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Posted by Naturalgal (Bronx, Ny) on 08/12/2015

[YEA]  I have cured myself of mites! I could NOT believe the sudden increase in the creepy crawling like sensation I felt just a few evenings ago. I have been feeling these mild sensations for a while now and never thought it was something abnormal. Who knew? That was until one night I was going to sleep and felt a surge of tingling all over my legs! It did not hurt nor keep me from sleeping because I was exhausted, but I knew that it wasn't normal. It felt like bugs where "peak-a-booing" in and out of my pores. I read everything I could about the sensation and determined it was mites!!

-I have had a rash on neck that just would not go away (in part because I wasn't following through when things were working). ACV burned because I was scratching, Sulfur mask - I slacked using it, tea tree with Vitamin E smell was annoying me All three got me result though. But Like I said I should've kept up with one regimen.

So this is what I did........

1. I woke up went to the store for new hepa filter and alcohol (90%), and apple cider vinegar, borax wasn't available nearby. I showered, sprayed myself everywhere with ACV and put on clean clothes fresh out the dryer.

2. I called a cleaning company to do the cleaning with me and cleaned everything in home from top to bottom (even the ceilings with a vacuum cleaner), while the workers wore janitor like suits. While they cleaned I put everything already clean in the dryer for 20 min. My dryer is incredibly hot. Drawer by drawer to make it easier to put back. Only my hands touched the clothes out of the dryer. The inside of the drawers were cleaned and sprayed with alcohol.

3. EVERYTHING was sprayed with 90% alcohol with a few drops of eucalyptus to cut the smell. Rugs, walls, mattresses, gym equipment, you got sprayed. What couldn't be sprayed was wiped down and cleaned with HOT water, dried and then sprayed. Every removable fabric was washed in hot water then dried by high heat.

4. Feeling confident I killed them all I showered, sprayed myself with ACV and went to bed. To my horror I still felt the suckers on my legs but definitely not as much. I recall thinking why can't salt kill these buggers? So I got up and dissolved fine sea salt in water (more salt than water) & added ACV and poured it all over my body, air dried and went to bed with loose cloths on to keep the salt on my skin. I woke up feeling great. I still felt some peak-a-booing though.

I did another ACV salt solution, air dried and put on my clothes and went about my day. Still I felt them. I also felt like I stirred them up. Good cause I was was relentless.

I eliminated them from my environment. Really minimized them because we co-exist with them. :| I spray alcohol every where especially my bed, leaving bed unmade to air out.

5. Know to eradicate the nuisances off my skin. With skin lathered with sulfur soap I apricot scrubbed every square inch of me and pumiced my hand, feet and elbows. My goal is to starve them by not giving them any food, that is getting rid of dead skin as much as possible.

6. Twice a day: I pat-dried my skin and poured this mixture over my skin: 1 cup ACV, 1 cup dissolved (mostly) sea salt and 1/4 ground cloves. It is working. I used this mixture twice a day and clearly it is working. I do not feel that tingly peek-a-boo sensation. I just wear loose clothes to minimize sweat. (summer in NYC).

Now what seemed to happen is I forgot about my feet because I never felt them here. So I am guessing I drove them from one part of my body to another. SOLUTION... Ground cloves in my socks. Viola!!!!!!! As for the rash?? I use ground cloves in vaseline. I know that I killed these buggers burrowing in that rash because I felt it give me a spasm in a nerve on my neck! Yep, weird but the rash is dried up and does not itch at all. Leave the ground cloves and sea salt on your sheets while your gone for the day.

This is my recipe and I am keeping up with it until long after its all gone. I have no idea how long their eggs take to hatch but I figured it is worth maintaining the regimen for a few weeks to get the entire life cycle. I also take ACV 3 times a day and am sprinkling clove in my lotion. Hahaha the buggers are going insane.

Good luck and thanks to all who shared their experiences. I learned a lot and came up with my recipe for killing.

Posted by Apick (Nj) on 07/02/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been dealing with mites of sorts. Constantly having creepy crawling feeling, when I would feel a bite or an itch, I would smack the area and always find a tiny little thing, almost like sand (sometimes larger, sometimes white brown or black) and thinking it was a coincidence. I started digging deeper once my daughter started getting bit and my husband even began to be itchy. Even when I was near my coworkers I noticed they started scratching incessantly!! Once I realized it was mites, I had a semi nervous breakdown and became angry.

Plan of action:

Washed everyone in my home (toddler, husband, 2 dogs) in T-Gel shampoo and washed all of our clothes in hot water and borax then sprayed everyone with pure white vinegar and peppermint oil

Then sprayed the outside of our house with ortho home max which worked wonders (a little scary but whatever works)

Put all of our clothes into garbage bags with the eucalyptus scent and lived out of those

Vacuumed everything! And mopped with vinegar and windex

Put cedarwood and eucalyptus incents everywhere!! And put those cedar moth replant things in all of our clothing drawers

After a day, I found nothing on me. Not one thing!!! I was so used to feeling around my skin and picking off litte pieces of sand and there was nothing!! No more creepy crawly feeling, no more anything. I also started taking sovereign silver twice a day. I still find mites around but they don't bite or bother any longer thank god. My husband just sprayed ortho home max inside today so I'm hoping that will get rid of the remaining mites. Try it! Can't hurt!!

Posted by Michael A. (Porlamar, Venezuela) on 06/11/2015

A few new strategies Two weeks ago my bedroom was infested with "invisible bug" bird mites via an abandoned bird's nest that had been built in a potted cactus below my clothesline. I thought the bird's nest was cute and left it alone. Little did I know; actually, nothing did I know. My wake-up call came after I had been up reading on the internet most of the night. It was almost dawn and I lied down on my bed to try to get a few hours sleep. My torso was covered with a sheet, my legs sticking out. As I started to fall asleep, suddenly my legs were peppered with sharp stings, like sand grains blown by a hard wind or a shotgun shooting tiny shot. I looked and felt my legs but there was nothing to see or be felt. This continued intermittently and sleep was impossible, and remained impossible except for short naps in the daytime until three days ago. Talking to a friend in the US a little later in the morning I asked what sort of bugs were so tiny they were invisible; my friend suggested mites, and thus began my internet education on skin mites which led me to this thread on EarthClinic.a few days ago. Some things mentioned in posts here and on other threads inspired the two new ideas that have allowed me to sleep through the night the last three nights. Salty Sheets I saw mention of a homeopathic remedy called Natrum Muriaticum made from sea salt, and a couple of mentions of swimming in the ocean being helpful to decrease mite activity.

