel, Thank you all so much for being so honest & forth-coming w/your research success as well as failures. I can't tell you I have been looking 6 mths daily 4 hours for an answer & this is the best Christmas gift I have ever received... I will right back w/ my research success & failures to keep the information flowing so we can help the next person who comes along needing a little hope, a little "FINALLY, YES!! "I am not crazy this is really happening to other people & by the grace of God they have all come together to give the cure others couldn't find not even the Pros. Thank you All & Happy New Year to all of you <3"
01/08/2012: Teresa from Ridgeland, South Carolina - Sc: "Hi We found a puppy in are yard starved and itching really bad. We took it to the vet the vet gave it some meds and sent it home with us. Well in one day I broke out in little bumps everywhere like redbugs almost. I took it back to the dr and they said this was something he has never seen in his 40 years of practice. Sarcoptic mange mites the only reason he knew that it had it because I caught it. Well everthing reads that it don't last long in humans but it seems to be spreading. I cannot afford to go to the dr- is there some kind of home remedy that I can get to clear this up on myself? I am going crazy, cannot sleep it is horrible please will you help me find something to clear it up that I can afford and that I can get today and not have to wait weeks before it comes in the mail. thank you"
12/20/2011: Tamara from Venice, Ca: "My new 4 month old Persian kitty started itching and is biting and pulling fur and chewing away at his sides and belly. Not his ears. I don't see any fleas at all. On the 15th I put a drop of Advantage on him. Shortly before the itching started, on Dec 9th I brought in a second hand couch that might have had bedbugs or mites, as I began to feel something crawling on me during the night and then finally I have been getting little bites on me three in a row. I had put the couch next to the bed and when I brought it in, the kitten was playing on it while I vacuumed and cleaned it. It looked like a dog had been sleeping on this couch. I have thrown it out and an exterminator is coming tomorrow to inspect, but I do not want him to come in here with bed bugs all over him and give them to me - I might not have them.
Can a doctor look at my bites and tell me what I have? What type of doctor? Also, there have been pigeons nesting on my two balconies for the past two years. There is one baby bird right now. I keep the kitten off the balcony, but a couple times he got out there in the pigeon crap - briefly. I also have a 5 year old Maltese who was recently on steroids for itchy scabby belly before I brought the new kitten "Kozy Mel" home.
Should I get Advantage MULTI? Holistic people say it is deadly, and that antibiotics cause allergies and itching. My kitten has never had antibiotics except tiny drops of flagyl a couple of times when he had diarrhea. Is this bed bugs mites, allergies?? My main question is about not treating my home with chemical bombs. What is the HOLISTIC way to get rid of bed bugs and mites? He is eating Prescription i/d dry and wet and switched his wet food from i/d to Wellness chicken in a can a few weeks ago."Replies
12/21/2011: Indigo from Los Rios, Ca replies: "For your kitten and animal mite problem, get some food-grade diatomaceous earth. This can be used internally and externally on pets and people, and shaken into carpets, etc - completely non-toxic. Do a google search on "food-grade DE" and you'll find a company who sells it over the internet cheaply, and who also give good information for usage (for pets and people) on their website. Farmers have used DE for pest-control for their animals for years - it's actually good for their health, being comprised mostly of the mineral silica, which not only removes pests internally, but builds stronger bones, nails, and hair. Great stuff! The only caveat I know of is to beware the diatomaceous earth that is manufactured for swimming pools, etc (which is crystallized) - you want to make sure you are getting food-grade. Good Luck!"
12/21/2011: Rene from Santa Cruz, Ca. replies: "I have been using a wonderful product to get rid of mites, fleas, spiders, flying insects, that is not toxic to animals or people and does not leave oil stains on furniture, walls, or carpets & woodfloors. I love it. It is called Best Yet by Cedarcide. It is cedar oil with something in it that causes it to disappear in about 3 days. Fleas just die upon contact. I have been using it for two years when we had to move to an apartment on the 2nd floor and our 8 year old outdoor cat became an indoor cat with fleas. I do not sell it can be found online. Do a search and you should be able to find it."
12/15/2011: Maaka from Auckland, New Zealand: "Hi,I am not sure whether a got some sort of tiny mite while in Thailand, or is something else. It first felt like mites between my toes, after a roadside walk in sandals. The skin between the toes became hard, and it felt like little fast moving mites were there, even nipping me at times. Now the crawling sensation has moved to the rest of my body, my back and hair, up my nose they crawl about, and in my ears, everywhere, but do you think I could find any even with a looking glass.. There appeared a hard crystal like pimple, almost like a splinter, and when I finally extracted I noticed thru a looking glass two tiny tiny pin head size white mites movng about in the crater that was left.. I am almost convince they live under the skin, and if you run your finger across your forehead, its feels like a field of little mountains.. It seems like they have a 4 day life cycle or something like that.. They generally come on worst at night as soon as my head hits the pillow.. I have tried everything saltwater to meths yet I can't stop this crawling sensation and after two years its driving me crazy.. I met up with an old flame a wee while back and slept together, and next she is feeling the same...
