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Posted by Ruth (Easley, SC) on 10/09/2008
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Boiling menthol rub for colds seems to make these critters settle, or else it soothes the skin. Sulfur type products seem to cool and soothe the skin also.

EC: Menthol Rub = Vicks Vapor Rub or generic version... You can find sulfur type products in the eczema/psoriasis section of a pharmacy.

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Posted by Meeya (Sunnyvale, Ca) on 12/03/2013

Hi All,

I've found quite a few good remedies and suggestions for dealing with mite / demodex infestations. But most involve "spot treating" different areas of the body.

One of the most helpful suggestions I've found is to take a bath 100% submersed with a snorkel. This way, all mites, including those that can hide in the eyes, ears, scalp, etc, are going to be treated.

Can anyone give suggestions on WHAT TO PUT INTO THE BATH??

Borax seems like a good idea, but it would take a lot to saturate tub full of water.

~Thanks for all your help my fellow earth clinicians!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Meeya!

I agree - a bath tub full of a saturated borax solution is one spendy bath!

Old Robert Henry reported success by using extreme heat in a sauna- took about a week he said [scroll down and look for his posts, he talks all about it.]

So you could try very HOT soaks in the tub with a face towel saturated with borax/hydrogen peroxide or borax/vinegar.

Replied by Mertle

I just read to put powdered sulfur and salt in a bath and submerge, eyes protected for 3-8 min... I don't know, sulfur doesn't dissolve easily, maybe w salt it does. Rite now using it in a lotion and its working.. Google powdered sulfur and order...

Replied by Michelle
Fort Hood

Hello, I have been doing tons of research on mites that cats get that transfer to humans. I had found its the cheyletiella mite. It's horrible. I had raked the yard a few weeks ago & shortly after all the sudden started getting bug bites out of no feel like pin poke your skin from inside& bite. Feels like crawling on your skin& jumping around of something you can't see. Also like hairs dragging across your skin lightly. I had itched them so bad I have them all over. I tried everything vinegar, lemon juice, bug spray, disinfectant spray on me, bleach spray, borax, arm & hammer unscented dry soap, baking soda& cleaning everything& washing & vacuuming our throw down rugs, we have tile floors. I just bought Revolution flea meds for all 3 of our cats a few days ago I heard it is the best.

Our cats had the walking dandruff& one keeps pulling his hairs out& one had tons of dandruff my daughter cut her hair in all our cats dandruff area. I had washed them with the borax mixture day before I got Revolution. I spray Lysol everywhere & Sprayed beds& sprinkled arm& hammer soap on beds& in pillow cases & places Around the house. We got the 5% permethrin cream still no luck yet. I had even used nixed before as well all over.

When I was in the shower I saw I had a little left of arm & hammer toothpaste so put that all over me in shower helped relieved it some then put Vicks all over me after shower. Gonna keep using the arm & hammer toothpaste everyday buying more & gonna buy regular listerine to spray on me & around house as well I heard its good on mites. I had even used the queen Helene mud mask it helped some. I ordered some cedar oil essence from swansons vitamins to spray around house & on me cuz mite hate it & will close the pores they breath in. I had one little bottle but used it so fast also used a lot of 100% tea tree oil I bought from heb here in Texas for 4.99 a bottle but didn't help much.cedar oil suppose to be the best tho. Also any sprays with permithren& Lysol spray everywhere walls ceilings vents you name it. I keep praying & praying for it to be gone & for everyone who has battled this & is & any kind of bug.

My heart goes out to you all. This is worse than fleas could ever be. I have been spraying all in our car as well bug spray & Lysol cuz they have been in there too. I have MS & peripheral neuropathy & it's made it hard for me to walk sometimes & I feel sick like a flu. I need to change my diet too cuz I eat too much sugar & need to drink more water. God bless you all in this battle

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Posted by Nancy New Jersey (New Jersey) on 09/07/2016
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I have been Fighting this for a year, selenium shampoo sulfide2.25% get a prescription from your doctor very expensive try to double your prescription don't drink any alcohol while using this shampoo, I use it everyday leave it on your whole body hair and body 10 minutes.if the mites are in your car you need to spray Rid lice spray all over rugs under seats morning and nite, after dark set off a fogger I used raid your choice until they are gone, Its been about two weeks, still feel a little but driveable I vac. Everyday like a (MF) I wipe the car down with gleen green, and still wash clothes in tide with bleach change my sheets on the bed everyday been fogging my house every two weeks with Bifen insec.order it on Amazon doesnt have a strong odor.clean my floors steam cleaner it took a year to finally figure it out I have been going I finally start feeling normal. Good luck. I hope this helps anyone so they don't have to suffer a whole year