As I live close to the beach on an island in the southern Caribbean, I headed right down there and splashed around in the waves, while scrubbing my body with my hands. Sitting on a driftwood log to dry in the sun, I was inspired to rinse some clothes and sheets in the seawater, so I went back to my place and grabbed a bag of shirts, shorts, towels, and sheets, took them back to the beach, soaked them in seawater, wrung them out, and took them home to hang up on the clothesline. (I don't have a dryer). After they dried in the sun, I rewashed the towels but left the dried saltwater on the sheets, shorts, and shirts. I put the sheets on the inflatable mattress I am now sleeping on in the living room, steam ironed the shorts and shirts and started wearing them like that. The mite attacks decreased noticeably, and that night, sleeping on my salty sheets, I had the first decent night's sleep in two weeks. I just woke up from the third nights restful sleep, without a single bite, sleeping with the same sheets that haven't been laundered. So, we know that these critters don't like salt or borax, but though we have been washing our clothes and linens with borax, we have been rinsing it out. I'm suggesting that if the borax (and/or salt) are left in the fabric, that will prevent the mites from making a home or laying eggs in the fabric. With a top-loading washer, borax and salt be added to the final rinse so they saturate the fabric, then the fabrics can be put in the dryer and worn or used on the bed. With a front-loader that probably won't work, so the fabrics would have to be dipped in a bucket of borax and salty water, wrung out and then dried, but that would be well worth the effort if one can put on their clothes and slide between the bedsheets without getting attacked, because their clothes and linens no longer provided a safe haven for the bugs. Tobacco juice Tobacco is a powerful pesticide. I was reminded of this by a mention here and on another site that if tobacco leaves are put into a bird cage the mites will leave the birds alone. Following up on that, I made some strong tobacco tea, strained it into a spray bottle, and started spraying it on any spot that I felt a bite, or itching, or crawling. It worked marvelously, stopped the critters or the itching immediately. That is the second part of my salty sheets strategy, to spend the last hour or so before I go to bed spraying every itch with tobacco tea and rubbing it in. I made the tea by putting a good handful of coarsely chopped tobacco leaves into a pint mayonnaise jar and filling it with boiling water, then shaking it regularly while it cooled down a bit. Any form of tobacco would work; a handful of pipe or cigarette tobacco, or the tobacco from a pack of cigs taken out of the tubes and put in a jar. This is truly the best thing I have tried for stopping the biting and itching. This post is already pretty long. I will continue it with my ideas for alkalizing the body and actually killing bird mites in a later post.

Replied by Michael A
Porlamar, Venezuela
Continuing the report on strategies for dealing with bird (or rat) mite infestation: because of my work with soil minerals in agriculture and long-time interest in optimal nutrition I am fortunate to have on hand many of the "tools" that are being used in this battle, such as borax, DMSO, EDTA, MSM, and sulfur. If I didn't already have them they would be difficult to obtain here unless I imported them at high expense and with a wait of six to eight weeks. I am sitting here typing and spraying tobacco tea occasionally after wiping myself all over with a borax solution mixed with a small amount of DMSO and sodium EDTA. Yesterday I was free of bites or itches when I went to the store and remained unmolested when I came home, until I decided to drag the infested mattress and box spring from the bedroom to the upstairs patio where I will burn it and my old pillows today. As soon as I grabbed hold of the mattress I could feel the little invisible buggers attacking me, but I got it done, both pieces, and then immediately jumped into the shower and scrubbed down with soap. After that I put on my swimming trunks, went to the beach and scrubbed myself down in the ocean. If I didn't have the beach right here I would have soaked in a tub of salt and borax, if I had a bath tub, which I don't.

Alkalizing the Body

Cesium (or caesium) is the most alkaline of all elements. On the periodic table it is in group I, the first column, below sodium and potassium. Cesium chloride is used as a cancer remedy because it rapidly alkalinizes the body. Most people have only heard of cesium as radioactive cesium such as is spewing out from the Fukushima Daiichi nuke plant, or from Chernobyl, but cesium is a natural if rare element. The natural form is not radioactive at all. As a matter of fact prior to the start of atomic explosions in the mid-1940s there was no radioactive cesium on planet Earth. Archaeological digs and soil layers in excavations can be accurately dated as pre- and post- 1940s by determining whether or not they contain radioactive cesium. It is likely an essential nutrient in small quantities; soil fungi rapidly absorb and retain it in the upper soil horizon, which is the major reason the radioactive contamination of the topsoil from the Chernobyl disaster has not appreciably decreased since the accident occurred in the late 1980s. There is no danger of radiation poisoning from taking natural cesium; quite the opposite; having reserves of natural cesium in the body will protect against the uptake of radioactive cesium from the environment. Cesium chloride can be purchased on Ebay; it is expensive but not much is needed, perhaps one gram per day. The taste is very salty, more salty than regular sodium chloride salt.

Another possibility is the element strontium which is in the second column on the periodic table, below calcium and magnesium. I haven't done the research to know just how alkalizing it is, but it's something I had on hand as an insurance against the body absorbing radioactive strontium from nuclear disasters. I bought it from a nutritional supplier as strontium citrate.

Killing bird and rodent mites

As I noted, until two weeks ago I had no idea of the worldwide plague of mite infestations. It appears this is something new that has occurred in the last ten years, mites readily crossing species barriers along with much more aggressive and treatment resistant strains of mites. It is also apparent that the medical professions and the governments of the world are either in denial or deliberately covering up this ongoing plague and nightmare. We can expect no help from them, we are on our own in figuring out the remedies. Much progress has been made in eliminating them from the body; the more difficult task is eliminating them from our living environment.

At this point it looks to me like the best remedy for indoor infestation may be denatured alcohol. I recently ordered a gallon of miticide called sterifab that got high reviews on another site; the reviewer said it really worked well, and noted that it seemed to be mostly alcohol. On this EC thread someone else wrote that denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) killed the mites. Denatured alcohol is ethyl (drinking) alcohol to which methyl or wood alcohol has been added which makes it poisonous to drink. That sounds like a good combination to me, as we have already learned that 91% ethyl alcohol is effective against these parasites. Perhaps it would be even better to just use straight methyl alcohol, spray it heavily in a closed off room, close the door and let them die. As methyl (wood) alcohol is very poisonous to humans one would need a good respirator at least, perhaps even an air supply, but regardless something needs to be found that works every time and to which the parasites cannot become immune.

I'm really hoping that spraying and fogging with pure or denatured alcohol is an answer.

