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Posted by Misty (West New York, NJ) on 08/02/2009
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For the past several months I've had unexplained itching sensations on my arms, legs and trunk and it was absolutely driving me crazy. When I looked with the naked eye, I couldn't see anything, but felt ceratin it was some type of mite. I started to apply blue painter's tape to any area that itched and then examined the tape with a magnifying glass and saw minute red specks. The only thing I could find on the internet was that it could possibly be bird mites. We do have a lot of pigeons and sparrows around my building and I have noticed tiny white moving lice-like bugs on the cement sill outside my window. These are the steps I have since taken: 1.vacuuming the whole house a minimum of three times a week, in addition to vacuuming my own body when I just feel itchy all over. 2. Spraying the carpets and upholstery with alcohol and Eucy oil. Bought a hot floor steamer to apply super hot steam to all carpets. 4. bought a hand held steamer for mattress and bedding. 5. Sprayed entire house with a popular residual insecticide that is nontoxic to humans and is orderless . 6.Increased my hot water temp. to 140 degrees for laundry. I'm going to try the vinegar solution tomorrow! Hope some of my ideas help.

EC: Eucy oil is (Australian) slang for eucalpytus oil.

Replied by Theestarseed
Bradenton, Fl

hi, I was wondering the nontoxic residual pesticide that you used for your house? Thank you.

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Posted by Terry (Dallas, Tx) on 12/31/2012
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I mix equal parts of Tea Tree shampoo with 100% strength tea tree oil in a small bottle. Then, I step into the shower, pour about 1/4 ounce into my hand, then work through my hair (very short), massage my face, eye lids, eyebrows, ears and neck. I leave in place for 2 minutes, then turn the water on and rinse off. I repeat this once more, then continue with the shower. I shower like this twice a day, once before work and once before bed.

My blepharitis is clearing up. The skin itching and crawling sensation has stopped. I read that I should continue this for at least 4-6 weeks, then maintenance, to kill and keep the Demodex from returning.

Tea tree oil is very strong, but you get used to it after the first few times. It is worth the hassle to get rid of Demodex.

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Posted by Cocoa2 (Rincon, Ga) on 10/05/2014

Re: Mites in the Eyes

Ted...I have been on here for weeks and I have tried everything. I read about how great castor oil and TTO is for the eyes which for me is my biggest concern. I used it several times a day but while mixing the TTO with baby shampoo and putting on my eyelashes a little would burn my eyes terribly. It was impossible to avoid this as this was on the underpart of the lids. I had great results but had to stop due to my vision be affected. I was putting the castor oil in my eyes having read this was safe and helped with the mites and the dry eye.

Then I read a comment by one warning castor oil can damage the eye and my vision is not clear now. I stopped the castor oil (said was also good for lashes) and vision is a little better. I can not locate the post with warning about using castor oil in the eyes.

I have 4 subtypes of Rosacea, I am in my 70's with many serious medical problems but this mite in my eyes is driving me crazy.

I have used Borax and Turpentine both internally and externally(baths). Can you suggest anything to use on eyes that will not hurt the eye? I thought about the AVC and the Borax mixture or the alcohol/borax but can not find info about using anything on the eye safely.

I am using baby shampoo often during the day. I have purchased all sorts of oils and many other items and tried them all.

I can not get neck underwater as I have a trach tube due to being left intubated too long which damaged my trachea beyond repair.

Thank you so very much for your reply if you can reply to me. Your info is very valuable to many and I thank you that you are willing to do so. I am thinking of getting the ozonated olive and coconut oil to try but unsure if I can use that on the eyes.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Cocoa 2 ---- cold pressed castor oil, mixed with coconut oil is what I use all the time as it is super for the eyes, has cleared cataracts and the mites die. Creates beautiful skin. Makes lashes grow.

But I would stand clear of "baby oils". They have been known to be everything but ... I would never.

Colloidal silver drops into the eyes is always good and effective for mites, too. It has reduced my roseacea 95%. I was too lazy to carry on but planning to.

Hope this helps. Om

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Posted by Eve (Nv) on 06/14/2014 12 posts

Mite Help: Several weeks ago, Ted was referring to EDTH and another chemical to use as a soap and a spray. I can't find these in the posts, I need to know what type to buy as it seems there are several types in each.