Replied by Kimberly

I have had bird/rat mites for 3 mos. I couldn't get them out of my car and now my new apt. has them. Pest Control refused to fog my car. I wanted to use a Raid cypermethrin fogger, but the directions say not to put it in any space less than 5 x 5 ft. How did you fog your car? I am desperate. My car keeps reinfecting me.

I read an article that says I have to re-fog after 7-10 days to kill the newly hatched bird mites.

Replied by Jsdavis
Tri-cities, Va

I have bird-mite invasion. every day after I finish using my car, I spray it thoroughally with a solution of 3 cups warm water and 2 level Tablespoons of old fashioned Chlorox bleach. Do not forget the trunk. Close the car and it is usually OK for the next day.

Posted by Debbie (Oregon) on 04/05/2016
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I got what I think is demodex mites. It took me 9 months to get rid of them but would have been much shorter if I had done what got rid of them for me earlier. I tried tea tree oil, neem oil, ivermectrin the list goes on and on. Here is what did it.

I used dry mustard (bought in large container from amazon) in my shampoo and body wash every day. You have to figure out how much you can do without burning. I started with a 1/2 teaspoon and worked up to 1 teaspoon, mix with 1 tsp of cold water and the shampoo. Mix it up and apply and leave on for 5 minutes. Keep away from eyes. Then I would do the same and add Dove's body soap, mix it and turn off the shower and apply all over my body and let it sit for 5 minutes. (my face couldn't handle mustard, burned) If it burns anywhere, rinse it off immediatly and use less in that area next time. Then rinse it off. I also used diatomaceous earth on my legs every night, just rubbed it in. Sometimes I had to get up when it was real bad and rub it in 2 or 3 times but always got them to quiet down so I could sleep.

When the infestation was at its worst, I took a bath with a cup of borax, cup of epsom salts and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. It gave me instant relief. I would lay on my side and put 1/2 my face in the water (to my nose so I could breathe, keep eyes closed) for a few minutes turn over and do the other side.

I kept a bottle of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and mix 1-2 tbls of borax in it until the borax wouldn't dissolve anymore. I kept it in a colored glass spray bottle by my side and when I felt them moving on me, I sprayed and it stopped. Don't know how many it killed but it gave me relief from them crawling around on me and biting.

What I learned is get your immune system up, that is the number one best defense against these mites. I let my health go down and was depressed and that opened the door for them to breed unchecked.

I did the laundry thing, washed sheets every night in hot water and borax, wore clothes once and washed in same. Not sure if this made a difference. I still only use sheets for 3 days and wash, I guess afraid they will come back. My 17 year old son never got them, I didn't let him use my towels and washed his clothes separately. kept blankets on couch and washed them often.

It is hell but you can overcome it. I was there thinking my life was ruined, not wanting to be around people. Oh and did the doctor thing too, they don't have a clue. It was awful but you can get thru this.

God Bless and be with you, Debbie

Replied by Pam

Did you put the DE on your feet also or just your legs and what did you do about your private parts? The night time around 4 am is the worst, what did you do for that? I'm about ready to jump off a bridge, can't seem to get a handle on this.

Replied by Debbie

Hi Pam,

I actually have a pan of it in my bathroom right now and yes I would step in it before I went to bed, after applying it to my legs. The mustard/water/dove body wash each day in private parts helped and the spray I talked about I used it there too. Try a little first to make sure it doesn't burn. Also soak the tub with the Peroxide/Epsom Salt/Borax treatment above. It took care of them for quite awhile to get some rest from them.

You have to do the mustard everyday, you have to kill the new ones as they emerge. It will take awhile to get thru all the cycles and then keep doing it for 6 weeks after you think they are gone.

You can beat these horrid mites. Get your immune system up, eat well, no sugar and exercise will all help.

God Bless, Debbie

Replied by Vickie
Springfield, Ohio

I just now finding ways to kill mites I got them by digging in mulch where cats did there business in. I think that is the only thing I could think of anyway. So im treating my case with coconut oil. It does help because I dont think they are on my body they are only in my hair and eyebrows. I believe my immune system is low so I'm working on that too.Thanks for sharing your story it has helped me. Wish me luck.