Posted by Mama2love (Hephzibah, Georgia) on 05/18/2015

I've found instant relief and kill these mites once and for all. This is my regemin 1st thing in the morning I run a bath with 1/2 cup borax hottest you can stand it make lots of bubbles and stand in the tub rub the bubbles in to you skin ears nostrils hair everywhere. Wait about 3 minutes then submerge yourself under the water slowing hold your nose and just let your lips out to breath, stay under for about 10 minutes, then go under and shake your head face down, vigorously hold your nose of course you will see these black mites flothing.Get soap with antibaterial in it lather your whole body rinse standing in the tub with fresh hot water, I then get dandruff shampoo and lather my hair vigorously and apply the lather all over my body. I sermerge again shake hair under water side to side face down. I then apply conditioner with salt I add 2 tablespoons to mine, I leave it on for a good 10 mins. I then stand in the tub and use a cup to rinse everything off, as the tub is draining. I pat dry myself and apply coconut oil everywhere. I make a paste of triple antiboctic ointment and foot powder for my face, the cheap kind at dollar stores it's got to have salicylic acid, in it I pay 2 dollars for mine. It's need to look like lard thick I usually put the triple ointment 1st then the powder heavy thick enough pat it in so it don't fall off and drys leave on as long as you can, I rinse off after a hour are so, and again at night I leave on all night, I put vaseline only in my ears and nostrils at night and neck and body but face triple powder for short.. I also take Muti vitamin and extra vitamin c and D also, Candida support and probiotic. After 3 days of doing this the ringing in my ears stopped the sores healed and the mites are almost gone there is one place over my eye brow that about a size of a pea that was as big as a quarter it's working and I'm going to be doing this for another day are so, Itried everything under the sun and for 3 months my husband has seen a phyco spending money on everything, then one day I tried this instant relief and death to the enemy that almost ruin my life. I also stayed away for sweets and breads but with Candida support I can eat bread but not swhat's. I know what everyone here is battling and feeling, Ive also cried and asked why, but remember don't ever give up. I almost did, 3 months of this I was going insane until I did this concoction and whalaa I feel normal again and my skin is actually better Ohh almost forgot each time you do this and rinse with warm water and apply coconut oil if you don't have coconut oil use vasaline are just the triple antiboctic ointment. Triple Powder Power to the People..I hope this helps all that gives it a try...Please if I can help, I'm here.Gods Speed..

Replied by Mama2love
Oh forgot, after I do my bath and triple powder treatment, I take aloe Vera gel all over and let dry face 1st my face, then I start rubbing in circular motion and here comes the dead leftover mites and debris, rub firm and stay in one place you will be amazed at what comes out, your skin has to heat up a little from the rubbiing, it takes awhile to do your whole body, but after the rewards are great. Gods Speed..
Replied by Il Suffer
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have been reading this forum since after my third doc visit for these mutes

During the holidays a relative of mine that works in health care from another state totally infected almost the whole family. I was infested from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I thought since I had gotten scabies in the 1970s and was rid of it less than a week with some super cleaning, washing clothes/sheets and using the prescibed meds from the doc we would all be fine. Well, this is the middle of June and we still are not rid of this nightmare. Seems Its just me and my grand-daughter that can not get rid of it. I have thrown out 2 sets bed mattresses and box springs , clothes and now my livingroom carpet. I bathe 2 times daily in Borax, ACV, Esalt, clove bud oil and spray Kleen Green on our bodies and every thing we wear.I vacume daily. I use clove bud oil on where I see red bumps . I use diatomaceous earth food grade on my bed sheets everynight and change them every day. Wash clothes in amonia and let them soak hours or over night. My family thinks I am nuts and its just "Fuzzys" they see. Well, believe me its NOT fuzzys..... I get these pin pricks from bites constantly. They are in denial! My relative also still has them also. I do not know if I get rid if them and someone keeps bring them back in. I feel them under my skin. My feet are the worst. I put olive oil 3T with 3/4 tsp clove bud oil on them every day and night after my baths. My stomach and under my breasts I get stuff out daily. I have used every concoction on the internet. I will say that tea tree oil mixed with diatomaceous earth food gradegrapeseed oil did NOTHING. I have covers on all mattresses and box springs. I see the doc again on Friday and an scared to death she is going to think I am nuts. I get black things out of my skin daily. They make look like small eye lashes, black dots or feel like salt. They are different stages I get off me. Some days are better than others. I pray and try to get healing at least for my grandaughter. I have taken every supplement on the internet to help.

I go see the doc and a few days. I am so embarressed. We stayed a way from people for months. Now, before I go out of the house any where I shower, spray Kleen Green on me again and wash my tennis shoes. I aways wash all our clothes daily.

I do not have any more burrows and neither does my grand-daughter. I am not understanding why we are still getting things out of our skin and the biting. Hand Sanitizer will help get the ones out of my hand with a lot of rubbing.

I am not infested like I was but, when will this end?

5 %Permethrin and 12 mg ivermectin were not of any help at all from first application.

Any on can help me totally get rid of these it will be a blessing.

Replied by Sharon
Dear Il sufferer, my mom and l have battled these mites for 10 years, my mom twice as long as myself, since l got them at her home. l can tell you that by encasing your bed and pillows in plastic and duct-taping the zippers and openings will prevent much re-infestation. Mostly your car and upholstered furniture and clothes are causing your constant biting, and of course, any relatives that have been exposed to you that do not treat themselves. Now, what works to kill them- Citric acid mixed half and half with water in a large glass and pour over yourself in a bath(DO NOT GET IN YOUR EYES, STINGS LIKE FIRE), scrub and rinse when tingling stops. Lysol spray kills them in 15 seconds. Borax baths 7-20 minutes, with generic oxyclean. Add one half cup oxy first, 2 cups cups borax next. Kerosene kills them in 5 seconds, (Do not use it until you have cleansed with borax baths or citric acid for a week, as kerosene exposes the large infestations under the skin rapidly and the destruction underneath burns where the mites have nested that lasts about 24-48 hours). Avon bug guard with picaridin sprayed on an itchy spot will cause the mites to surface after 5-10 minutes, and can be rinsed away. If you do not treat your whole house you will continue to think nothing works as you are constantly re-infesting yourself. They feed about twice a day, between 3-4 am and 12 hrs later, with constant biting when you sit in an infested area or handle infested items. Your worst enemy is your family who are not bothered much with itches. They are breeders of pregnant female mites and leave large quantities when they visit. These things float off them into the air and land on you, your things, your ceilings, then crawl into all the cracks and crevices of your house and furniture. Your house and outside can be sprayed with a gallon of denatured alcohol with 10 drops pennyroyal and 10 drops clove oil, but unless you are willing to change your upholstered furniture for wood or plastic, it is almost impossible to get them out of the fabric covered things since they creep deeper than your spray, but it is great for the car, dries colorless and no stickiness. Mop with vinegar, they hate it, and use Eucalyptus for a nice smell(4 drops). Best wishes to you and if you can tell me how to convince the family that they have mites, let me know the secret, as it is torture to have them visit.

Posted by Ralph P (Daytona Beach, Florida) on 05/01/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had an infestation of mites in my home for 6 months and was nearly at my wits end.

I tried at first to attack them with pyrethrum and then permethrin. I used these in conjunction with pre-core( a supposed life cycle interrupter). I used foggers and on and on it was all very costly and in the long run mostly not effective.

The natural things I've discovered lately seem to work much better.

Getting them off of your skin:

They don't like Salt, Borax, Peroxide, Heat - these are your weapons

I was showering in high heat and using very sudsy soaps with a loofah which helps. The most effective method I've found is making a mixture of epsom salt with lavender and peroxicare toothpaste and a little hot water (the mixture should be a thin paste consistency). Apply to the affected area after showering. Leave to dry for 15 minutes and then use a hair dryer on high heat as hot as you can stand it and you will watch the symptoms vanish before your very eyes within minutes. The lesions will turn from bright red to white and then vanish.

