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Hi to everyone going through Mite Infestation problems. I know exactly how you are all feeling. Isolated, depressed and despairing. And when your houses are warmer the problems seem to reoccur. My family and I have suffered like most of you; about 2 years with attempting to understand exactly what we had. From Headlice, Fleas to finally understanding they were sum form of mite, albeit dust mite, bird mite or whatever. Like yourselves going to Doctors or talking to others that were not suffering became embarrassing. Most of the time people brush under the carpets. I mean things are getting bad because you see people scratching in the supermarkets, at work you name it; the invisible scratching is taking the world by storm. However like one entry I have read already on this site I believe in the Power of Prayer. And so I sat down, in despair having tried many things mentioned in these blogs except for something that was right under my nose. I began to pray and ask the Lord what had I missed. We had used Foggers, Lice Treatments, Flea Treatments everything (they have helped but not cured). Spent an absolute fortune on every spray imaginable until one day.... Lord help me I am at my end, show me what to do. The answer came; and this is what was said to me...... Through my heart and spirit within me.... That calming voice of the Holy Spirit, full of wisdom and comfort spoke...
Whatever insect you are dealing with; remember this, they thrive on warmth. Every time you wear your clothes, your body is warmed up and they hatch. The mites are in your clothes. You have tried everything on your bodies but have forgotten your clothes. Here is how you combat mites on a large scale.
N.B Insects love the warmth..... Elimate their comfort zone. The source.
1. First of all - Clean clothes hang all your clothes up on hangers and place in the wardrobes or on garment rails. Leave nothing on the floors.
2.All dirty washing keep in laundry bags inside black bin bags or clear bags. Did the black bin bag thing and threw things out by mistake. LOL.... :) Very frustrating. Found clear bags better.
3. Ensure the bags are closed inside the laundry baskets and get all of your family in your household to ensure they place dirty clothes inside the bags and keep it covered. This contains any, cuts off oxygen eventually and stops them just running for cover anywhere they can find. This helps with most unwanted insects from Lice, to Fleas to Mites you name it.
4. Each time you come to wash clothes... Be prepared in advance. Get large Plastic flexi-tub like containers : Asda sell large flexi Plastic storage tubs, walmart for USA will have them. All different colours. We chose Blue for Clothes. Now prioritise what needs washing first. The day before you want to wash (so soaking overnight): Fill a couple of Tubs with ice-cold water I. E let it run from your tap. Now dunk white wash items in one Tub and Coloured items dunk in the other tub. Ensure all of the items are fully submerged.
Leave overnight. You will need nothing else but ice-cold water. Insects of any kind HATE the cold. Our clothes harbour the vast majority of mites unfortunately. They burrow into the fibres and feed off dead skin and the like. They do not need a constant host. We frantically wash our bodies, cut our hair and chemically poison ourselves yet all the time the mites live happily ever after in our clothes.
We think when we have just simply washed our clothes at high degrees in our washing machines we have killed them off. Not so to all. They have a unique method of self preservation and fight to survive anywhere they can be undetected. Even in your car. And so on we go, reinfesting from Car to House, House to Car and so on. Will get to the Car in a jiffy....just dealing with House and Clothes at Moment..
5. Ok next day... Wash on Washing Cycles as normal. Do not do Cold Wash Only. This does not help with bacteria. Remember you have already cold soaked overnight. As you pour away the ice-cold water and wring your clothes out over the bath or shower tray (if you haven't got a bath) or sink whatever. Notice how many little black specks appear in the water. As you repeat this method for your clothes you will begin to notice the itching, crawling feeling that eventually gets back on your skin eases off and eventually little tickles, pinpricks will lessen. Don't give up. And keep praying through it. Prayer changes Things and People. Might take a few fall outs with each other as it can be frustrating to learn new routines but eventually each one of you in your household will learn to function as a Team. And don't worry if you find yourself swearing; just ask the Lord for MORE GRACE because He knows you are going to need it and wants to help. His Mercy is new everyday and is love lasts forever in a True Heart for Him.
