Mite Infestation Cures

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Posted by David (Dublin, Ireland ) on 12/09/2011

In May, 2009, my mother died in the hospice ward of a decrepit hospital that allows and encourages wild animals into its grounds right up to the building itself.

When they returned her clothing, I found three neatly-folded hospital blankets at the bottom of the bag. They were caked with mud, animal droppings, bloodstains, and unknown debris.

From that bag, my home was infested with bedbugs and permethrin-resistant fleas, and I was infested with scabies. For almost a year, two pest control companies couldn't eliminate the fleas. I finally imported diatomaceous earth from the US and they all died in four days.

The scabies were also permethrin-resistant (Lyclear Dermal Cream and Derbac M all failed) so I tried Kleen Green. Inside a month I was clear.

But I was left with incessant tickles, "stinging, " and crawling sensations, as well as a little itching.

Two dermatologists and a psychiatrist diagnosed delusional parasitosis. None followed the protocols for making such a diagnosis, none would examine my photographic images, and I was given anti-psychotic injections (Risperidone) for a year without my knowledge or informed consent and instructed to ignore the sensations as they were just "transient itches."

For the full horror story, as well as many images of insects in hair follicles and sebaceous plugs, damaged and discoloured skin, please visit my website:

Thanks to a kind commenter on my site, I found Earth Clinic and all these possible remedies from kind and helpful people.

Thanks to the ludicrous delusional diagnosis, these insects have now had two and half years to spread over my entire body, from scalp to soles of feet. The only areas they haven't populated are the palms of my hands and my penis. I even have them in my anus, up my nostrils, and in my ear canals. My skin everywhere is dry, flakey, and itching has increased. Life is hell.

I've been drinking unpasteurised ACV "with mother" for over a month (three tablespoons in warm water taken with food three times daily) and have noticed only a very slight improvement.

I also take two heaped tablespoons of food-grade diatomaceous earth in a half-pint of water at about 7:30 each evening.

I shave my head and face every night before bed with shaving oil, then apply a moisturiser with aloe vera.

I was about to start spraying my body with a 50/50 dilution of the ACV when I found Ted's internal borax and baking soda remedy. I'm about to go mix up my first batch now but I'm a bit confused.

My questions:

1. How do you measure 1/4 of a teaspoon?
2. Another post here mentions adding a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the water as well. Ted doesn't say to do this, so is it correct?
3. Ted's remedy on the Rosacea thread only mentions adding borax to the water - no baking soda. Why the difference?
4. In Ted's external borax remedy, he mentions using a "borax saturated solution" (what's that?) with 1% hydrogen peroxide but doesn't say what proportions of each to use. Anyone know the answer to this?
5. I'm 60 years old, osteoporotic, and partially disabled due to a spinal injury so there are parts of my body I can't reach. Consequently, I have to use a spray bottle or a long-handled applicator for my back. How important is it to massage this mixture into the skin? And how often should this external treatment be done?

Well, that's it for the moment. Thank you for your time, attention, and patience. I wish you all the very best of luck with these demons. And if you want to see the images the dermatologists turned their backs on, please check out my site.

Posted by Anon
Anon, Usa
Hi. Very sorry to hear of this. I believe I have something like this also. I have drank Borax in a liter of water as well as bathed in it. It has seemed to help, but my most success came from putting Hairever scalp treatment on infested areas, this can be purchased from Puritan's Pride. I also have been washing with a lye soap called grandmas lye soap and it seems to help. I have heard that you can lather yourself from head to toe with vaseline for several hours and it will smother these critters. When I use the scalp treatment I seem to have these black specks come out of my skin. I also have the white pimple like bumps that looks like larva.

About the borax- 1/4 tsp. It is simple. Just get some measuring spoons ( like the ones used for cooking ) And get the one that says 1/4 tsp, dip it in the borax and get a level scoop and add this to a liter of water and drink throughout the day. The spoons are called measuring spoons. ( availiable where you get kitchen supplies like cookware )

I would like to mention that I would do everything I could to get my ph alkiline. This can be accomplished with baking soda taken interally. Read this site for now on. I have been studing on now for several years and have barely scratched the surface of what all is availiable here. There is so much on here, I could not even begin to tell you.

The vaseline petroleum jelly would be worth a shot and I would most certainly use the scalp treatment on the infected spots. If you have black specks come out of your skin, then we are dealing with the same critters. The scalp treatment penetrates the hair follicles and gets deep into the pores. Rub it in the skin for several minutesand then let it sit on the skin for about five minutes and wash off with some lye soap and a wash cloth or something to wash away the dry skin.

On this site if you study, you will find that disease, parasites and sickness cannot live in an alkaline body. Tons of info here. Learn to navigate this website.

Best of luck! You can reply to me anytime, because I am a daily reader on here. And I always will be. So feel free to post questions or comments anytime with the reference to skin mites or something like that so that it will catch my attention. I don't read every post on here, but ones that catch my interest or that I have things in common with I do read.

Oh and use GOOGLE! For websites and referances to lye soap and

Posted by Anon
Anon, Usa
Sorry, Just went back and read and realized that you can't reach all parts of your body. You will need to find a way. Maybe a friend, Or pay a nurse. But someway, make this happen when trying the things I mentioned.
Posted by Susan
San Francisco, Usa
I used the Borax water (1/2) and ACV (1/2) to get rid of the eggs under the skin. The ACV is the carrier and the Borax washes the protective coating off of the eggs and they die. I would shower every day (sometimes twice) and rinse off with the above mentioned solution. Bathe, towel dry off and then rub the solution all over (including your scalp and hair) and DO NOT rinse. Stand around for about 5-10 minutes and air dry). I stopped itching in a couple of weeks. I don't remember how long the adult mites live, but I put all of my consentration into getting rid of and keeping rid of the eggs. Put 1/8 cup of Borax in a gallon jug of water, give it a good hard shake and let it sit for about half an hour. The water will absorb all of the Borax that it can and you needn't worry about the little bit of risidual Broax at the bottom of the container. Good Luck!
Posted by David
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
20 Posts
Many thanks to Anon from Anon and to Susan from San Francisco for your responses and your very helpful tips.