To keep them off is a challenge because they like to reinfest the same areas so they can reuse the feeding tubes which they insert into your skin. If you have a saltwater body of water near you I've found repeated soaking in salt sea water kills them.


Clothing is a real problem this is probably the greatest threat for re-exposure. I found that High heat is the best solution. I wash clothing in borax and detergent in hot water. I dry on high heat twice. I use a steam iron and steam press ALL my clothing. They seem to lay eggs in cloth they also seem to like cotton knits. With a life cycle of 4 to 8 days it's tough to keep all your clothing clean. You have to be relentless.


Build your immune system with apple cider vinegar and vitamin C, B 12, magnesium, zinc, and Garlic seems to be effective.

Clean the house daily with Borax and bleach mop all flooring with HOT water. They like to lay in the corners where the walls meet. Try to remove all or as much carpeting from the house as you can. They can hide in carpeting hard surfaces like ti9le are much easier to clean and keep clean. Carpets and cloth sofas can be cleaned with HOT steam.

To kill mites with heat must be at least 165f or preferably up to 212F.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by e-mail

I am 63 years of age male.

Replied by Trudy
Would you use steam instead of bleach and hot water?
Replied by Ralph P
Daytona Beach, Florida
Hi Trudy,

Thanks for your correspondence.

If you have a steamer ...yes, ., .the most effective is high heat. Bleach can be considered as an alternative to heat if one does not have a steamer. I have all hard surface flooring no carpet. I am still using bleach when floor mopping. If you have a steamer you can use it to clean your soft surface furniture as well.

Posted by Mariam (Brooklyn, NY) on 02/01/2015

Hi folks, sharing what works for me in killing the mites that I apparently picked up in early August after sleeping on a pullout couch in a hotel in Canada. It's the only thing I can trace it back to. The mites came flooding unto my face in an over 20 minute torrent while standing in the subway 3 weeks later. Since then it has been sleepless agony, 24/7 battle to remove them, stop the runners from running, biting, stop the insane feeling of the wriggling movements everywhere. SO WHAT I AM RECOMMENDING:
Overall systemic death: combo of clove, oregano, peppermint, cinnamon bark oils; equal drops in about 4 ounces of water and every 2-3 hours round the clock. It's been about a week and I feel almost free. For the "runners" in my eyes, I mixed the same formula in a more dilute form(about 6 ounces water) and use cotton balls to wipe eyelids, eyebrows and rub on every where else on your body these buggers are hiding out!

Also, wipe down floors with ammonia solution. Wear clothes, including head gear only once, towels, sheets only once. Wash in hot water, dry on high heat. Keep dirty clothes in separate disposable plastic bag. Discard bag after transport of dirty clothes. Wipe down hard surfaces with alcohol. I originally had written my whole horrible narrative about my ordeal but it disappeared before I could submit. I have been unsuccessful with many things I tried, including 4 times with Permethrin. Some remedies were good for only a few minutes, some for an hour. The dermatologists said after Permethrin there was nothing they could do to help me. So I helped myself. THIS WORKS! Thank you angel posters who shared your remedies. This has been the hardest thing I have ever dealt with in my life and I am almost 60 years young. :-)

I can finally see the light is at the end of a dark, dark tunnel. Thank you to the most high! Fellow sufferers be strong, try until you find what works for you. The answers are out there. Peace & blessings, Mariam

Replied by Mariam
Good morning again, I'm posting what I hope is my final chapter on this crazy mites episode of my life. I am sitting here in absolute bliss. My final "cure" for mite madness is simply garlic. Yep. Mother Nature is best. Thank you, mama! I used the garlic by repeatedly cutting a thin "skin" to expose a moist surface area on the garlic "face" and rubbing the liquid on my scalp, skin, soles, palms anywhere itching, wriggling, running, moving and voila! All movements STOP immediately! The skin feels soothed, non-inflamed, or no longer "hot".

For "interior" areas-the nose, genitals, etc. I cut thin shears of garlic, gently leave in place for several minutes, also squeeze juice onto q-tip and apply. You will have to "revisit" the same areas with the garlic but I use a "scrubbing" action with the garlic in my skin where I'm feeling anything. But skin is a large surface. This definitely has fixed my problem and fast! Praise be to the ancestors!

Caveats: Garlic is very strong, be gentle around eyes. Also, stay indoors when using unless you really don't care to offend. I went out and didn't care because at this point I'm saving my life... I have tried many of the shared options with limited success. Since my earlier post, I added some other regimens besides the combo essential oils, including drinking ACV 2x daily, topically applying Hydrogen peroxide 3% food grade to "runners and biters" and wriggling under skin, and aloe vera (around eyes; gentle, kept them out of eyes due to its sticky ability). These were great and kept me functioning. However garlic has been the cure for me and works on all and immediately.

NOTE: I am appalled, as many others, that there is no definitive research available to the general public on this problem. I'm dismayed by the dismissive, cavalier way I was treated by the medical community. This has been an emotional rollercoaster with severe impacts to my psyche, family, relationship, business. It can be very debilitating and have you contemplating suicide! This has been the only public forum that I have found (I'm forever grateful EC) that is giving the sufferers a chance to be heard, to share potential cures. It's disgusting that something as communicable as mite infestation in HUMANS, other than scabies, is not addressed by Public Health practitioners, and medical doctors are so unaware, and yet arrogant and non-plussed. There is a one size fits all attitude that keeps insisting that you must be having a psychotic break, yet there is no interest

In looking to assist, even by referral. There is very little will to do more than collect, catalog the patient/sufferer details by M.D.S. The epidemiologists, parasitologists are considered researchers and appear to be isolated from the medical practitioner system. BIG MISTAKE! One day, someone with more money, pedigree, time, than me will hold this system accountable! Thanks to all posters; keep sharing the tries, and the cures... I am sharing because there are answers for all questions including mite infestation. One's attitude and positive energy must be part of your healing. After being truly saddened, horrified at folks who have been suffering for YEARS! With what seems to be different types of mites (which doesn't matter when you're suffering) I said to myself NO WAY will I live like this! DO NOT GIVE UP!

Replied by Mariam
One more thing about Garlic: I used fresh garlic, the processed no-smell garlic liquid did not kill mites. Fresh garlic does. After cutting on face of garlic, I used the knife to deliver small cuts, multidirectionally on "face" to achieve a brush-like effect, and release more oil to the surface face. After rubbing skin, this face gets worn. Slice that worn face off (thinly), then small chop, chop, chop to create a new "brush" then repeat until galic bud is too small to hold. Tedious? Yes. Effective? Yes! Worth your time? YES!!!
Replied by Timh Donate

M: Glad to hear of your success against "the critters" as O.R.H. puts it.