6. OK.... Once machined washed, dry your clothes on Airers, Airing Cupboards on the washing line on a good drying day. Once completely dry.... Here is what you do next. Shake all clothes off outside. Fibres and bits will shake off (so that is why it is best to shake off outside if you can). Winter can be a bit more tricky. But wrap up, and you will be ok.... So shake off each item (also keeps you fit without expense of Gym...LOL)
7. Place all dry clothes, shaken off in fresh Clear Bags ready for ironing.
8. To Hand when come to Ironing......
Lint Rollers....... Make your own when shop tape has ran out. Buy rolls of Parcel Tape, Masking Tape (Thick Wide not Thin mm wide). Sticky side down on to roller to get it attached; then wind back on itself with sticky side facing up, so the roller is constantly sticky side to touch. Wrap on as much as you want then leave a lip folded over so you can always find the edge. Before you iron.... Lint roll the item first. Then proceed. Once completely ironed. Hang up and place clear bag over item. Just like they do at the Dry Cleaning Service.
9. When you are ready to wear the item. Shake off the clothes and maybe lint roll again. Use your ironing board to help hold the item of clothing so you can lint roll.
10. Spray the bag the clothes came out of with say... Bob Martins Flea Spray (kills mites as well). This way you can re-use the bag for dirty washing and can add extra killing power before soaking your next batch of clothes.
I know it is an expense on plastic bags but it works.
I have done this with my clothes continually now... For past 3 months and we have had less and less by the day, by the minute. A HUGE SUCCESS. It has been amazing how many specks and flecks of whatever comes out of the clothes as they soak. I look at the water on a weekly basis now as I do not have to get through heaps of clothes like before. This has saved us a fortune on buying new clothes. Admittedly in the beginning, some of our items were beyond help and we had to get rid. But now 3 months on as we Bag (for Dirty Clothes), Pre-ice Water Soak for Washing to be done, Wash Cycle.... Dry as normal and then follow the above for shaking off, ironing, lint rolling etc etc. Our Clothes are now saved as well as us.
Now the Car....
1. Rug Doctor will help degunge your car. Follow instructions. Use Anti-Foam and Upholstery Cleaner. Use on the Car Carpets, Chairs all over. It works.
2. Let dry thoroughly.... Ok this may take a couple of days to dry out. Choose a weekend you are not doing anything in particular. People may look at you strange, but who cares... may be they will get curious and want to do the same for their cars? Doesn't hurt.
3. Once thoroughly dried out..... Vacuum and use Mr Sheen (Anti-dust Trap) to clear up excess dust particles on dashboards, stearing wheels, levers etc and handles. If you take the time to read the can of Mr Sheen (Anti-dust Trap) it will give informaton on what dust actually consists off. Yes it is gross but better to be educated me thinks. (use Mr Sheen in your house regularly).
I think over time it would be safe to say that in this life we have tried to become to au-naturelle and it has caused these things to thrive. Like the old school of thinking one of the blogs mentioned..... They dealt with these things years ago. Mr Sheen isn't here for no reason, nor any other product that we use to keep ourselves relatively bug free. I know we can get out of balance on all scores but same as the old saying goes.... "Everything in moderation."
4. Ok.... Moving on. As you have hired the Rug Doctor for the Weekend. Rug Doctor your House Carpets and Rugs also. It will help a great deal. Again allow to thorough dry, vacuum and hey presto. Another step forward to mankind's sanity returning. Admittedly Hoovering your house on a regular basis will continue the good work so don't slack off.
For us we invested in Two Hoovers. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. We hoover our beds and pillows on a daily basis. We change our bedding once a week and pillow cases twice a week. Winter gets a bit harder in drying stuff but we have a routine and it works well enough now after 3 months. It is always harder to get a routine going when it is something new but you will get there I can assure you.
For continued House Protecton...
