Last Modified on Jun 29, 2014
All sorts of pets and animals are prone to infestation by mites of a wide variety. Poultry mites are practically a given for those with chickens and other birds (red mites and bird mites in general). Cats get ear mites, dogs get mite bites while wandering in the woods, and if you're really unlucky then you see mites on humans in the family and no one is happy!
From a couple of mites in the fur or feathers to a full-blown home mite infestation, you can fight these tiny parasites with a number of home remedies for natural pet care. Earth Clinic has a very popular home remedy for scabies mites that cause dog mange. And smaller mite colonies in your pet's fur or on its skin can be addressed successfully at home without expensive veterinary treatments.
Fight a Mite Infestation Naturally!
Vegetable oil, mineral oil, and other oils can smother mites so that they die off, killing even mite eggs. Apple cider vinegar applied to the skin can kill mites as well and make the skin or fur unappealing for future infestations. For a full home mite infestation, you may want to also check out these mite infestation cures, and here if ear mites are your pet's health issue. Check out the rest of the pet-owner-tested mite control remedies listed below!
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/24/2013: Linda from Brisbane, Australia: "Great to hear so much good advice!! I thoughtI had fleas from a friends cat, and tried all the usual things to eliminate them, getting increasingly desperate and more chemical, I used 'bombs' twice and was still being bitten. Saw Dr who said she thought it was a mild case of shingles!! But I had felt them biting me so did further googling. Realised that the wild birds we had been feeding would sit on our garden furniture, which I then sat on, and sometimes dried the laundry on. The mite must have fallen off them. Now I've made that connection things should improve. I have also put diatomaceous earth all around my bed and in my bed after I get up[dont breathe the powder in!! ] I sit in my gym's dry sauna for at least 10 mins every day, with the clothes I wore, and the heat seems to kill them on my body. I vacuum every day, and wash and tumble dry all my clothes and bedding every day as well. Last night I sprayed my bed and myself with a DEET spray, but don't want to do that too often! But no bites today. Will keep you posted! Bye the way spoke to the council and they ar convinced that mites cannot live without birds for more than 2 weeks, and that people who say they do are 'being dramatic'!! Amazing, has he not read these posts???"
[YEA] 04/27/2011: Donna from Chas, Sc Usa: "I maintain 3 colonies of feral cats. Some of the cats have turned a bit friendly and allow me to pet them. Two days ago, I noticed that two of them had problems with their faces - almost raw flesh exposed and red bumps everywhere. Even the nose up to the nostrils were exposed flesh. I realized it was a bad case of mites, as the two cats were always nuzzling each other. I figured that the raw flesh was due to them scratching from the mites.
I left the scene and went home and opened a fresh can (I use a Non GMO brand from sugar beets grown in Europe, as pretty much all un-organic sugar beets in USA are GMO) and went back to the cat colony and sprinkled it generously on their wet and dry food. The next day when I returned, the two kitties faces were almost completely normal - with only a tiny scab here and there. I was absolutely thrilled and amazed. I am now going to use it regularly as I think it will help them with their fleas. I remember years ago, one of my uncles said it cured him from "itchy butt"(anus) so I thought I would try it for the kitties mites, and it worked."Replies
08/27/2012: Sunny April from Sante Fe, Nm replies: "To: Donna from Chas. NC USA Hi Donna, could I ask where you purchased the brewer's yeast that is a non gmo brand made from sugar beets grown in Europe? I have a little dog and I think she may have mites as her nose sounds like what your cats had. I'd like to try the yeast on her food and she if it clears up her nose. Thanks, and God bless you and I'm so glad your kitties are well."
[YEA] 06/28/2014: Misty from Mass, US: "My cat had some really strange mites even my vet had no clue, they stuck up and out like sharp claws. Thankfully she was a good natured cat as I bathed her with mild solutions, I continued web searches and found a remedy. I mixed lavender oil and a citrus/I chose lemon juice and mixed water soaked her well and let her run as she wanted, the next day I gave her a good bath and have never seen these mites again.The previous owner said she had this problem for many years. It's been almost two years and finally she is free and happy, rather than uncomfortable 24/7."
[YEA] 02/26/2008: Lisa from In The Country, Massachusetts: "Ear Mite Remedy - Perfection. Here is one I heard from a vet....who also admitted they will never tell you this in the office since it will cause them to lose out on some profit. This worked for my male adult cat who would never let me near his head - ever. Take the flea and tick medication (I cannot for the life of me remember which brand I used) and put one drop and one drop only in each ear. I did this for my cat, literally all I did was put one drop in each ear, no rubbing, no rinsing, nothing. The ear mites disappeared, never came back again, and he was a brand new cat that just loved attention! Give a try and see for yourself!"Replies
02/26/2008: CECILY from ONORA, CALIFORNIA replies: "PLEASE PLEASE....THERE ARE SO MANY POSSIBLE REMEDIES FOR EAR MITES FOR MY CAT...BUT I JUST CANNOT GET THEM IN HER EAR....SHE WAS AN ALLEY CAT IN HER FORMER LIFE AND DOES NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO TOUCH HER THAT MUCH AT ALL.I LIVE ALONE WITH NO ONE TO HELP ME TO HOLD HER DOWN...I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW OF ANYTHING I COULD PUT IN HER FOOD TO CURE IT AS HER EARS ARE A MESS AND I FEEL SO BADLY I CANNOT GET TO HELP HER. THANKS FOR ANYONE TO SUGGEST SOMETHING."
10/19/2008: Rachel from Underwood, IN. replies: "If you are having a problem holding your cat down. You can take a towel and wrap the cat in it starting around the neck. Or a pillow case. I have a cat who is normally very docile until I want to treat her. It is the only way I can make her be still long enough. And of course after it is all over she stays mad at me for a few minutes until I give her a treat, and then it is like nothing happened at all. But now I have to hide the towel from her until the last minute. She has forgiven, but not forgotten. LOL!!
Also on the ear mite remedy you can also try a little Dawn dish soap. Kills the mites instantly."
03/15/2014: Corrinew from Indiana: "I have a guinea pig that I just bought and when I bought her I didn't realize she had mites :( Well I took her in to the shop on Thursday and showed the seller and she sprayed her with some kind of spray and gave me a dust to sprinkle in her cage and on her and it seemed to help with the itching that night and yesterday but now again today she is itching like crazy :( I read about using peroxide and borax and I was wondering if I could use that for her? If so how often should I apply it?"Replies
03/16/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Corrinew!
You certainly can use Ted's mange cure for a guinea pig - the treatment protocol and duration is the same. However because guinea pig mites do cause extreme itching and discomfort to the piggy, you may need to wrap your piggy in an ace bandage or sports wrap and cut the nails sort so the piggy does not scratch himself raw which then causes major problems with dehydration which can lead to death; in addition the pain and discomfort is so intense that the stress of it all can result in loss of life.
Please let us know how it goes with treating your guinea pig! "