I'm taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water twice a day as well as the borax water. I'm going to try adding a capful of food-grade hydrogen peroxide to the borax water tomorrow.

This is now Day 3 and it's all definitely doing something. Day 1 was almost miraculous - tickles down from about 1, 000 a day to less than 100. Day 2 was not as good and I think I know why - this treatment seems to drive more mites out onto the surface of my skin. And of course every day sees a new clutch of eggs hatching.

I've been doing some more research on demodex and found out that while the males only live for 15 days, the females can live for up to 60 days. Which means I'll have to do this borax and baking soda regimen daily for at least three months to be sure of getting them all.

Also, I don't understand why so many posters here emphasise incessant cleaning of the environment when the demodex mite can only survive 24-38 hours if dislodged from the host. Plus, they can't fly or jump and they move very slowly (though they can speed up a bit in warm temperatures). Plus, you don't have to worry about eggs because they only lay them inside you.

For two years, I washed my clothes and bedding daily at 60 degrees Celsius (and sometimes 90) and dried them on high heat and it made absolutely zero difference to these mites because they can only live in your skin - all you'll kill with this regimen is any surface wanderers that get caught up in your clothes or bedding. All it did was destroy my stuff and cost me a fortune on electricity bills (money I don't have to spare). I also used to vacuum the entire house every day (and sometimes twice a day).

So now I sleep (or semi-sleep) on a rubber air-bed on top of a diatomaceous-earth-dusted latex mattress in a non-woven nylon-shelled sleeping bag (my pillow is a non-woven nylon bag stuffed with an old sweater). Every morning, I shake the sleeping bag and "pillow" out thoroughly in the garden and hang them on the wash line to air for a few hours (on wet days, I run them through the dryer on high heat for 40 minutes).

When I undress for bed, I shake out my clothes thoroughly, turn them inside out and do it again, then pack them into a double-sealed vacuum-pack plastic bag. Next morning I shake them out again before getting dressed. I only vacuum the rooms I actually use now once a week.

The only things I wipe daily are those I touch with bare skin - door and faucet handles, light and electricity switches, toilet seat and flush handle, computer keyboards and mice. Also, I never let my bare feet touch the floor and keep my fingernails as short as possible. And that's it - I don't have the time, energy, or ability to do any more because of my constant pain and the fact that virtually all of my life is now taken up with brushing these things off me.

Things are now no better nor no worse than they were before.

Specifics for Anon:

Vaseline: During my research, I read a post (can't remember where) from someone who had done this and it didn't work. But I came across another which recommended Vicks Vapor Rub on the most affected areas (which would be my entire skin). So I may give that a try.

Friends Help: When it became apparent that my home was infested and I had scabies, I told all my friends I wouldn't be seeing them for some time and informed them why. Two and a half years of solitude later, I have no friends. My brothers and sisters all believe I'm delusional because doctors are always right. And I can't afford to pay a nurse out of my pittance of a pension.

Since my first post, I've given this problem a lot of thought and what I do now is use the long-handled lotion applicator to get at just about all areas of my back, then wash as far down as my knees. (I've also ordered an exfoliation strap from the UK so I can get at ALL of my back). I dry off, then sit on a chair and wash my calves and use the lotion applicator for my feet in a plastic basin. I've superglued an old toothbrush to a plastic ruler and use that to do between my toes. It's a struggle but I can now just about manage to wash all areas of my body OK. It just takes me forever to clean myself like this (an hour and a half). Having to massage stuff into my skin for any length of time would be very problematic indeed though.

Specifics for Susan:

ACV plus borax water: I've ordered another five litres of ACV with mother so I'll have to wait till it arrives from the UK to try your recipe. The ACV is have left at the moment is only enough for internal use.

I've never been able to shower every day because I've always had extremely sensitive skin, even using Simple Soap (but I did it for a month twice a day when I had scabies and it almost killed me).

So what I would propose is to put your mix into a spray bottle and spray myself down nightly before bed.

Will this nightmare ever end?

Finally, a tip:

I've been in contact with the UK administrator of the Morgellons organisation (who has been an absolute angel for me) to see if they keep a list of sympathetic dermatologists and doctors for Ireland. They don't. But she gave me a recipe for exfoliation:

Mix plain green Fairy Liquid (dish soap - US equivalent would be Dawn) with fine table salt 50/50 and rub it into and over your skin. Leave it on for about five minutes, then rinse off.

When I came to rinse off, I initially thought that the soap must have penetrated my skin because it felt so slippery. Then I realised that this WAS my skin - all the dead stuff had sloughed off and it was like having brand new skin. I've now thrown out my exfoliation gloves (after immersion in boiling water of course).

Many thanks again to both of you. I'm exhausted. Bye for now.

Posted by G
Sydney, Nsw Australia
I am experiencing an infestation of what I believe are bird mites. The critters are perhaps 1/2 mm long & bite. I am now using a garlic preparation that works well, killing the bugs & keeping them away:

1. Crush several cloves of garlic and let them steep in about 1/4 cup of mineral oil or bath oil for some hours (Baby oil is a mineral oil, Bath oil is a soluble mineral oil & worth the cost). Add some lemon juice to reduce the smell. Push the mix firmly through a fine strainer.

2. Add some liquid soap to mineral oil to emulsify then thin with a quantity of water suitable for rubbing on your skin.

It works really well. The recipe is based on a home insecticide recipe I found, modified for topical use. The only down side is the pervasive smell, but frankly I just really need the sleep. The quantities are rough: you are looking for a fairly pungent mix that does not irritate your skin.