Every 3 months, use a Fogger for each room. If you have Pets; use Flea stuff available (this also kills mites and other insects... So this is how you help your Pets). Flea Treatments in Tablet form are now helping others alot more than surface sprays for the animals. Some surface sprays are less effective now unfortunately. Whilst you are going through this. Bathe (if you have a bath) once a week and put some Dettol for Hygiene purposes in your bath. This saves all the other chemicals you are applying especially Hydrogen Peroxide which is so dangerous if mis-used as some of you have found. I love chemistry and so know how these chemicals work and it made my hair stand on end when heard what some concoctions you guys are mixing up. Be careful with all that.
Anyway...once you have used the bath water. Bath your dog or cat in it... Saves on water that way and as the dettol is diluted in the water they will be ok to. Just don't get it in their eyes. Once you have thoroughly washed and dried your pet off. (Best to use 3 or 4 old sheets rather than Towels... Towels are thick fibres and more likely to harbour strong resisting insects or eggs etc). We found using the sheets so much better, Can also machine wash on highest degree by themselves. (Don't mix your washing with the Pets).
Ok....great tip. Blow dry your Pet with hair dryer. Dogs may find a bit strange but they will love the pampering in the end. OK once your pet thoroughly dry use your Topical Spray for Flea Protection and offer a Flea Tablet once or twice a week. They really work. Pet will scratch unusually more in first hour but will be at peace from then on.
Another cheap method for your body and hair. Make up a paste of conditioner and table salt or sea salt if you like. Just to note some conditioners will go liquidy when adding salt something to do with the chemical equation of adding salt seems to alter the structure of the conditioner. Best to add conditioner to salt in a tub and mix until you have a workable paste. Once you have shampooed your hair in the normal fashion. Take a good handful of the conditioner paste and salt scrub your scalp. It works best in the bath because then you can dip under the water and wash out. Always use a lice comb or spikey brush or both to comb out under water and above. The lice combs have been great in the shower and the bath and I recommend the use of them each time you shower or bathe. The salt scrub helps to remove larvae off the hairshaft and the comb will aid in the removal of eggs of any kind no matter what insect they are from.
If you have trouble with eye lashes, ears and eyebrow hair as one blog said... Baby oil works. Cover your lashes and brows with baby oil without getting into eyes and offer a bit in your ears with a cotton bud. This helps for night time sleeping. At first it can be a bit frustrating as it tickles but keep at it, eventually it will calm down after a few uses. In the morning wash your eye lashes and brows with handwash soap and thoroughly rinse off with cool tepid water to ensure no suds get into eyes. Can be a pain to start the routine but once you get going, everything mentioned above and then some will get on top of these things.
Also for added help..... Invest in a Electronic Head lice Comb. Once you have blow dried your hair go through with the comb as this will aid with any stragglers or remaining larvae that might be on the hair shaft. It really works. If you hold the comb up to the light you will see in the prongs light shapes from small speck dots, to squiggly fibre like shapes and whatever else. Mostly will be white but there may be a few black dots when you first start out.
Tackling each area above like I have shared has minimised our mite problem and given us better nights sleep than ever before.
We live in a rental and quite frankly we possibly walked into this situation unbeknown. The carpets are minging and if we could we would throw them out but being as this is not our house we have to do our best in keeping on top of things.
We sprinkle a mixture of Table Salt and Bicarbonate of Soda over the carpets and let it settle in for most of the day then hoover. We repeat this process twice a week. Hoovers will never pick up everything so any salt particles left behind sting the larvae of hatched eggs and get on the skin of any crawling insect. It is a really cheap way of combatting insects in the home.
In the summer use Table Salt and Bicarb. For Ants. It really works.
Well I believe I have shared almost everything I know to help keep this cheap for you... however here is a quick list to go shopping with....
a) Lint Rollers and Extra Parcel or Thick Wide Masking Tape (use for when ironing).
b)Large Plastic Flexi-Tubs: Asda - Wall mart or use something similar that you can pre-soak clothes in, in ice-cold water.
c)Clear plastic bags, black bin bags. For use for storing dirty washing. Clear Bags for hanging over ironed clothes or storing ironing ready to iron later. Once used.... Then recycle for dirty washing. It will become easier to work out your own routine as you get going.