As for conventional medicine, it's like any other business or financial social structure, profit comes first, second, and third, and the public treatment protocols accordingly. So, parasite diagnosis or treatment, either internal or external, are classified as "profit threatening". It's much more profitable to treat the chronic effects and disease states that parasites produce, in other words do not treat the disease, treat the symptoms. So, clinically, parasite infestation isn't a disease in their book. The disease states produced by parasites is extensive; like Chronic Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorder, Mood Swings or Bipolor Disorder, Mental Decline or Alziemers, Fibromyalgia, etc.

From this understanding, it is a mistake to take their attitude as personal, although from the patient end, as you have confessed, it is very personal and affects the entire organization of one's life.

Now back to the Garlic, it would prove even more effective if you consume it orally as well as apply topically. Garlic is similar to DMSO the organic solvent, it finds it's way over the entire body as is evidenced by a strong G body odor when taken in excess. So, during your topical application also do large oral dosing for maximum benefit.

Replied by Steven
Nevada, US
[YEA]   Last night I slathered myself with some old Olive Oil that I had infused with Garlic. Overnight the difference in the wounds left by these critters were significantly better. I believe that the Olive Oil may serve to smother them, as it has a tendency to clog pores. But the garlic serves to kill and heal. I let it sit for 5 minutes and then I washed it off with Lavender Castile Soap.

Also have been showering once a day. Once with a sulfur soap bar. Rinsing with a mixture of 50/50 vinegar and water. Soaking once a day in a Borax and Epsom salt tub of water.

After washing I've been covering myself with a lavender lotion that I added more Lavender to. Yesterday I added Lavender to my Neem Hair Conditioner. Whenever I get a biting sensation, I dab on some Oregano Oil. It is a feel good burn.

I will also add garlic to infuse the Raw Coconut Oil that I added Tea Tree Oil, Lavender and Oregano Oil to already. As I am never ceased to be amazed by Garlic. Garlic is again my favorite food of all time.

I still have some progress to make, since I haven't quit the coffee habit. However, I have been eating two cloves of raw garlic everyday. Along with my Raw Apple Cider Vinegar routine of 3 tablespoons with 8 ounces of water. Also started doing 5 drops of Oregano Oil regularly, as I was doing this infrequently. I've also started drinking Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 teaspoon on 8 ounces water once a day.

I was already doing Turmeric every day and have continued.

I washed all of my clothing in Kleen-Free enzyme concentrate. I will continue by adding either vinegar or Borax to my laundry.

No alcohol, no fast food or sugar.

Garlic Rules!!! I had already planned on growing it on my property in Colorado one day when I get the house built. However, it will be accompanied by even more herbs!!!

Replied by Brenda
East Texas
This website has been very helpful to me and I think it is important to keep a positive attitude as you work through the remedies that work for you. Mariam, I agree with the way the medical community treats you. A doctor in a well-known Dallas dermatology office charged my insurance company $6000 for three treatments of permethrin cream which did not solve the problem. What works for me are the following: borax & peroxide mix, apple cider vinegar 2x daily, 1 heaping t of raw minced 2x daily mixed in green salads, and Kelp capsules 1x a day (for the iodine). I do not eat anything sweet because that makes it worse. From what I have read, I should continue taking the above remedies for 2 - 3 months although I feel fine now except that I will feel a crawl on my scalp occasionally but not on the rest of my body. I spray chairs, beds, cars, and rooms with Windex, 91% alcohol, or Lysol and I mop with Dawn and Borax. One good side effect of the ACV and garlic is that the mosquitos do not try to bite me anymore. I rinse my mouth and throat with milk after eating the garlic. Also, wash all clothes and linen daily while adding borax to the wash.
Replied by Old Gal
Northern Canada
Mariam, I agree so much that the mainstream medical system is failing us badly on this one.

About 2 months ago I started itching all over, especially scalp, eyelids, inside & outside ears, crawlings up my nose, & inside genitals. A nightmare, especially since I don't see any critter on me. Then I realized there are birds nesting inside the roof of the apartment building where I live, (these are migratory birds that winter in southern USA) and various bugs dropping into my apartment from gaps in the ceiling that probably include the nearly invisible bird mites.

But I seem to be the only tenant who's affected. My apartment is covered with carpet, moving out would the better option?

Meanwhile, I try to change whatever in me attracts these buggers to me. I stopped drinking any alcohol. Avoid sugar of any kind. I eat tons of raw garlic. Spray essential oils (cedarwood, eucalyptus lemon, mint) liberally on myself and bed sheets before going to bed. Smear my scalp, around eyes, around nostril openings, ears and neck with tea tree oil. (Do NOT put tea tree oil inside nose or into eyes.)

As for topical applications of alcohol, I must avoid isopropyl alcohol as my joints get inflamed when I use that. Too toxic, gets absorbed through the skin, etc.

I figured that the kind of alcohol for drinking (ethyl) would be non-toxic. I found that vodka applied topically provided immediate relief. I don't drink it.

The crawling in my ears, nose and at the root of my eyelashes was driving me nuts, so I bathed my closed eyelids in vodka. With Q-tips soaked in vodka, clean inside nostrils and ear canal. Poured vodka on genitals, it burns like hell for about 20 seconds, but provided hours of relief. Inserted & twisted a Q-tip soaked in vodka up my anus.

Have been doing this for over two weeks now, and skin is fine so far, and much less itching and crawling.

As for the stubborn crawling on the scalp at the top of the head, tea tree oil or mint would only work for a brief time. I seem to have bugs embedded into the hair follicules. So I gave up and poured 95% ethanol anhydrous alcohol on my head (cheaper & stronger than vodka). This provided instant and long-lasting relief. I don't seem to get sore joints with ethanol.

I wash my clothes in borax. Threw my mattress & pillow away, and got rid of half my clothes and clutter. All of this helped. I'll try the topical garlic, borax and salt baths. Thank you to all who posted here, you are life-savers.

Posted by Elly (Colorado, US) on 12/29/2014

I finally found a combination that works. Get a large spray bottle and fill it 3/4 full of high ph water (soft water well), then fill the rest with Jack Daniels whiskey. Spray your body, your hair and the inside of your clothes. After you shower, get a bar of sulphur and re wet it putting that all over your body and wear it all day. Drop small drops of peppermint oil or wintergreen oil on your scalp but be careful because too much burns. You can use some gelled Skin so Soft in your hair along with that. Then spray Jovan Musk on your body. I tried everything and this is the only thing that worked for me. The whiskey/water, peppermint, muskcombo really kills them.

Posted by Elly (Denver, Co) on 12/14/2014

[YEA]  Here's some things that worked for me to get rid of mites. I got Gene's Soothing Cream and put 2 Yellow Dock Root capsules (open them up and pour out) and put a heaping teaspoon of table salt in it. Put this all over twice a day. Also, a spray bottle with dissolved salt water, yellow dock root, cedar spray and Grower's trust concentrate (an oz of cedar and Grower's trust) really helped. I sprayed it on my clothes as soon as I took them off, then let them sit for 48 hours before washing. I also sprayed my hair with it. I also put table salt in all of my shampoos. You can spray sheets, sleeping bags, pillows and just about anything else. I tried all of the other stuff and found that this combination really kicked butt!