My particular critters are only slightly deterred by tea tree oil, now they're running scared. I have tried permethrin based surface sprays & bombs which have had no effect whatever. Since permethrin is (supposedly) non/low toxic I even sprayed my hat to sleep in. The bugs just laughed.

Garlic & onions store their winter food just above the soil, where most of the bugs & bacteria live. So it's not surprising they have developed effective & general defenses against animals & bacteria.

The mite family has 50,000 species & of course they pre-date insects. They are top survivors. That species number also indicates they are masters of evolution & adaptation, quickly adapting to local food source & conditions.

Before I tried the garlic I thought I was screwed, completely. There are a number of other things to try: oregano oil is a top contender. I am also looking at rosemary oil & citronella oil. I intend to emulsify these for a surface spray. Steam cleaners are a known winner. Some people recommend Windex, which just sounds like a death wish.

Good luck, you can do it.

Posted by Faith
Forest Park, Ohio
Diatomaceous Earth is used for this, make sure you get FOOD GRADE!
Posted by David
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
20 Posts
@G from Sydney, Nsw Australia: Many thanks for the topical garlic recipe which I've only just seen now, thanks to the way this site is (dis)organised.

I see you're using it for bird mites. Humans are secondary hosts for these whereas we're primary hosts for human demodex mites which live in follicles and sebaceous glands, so I'm not sure it would work.

But nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I'll also see if I can get oregano oil (not guaranteed here in backward Ireland).

Many thanks for the tips.

@Faith from Forest Park, Ohio: I do use food-grade diatomaceous earth which I take internally every evening after dinner (2 heaped tablespoons in half a pint of water). I'm not sure about putting in on my skin though because it's a powerful dessicant. It also has almost diamond-hard sharp edges (which cut through hard insect exoskeletons like butter) so I'd imagine it could do fairly radical structural damage to the outer skin layer.

I'll research it. Many thanks for the tip.

Posted by Annesco1 (Amsterdam, Ny, Usa) on 10/15/2011

I just got some hemp oil from the health food store and wondered what is the best way to use it to enhance my efforts to rid myself of the internal bird mite infestation and/or possible morgellons? Should I use it in an oil pulling routine?

Please somebody respond soon. I have posted three times in the past two days, and would love some feedback.

Posted by Clarity
Los Angeles, California, Usa
8 Posts
Annescol from Amsterdam, I too am looking for hemp oil for mites... Unable to find it in the US. I read that one can ingest it or use it topically. Can you tell me where I can order the hemp oil... Or paste? Very grateful. monte91010(AT)gmail(dot)com

EC: Lots of stores selling hemp oil products on Google Shopping here:

Posted by Annesco (Amsterdam, New York, Usa) on 10/13/2011

Hi, I am suffering from a mite infestation, and want to begin the borax treatment. My question is that in order to increase alkalinity in my system, I have been drinking multiple cups of green tea per day for a few weeks now. In view of the flouride issue, should I stop doing this while taking the borax? Will it be counterproductive? I am also taking 300 mg of MSM per day. Will this do anything either beneficial or counterproductive?

Posted by Karin
Indianapolis, US
Question to Annesco: Have you tried alkaline drops to balance your PH? My daughter has been adding them to her coffee and says it helps her stomach.

Posted by Jean (Denver, Co) on 04/25/2011

Tried about everything. Going on 2 yrs. boyfriend, dog, daughter, her boyfriend and soon 2 b newborn (really scary). Damn docs think your crazy even though I have the sores. Now really bad sores everywhere. Will try borax again. Want 2 order terpinen online. So sick and tired. At times just resolve to have this forever, as I refer to "them" as my coffin bugs. My scalp all over, face/jaw line, arms, buttocks, upper legs. Moved 4 times. Lost everything.