Replied by Philip

We have a bad infestation of mites. Any more suggestions Debbie?

Replied by Eugene
Rochester, New York

God bless you. I thought this was something I would have to live with for the rest of my life. This is what I have been looking for.

You've given me hope. Thank you!

Posted by Leanne (Nsw) on 10/01/2015

Hi About just over 2 years ago I started getting a crawling sensation all over my body and intense itching. Then my mum was complaining of the same. We googled symptoms and decided we had bird mites but all the syptoms didn't match, then we thought it was dog mange but apparently humans can't catch animal mange, then I decided it was scabies but no rash! Then we thought it was rat mites and then back to scabies. We went to countless drs who referred us onto skin specialist who decided we had a case of "dry skin" and the way we were treated by the gps was appalling! Anyway while this is going on we are trying home remedies: tea tree oil, apple cider vineger ( both bathing and drinking), alfalfa tea, lyclear, bleach baths (everyday), plastic covers on beds, bagging all clothes after one wear, steaming, pesticide from hardware store, clove oil, salt lamps, dehumidifiers, garlic tablet, vitamins, sulphur, sulphur soap all types of creams potions and lotions (and there were more) we were at our wits end and severely depressed just wanting to die.... seriously. I have now been mite free for about a month or so. Here's what finally worked: All our clothes were bagged after one wear and sheet s changed daily( we had been doing this anyway) but this is important. I quit sugar. No more sugar in my diet ( a little here and there but not too much! ) Then every single day I would put on benzamil application head to toe everyday or straight after showeringin hot water (cook em! ). Do this until they are gone. If they come back do it again. You will be free again. These parasites have cost me about $4000. I don't want anyone to have to go through that again. Until you've lived it you have no idea. I vowed if I ever cured these dirty critters I would post what worked for other sufferers. I wish you all freedom and peace.

Replied by Idolly

Hi Leanne... can you please tell me how long you had to use the Benzemil for and did you just keep it on around the clock? I would really appreciate it if you would reply to this. Thanks

Replied by Julie
Mpls, Mn

What type of benzamil did you use, what strength? and where did you get it. Have not heard of that before. I have the same problem.

Replied by Sherry

Please tell me where to purchase Benzamil, I have not heard of this. Thanks

Posted by Chandra (Victoria, Bc) on 09/05/2015 1 posts
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Hi everyone, first of all I am so grateful of this website!

Thank you so much Ted for your advice and support! I have gathered so much valuable knowledge and insight. My rosacea is really bad right now, my face is extremely inflamed and my eyes are blood shot :( I can't sleep at night, my hair is dry and bleached from all the hydrogen peroxide and borax treatments. Please help!! (It's been 5 days since I started all the below treatments)

-I have been drinking borax and water daily. 1/8 borax to litre water. -Orally taking Vitamin C&D3& B12, Zinc, lysine, magnesium, flax oil and acia berry. -also went to Dr yesterday and he prescribed me antibiotic which I started yesterday monocyline - shower twice a day washing body with anti-dandruff shampoo twice, leaving on for 5 mins and rinsing then repeat. I'm using head and shoulders which contains pyrothese zinc (not sure if the spelling is right pyro..something) -washing face with borax and peroxide every morning and I have a spray bottle that I'm frequently spraying my body and hair with. - morning and night washing face with syslic acid (clean and clear) followed with zinc oxide cream 15% - twice a day drinking ACV and baking soda mixture (morning and night) - eating only fruit and veggies - 30 mins min of walking daily. - bagged all infested clothing and is in my storage for a month, then I will take out and wash everything with borax and tide. -I'm sleeping on an air mattress, changing sheets and pillow cases daily.

-Also only drinking 1 coffee per day. (No suger) I don't know what else to do, is this normal for this to be happening, blood shot eyes (I may have got a bit of lavender in them a few days ago) My face literally looks like I have been beat with a baseball bat.. Please help me, it's so embarrassing to even go to 'mart', everyone is gawking at me. any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Hello Chandra, (Victoria, BC) ---

Even though Ted's formula has helped a few dogs and I don't know about people, it has increased my dog's skin problems and I had to discontinue it for myself because of the drying effects and no noticeable improvement.