Replied by Theestarseed
Bradenton, Fl

Ted's soap is a mixture of tetrasodium edta and ammonium chloride. I bought both online. He said to make a ten percent solution for the environment. he gave directions if you don't measure your products to use two tablespoons of each to a pint, a pint is two cups, so one tablespoon per cup. I hope this helps.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Theestarseed --- thank you so much for the explanation for Ted's edta mixture. Finally I can use it. Thanks again Namaste, Om

Posted by Lindy (Bronson, FL) on 08/20/2013

Hi Ted, Thank you for info about borax and H2O2 solution, it is helping so far. Been using a week now on mite sores and mites. Been suffering with these for 6 mos now. Dr. treatment ivermectin for scabies was not sure and that worked for awhile but they came back. Did not know about drinking borax 1/8 tsp- 1liter. Is laundry detergent safe to drink? My immune system is low, lost 20 lbs due to stress from 5 Drs visits and no help. I am 66 years old and never knew mites could live in human skin and cause so much damage and suffering, been healthy till now. Do you still suffer from mites? My scalp mites are continuous nonstop. Will try orange oil/borax soon, borax/h2o2 not working there. I now know Ih ave demodex mite infestation on face, eyes nostrils, ears, body, buttocks and fungus on feet soaking with vingar for that problem. Have any suggestions?

Replied by Itichy
Orlando, Fl

I am so glad I found this website... So many remedies , I am still fighting this terrible pest on me, but I am not loosing hope... Persistent is the key, cloved oil is what is working for me.... But my car keeps getting them.. So denatured alcohol will be again..... DO NOT Loose HOPE.... We will survive.... My life needs to get back on track... with the help of GOD.

Replied by I Am
Pahoa, Hi

How are you using the clove bud oil? Yes, Clove bud oil will kill mites according to an Australian study.

Replied by Patty Mcneely
Daytona Beach, Fl

I was at the Pharmacy today asking about Drinking Borax Solution. Pharmacist hadn't heard of it and didn't know if it was safe. I wondered myself as the only Borax I know of is the Laundry Detergent. Could someone enlighten me please. Also, bought Mustard Powder just did as I read put in the palm of my hand w/ a little water which made it like a paste put it on my face...couldn't get to the sink fast enough to wash it off. My face was on fire. If that is the normal reaction, it should kill them, nearly killed me. Patty

Replied by Susie Bishop

The only real cure for Sarcoptic Mites is Cedar Oil. You can find online. Also, DR Scabies. Although Cedar Oil better.

SOAK in 2 cups 20 Muleteam Borax and 2 cups peroxide Very hot water For 30 minutes or more. This is how we are getting RID OF MITES. CEDAR OIL IS GOOD FOR A LOT MORE AND is NATURAL, no chemicals.

Posted by Diana (Stouffville, Ontario) on 05/04/2013

Please could someone pls contact Ted and give him my email. I have been battling bird mites all over for 3 months and a week ago my toes went numb.... Is this related.... Pls help. Taking borax and hp and baths, heat treatment for the house..... Not sure how to heal poor cat. So scared. God Bless Ted for his generous help. cyber-d (at) rogers (dot) com

Posted by Rhondag (Charlotte, Nc, Us) on 03/25/2013

I'm wanting to make sure of measurements for a couple of Ted's recipes for demodex mites or issues with mites. I need to confirm if recipe below is correct. Thank you.

- 1/2 tsp borax and 1/8 tsp of baking soda and 6 to 7 drops of H202 in one liter or basically 1 quart of water to drink daily?

- 1/2 cup of borax and 1/2 H202 in tub of water for bath approximately once a week or every bath?

- small amount of borax in palm of hand and add small amount of H202 leave on a few minutes and wash face afterwards - daily