Posted by Eh
Spring Hill, Fl Usa
I finally self diagnosed with the neglected tropical disease- subcutaneous filiariasis. Doctors dont seem to know about it here. Starts like pimples, but a white thing (or several) wont squeeze out. Then macules, sores that itch like mad. Eventually you get thread-like worms, living in your mid-layers of skin. One variety also infects the abdominal cavity. The vector is mosquito or midge bite. I have had it for 5 years, before I finally figured out. Been pulling worms out of my face for the last 6 months. Lesions all over body that never heal right. Wiki has a page on it that's informative- there's several kinds of filariasis including an eye worm that can blind.
Posted by L.S.
Cape Cod, Usa
OMG! I am not crazy... Everything y'all gave as symptoms/actions/remedies/isolation/expenses are dead on. Have had for 7 years. Can this cause brain/muscle/nervous system/blindness/loss of hearing? Death? Has anyone had trouble w/ food going down? Had to have minor surgery to open passage to stomache and have a repeated feeling of butterfly flutter (not thyroid) in esophagus? Do you know the life cycle? Thank you!
Posted by Mitzi
Carlsbad, Nm
These mites don't mess around. I still have them. Sometimes they "run" with Cheyletiella mites, and you can get rid of those on your pets with a "spot-on" flea treatment that's pretty expensive, but not these mites that I have. They survive pretty much everything. (Personally, I'm doing a lot of praying about it. ) Here are some things that really work for comfort. 1) air mattress, 2) synthetic underwear (nylon, etc), 3) Menthol dandruff shampoo (comes in a blue bottle) or generic equivalent, 4) Vaporizing rub (that comes in a blue bottle and smells like menthol) or generic equivalent, for feet, privates, nose if it itches, at night. I even rub it around my eyes lightly if they're bugging me at night, 5) Foot powder -- Blue bottle with menthol. (Good in baby diapers, too, when mixed with regular baby powder. Start with 80% baby powder, and 20% foot powder. ) But I put it everywhere on myself. It has menthol so its cooling, but the buggers HATE MENTHOL. It lasts the night. I've mixed it with Diatomacious earth before also. Buy DE at a vet supply place online, because its cheaper. Use a dry sponge to pat it on yourself or a powder puff. You can put it directly on dogs, but not on cats unless you mix it with A LOT OF diatomacious earth. Cat's livers cannot handle too much peppermint, menthol, essential oils, etc. I just don't use any of that on a cat. (The DE doesn't get the bugs out of the house though. ) 6)And finally, turpentine and lotion. That stuff works, but smells a bit. DO NOT use this on a cat! But, I've used it for 3 years now. Nothing harmful. I buy "pure turpentine from tree resin" in a green can at big home improvement store ($7). I mix it 30/70, turp/lotion. No itch. At first, you turn pretty red and it hurts, because of the trails under your skin, but give it an hour and it gets less red. If it keeps hurting, wash it off and try again later. Take a shower with the shampoo for soap, too. I tried Ted's vinegar/borax solution dip for a long, long time, but once they're in your house, forget it. I still wash with 1 cup Borax in each load though. It's cheap. Try to get synthetic blankets and clothes, too. (I mean you can't replace your whole wardrobe, but those bugs love cotton, so avoid it. If you use borax in wash and don't wear things more than twice, it gets less itchy. A lot less. Don't throw your clothes away. Just don't wear them for a while) DE-XXXX additive for laundry works.($50/bottle on Amazon, "laundry additive, de-"). It has some stuff is poisonous in it, so don't use it on people or animals. Not for hair, nothing but clothes and linens. This stuff is really poisonous, okay? But it works on clothes really well. Unfortunately, I still have these bugs, but I'm much less freaked and more comfortable. Now, at least I sleep at night, too. I think God is merciful to those who pray and wait. Those who hope in him, so I pray for answers. I've tried A LOT of things (pesticides to the tune of $6000), but nothing worked. It seemed to aggrevate them. I even tried cedar sprays with no success, so don't waste your money. This is what I've discovered anyway and I hope it helps until you can get rid of them.

Posted by Brandy (Denham Springs, Louisiana) on 03/04/2011

I went through a horrific experience with bird mites. At first, I was the only sufferer since females are usually attacked prior to anyone else in the home. I felt alone since no one believed me and started to think I was going insane. I lost sleep every-night and became delusional, enough to where I lost my job. My intense research brought me to where I finally had an answer. I went to the local pest store, bought residual indoor and outdoor products, fumigated the attic and also sprayed the yard and trees. A few months later did the same thing to kill the rest that hatched. It worked!!

Finally figured out that they came from a dead bird that was found in the attic after a hurricane. Also noticed it got worse when it rained or was humid outside (which is common in the south). If it would have gone on any longer, I probably would have taken my life -- that's how severe it became and I'm not a suicidal or depressed person. I am still angry that I was so alone and want to help anyone suffering from it. It can be defeated!!!

Posted by Misdiagnosed
Dayton, Oh/usa
Hi there, I was glad to read your post, because I too became suicidal and delusional. I ALMOST lost my job too. This condition is awful, isn't it? I am near the end; only have a few bites a day, but there was a time a few months ago, when I was getting bit 100x per hour. Couldn't focus, couldn't concentrate. My house was a mess and I'm typically a neat freak! I started spraying the furniture, clothes, car, and office with a mixture of about 12 drops of peppermint oil to a large spray bottle of water. This helped tremendously. I now know if I can just get this spray in contact with them, they die. The trick is they hide in crevices and tiny cracks. I took apart my office chair and sprayed it this morning - HUGE relief!
Posted by Brenda
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Hi Brandy, what was the name of the products you bought from the pet store that got rid of them? I have tryed it all to kill these things they said to do on and none worked for me. I have suffered for seven years with theses things.

Posted by Ruth (Hobart, Tasmania) on 01/14/2010

Hi I' ve only just found this site. I have an chronic unidentifiable mite infestation. My sister, my son and I still have them. (4 other people managed to get rid of them as I was able to get them to act fast-but with greaaat difficulty. And they dont live/ bed with a small child!)I' ve lived with the mitets 4 years now! No medical people can find anything or believe me. They live in my ears as well as head/face mostly-travel over my body,bite like a sand fly armpits groin too,arms, legs! I feel them hatching and the larvae stage is different in crawling sensation to the adult. They mostly lay eggs behind ears but elsewhere on top. I know this as I spent months shaving our heads and the popping sounds behind my ears and crawling around from there(!)-they like to run for cover when so exposed-or after treatment they move around to get away-hence migration into ears.A night I distinctly feel them crawl over my face into eyelashes and eyes brows cheeks. from within ears and nearby external ears. Yes I have gone completely insane, washing and poisoning us and avoiding others. Ive tried a huge range of natural products of course. Mega bucks. I will look into the baking soda and borax mix thank you. You dont say how to have it, please? And I' ll try the ACV. Ive begun using 5% Coal tar shampoo,some relief but just read it's banned in higher doses as coal tar is a well known carcenogenic. Sigh!

Posted by Kim
St. Paul, Mn
Check out Morgellons online and make sure it's mites and not Morgellons...
Posted by Carol
Schaumburg, Il
Hi Ruth, I have used food grade diatonaceous earth directly on my scalp at night to get relief and it works for the itchy spots as well. Carol of schaumb. Il.
Posted by Lynn
Connecticut, Usa
Last week I started taking Iodine, Colloidal Silver and drinking the borax water. I know it's a lot to do all at once. By the end of the day the central part of my face became extremely red and inflamed. I woke up in the morning to bleeding sores and a greater area of my face being inflamed. I had never experienced anything like it in my life. Over the days, whatever was happening travelled down to my chin. Eventually scabbing and flaking began to occur. I continued to take the Iodine, Colloidal Silver and borax water (1/8 tsp per liter a day or less). It's been a week and my face is almost completely clear. What a weird experience. I have no idea what it was that came out or which ingredient caused it to come out but it makes me wonder! I was trying to help my Thyroid not my face.
Posted by Aj
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Finally got a term that confirms the "bugs" or the "hosts" are not delusional! DEMODICIDOSIS!