I used MMS with very good results but my skin was like dry paper and again had to discontinue. I did cure my rosacea though more than a year ago only using colloidal silver which I make myself, on a cotton ball, doing half an hour at a time and not for too long. It came back once after sun exposure and doing a little CS application, then did not return. CS is excellent for eye issues with a dropper bottle. It kills the mites around the eye balls.

But I have new mites and some old ones in my eyes and head. Now, after much research on EC, I seem to have the answer.

First of all, NO antibiotics. They will make it harder for the body to resolve this issue.

My skin is very fair and needs goodly amounts of quality oil, not drying remedies. That was the mistake with my big dog, too. His skin began to split and bleed so I saw this was not to be done.

Right now we are using Neem Seed Oil from an ayurvedic supplier. This slightly warmed in cool weather but not in hot weather as it is easy to apply, No microwave, massaged all over the body and in my case the upper body and head.

I do this daily or every other day about three times a week. In my dog's case I keep seeing a lot of dead black small things after massage. But in my case I have to persevere longer with Neem tincture which has to mature for two weeks and daily shakings for now. To make neem tincture, use dry neem leaves powder with equal amount of wodka and keep in a bottle for two weeks at least. Then put through a cloth. I will have to wait now for about two weeks while I apply neem oil to moisturize the body and saturate the skin. I acquired my mite problem by using someone else's pillow. Not from a dog. Later from a garment of a big Canadian store.

I found this neem tincture remedy by researching on EC where a man who was in Africa wrote he cured himself with the stronger neem tincture in three days, applying this morning and evening for three days. I would follow up though to make sure, all is well.

It has to be noted that the neem tree (Margosa) in India is anti parasitic' and bugs and a host of detrimental critters, even freeing land of weeds to make it arable. Including many health issues, such as diabetes. It is considered a holy tree.

A lot of work ahead but I am confident that this approach is very beneficial. All the best.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Catherine

I bought neem oil at a health store is it the same?

Replied by Cindy

Have tried all remedies, nothing has cleared them out, kleen green helps not a cure, Use DE food grade it helps, not a cure, eat only eggs, meat, unprocessed, and veggies seems to help, fruit was making me worse, am at 99 lbs from 117, I'm small boned but still weight has become an issue...Need these parasites gone...any answers.

Replied by Barb

Sugary fruits can make it worse. Eat fruits with little sugar like tart apples and low glycemic type fruits.

Posted by Naturalgal (Bronx, Ny) on 08/12/2015
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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. Even sleep with as much as you can stand on and below your sheets. Sprinkle carpets with clovers and salt periodically and vacuum later.

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 mites.

Update January 25, 2016:

Original problem STILL GONE!!! No pee-a-booing. NOTHING present.

The heavy sea salt (above and below the sheets) and ground clove (above the sheets only) and sleeping with this for a few days really did the trick. It makes sense to me to sprinkle sea salt on the mattress and surrounding flooring/carpet. It "kills" bugs period. Sulfur shampoo as a lathery soap actually leave your skill feeling superiorly cleaned. I continue to use it, just not daily as of December 1, 2015. Ground clove as a body scrub is also nice a using sugar or sand for spa-ing types. I hope this helps someone else.

I also drink ACV as a daily tonic A shot in warm water taste like warm apple juice. Twice daily.

Replied by Shar57

Hi natural gal, don't know if you will ever see this post, but I sure would like an update on how your cure is doing? please please, I know all of pray, hope down to our very toes that you are better .

Please let is know! 😃😉😇

Replied by Sherry
North Carolina

Hi Naturalgal, thank you for all the information you have posted. I tried your ACV and sea salt mixture, but could not get salt to dissolve. Could you share how you mixed this? Fighting these things are about to get the best of me. Thanks again for all the good info.

Replied by Nm

I use a bit of hot water to dissolve sea salt and then add apple cider vinegar. It helps greatly.

Posted by Apick (Nj) on 07/02/2015
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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
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Gracie

I thought Ted suggested first spray body with hydrogen peroxide spray and then get in hot bath with borax . I would just close eyes and emerge whole body and use a snorkel to breath and keep a towel close by when you emerge you want a dry your eyes . I think SALT is the key so I would add sea salt to the bath it dehydrates the mites . I would also would buy a big bag of sea salt dehydration is the key first you must draw them out I think Michael is on to something with his salt sheets and clothes no place for them to make a bed and breed.