d) Table Salt and Bicarbonate of soda (mix up and put in a salt shaker or old shake and vac bottle). Stick some masking tape over label and write what you have now got in it - this helps family to understand what you have done). Sprinkle all over carpets, stairwells rugs etc, even your car carpets as well (see how you feel about that). Obviously it involves lots of hoovering but as it is white you can just brush it in with a stiff brush and not have to hoover constantly.
e) Shopping List for You.... i)Headlice Comb (plastic or metal nit-free comb) ii) Electronic Headlice Comb - Â£20 iii) Dettol (for bathing) iv) Conditioner and add table salt to create a thick paste for salt-scrubbing after shampooing, using the plastic and metal combs to comb out in the running water of shower or in bath (first using brush to brush down the hairshaft above water and then use the comb underwater to comb out under water)
v) Hairspray stronghold (girls) Hairgel (boys). Use after you have blow dried hair and used the electric comb. Anything that then tries to come out or get in will meet a sticky doom ready to be combed out in the shower from normal washing. No need to use all those chemical concoctions .
Just one note when blow drying your hair. First place some cotton wool as ear plugs in your ears. First moisten ear plugs with your own saliva. Heard Mites do not like our saliva. So it all helps. God knew exactly what He was doing when He created us.
Anyways Mites like to take cover and they will run and take refuge in your ears. It is the same when using the electric comb (plug your ears first). Use Electric comb only on (DRY HAIR) had to state the obvious. Obviously Electric and Water DO NOT MIX; laugh out loud. Easy way to clean out electric comb. The brush doesn't help but a baby wipe will. Turn comb off and using wipe push prongs through the wipe and press hard down on either side of the wipe with the prongs clutched in your hands then pull through, this cleans out anything stuck between the prongs. Let it dry naturally for 30 mins or use paper tissue to dry. Turn back on; the noise will be faint but will build back up again. Don't use Water. Wipes are best.
Ok I think that just above concludes your shopping list except for one final thing.
Buy yourself some Vitamin C Tablets this will aid your immune system because through anxiety and hard work we become run down and naturally our bodies cannot produce Vitamin C.
Oh....almost forgot. When cooking keep your head covered to stop anything jumping off that you have missed in all of your routines. Pillow cases are easy to use. Less chance of eggs harbouring after you have used the washing methods first mentioned in this Article. Towels are harder to work with as the fibres are millions.
In the first instant of getting to grips with all of the above, you may have to buy new towels but you could try to save them by doing the pre-soak ice cold water thing. It may take a few goes to completely be free but it can't hurt. For us we actually bought some disposable hairnets for cooking until we had passed the majority of the infestation. Now we can cook in peace without stuff joining us in our food and crawling down our faces. For some reason mites can smell food and they come running. Sorry don't want to put you off but it is true. Anyways covering your heads and wearing a plastic apron during cooking can help.
Now for your Kitchen....Mites get into all your cupboards to. The best checking system is looking for black specks on your white surfaces. Usually inside your cupboards and window sills.
There is hope in sight, because once you taken on board all of the clothing issues in how to reduce mite infestations and you have used a rug doctor to clean carpets etc with right products then you will find you have dealt with the largest housing harbouring city of source for these insects. Black specks will begin to reduce rapidly.
Ok for your kitchen cupboards clean out with Kitchen Paper because this can be easily disposed of. For us we totally emptied the kitchen. Sprayed with Foggers and Bob Martin mite sprays then we wipe all over kitchen with wet paper and then dried out. We sprayed cracks and crevices and put salt powder/bicarb in cracks and crevices. Anything crawling would meet a horrible doom as the speckles of salt etc got on their legs and bodies. Then we hoovered thoroughly and continued once everything was back in cupboards to keep surfaces clean using kitchen paper and milton spray.
IT ALL WORKS... But takes time to get your routine together. That is the only hard part.
Praying for you indeed as we continue with our routines on a lesser scale now. It took 3 months to master but we got there in the end. Now we just keep up good maintenance. It was a hard thing to go through but after constantly praying and asking for the Lords strength and grace to combat it... We have made huge progress. Now we can turn and strengthen You.