Dermatology Online Journal says this treatment will get rid of them in 3 weeks! I've tried the topical metronidzole, but not at the same time as the oral metronidzole and oral prednisolone.

"The diagnosis of demodicidosis was made by finding extrafollicular mites in the perifollicular inflammatory infiltrate. The papules resolved after 3 weeks of systemic and topical metronidazole, and low-dose oral prednisolone therapy. In summary, demodex granuloma may be mistaken for granulomatous rosacea-like papules. Correct diagnosis can be facilitated by finding extrafollicular demodex mites in skin biopsy specimens."

Posted by Lou
Tyler, Tx
164 Posts
I found this post on another site (hope that's OK):

Sounds like we have all been there. Have use the various sulfur preps, home preps, hair preps and so on. And, got paranoid to stop using as well. At some point, though - it is time to 'pamper' your skin and let it strengthen and do what it was designed to do -- protect you and your innards. Use emu oil to 'heal' and then vitamins daily with C, A and B included (don't OD on the fat soluable ones, though - like E and A).
Working out and working up a very good salty sweat is quite good for cleansing the skin and killing mites - even those that normally live in your hair folicles, such as the demodex - which are dead skin scavengers and don't bother you.
If you are particularly prone to being a mite haven -- you can resort to your sulfur home remedies once a week or get down to every other week for one washing interval - 24 hour to 48 hours at most.
BUT, eventually, -- think about using essential oils or Citrus oils for skin soothing and repealling properties (they're not great in a curative mode -- we just can't take the weeks on end treatment regimens in America required for essential oil and enzyme treatments-- just isn't practical. I laughed when I read - apply 3 to 6 times daily for 3 weeks).
Shore up your skin defenses (and its immunity)with vitamins A, C, E (among all the rest you should have daily) AND add mega amounts of zinc 200 to 300 mg for a week and then at least 100 mg daily (never mind the RDA - blah). Used in my HIV patients in even higher doses to help them reconstitute their immune systems.
But, get healed and use Citrus oils - as they are a fabulous repelling agent and nice for the skin. Don't forget those sea salt hot bathes too -- dump lots of sea salt in the water and just soak.

Posted by Izzy (Vero Beach, Florida U.s.a) on 10/11/2009

Maybe a flea ?

I have discovered after a year of battleing these invisible biting creatures, that there also is a flea called the Sticktight Flea, which is just as small as the bird-rat mites, and it loves humans, likes to live in crotch area, scalp, face and ears, and i do mean it lives in the ears, and burrows into the flesh there, when you use remedies in your ears it goes under the flesh, very hard to kill, I got suspicious when I saw one I got from between my cats toes, and they cause dogs- cats to do the head shaking also, I have been pulling stuff off my body for a year now, and they have been things that are the same as all 3 stages of this creature, they come off wildlife, including wild birds !! I am going to start battleing with products for fleas and see what happens, along with my zapper which helps.

EC: Another name for a sticktight flea is Echidnophaga gallinacea: gallinacea.htm

Posted by Izzy
Vero Beach, Florida
Invisible biting mites?

I have posted here before,but just want to add a couple tips to help in this ongoing battle against these Mites? Using sprinkled talc with Menthol in it on your sheets keeps them off you so you can sleep,not allowed to say the name of product but it's in a green shaker bottle with holes in the cap, has Zinc Oxide and Menthol as ingredients,also get Pets on a topical, that covers mites & fleas, this stopped the misery my pets were going through.Dealing with the ones in my ears is a different story though, have thrown everything safe at them but can't kill them there, keep using borax in wash ,and I add 1 teaspoon of Euclyptus Oil to each load, if you have pets it's a good idea to wash the oil out of the clothes after soaking them in the borax & Euc. Be careful with essential oils of any kind around pets, I research any new remedies I try first due to my pets. An Immune booster supplement is a must ! And if your a long time remedy user it's a real good idea to buy a Liver Detoxifier from your health food store, trust me you will feel a lot better once your liver starts to rejuvinate itself.If you want to make your blood more Alkaline you can buy PH drops to make it more alkaline than acidic, this helps in the battle also, I am a senior citizen and am in pretty good shape due to following my tips, however until the CDC stops dragging their feet we'll never get to the bottom of this, my bugs are able to burrow under the flesh, hence I can't kill them in my ears but any feedback will be appreciated!

Posted by K
Sacramento, Ca
2 Posts
I had a bad case of mites this summer. I used neem oil - three or four large dropperfuls in about a cup of olive oil, added some oil of orange. Put all over head, face, ears, neck down to shoulders.

Then soak in a tub of water - add hydrogen peroxide, one large bottle, about 1/2 cup borax and a cup or so of salt, oil up down to the water level. Soak for an hour if you can.

Then wash your hair with Dawn dish soap.

This causes a rush to your eyes as they try to get away, but using drops and resting in a dark room will get you thru it.

Do it once a week until they are gone.

I saw an article that recommended using lysol, the kind you dilute. Pour it on your scalp, ears, etc and let it dry. Leaving it on do it again and let dry. Leave on for all day or night if you can before you wash it out. Have not tried it as mine are gone or reduced so as not to be bothersome.

Good luck.

Posted by Gaynor
Manaton, Uk
10 Posts

For 9 days I have been using my saliva to clear the last of the dermodex mites causing my rosacea- and it has worked! All clear no more spots or redness, calm pale smooth skin- I can hardly believe it. I stopped doing the borax and H202 remedy as I realised that the saliva was making such a difference. Quite remarkable for something so simple a remedy as applying your own saliva to your skin.