Find, identify the type of mite. A mite needs a host to survive. The life cycle question is crucial. You could bag your clothes and put everything in the garage shut the door and don't open it for weeks and you may even fumigate it to be on the safe side just park your car in the driveway. Of course you have to treat your body daily to get kill this thing

Most mites are not visible to the eye usually measure1/8" or less in length. Human scabies mites cannot survive off a host for more than about 24 hours. Therefore, insecticide foggers and sprays to furniture, carpeting or other areas is waste of time. Take a 2 or 3 day vacation or camp outside a get one of those cool blowup hot tubs and put sea salt and borax in it and you have instant hot bubbling sea salt hot tub to jump into. Again, hydrogen spray draws them out and salt/ borax finishes them off .

There are scabies mites, dust and paper mites, clover bird mites this includes chicken mites, straw mites ( in hay, dried grass stored peas and beans), Chigger ( red in color) and I assume mites that we have not discovered yet

Ask doctor for a demodex scraping if he refuses get another doctor or see a dermatologist
Permethrin Cream - kills demodex face mites. (also kills scabies, lice, ) good for those with pustules/acne; Getting on Metrogel helps it an antifungal and antibiotic; reduces the demodex mite population on the skin.

Posted by Ralph P (Daytona Beach, Florida) on 05/01/2015
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Ralph P
Daytona Beach, Florida

This is an update to my previous post of more than 1 year ago see above.

Linda P. emailed me personally and asked for an update. Here is my response. Her email is below that.

Dear Linda,

Thank you for your e-mail,

You've knocked on the right door because I've learned quite a bit in the last year and a half/ 2 years that I've been dealing with these Nano insects.

I can offer you some critical information that has cost me several thousand dollars in pesticides, Dermatologists, remedies and on and on to learn.

I have had desperate times when I was covered over 25% of my body in bites to the point where I was embarrassed to go out in public.

Don't waste your time and money on Doctor's or pesticides as they offer only short term remedies that don't take into account that you will be re-exposed just by living in your home that is infested.

Originally I was given –permethrin 5% crème by my primary care doctor and it worked but after being re-exposed they returned because there is a very short reproductive life cycle 3-4 days. but the other issue that this crème is a poison and can be toxic if applied to often. The next step was the dermatologist that gave me 4 pills to take all at once called Ivermectin which also worked for as long as it was in my system but again short lived. Keep in mind the life cycle is very quick so one mite left alive on your skin can produce 400 mites in just 4 days. They are relentless and so must you be.

I've found that natural safe non-poisonous remedies work the best …I still have a mild infestation in my home and my skin remains clear. I do get bit whenever I'm home but I know how to get them out of my skin now.

There are many types of mites and they vary depending on which region of the country you live in. I found however that the truth is they are all microscopic about the size of germs or bacteria. Rather than trying to identify the specific mite your dealing with I just call them Nano Insects as they all respond to the same treatment. They are sensitive to their environment and when we change their environment to alkaline they die. Like bacteria they also cannot live in the presence of salt.

To get them out of your skin (they borrow into your skin like moles):

I use 1 cup of Borax detergent booster that you use for your laundry and 1 cup of Epson salt added to a hot bath. The bath should be as hot as you can stand it because it is important to expand the opening of your pores so that the salt and Borax can reach them. The Borax will turn the bathwater alkaline which will weaken them and the salt will kill them. I bath in this solution nightly for thirty minutes. I try to submerge as much of my body as possible.

After bathing if I notice any runs left by mites trying to escape the area …I apply DMSO 90%. This is a deep cleansing agent that helps whatever you use on your skin penetrate deeply through several layers of skin to where mites are living very effective. Can be found cheap on most websites that deal with livestock remedies/feed stores.

If you are dealing with eyelash mites and or ear mites they burrow into eyebrows, eyelashes, nostrils, ears and lips and attack you in your sleep. I use a multi-salt remedy. You can use sea salt or I like Dr. Teals Lavender Epson salt applied directly to the skin after steaming my face over a boiling pot of water to open the pores. This method can also work on different parts of the body but is dangerous because you run the risk of spilling the boiling water on yourself.