Replied by Maria
Spencer, WV
Where can I purchase yellow root and growers concentrate? Thses things are driving me and the dog crazy, not so much my husband. I'm on a lot if medications for my health and think that's why I have such an issue. So plz help help. I've tried a lot of things so far. Coconut Oil mixed with Tea Tree Oil has helped my itching. Just started it yesterday but need something for laundry and house.
Replied by Mariam
Brooklyn, New York
Maria, I have been battling mites infestation since August 2014. I am committed to sharing to help anyone who is suffering. I have previously posted. I am currently seeing a cure from ingesting fresh garlic, rubbing fresh garlic on itchy areas, drinking ACV, alternatively with a few drops of food grade Hydrogen peroxide. I have read many posts on this...try diatomaceous earth for the dogs and floors, also check out Kleen Wash or dawn detergent. I have only used the diatomaceous earth on myself, it gave some immediate relief when I drank it with wormwood tea. Best wishes, peace and healing, Mariam

Posted by Elly (Denver, Co) on 12/11/2014

I tried a lot of the oils and none of them seemed to knock down these mites. After a couple of weeks of experimenting, this is what worked for me. I took a large spray bottle and put 1/2 water, 1/3 Ben's cedar oil indoor formula, about two teaspoons mint Listerene, two capsules yellow dock root (open them up and dissolve). Shake that up and spray on everything. Treat your clothes as soon as you take them off and leave them sit for two days before washing. Wisk detergent was the best I found. Then I added 20 Mule team borax. If you can hang your clothes outside, do it. Then bring them back in and put them in the dryer on high heat. Then, spray them again with the bottle.

Lint roll your rugs and pets. Spray your mattress, turn your ceiling fan on to dry. Then encase it with a cover. After that, get yourself a nylon sleeping bag and spray that. A sleeping bag in easier to clean every night and you'll stay warm without much cover. The African Pride Olive oil leave in conditioner was awesome. I also sprayed my hair with the spray bottle concoction. Bed head products are awesome to wash your hair with but be careful as they will make your tub really slick. Until you can get some of this stuff, get some mineral oil and garlic oil capsules. Mix about 10 of those in the mineral oil and rub on. If you have kids, get the baby oil gel and mix with the garlic. You can also mix a spray bottle of water and yellow dock extract to spray on their hair and body. Make sure they wear slippers so their socks don't pick them up from the floor. If you have cats, yellow dock root capsules are the only thing that they can tolerate that will kill these beasts. I put on gloves and rubbed it into their fur and ears. It worked quick! Yellow dock extract can be found at most vitamin stores.

Posted by Janet (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) on 11/01/2014

[YEA]  mite infestation: 1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon tannic acid (see below)

in water, internally 3 to 4 times a day. Reduced itch from mite infestation.Make sure to add 3-4 drops mag oil to prevent constipation. I have not slept or been able to function since this started over a year ago. While reading an old post of Ted's 3 nights ago, he said you can spray this to dry up eggs and mites, its not good for spraying due to staining. I started taking internally. The itch has stopped, I am on my third day and am able to sleep longer, think straighter. I am the only person in my household of 5 people that is having problem, along with 2 of our 3 dogs. (I believe due to, I am the only person with metal fillings in teeth.Ted mentioned somewhere metal can create an attraction for mites.)

Other things that work:Ted's borax edta peroxide formula. Diatomaceous earth on grass in yard. ( Dogs kept reinfesting from yard, I just figured this out.)

Most important step in my opinion, keeping ceilings sprayed with borax, edta, peroxide formula. Use garden 1 gallon sprayer. I had gotten rid of this twice in house and on dogs, using his method, just couldn't get yard done well enough. Thats when I realized missing component of DE. MY favorite way to reduce tannic acid for use in dropper rather than as a powder, my recipe(Tony Panteleresco's actually.)3 teaspoons tannic acid powder in about 8 oz. to 12 oz. of white wine or brandy blend 10 minutes in (osterizer blender) on med to high for 10 minutes . Strain into jar thru clean hankerchief, use 10 to 20 drops in 1/2 glass of water with 2-3 drops mag oil. Drink 3-4 times a day.


Replied by Janet
Ft Wayne, In
I would like to add info to my post on tannic acid. I just received a new batch of tannic acid, it seems weaker than my previous order so I am going with blending to color rather than amounts. I mixed my tannic in 1/2 white wine, 1/2 distilled water, then mixed in enough tannic powder till mixture became a brown very simular to an amber glass bottle. Also tried some on skin in a very irratated area, between breasts, it did not stain after 4-5 applications in one day, I am very pale naturally. Also tried this on eyelashes and eyelids to test for those with them in eyes. It dries really fast, so a thin layer a few times, allow to dry on closed eyes, should give enough relief to go about the business of eradicating in house etc.

Posted by Smilepayal19 (California) on 05/15/2014

[YEA]  I have been suffering for a year now, but am finally getting better. I am the only one with this problem in my entire house, and some think I'm crazy because I'm explaining problems cause by "invisible" bugs--and being a teenager doesn't help with that situation either, since adults don't really believe us. I got the problem when we moved into a new house that had dogs, and the problem was only in my room's carpet and I unknowingly spread it to my bed after doing situps. After 11 months of suffering, I finally realized I needed to go online to get rid of these white mites. And I found the cures!!! Here's what I have been doing:

Buy Kleen Green. This is 75 dollars from amazon but is concentrated and lasts a very long time because you have to mix it with water in a spray bottle. It comes with instructions as well. Spray everything with this, even your body! It is chemical free and has not hurt my teenage skin at all! Take a hot 30 min bath with 4 ounces of it and soak your entire scalp too. Stay in for 30 min. You can also spray this on body and scalp at any time of the day and not have to wash your hair after. It is just made of enzymes and smells like kid bubble soap. Spray everything, even carpet, and wipe or vacuum. Do this for your car too if needed. I have read that a substitute for this is the BLUE dawn soap, and am gonna try that too for my scalp, since that is the last site of problem for me. Also, wear clothes once and use towels only once or twice. IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP AGAIN: Put all bedding in dryer for 30 min, even PILLOWS. Do this ENTIRE cleaning process for at least three weeks in order to break their life cycle.

Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda all mixed in water every other or every day to cleanse your insides.

I had felt very alone and scared through this fight, I even had slight thoughts of suicide sometimes. But I always tried to stay positive in order to maintain my happiness and higher than a 4.0 GPA. And now I can see an even greater future for myself! Now I don't have to worry about spreading this to my possible future college dorm either. Just have persistence and perseverance, even if people think you're crazy. If you stay positive, and do this process CORRECTLY AND THOROUGHLY, then you will get your life back. I promise. <3

Please talk to me! I will comment back and we can help each other! You are not alone!