Replied by Patty

Hi back. I thought I'd let everyone know my progress w/ this issue. I went last week to an Indian dr. w/ this problem and right away he said it was not eyelash / demodex mites. I mentioned they started out in eyelashes but noticed face, hair, nose later. Always mentioned in jan. Visited Woodbridge NJ & stayed at an "Indian" hotel and instantly almost started itching. Only reason continued to stay 8 days was it was a smoking hotel (for me). I had spent about 150.00 in hair extensions but thankfully knew how to put them in myself or would have probably pd.another 100.00 just to pay someone there 20.00 to take them out after a few days. It was that bad that quick. I know the eyelash problem was there before the trip for couple months but I certainly got something there that was not bedbugs. The dr. didn't seemed surprised so that's my last Indian hotel. Very nice people but very buggy. So, he have me a perscription for some body wash but I got the over the counter version at walgreens for 8.99. It is called "well at walgreens"..antiseptic skin cleanser in 8 oz bottle. I even put it on my face the first night and left it although it is a liquid soap. Just a little goes a long way in the shower and was told put it everywhere folds of the skin, hair, genitals everywhere. First time what a relief. He also perscribed for me ..mupriocin 2 % cream 15gm. It was 40.00. It is cheaper i found out even walmart. It only takes a little and thin layer. I knew it was a good choice to see an indian doctor and was right. I can't believe the difference and immediately. I still am going to clean the furniture w/ a sprayer attached to the bed bug/mite insecticide from lowes and was clothes everyday and sheets, well every couple or so days and i really believe for the first time in about 7 months I am going to be back to normally. Btw mentioned all I'd read and tried the dry mustard, tea tree, bacterial cream listerine, etc. and was told a waste of time. Temporary fix but not going to irradicate the parasite. Anyway passing it along and good luck to all. Patty

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Posted by Cal (Monroe, LA USA) on 11/14/2008
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I have been fighting Demodex brevis mites for a year now - they somehow invaded my meibomian glands in my eyelids after a lot of 'extreme' exposure to ordinary dustmites. Eventually they migrated to my chest, neck and body - even my feet. I could feel needle stabbing sensations in the soles of my feet for gosh sakes!!! I have used tea tree oil a lot, but eventually developed a reaction to it, so had to stop using it. I then used some permethrin 5% from head to foot, and took a round of ivermectin for a couple of weeks. These remedies worked temporarily. My latest and most effective treatment thus far has been a combination of water, peroxide 3% and 20 Mule Team Borax. I also sleep with a wet washcloth on my face, which has really begun to get things moving along. Every time I bathe, I run a warm tub of water and add 1/4 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of 3% peroxide and soak in it for 10 or 15 minutes. I use the same like a rinse after shampooing my hair. At night I put 1/3 peroxide 3%, 3/4 water, 1/2 tsp. of borax in an 8 oz spray bottle, shake it up well until no granules are left, then spray my body down and let it dry without toweling. I then saturate a washrag with same solution, not dripping wet, but wet. I sleep with it on my face, carefully tucking it into the corners of my eyes and around my lids, making sure the washrag covers my face from over the top of my brows, over to my temples, then down to my top lip. This is working well to clear my eyes and face of this parasite..takes a while, but my eyes and face have crusted over and peeled, my eyes have resumed an almost-normal shape, I feel a very small amount of movement around my lids and in my lashes. Also, I drink fresh squeezed lemon juice in my water all day and sometimes I use Ted's 1/8 teaspoon of borax to the 1 litre of water to alkaline my body. No sugar, overdose on vegetables. Slow, but it seems to be working.

Replied by Sue
Farmington Hills, MI

Hello, I have been dealing with problems that are very similar to the ones you have described and would like to share what has been working for me. I have been using neen leaves, they are well know to strengthen the immune system and to fight parasites. Everyday I drink one cup of neem tea (boiled leaves for 5 minutes in filtered water) in addition, I put some strong neem tea in a somewhat large bottle (probably about 32 oz) and after I finish showering I pour the whole bottle of warm tea over my head and body, no rinsing needed, it is just like water, not sticky. As far as drinking the tea, I must say that it is bitter, however, I have used many essentials oils (oregano, lemongrass, clove, even neem, etc), as well as the hydrogen peroxide/borax mixture (which was too harsh for my skin, especially the facial area) but nothing has given results as good as the neem tea. The discomfort and itching have decreased immensely, as well as the redness and inflammation. In addition to the neem, I have been doing castor oil packs and drinking a tablespoon of castor oil twice a week. Also, I plan to purchasing a shower filter. Keep in mind that he have at present and come across and incredibility large number of microorganisms at any given moment, our immune system is very capable of dealing with them, UNLESS, it is weak. A strong immune system may be the key to solving this, since these little critters are quite opportunistic and have as sole purpose to grow and divide, for that, they use our resources and take over our body, so technically any microbe can become pathogenic if it finds a weak host. I get organic neem leaves and castor oil from Mountain Rose Herbs, I am not affiliated to them, but I love their products.