Thank you Antonio and Earth Clinic!

Posted by Lou
Tyler, Tx
164 Posts
@ K - Lysol may contain phenols, which can be dangerous to the thyroid. I read that lemon juice is very effective to kill the mites.
Posted by Sandy
Monroe, Washinton
8 Posts
Yea to Lou from Tyler, Texas!! You are right about the saliva on your face! Ty so much! When I get all ready for bed, olive oil or mayonaisse my hair, shower cap. Then use my dry eye ointment and head for my bed. The last step I do is( After brushing my Teeth and rinsing my mouth well) is to apply my saliva to my face and over my eyes. It works very well, I have felt them run off my face! :)
Posted by Tony
Brisbane Queensland Australia
Have been suffering with skin problems for years it was especially worse on my face. Itchy eyebrows and ears.and a crawling sensation at night it looked so bad some days I would'nt even leave the house. had a skin biopsy done and it came back as demodex mite infestation. had no idea they had been causing my eye problems as well blepharitis, eye lashes falling out, dry & irritated eyes and blurred vision. my pores are enlarged & my skin is wrinkled with broken capillaries. have been taking doxycycline tablets for 2 months with no success tried the permethrin 5 times 4 days apart didn't make any difference. even tried 50/50 tea tree oil solution from head to toe for 2 weeks helped a bit with the itch but did kill them. am now trying benzyl peroxide has helped the itch on my face a lot. if this doesn't eradicate them completely I've ordered a product that is primarily used for animals for demodetic mange but I've been reading online lots of story's from people using it to cure their scabies and demodex infestations seems to be the only thing that really works when all else fails. has 73% sulfur 25% mineral oils and 2% pine oil from what I've read you should cut it down 50/50 solution with any essential oil or zinc oxide so its more tolerable with your skin at this stage I'm willing to try anything! You can order it from amazon or I got mine from e-bay.

Hair Dryer   1  0   

Posted by Stephanie (Chicago, IL) on 01/07/2008

[YEA]  Bed Bugs Cure- HAIRDRYER! A friend of mine traveled through Africa and brought back bed bugs! I tried to help her for months trying to get rid of these creatures with every kind of spray, buying new mattresses--it was a total nightmare. They were biting her son almost every night--it was disgusting and frustrating. She spent a lot of money and time with all kinds of products and professionals and they would the bedbugs would just return. She was becoming very discouraged and depressed over it. Finally, I read online(after searching for months for a solution) that blowing a HAIRDRYER on the infected areas on high heat would kill them--permanently. Just use an ordinary hairdryer on HIGH HEAT all along the edge of the mattress and carpet, and anywhere you think they could be hiding(usually no deeper than 1/4 inch into the mattress so you just need to heat this up good). Putting the dryer on high heat, blowing the hot air closely for several minutes will kill the bugs and any eggs before they hatch. Do this BEFORE buying a new mattress so your new one doesn't get infected! This is the ONLY thing that actually worked, it's been several months now and no bugs have returned. Don't spend your money on services or expensive solutions that promise results--complete waste of money! Congratulations, you've just found the cure--and it's free!

Posted by Maria
Évora, Alentejo, Portugal
My mother have that horrible desiase (Morgellons), since 2007. She have 3 kind of strange microscopic insects, coming out, and going inside her skin, during almost 3 years. It starts in her back, that soon becames in to a map of blooding wonds, and marks of tunels, as if something in the interior could stand all the wonds/injuries connected by tunels. Mantaing, though, the nests and the cocoons connected to the way out. Only now, i've discovered(at Discovery channel) what that desiase is for real. Until now, my mother only ear from doctors, that she's crazy and nothing else! English is not very good (has you allready have noticed)...3h...and i'm still here (asking all time, to my frind Google for help;)...but giving you my best!... .I only can ask you, to investigate all about Morgellons desiase, and also "Chamtrails". My mother have only used a simple cream soap (Uriage) for dry and damaged skins...She's better now...but she's still feeling some wonds in her scalp. All rest of the body (BACK,arms,belly,NOSE,SCALP) are now much more better.The marks of the wonds, will stay forever...but even she gets totaly cured, one wond (psycologic one) will resist in her mind, open...allways...Thank you all, and dont you haver give up!...Tomorrow morning, i'm going to try to kill that little monsters whith a simple HAIR DRYER ;)...and i'm believing on it!
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Maria,

So sorry to hear about your mom. To all who have written here about Morgellon's I would like to bring to your attention something called a "zapper". I learned about it awhile ago and had never heard about it. It is endorsed by people I consider very reputable. It was created by Hulda Clark quite awhile ago and they are available online. I personally don't have any parasites or the like but did do a lot of research on these zappers because I wanted to see what they were about and if they worked. Honestly, if I had this issue I would seriously get one. They range greatly in price but there is one called "The Terminator" by Don Croft which is very reasonably priced, I think, for what it can do. I have found it for about $100 online during my research. You can google this info and find these zappers, info on Hulda Clark, testimonies, etc. I just felt I should pass this info on as I had never heard of these zappers and have definitely filed the info away in case there should ever be an issue like this within my own family circle. Peace, Lisa

Posted by Mama
London, Ontario
My family has used the Hulda Clarks Zapper for years! It's wonderful! Be careful with any other kind though. The current has to be exact or you're waisting your money. We stick with Hulda's because she invented it and knew what she was doing. If you have a cold coming on - zap and it will kill the virus before it gets a hold of you. I recommend that everyone have her books in their home - and definitely own a zapper.