Stay happy and positive,
A friend :)

Replied by Laura
Las Vegas, NV
Hi smilepayal19, I was so glad to see your post maybe you can help me. I have had mites for seven months and can't get rid of them. I think I got them from a stray cat that I rescued who happened to pick up bird mites somewhere. These things are on me all the time and biting me. I had to quit my job and leave my home. I have to go from one hotel to another because the bugs on me swarm so badly, I can't stay in one place. I have considered suicide myself, but I am hoping and praying somehow I will beat this terrible thing.

The bugs I have are invisible, they seem to live on me all the time. In my bed I see small black specs and black tiny hairs and sometimes even webs. Were your bugs like that? How long after starting using the Kleen Green and other treatments did the mites go away? Are they still gone? I hope you are doing well. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated, I am very depressed and I am running out of money and can't go from hotel to hotel forever, I want my life back. I am now living in a low humidity area, I swim in a chlorinated pool every day and I have changed my diet and cut out sugar, but I still have the bugs. I have tried many creams and oils on my skin. It kills the bugs, but more come, it never ends. I even have taken several doses of ivermectin, but that no longer works either. I am hoping you will answer this post, I really need to talk to someone who has been through the same experience. Thank you for reaching out to others, God bless you.

Replied by Coy
Toledo, Ohio
Need help, don't have any monry to buy. Anything but vinegar. On fixed income it's taking every penny I have.
Replied by Rebel
Somewhere Usa
Go under ailments on here and just start searching and reading. You may find a friend that has some supplies. I have often bought things little bit by little bit and never seem to use it all and leaves me with extra stuff in a time of need.

If it is truly a mite, you may be able to cover the area with some finger nail polish and smother the mite.

Replied by Terri
Ny, US
My friend has been dealing with this for over a year now. Literally, everyone thinks she's crazy!
Replied by Rick
Birmingham, Alabama
I was beginng to think I was alone in my suffering. It's been a year and no relief.
Replied by Suzy
Guadalupe Ca
I know how that feels. I had relief for a little over a year but I had a family member's son stay at my house and unknowingly was infested with scabies. Now im miserable and no one understands
Replied by Martha
To Smilepayal19. I'm a grandma and I'm very proud of you. I've been dealing with these things for about a month now and its driving me crazy. your advice sounds like the most logical. My biggest problem is I only have a shower, not a tub. Also, don't take this the wrong way, but I'm glad you're the only one with them. Hopefully, that means they are not scabies, but the ones that start with d, which I think mine are, as well. Thanks.
Replied by Kristie
Hi can I please tell me where u found that blue dawn was a substitute for the kleen green, and any idea how much you would use in tub bath , thank you.
Replied by Janette
San Diego, Ca
I've been suffering for a few years now and am slipping into a deep depression over this. I've tried meds, creams, etc. Can u give me some ideas on how to at least control/minimize what I feel (and some people even see) come out of my nose, eyes, hair, ears...Heeellllpppp!! I just want to be normal!!

Posted by Mertle (Indianapolis, In) on 04/22/2014

For skin mites, skin parasites

Three things: buy MMS online, use 20 activated drops per 32 oz spray bottle plus water, add more, with caution, if ineffective... Spray house/contents, carpet and bed/bedding daily... Spray washed/dried clothing and dry again; test fabric to make sure it isn't leaving spots! Spray chairs before/after sitting on them, toilet too... At home and esp in publuc; nvr sit on public toilet... Hover over it.

Second, fumigate your body with one cup sulfur powder mixed into bath with a cup of sea salt; buy sulfur on ebay; powder body with it, too, and mix into most natural lotion u can buy and put on trouble spots... Might need bandaids for some; can use tea tree oil, rosemary, citrinella and camphor drops in bath and on body; above all, do NOT give up!!! We are in a battle and we will win by God's power. Your life is not over, it's just a hard trial... A temp handicap... Get inspired by people in wheelchairs etc. Eat natural healthy foods! What Would Jesus Eat by Don Colbert is affordable and healthy. God bless us and heal us by His great holt grace and love and power!!! In Jesus' Name amen!

Posted by Buggedout (Texas) on 03/19/2014

[YEA]  Horrible Biting Mites

About 2 years of my life was wasted and spent on getting rid of these horrible bugs. Doctors didn't believe me. I literally became a hermit and hardly went out as I was afraid I'd infect someone. At night I could feel bugs crawling inside my ears, nose, in my eyes, genitals, butt, and on all over my skin. During the day I could feel pinprick bites. Sometimes I'd see a white fly going through the air (other people have described the same thing), whilst inside my home or inside my car and yes they do communicate with each other these bugs. What worked for me and finally cured me, I found here on your website. This site is a true god send, and all of you I sincerely appreciate your help. What worked for me, was bathing in peppermint soap everyday, putting almond oil in my hair and scalp and leaving on a long time. I would also put an equal mixture of clove oil and almond oil on my hair and skin and left it on awhile. I also started drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz glass of water at night. Also, eating garlic regularly.. lightly sauteed and sometimes a raw piece. My mattress was replaced, I discarded most of my clothes, my car, and living like a hermit for almost 2 years. DO NOT GIVE UP THE FIGHT! I don't have a husband and kids so I fought this battle alone for a long time and was afraid. If you don't get rid of the bugs from your clothing and environment you will battle the bugs indefinitely. Treat your environment and yourself then you can be on your way to a cure. Goodluck!

Replied by Dibs
Lancaster, PA
I am so confused as to the treatments...seemed this began with fleas, lice, then mites. I live with my dog and mom. It has been a year since we have had had our clothes in bags, once a week of vacuuming went to every day or every other. We just reinfect ourselves. I think it is mostly from the car. Do you have any suggestions on that? I've seen a lot written on clove oil but I think I tried it once it it was extremely burning. Any suggestions about the car and cleaning of the house would be greatly appreciated***
Replied by Carah
Fresno, CA
Hi, I would use turpentine. You can google for more information "Walter Last." He has an excellent website with excellent information on that topic. As for the car, I would sell it. To eradicate them out of every nook and cranny in your car...Especially if they are deep within the fabric of the seats and the carpet on the floor would be near impossible. Turpentine is instant death for the mites and you can even take internally in small doses. It has a long history of uses. Good luck!
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Dibs,

You are right...that the infestation is likely coming from the car.

I use a product from the oil of the cedar tree. There are numerous companies. This one has a product that has worked for me again and again.... ...the main product being what they call "best yet" and I even spray on myself when I work in the yard during the summer. It helps as a temporary mosquito repellant.

Replied by Brenda
East Texas
To rid them from my car, I try to vacuum it thoroughly once a week. I spray with either Windex, 91% alcohol, or Lysol every time I get out of my car when I return home and I try to spray it about 15 minutes before I get in it. I spray under the seat, on the floors, under and on top of the dash, doors steering wheels, ceilings. Borax will probably work, but it clogs my sprayers so that they become unusable. Using a towel soaked in Borax should work. Be sure to try to spray in all crevices of the car like where the back of the seat meets the seat bottom. Your car can reinfect you if you do not treat it daily.