Replied by Ruth
H, Tasmania

I' d like to try this Neem tea leaf drink. I' ve found that neem oil night after night for weeks on end wrapped in plastic didn' t help, neither essential oils in variations.

It seems its an immune system challenge and maybe related to candida. Apparently mites feed on yeasts and sugar. Ive been reading on a vet site just tonifght about this and it rings true for me!

Replied by Debi
Concord, Ca, Usa

My husband and I have both been suffering from mite infestation for the past 5 months. Does anyone have a solution for getting rid of the waxy like substance that the mites create on your skin when you are showering? My poor husband has been trying without much success couple times a day he showers and just gets drenched again and again with this waxy stuff we have tried sulfur soap, tar soap, Dr Bronners peppermint castile soap, Dr Bronners tea tree oil castile soap, dawn dish soap, also have been using Kleen Green enzymes on hair and spraying it all over our bodies as well as spraying everything we own and our household items with the kleen green. But, we still have the mites and still get waxed when showering what else can we do?

Replied by Anon
Anon, Usa

Hello. I just have to tell you that, I had something get on my forearms several years ago. I believe this was some kind of mites or parasites. This happen one day when I was cutting grass with a super high power zero turn lawnmower. This lawnmower really kicked up grass and dirt and dust. My forearms begin to itch very bad. I also had what looked like a dull film on my arms. I did not ever know what this was for sure. After the itching went away I had these white head bumps that would appear festered up.

Some things that helped me was some scalp treatment that I purchased from puritian pride called hairever cleansing scalp treatment. I would rub this on my forearms for about a minute and leave on for 5 minutes then shower off. When I would do this, I would have these black specks that would rub out of my arms. Recently, I have purchased a a bar soap saver. This is in the beauty ailse. You put your soap inside of it and wet leather it up and wash the area. The soap I been using is called grandma's lye soap. I am clearer than I have ever been. almost like it is almost gone, even the film on my arms is barely noticiable.

Some other things I have heard or read that suppose to help is covering your body with vaseline or mentholatum or vicks. Nu-stock which I tried... You may also want to try and do a parasite cleanse of some sort, worm wood, black walnut hulls ect.

My best results came from the scalp treatment and the lye soap. I tried lots of stuff, even borax internally and extrenally, nu-stock ect. The scalp treatment will get kinda warm and cool tingling feeling after you stop rubbing it. The lye soap lathers good inside the bar soap saver and I scrub not to hard, but hard enough to remove loose skin cells.

Replied by Amanda
Tn., US

To get rid of that waxy substance, use baby power every time you wet your skin, it's definitely the best thing I've tried.....

Replied by Lee

Please stop what you're doing. I've lived, if you call it living, with this mite and lice problem for 9 years. I have yet to find permanent answers. Green clean will help but their web site is like most I have found. They make it sound like they have a cure all but have no idea of what they're dealing with. The product does help esp. eyes. Although I still get eye infections. You need to treat your environment. Pheromones - that's the question and the answer. NO ONE ADDRESSES IT!


Lee, I don't know that they can stop what they are doing. They are all trying to end this. I am almost clear of the mites. The key for me was when I read the post that said ACV and garlic. I wash all worn clothing and used linen everyday. I spray with Windex/Borax with hydrogen peroxide and I use the dehumidifiers and oxygen generators (which works great in cars). I take all steps to improve my immune systems (exercise, nutrition, enough sleep, a very good vitamin, de-stress) and take raw garlic daily (in my yogurt with mint) and some days I take the ACV.

Posted by Julie (Clearwater, Florida) on 07/31/2008
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THANK YOU for putting this site together. I could not stop itching. Those mites were driving me cray!!!! I have become some what of a loner. It is wrecking my life. But instantly, I felt relief by using borax and peroxide. I will try coconut oil and vinegar next. Whew!!! All we know is how to use borax, vinegar, baking sode, etc. to clean. Thanks again! you just might have saved my life.