Posted by Steve
Valley Ford, California
A few years ago my bed and blankets became infested with some kind tiny, very irritating and itchy bug which was extremely difficult to get rid of. What finally worked for me was to put all my laundry in plastic bags until laundry day(to keep the bugs trapped) and then, after washing, dry everything for 45 minutes to an hour at high heat including pillows. This will kill the bugs in the fabric. I then enclosed the pillows in two plasic bags each to prevent reinfestation and I then wrapped my entire mattress in lightweight plastic (five layers) to both prevent reinfestation and trap and starve to death any bugs remaining inside the mattress. This was after treating myself with over the counter lice killing solution. I left the plastic on the pillows and mattress for a year just to be sure and the bugs have not come back and it's been several years now. It is also important to vacuum the rugs once or twice in the area every day for a couple of weeks. That should keep them from hanging around. I was desperate and this worked for me.
Posted by Diane
Studio City, Ca
Glad your approach worked for you, Steve. I've seen lots of shows now (Dr. Oz for example) discussing bed bugs and it sounds like you had them for sure. Sounds like you caught the infestation early. People have their homes and houses heated inside to over 140 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour or more to rid them. It's an expensive process, but it works.

Perhaps you travel a lot and stayed in a hotel with bed bugs? Always check your hotel at and look for the 1-star reviews before you travel. Also, your luggage can also pick up bed bugs from the plane's luggage storage area. I'm so petrified of these critters that I only use hard case luggage and I spray/soak the zippers and fabric around the zippers with a bed bug deterrent spray you can find online and in stores made from all natural oils that apparently bed bugs hate the smell and will avoid your bag. I've also seen many people have their bags wrapped in a clear wrap before it's put on the plane.

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Posted by Nan (Minnesota, USA) on 10/04/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been fighting this for 2 years now...quite frustrating to say the least, but have found some things that have helped greatly...I used a naturopath to test some cures...Venus Fly Trap extract tested positive as did Green Hull Black Walnut extract, Wormwood tincture extract, sulphur homeopathics and calcarea carb, Neem tested (likely for killing the flying things)... I have also used a homeopath and he has put me on what he feels is my constitutional and feels this will rid my body of them...Graphites is the remedy he said was my personal remedy...everyone has a different one and you need to find a good homeopath to discover yours...if will cure most of what ails you. I have to admit the things weakened considerably using the Graphites...unfortunately I need the coffee to work daily with lack of sleep and that does inhibit the effects of the homeopathic, as does mint and all strong smelling and tasting things (perfume) for example...which makes it difficult to effect the cure...but I'm pretty sure if you get your right remedy your body could heal itself...Homeopathics are miraculous...I've seen them do many amazing things overnight...stop OCD, make kidney stones disappear stop flu in its tracks, get rid of 104 temperature in 15 minutes, etc... So I believe homeopathics could do the job alone, but a combination of them and herbs could easily do it...I have found that calendula ointment and possibly wormwood on the skin really cleared up the mites on the face. Has anyone else experienced what I have with the worms? I never hear anyone talk about it...My white worms seem to harbor in my feet...and when I go to bed they seem to awaken and crawl up my legs to attack the rest of my body...I have had worms as long as 3-4" come out in the bath...I actually make large pots of wormwood/black walnut/quassia and other teas and strain them into my bath...helps some. I'm wondering if I have Morg and something else going on at the same time because I've heard no one else speak of these symptoms. I have found over time that these buggers become stronger the harder I fight them...especially the tea tree seems to drive them deeper into the body...when they feel under attack they lay larva like fiends. Anyway, I could write on for hours about my experiences, but this will do for now..Good luck!

Posted by K
Sacramento, Ca
How are you feeling these days. I have symptoms similar to yours. Morgellons, mites and white worms in nasal cavities. All came on at once.

I wonder if your homeopathic remedies have helped, I am killing some with herbs and Ted's borax and baking soda has taken the edge off the Morgs. Still have waves of mites and many worms have made themselves apparent in the rest of my body. I am hoping you can report some relief for your situation.

Posted by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
Hi Nan and K..Please read Dr Hulda Clarks book "A cure for all diseases" she specifically targets parasites and their causes. Cheers

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Posted by Ewsteban (Houston, Texas) on 10/16/2014

3 dermatologists thousands waisted. not one mentioned mites as a culprit. demodicosis, as I was infested. I submit my entire face to hot water in a bowl one area at a time. hotter than I would like for 110 seconds.then heat water in a large pot as the water heater is not hot enough to penetrate the necessary the tub I pour the hot water the add hot faucet water then submerge the back of my scalp long as I can. hours later the dead mite sites appear as red bumps, only way to know where they are. I was surprised they were in my nose hair, ears upper back stomach down to my ankles. permrthrin, metronidazole, 10percent sulphur on my scalp and lower body, teatree oil and shampoo.launder drying in high heat, every nite for bedding.

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Posted by Niki (Dallas, Tx) on 08/29/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried the hydrogen peroxide and borax solution on my hair for dust mites. I kept the solution on for a little while. When I washed my hair normally very dark brown) turned blondish orange. Now my hair is falling in clumps. It is literally melting in my fingers. I use to have a head full of extremely healthy thick and long hair. I can't recognize myself in the mirror. Any suggestions? Please help this is very frightening.

Posted by Lynn
Seattle, Washington, Us
2 Posts
Won't reverse the orange because peroxide acts as a bleach, but I use extra virgin coconut oil about once a week on my hair to help prevent nits and mites. I emulsify it in some hot water (don't mircrowave, it changes the integrity, cover my hair with it and sleep in it overnight... Simply shampoo in the morning. Works great on skin too... And my cats love it... I rub it on their fur and they like to lick it off. Not only kills fleas and mites, but helps with hairballs and a natural antimicrobial agent.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by Michelle (Baltimore, Maryland) on 07/25/2007

[YEA]  re: Mite Infestation -- I, too, like others have suffered similar ailments--intense itching and red, swollen bites on upper part of body for three years, and until recently, my face. I am of African descent and my skin does not heal well, after any kind of bruising. When the redness and itching finally go away, I'm left with lots of black spots. Needless to say, it leaves me quite depressed and I'm not able to wear short sleeves, shorts or go to the beach (due to eczema on the lower part of my body). Well, I though it was bedmites or dustmites and replaced my mattress and linens and even wash these in hot water, ammonia and borax every couple of days. But almost every morning when I wake up, I find more red bumps.