I once had rats living in my house while I was away, and they had been all over the bedroom room. I cleaned up, but two days later I woke up in bed and it felt like there was a million ants on my face... So whether it was thailand or rats, or mites. I have no idea.. I do remember seeing local thais with pock marked faces, as if they had a mite problem.. Any ideas would be grateful.. Thanks.. An interesting website.. Keep up the good work"Replies
03/02/2012: Syracuse from Syracuse, Ny, Usa replies: "MSM Lotion from Health Store (orange bottle is best) used as daily moisturizer helps a lot. It works well on face especially around eyes and eye lids (where these things hide) and around nose. At night if you do not have any other regimen, use liberally on face. Can be used anywhere as a body lotion. This will not cure them all, other treatment will need to be included in your protocol. But it does help, especially good for eyelash mites, always keep lotion on lids, around eyes down to nose, and on eyebrows. Very easy lotion to use. Keeps me sane. (Blue bottle smells not so great, orange bottle smells nice). I understand that MSM itself is 35% sulfur, but 15% MSM lotion calculates to only about 5% sulfur content."
10/12/2011: Kelly from Catawissa, Mo : "Demodex mites- Ted, Why does EVERY doctor-at least 10, tell me demodex mites can NOT attach to people??? It's obvious to me that this is what my dog and I have, no one else in the family. Yet I am immunocompromised. None of them listen. They keep refusing the idea, treat the itching and inflammation and say it's eczema!!! I am getting so frustrated. Is there a particular type Dr.I should see besides a dermatologist? This has been going on 1 1/2 years!!!"Replies
10/13/2011: Naomi from San Jose, Costa Rica replies: "Hi, I am wondering if your diet is different than the rest of your family? I have lived in places where I was the only one NOT bitten by a bug. I had a more Alkaline, whole foods, organic diet. Also, have you already tried eliminating wheat/gluten and dairy and consuming brewer's yeast in your soup or hot cereal or salad dressing daily? You can contact me at msnaomic(at)Gmail.com if you put "MITE solution help" in the subject line. Besos."
04/02/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Now this is an interesting theory, only I'm the one eating healthy. I get everything. My husband eats all the fried foods, mashed potatoes and not a single veggie and the bugs hate him! Go figure."
09/28/2011: Bette from Williamsburg, Va: "I just found out I have high humidity in my house, and am allergic to dust mites, but they are everywhere I assume... Keeping a clean house must not make that big of a difference, so my question is there a product to spray or put on carpet that has been known to kill or reduce dust mites that can be vacummed?
After a hurricane here a few weeks ago, water damage was revealed with mold, and am sure dust mites have gone up due to the high humidity... Allergic to both, and hope I will not have to succumb to the immunotherapy shots, but that seems to be the only alternative I have... Unless I can lessen these things in my environment... Getting mold and water damage repaired but dust mites are another issue... Also, is there a good cleaner that can assure mold is dealth with accordingly for home use after a major clean up?? thanks for any help... I'm new here...."Replies
09/29/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Bette, When you get the mold removed don't forget the underlay. If the underlay has been wet and left damp, mold grows there and will eventually cause health problems. Good luck."
10/13/2012: Bonnie from Ravenna, Ohio replies: "I have allergy indused asthma, ER three times in three months. Went to an allergist the other day, did some allergy testing and came out I was allergic to dust mites. Also told me to check the humidity in my home, so I did, living room was 55, but my bedroom was 60.
Found that dust mites like a moist place, got a dehumidifier for the bedroom, washed sheets etc. Adding eucolyptus oil, then made a diltuted spray and sprayed the carpets, bed, furniture---guess what, slept 7 hours straight for the first time in a year, sinuses more clear no coughing no itching. House smells nice, will continue to do this. I have two dehumidifiers in the basement, but surprised I needed it in the bedroom. Go by one of those gadgets at Walmart, to check the humidity-- only $3.29 find the cause then treat. I also have two large air purifiers which also help."
[YEA] 08/31/2011: Linda from Phoenix, Az : "I want to know how to cure these mites, I bought borax and baking soda and am drinking them both but how long will it take to get rid of these and how do I wash all my bedding etc. I know these are bird mites I got them when visiting my brother who owns lots of exotic birds but they only got on me the only female I will do anything to get rid of them I see white dots everywhere I look. Linda"
08/14/2011: Tab from Lexington, Ky: "PLEASE HELP! I have treated for lice with only a few days relief. Apparently I must have mites? My head, hairline, around ears, nape of neck, arms and legs itch intermittently. Now I am waking up at night itching. I cannot take much more I feel like I am losing my sanity. Please please please send any info you can!!! Thank you! Tabitha"Replies
08/15/2011: Jumpingjackflash from Mckinney, Tx replies: "My children came down with lice. Lice are quick to lay eggs and so even if a treatment kills all the lice today... 10 days later you're back in the same boat. We bought a couple of jars of the cheapest mayonnaise we could find and then pasted that in my kids hair at night, put a shower cap over their heads and that's how they slept. This suffocates them and makes the hair slick so they can't travel around your head. Make sure also to get a nit comb -- specifically used for cleaning the eggs out of your hair and go through your hair after every treatment. Do this until you know their all dead and then wait a few days and do it again.
Bag up your pillows or anything else they can take residence in and put them in the garage for the next two weeks. This was one of the most frustrating experiences so I definitely feel your pain. Hang in there and be methodical and you'll get through it."
08/30/2011: Kelly from Catawissa, Mo replies: "This link is from birdmites.org, but the remedies work for almost all mites. VERY HELPFUL! Also, use Ted's remedy for mange under the pet section for yourself and any animals. Mange are mites! If you want to keep them away, not only take care to follow the directions explicitly for you and your animals but also your home!
When my kids had lice years ago, instead of bagging everything, I washed everything on hot and dried everything in the dryer twice. That will kill them! One thing I haven't seen anyone mention is Bounce fabric sheets kill mites. Remember mange, lice etc... are mites."