Posted by Eloise (Oakland, CA) on 12/12/2007
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I have been troubled by tiny red bites, itching, and stinging for about 2 1/2 months. I have made some progress deep cleaning with Kleen Green and treating myself with it, washing all clothes and bedding in hot water and borax after a single use, bagging all clothes, throwing out about 50% of my belongings, vacuuming three times a week and immediately disposing of the bag, and triple covering my futon and computer chair with vinyl mattress covers. I have also had some success with Ted's external borax treatment (thanks, Ted) but found the internal treatment very irritating to my bladder. I am now going to try silver and have ordered some of the ABL silver as suggested by Tracy. I am trying to figure out the maximum amount I can safely take and afford since I have seen posts here suggesting amounts as large as 4 ounces a day. Any suggestions? Also, has anyone tried di-limonene sprays or powders on carpets, for biting mites, with any success? Love the website and thanks in advance for your replies.

Replied by Chris
Longmont, Colorado, Usa

I am glad, also, to have found this site. I have been dealing with cheyletiella mites for a long time, since my 2 long-haired cats and I lived in mite infested Nederland (dog city) Colorado. On this site I found a helpful suggestion about drinking Neem tea & where to get it. So I would like to share about cleaning your house and doing the laundry with something that will kill the mites. I use a rather expensive ($6.00/bottle) enzyme cleaner. I can not tell you the brand but it also contains real lime extract and it is organic & comes in a lime green bottle with blue trim. You can dilute it with water and spray it on your rug before vacuuming (just let it dry a bit first), you can spray it on your walls and clean the shower with it. It rocks. For laundry use it straight, a couple teaspoons per load. Ok, right now I am going to bathe in epsom salt & lavender oil. Some use Eucalyptus but it irritates my skin. Thank you, all you helpful people.

Chris in Colorado

PS: do NOT use this enzyme cleaner on your body

Posted by Lynn (Grand Rapids, MI) on 10/28/2007
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re: demodex mites/rosacea -- I am currently in the process of ridding my face of these nasty mites. I can attest to the fact that they really do move. I first put the borax solution on my cheeks to test it and all of the red spots moved to my chin the next day. It was incredibly freaky! I have felt them move to my eyes, nose ears and scalp at various times. Now there are a few spots showing up on my ankles as I fight to kill them all! I am determined to win this battle thanks to this awesome website and my new hero "Ted"!

I have ingested the borax several times now with no ill effects at all. I was quite leary at first, but I knew that everything else Ted had stated had proven to be true- so I took a leap of faith. I am so glad I did! Now I just need to stay focused and disciplined to follow through on the routine. Thank you so much for your help.You are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.


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Posted by Candace (Scottsburg, In) on 12/30/2012
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Bad Infestation... THYME.... I even soaked THYME leaves (put in a sock) in a glass of 100% alcohol. Pour it into tub and use sock if you want to scrub.


Posted by Mary (Saskatchewan, Canada) on 05/05/2014

Hi Om from BC below is the posting of the person who cured them with Kerosene.

Question for Bill .................Have you any experience with killing mites with either Kerosene or Turpentine. I "pulled an Om", and coated myself with turpentine and it did not help me. It helped Om, I am so happy for her!!!

Don't know why it worked out that way for me.

YEA] 06/09/2010:

Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl: "Well, I finally fixed it. Killed all the mites. Thanks and much thanks to Ted's borax remedy. However, what killed them fast is plain old lamp oil, coal oil, purified kerosene. Put in a sprayer bottle and went to town with the purified lamp oil sold in crafts store for the hurricane style lamps. Not much smell. Used the oil on my hands to treat my face. Really sprayed my long hair and scalp.didnt burn or have but one side effect-- brought all those critters up from underneath the skin and they chewed their way up. Looked like a sunburn where they were, and welts formed. But I kept dosing it the next day and the next and it dried them up. Itches were gone in 4 hours. First night I have slept thru the night in four years. At first I thought the lamp oil had burned me, but then I realized that it was only red where I was itching. Even my face and eyelids were not "sunburned" the tenderest part of the body. Now that I killed them on me, I treated the rest of the house, using Ted's borax mix, bleach where I could, took a week to treat everything properly to where I was not getting bit. Its been 4 weeks. Once you kill them on yourself and have a quick spray-on for the re-infections, it goes fast. The cars were the worst problem. Hooray

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada

Mary from Saskatchewan --- many thanks for your post. Well, as you said, it lowered my mite load, but not completely. The inhalation of those strong fumes did stop my constant cough at least. I am considering now using lamp oil and am glad to see the post you mentioned.