Posted by Guyb (Reading, Uk) on 11/25/2013

[YEA]  Try the following, nothing else worked in my experience, but this worked:

1) 100% tea tree oil
2) 100% alcohol Buy large quantities. Mix the two; apply to every itch. Apply to eyebrows and eyelashes, but be especially careful using alcohol near your eyes!
3) Neem oil. Add some to bath ; it will bring them out of the hair follicles. Don't bathe before bed, because all the young ones will come out and start to itch, so you need a couple of hours to treat them. Adding nice smelling essential oils will help neutralise the bad odour of the neem oil . Submerge head fully.
4) Bleach Add a few capfuls to bath for immediate relief, but not to be used more than once every few days. Wash your clothes and bedding every day.

If you're reading this, you're probably going through hell. I feel for you. Doctors probably won't help, so don't waste your time. It took me months to work this out, but trust me, this should help you get your life back. Good luck :)

Replied by Meeya
Sunnyvale, Ca
Thanks for sharing Guyb. In wanting to help others, I've found that Demodex mites manifests differently in everyone, and that - most likely - there are many different species. Can you please share what your symptoms / manifestations were before you treated? How did you discover that it was indeed a mite infestation (demodex)? Many Thanks.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Meeya!

Some info on demodex since you are info gathering!

Demodex mites are species adapted, which means while there are many species of demodex mites, the ones found on dogs only live on dogs and the ones found on cats only live on cats, etc. There are two species found on humans - D. folliculorum and D. brevis. The species is not zoonotic - you can't catch demodex from your dog, however there is one documented instance where a boy and his dog both had the same species of demodex - folliculorum; in that case it appeared the child gave the demodex to his dog.

Replied by Meeya
Sunnyvale. Ca
Thank you, Theresa! Wondering also how one knows for sure that it's the mites that are causing their symptoms - other than looking under a microscope?

What are the typical symptoms of an infestation? Would love to hear others experiences.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Meeya!

My experience with demodicosis is with dogs - not people. I have tried unsucessfully to verify the stories I read on the internet where people say they 'caught' demodex from their dogs. There are many stories but only 1 verified incident of a zoonotic transmission, and in that case it would appear the dog caught it from a child. [Note: in the plentiful stories on the internet the cases are not verified, the species not identified, so you cannot say for certain that the species that infected a particular dog infected the person who handled the dog who also broke with demodex.]

The only 'sure fire' way to diagnose demodicosis is by using a microscope - it doesn't need to be super powerful as demodex mites are fairly large. Keep in mind that *most* of the time the demodex mites leave peacefully on their hosts; its when the hosts body is .. out of tune in some way... that the mite populations are permitted to over grow which then trigger symptoms in humans.

The mites are typically active at night; afflicted people report feeling them crawl on their skin [the mites come out of the follicles to mate] - and the by products of the mites - their wastes and when they die their decomposing bodies - appear to be what creates the intense itching some individuals experience.

You can google "demodex in humans" and then select the IMAGES tab to see pix of folks with demodex related rosacea and acne.

Replied by Meeya
Sunnyvale, Ca
Thank you Theresa! Very helpful.
Replied by Ann
I have been very unhappy. I have gone to the doctor been give way to much money. To the pharmaceutical. Side of this. A guess what now apparently. I need "some one to talk to. Ugh.. Its been 4monrhs now I ache All the time my vision has gone way out there they said there's no reason for it. I have list my job after being home for about 2 months without pay and I am so miserable. At night I would sell a kidney o and by the way I am truely offended by the medical community. As a whole just because you can't figure it out does not say I'm crazy... Ok I vented and feel much better

Posted by Buggedinoregon (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 06/02/2013

I suffered with birdmites for about 1.5 years. Here is what worked: 3-4 drops of concentrated oregano oil under the tongue (sublingual) before bed. Do not swallow this. It is absorbed into the bloodstream via blood vessels under the tongue. More is not more effective. This will stop the biting at night. Two products made by a company called NuSkin. One is simply called Immune Formula, the other is AE10. Take them together as directed on the labels. I had to take these for about 6 months. You have to take a drug holiday for 2 weeks in between taking them daily. It is good to take some yogurt each day to keep intestinal flora alive while taking these formulas. Put any mites you pick off yourself or clothing on masking tape. Keep wide masking tape everywhere--next to bed, in car, bathroom, etc. The stickier, the better.

Daily vacuuming of home and car. They colonized my keyboard at work, so I wore surgical gloves while using my computer. Also, daily bathing. Some instant (but temporary) relief can be obtained by applying Listerine externally head-to-toe before showering. Baths with Borax, 1/2 cup of bleach, or OxiClean can help. Do not combine bleach with OxiClean. Scrub body with Scotchbrite sponge under the water. Put sponge in microwave oven for 1.5 to 2 minutes after bathing. This will kill mites that got captured in the business side of the sponge. Keep skin moistened by applying coconut oil after bathing. The mites don't like it, and you can catch any that escaped the bath by applying it everywhere on your body.

Daily laundering of sheets & towels. Wearing clothing only once before washing. Keep all clothing items in their own plastic ziplock bags. Express air from the bag when sealing them. If possible, wash items with chlorine bleach, Pine Sol or similar pine oil product, Borax, and hot water (140 F minimum). Most modern laundry equipment has temperature limitations on the hot water, so you have to find a way to override this or do what I did, and buy an old laundry set (toploader) via classifieds. Dry thoroughly. If clothing or linens come out a little damp, it is not dry enough. I can now get away with laundering sheets about every four days, and towels, every 2 days.

Get rid of carpeting. Keep humidity in your home low. An insect growth regulator called Nylar was moderately effective. None of these measures will work by themselves. You must be diligent in hygiene routines. I did not find dietary modifications to be all that effective, but I do not consume a lot of sweets. The mites do seem to go crazy if you eat fruit, so I cut back on it some, but it did not make them go away, just kept them from having a biting frenzy after I ate. Sulfa antibiotics can also be effective, but if you are allergic to them, as I am, you cannot use any sulfur product. Externally applied sulfur applications, such as used on dogs or sheep may help those who are not allergic.

Have your thyroid checked. Lab tests do not always show hypothyroidism. You can be hypothyroid and have a normal result, but if your result is abnormal, you can get help from an MD. Otherwise, see a naturopath or doctor of Chinese medicine to get thyroid. Mites are attracted to those with hypothyroidism.

NOT helpful with mites were: medical doctors, enzyme preparations, steaming things, insecticides based in neurotoxins, and ozone generators.

Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile Tn.
BUGGED, did everything you suggested to little avail. MD's are useless with these things. Mites die in 120 degree heat. I heated my FIR SAUNA to 160 degrees and was cured in a week. Some folks have used hair dryers.

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