Well, much thanks for Earthclinic!!! After reading many testimonials on different skin issues, I purchased ACV to neutralize my body's acidity and Organic Coconut Oil for eczema, etc. I was still getting my usual number of bites and tried 3% Hydrogen Peroxide for the itching; it helped for a couple of hours. Just by chance, I read about the lady who had tried Pond's face cream with the intent to "suffocate" the mites and I reasoned that coconut oil has such tremendous healing properties--bacterial/viral/fungual; this just might work. So, I put some on all over my face, chest and arms where I had bites and voila! The itching subsided within several minutes and by the end of the next day, the swelling and redness was 97% gone and I still have NO more itching!!! (I've also been taking the coconut oil internally but not diligently as I should be.)

I'm so ecstatic to share this with others and hope that you would have as much success as I did.

P.S. Ted, can you share any light on this. Also, since using ACV and baking soda, my eczema has flared up. I'm now trying baking soda only. (I also suffer from chronic BV).

Iodine, Oregano, Hibiclens   0  0   

Posted by Kerrigan (Detroit, MI) on 08/12/2014

Hi, I want to start by thanking everyone on this site for your great advice and suggestions. I am still not sure what I had (bird mites, morgellons, parasites, scabies from hell) or how I got it but I am sooooo glad that its finally gone. It started around February of this year. Every night when I got into bed, I would be attacked. Bites, sharp painful stinging sensations all over my body. Like others, I thought it was bed bugs, but as much as I looked I could never find one. Whatever this is, it is so small that you cannot see it, but you can definitely feel it and it is torture!

In the beginning of this nightmare, I would spray my sheets and body with OFF every night and that would help me sleep. And, I just assumed that whatever this was, it would eventually go away. However, after about a month the OFF stopped working and the biting got worse and I started to itch….constantly. And, I had bite marks all over my stomach, thighs and back. Then I searched online and found that I was not alone. This is a huge problem that's affecting a lot of people.

So, I started trying different things that I read about. Some things didn't work at all (Vaseline, lemon juice, etc) and other things would help but they would never cure (tea-tree oil, coconut oil, sulfur, borax, hydrogen peroxide, Windex, bleach, epsom salts, etc). And, the biting wasn't just at night anymore, it had progressed to the feeling of biting and crawling all day long and all over my body, even my scalp and genital area. I was afraid to visit family and friends or invite them to my home because I didn't want them to be infected. I stopped hugging and touching people altogether and became a recluse.

I was vacuuming daily, keeping my dirty clothes and clean clothes in sealed garbage bags, changing my sheets daily, putting all kinds of sprays and oils on my skin. I even threw out my mattress and bought a new one and put a zippered plastic cover from Target on it. I also noticed that it would get worse around the full moon every month. During the full moon, I would literally have to take Benadryl and cry myself to sleep.

After months of endless torture, sleepless nights, crying, wondering “why me?”, I finally got some relief from Lugol's Iodine Solution, Oil of Oregano, Hibiclens Soap and positive thinking. I have been consistently using these “cures” daily for about two months and I am finally free. I take a few drops of the Lugol's Iodine twice a day (in the morning and before bed), I take one Oil of Oregano softgel in the morning and I take my shower at night with the Hibiclens soap. I use an off brand of the soap that I got from Meijer and I put it in an old soap bottle with a foam dispenser to save money. I absolutely love this soap! It gets me cleaner than any soap I have ever used and you only need to use a small amount.

Also, I use positive affirmations throughout the day to help me get through the day. I now only vacuum once a week and I put my bedding in the freezer in the morning and take it out before bed. I vacuum my car once a week and spray it daily with rubbing alcohol. It is now August and as I sit here at my computer, I feel NOTHING. No itching, No crawling, No biting. I think what worked for me was really fighting it internally because prior to starting the iodine and oregano, I was mainly focusing on my environment. Once I started the iodine and oregano (and Hibiclens), within 2 months I was cured. I hope my story helps.

Ionic Silver and Vaseline   1  0   

Posted by Tracy (Modesto, CA) on 11/20/2007

[YEA]  re: American Biotec Labs ionic silver and water machine -- I have largely healed, very clear skin now after years of various illnesses and almost two years of hell w/ rashes, itches, lesions. Healed with about a half bottle a day of ABL silver taken as a gulpful several times a day. I also used vaseline, even on my head, and slept in it. Joy dishwashing detergent will get it out after a couple hair washings. Vaseline seemed to choke them off, make them come out, and was very soothing.

Jan's Recipe   1  0   

Posted by Fightingthegoodfight (Houston, Texas, USA) on 12/23/2012

This recipe sounds like it should work very well. I plan to try it soon.

We have had great success in reducing the numbers of mites & symptoms using MSM Sulfur, clove oil & eucalyptus oil in a lotion base after showering with sulfur soap but a few are still getting through & making a home under our skin.

We have a colloidal silver machine & make our own to take orally. I will make extra for this and purchase teh Coconut oil & W salve. We used to use the W salve back in the early 90's and it healed burns like nothing else. I hope these two extra items are the missing link we need to completely heal. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Posted by Billy
Fort Laurderdale, Fl
I actually have rubbed sulfur soap from head to toe like it was a lotion. I have relief.... They are coming out by the numbers. Everyone actually thought I was nuts I am finally going to be able to sleep....

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