I have to say the visit at the hospital emergency was a bit like a nightmare. Especially, upon leaving, seeing the sign of $$$$ they want (for what, I ask). When getting into the taxi, I was glad the taxi driver was a real human being.

EC has very good posts, especially lately, and we are blessed to have this option to treat ourselves and learn. Thanks again for your input and also thanks to Bill. Namaste, Om

Replied by Mary
Saskatchewan, CA

Hey Om: I agree I really want to try the Kerosene thing too. I saw a post where Bill said Diggers Low Odor was good as well as Klean Strip 1 K Kerosene. I also live in western Canada and am wondering where to buy and which one. Any ideas. Are you going to spray it on as well. please let me know how it goes. I work long hours and it is very hard not to itch in front of people. I feel very alone, as only my husband and naturopath know and the naturopath told me I did not have mites. Sigh. I used to really like him.


Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada

Mary of Saskatchewan --- Hi Mary

Knowing now that lamp oil works, I will try it. It is here available in the grocery store. Bill has sent me info on the pure stuff in Georgia USA; it is flammable that why I think shipping will be high. Meanwhile I use my turp. I have for a tsp. internally with BSM as Bill does. I just have to work out my protocol.

Interesting, when I visited archeology online, The queen of Sheba, when she visited King Solomon, interrogated him on many aspects of wealth in her kingdom amongst which was good old kerosene.

I have less mite activity now but that is not to be trusted. They had made a hole next to my ear lobe which was dealt with by the use of turp. It also caused "sunburn" appearance but disappeared after moisturizing the skin. Many remedies were good but extremely drying. I am glad you forwarded the info. on lamp oil which is also mentioned on Walter Last's website. Let's see how it does.

Namaste Om

Replied by Mary
Saskatchewan, CA

Hi Om thanks for the quick reply. that info on the queen of Sheba sooooo interesting to me. May I ask where you found it . I would like to read it as well. Would you mind forwarding me the info Bill gave you on brands of Kerosene. I want to be really careful as I am going to do it as well.

Sorry to hear about their activity near your ear. Turp is amazing. I took it this am. It does not seem to be killing them however. as I type I am so itchy!!

Thanks in advance and I love to hear your progress!!!! Mary

Replied by David
Dover, NH

What did you do or solve the "mites-in-the-car" problem? I have used the cedar oil, bleach-water spray, H2O2, Neem oil, baking soda-water, to no effect. This is ongoing for almost 4 years now and I am tired. Plus I have also applied. The very few people I have told think that there is no mite problem- I would like to be normal again.

Replied by Kt

Hi David, I was reading the latest posts and saw your question. There is a nationwide store here in the U.S. that sells spices. I don't know if I can mention the name here (different rules for different sites, it seems) but if you call 1-800-741-7787 they can provide you with a store near you. I get all my spices there and if you get on their mailing list, they sometimes send coupons for free spices and their booklet has some great recipes.

Replied by Mike
Southern Cal., US

To David in Dover, NH, go to tractor supply and get some ivermectin pour-on for cattle. My friend who owns an auto body shop sprayed the interior of my car with his paint sprayer, the one that's run with an air compresser. I closed it up overnight to let it penatrate real good, then aired out the smell. We do this every 2 weeks to make sure new ones dont hatch & start the sh**t all over again.

Replied by Sharon

Hi folks, sorry for the delay, as l post and then forget to look for questions. Thank you again Ted for your oxyclean and borax mix for my pomeranians. l used it on myself when l had nothing else!!! l have used lamp oil, low-odor kerosene(stinks), low odor lighter fluid, turpentine, and Lysol spray to kill them fast. l have sprayed the lighter fluid in my autos everywhere but the glass(didn't feel like cleaning the glass). l tried de-stinking the lighter fluid with essential oils, eucalyptus, and any of the tree-scented ones, but got the best results on odor with a cookie-scented oil. Sweet smells the best, and petroleum products do smell, l have only electric appliances in my house, and caution using around any gas appliances. l have used lighter fluid on everything in my house, and, every inch of my body, in my nostrils, eyelashes, raw spots- over and over on spots that take 14 days to heal, and then revitalize the skin with oil baths, or udder ointments at night, which are thick with lanolin. I like the lighter fluid best for my scalp, but l sometimes use a mix of half citric acid powder and half water in a glass to pour over my scalp with my head back, work with my nails into my scalp until the itching stops, and then shampoo as usual. DO NOT GET INTO YOUR EYES. Burns!!!! L have been re-infected some 9 times now from relatives visiting occasionally who are in total denial that they have the mites. Can anyone tell me how to convince them once and for all. l had settled back to wait for their 3rd year of infestation to show up the worst, but they all moved within the year, and l have grandbabies suffering. As you know the doctors have no clue, and these mites are imitators and can barely be seen, even when you know what to look for. If your family starts showing ear infections, "psoriasis", running low-grade fevers, etc, know that they are infested, just not allergic enough to suffer as much. l even had one niece who found that psychologist getting his 15 minutes of fame claiming we are all "delusional" and she shared it with my family, so now, of course, l am old (65)and "senile" wink wink. l can tell you my oldest daughter now has "Bell's Palsy" after 3 years infestation with no treatment), and has had constant "chronic severe ear infections". Bell's Palsy happens when a trigeminal nerve has pressure on it-this nerve is located between the neck and the ear, closest to the ear. When visiting 2 years ago, l gave her two #00 capsules l had filled with praziquantal powder, and the next day, she came running to me exclaiming that all her sinus and ear problems had vanished and demanded to know what l had given her. When l told her it was a mite killer, she freaked, and told me l had tricked her and she got all mad. l just took myself home the next day and have been waiting for her to discover for herself that mom might be right. She also has a swelling closing off an artery in her neck by 90%, that the doc said only happens to very old people and was unusual in her age of 44. He is treating it like cholesterol clogging. l am still waiting for her to ask me for real help. These mites can cause all kinds of health havoc, especially fatigue. Well, wishing you all success, Sincerely, from the old mite buster.

Replied by Cary

How long do you take the praziquintal? Does it help long term? I've had this 3 years and just can't kick it. I have tried about everything. Thanks for any help.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Cary (Kansas)

For mites the best treatment is a mixture of essential oils in a nebulizer, and 3% hydrogen peroxide (H202) as spray after each shower plus improving the immune system.

I have done a lot of research and essential oils seem to work even though this has to be used for some time. It is advisable to obtain professional info. as health food stores do not seem to carry high percentage oils.

In addition, one liter of water daily with a pinch of salt and 1/8th teasp. of borax sipped throughout the day five days a week. This for about six months. For males, 1/4 teasp. of borax.

Namaste, Om

Walking Dandruff Remedies  

Posted by Lin (Chicago, IL) on 02/24/2009

Walking Dandruff: I am going crazy with this. I have been ( myself to a derm) I am so allergic! Covered in bites. My cats have never left my home...or been in contact woth anyone new. Totally indoor. Can a human who has them on them spread them to my cats???? How can this happen. Since I raise them........I need help.We have applied Revolution......... just had one girl dipped at the Vet... I spent over $1000! The furniture spray the Vet wants me to use is a bit scary! Please explain the products you are talking about.What can I do???? Desperate. Thank you

EC: "Cheyletiellosis, commonly known as "walking dandruff," is a very contagious, leach like ailment incited by assorted species of Cheyletiella, a breed of big mites. The different species of Cheyletiella are able to infect the skin surface of dogs, cats, rabbits, and humans."


Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx

i would bathe the cats and yourself with grandpa's pine tar soap. just suds them up and try and leave the suds on for a few minutes and rinse. this will make the mites and/or fleas come off you and your pets and is also good for skin irritations. fleas, mites, mosquitos, etc. do not like the smell of pine tar and will not soon come back on the animals or you.

someone else may have some ideas for your house - but i know that anything with citrus oil in it can help. you might make a spray with orange oil and water and spray it everywhere. once my friend had scabies and came to my house and sat on my bed. that night after she had left i felt weird crawling sensations on my skin - but none got into my skin. later i found that the bath oil i used contained citrus oil and that is what saved me from the scabies. you can also spray this on your cats and yourself after the pine tar soap treatment.

good luck

Wheat Grass  

Posted by John (New Jersey, US) on 12/29/2014

Wheat grass 2 oz juiced every morning in omaga juicer I got on line ..fresh cut wheat grass, get at whole foods. Once I stopped this after 5 years. Every day I did 2 oz of fresh wheat grass juice, now mites are back. Gotta get my wheat grass program going again. Every other thing I tried, mites become used to and it does not work.