There is a preparation that I stumbled upon. It is a combination of different sea salts from around the globe in coconut oil that I've found most effective. It's not cheap but compared to other remedies it is cheap as I've been using the same bottle I purchased for $25.00 for several months now. It's called “Isle of Luxe” can be found at- It leaves your skin smooth and clear. Also works better if steam is used to open the pores so that it can reach the critters.

I hope some of these suggestions help you and if you need some suggestions of how to rid the critters from your domicile or vehicle let me know…I have some ideas or call me at I was also born in 1951 (: Good luck Linda (:

From: Missylinda51 Sent: Monday, June 27,2016 11:32 PM To: Subject: Mite Infestation

A year ago you wrote a blog on about curing yourself and your home of a mite infestation.

I am writing to find out how things are going a year later. Are you still mite free?

I've been fighting what I believe are mites for 10 months. The worst problem I have is the feeling that something microscopic is crawling all over my legs, scalp, ears, eyes, mouth and legs. They are worse at night but bother me both day and night.

Your suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Linda P.


Update so I decided to share this with you all.

Replied by Ralph
Port Orange Florida

Hi Rita,

I know what you're going through and its not easy.

Firstly, DON'T use foggers in your car... (or anywhwere else) they are highly destructive to the plastic lens over your gauges and other plastic parts and components like electrical contacts to make your windows go up and down ext. They are mostly in-effective anyway. I have eliminated them from my vehicle but it isn't easy.
Step 1) Get an ozone machine and run it in your car. The Ozone machine breaks the oxygen into 2 -3 parts changing it into ozone which the mites can't breath. This will suffocate them. You must repeat this several times a day because they run for 2 hours on a timer. You must repeat this for several weeks to defeat the life cycle as they have laid many eggs in the fabric of the seats under the seats in the dashboard ext. I bought my ozone machine air cleaner on amazon for 75.00 it was on sale. I would have paid more it was well worth it. But this alone is not sufficient. I also took the bathwater with the Epson salt and borax mixture after I was done with it and after I soaked my used sheets and bedding in it. I put it in a spray bottle after adding sea salt to the mixture. I spray the flooring of the car and if you have fabric seats you can spray them as well. The salt will dry and be noticeable but you can then vacuum it up with a vacuum cleaner.

Step 2)I replaced all carpet in my home with tile. Remove any fabric furniture from your home and clean it. It can be cleaned with the ozone cleaner along with any other infested items such as computers or tv sets. I use my shed out behind the house and I clean 1 item at a time because I find that most effective. You can clean items like shoes and other apparel in much the same way. If you don't have a shed you can rent a small storage unit that they drop off at your house but it must be airtight. I've placed small items in my car like a laptop computer and keypad while the ozone cleaner was cleaning my car it cleans these items as well. Don't expose yourself or breath the ozone is harmful to your lungs and can suffocate you as well. Be careful to leave the area once the ozone machine is running.

Step 3) Don't use poison internally or externally on your skin. It may cause damage that may be irreversible. For the the most part poisons are ineffective anyway. I have found that SEA SALT is highly effective in killing mites and mixed with Borax will create and alkaline environment that mites cannot live in. Salt by itself is hard to apply to the skin. So is borax so I make a highly concentrated mixture of salt, Borax, Peroxide and enough water to dissolve it. Mites burrow deep into the layers of skin and just surface application may not reach all the mites and if any survive the application they will return. I use steam to open my pores before applying the mixture. I boil water in a large pot over the stove and steam my hands, arms, ext...CAUTION: This method is very dangerous because you risk spilling scalding hot water on yourself. is highly effective in opening the pores and allowing the salt mixture to penetrate deeply to where the mites are hiding. In place of steam you can apply DMSO 99% prior to applying the salt mixture. DMSO is a deep skin cleanser and will help drive the mixture deep into the skin where mites are living and laying eggs.
I also make a mixture of sea salt, tea tree oil and coconut oil and keep it in a mason jar for spot cleaning or I can carry the mason jar with me on outings. If I get a breakout (eggs hatching) while away from home I can get relief by applying the oily salt and rubbing it into my skin.

I hope you find these methods are effective and that you find relief from this scourge.

Please keep in touch and share your experience.
I hope wish you peace,

---- Rita wrote:
> Hi! I was following up with you on my email below. Thank you in advance for your response.
> Rita
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> On Wed, Oct 5,2016 at 8:38 PM, Rita wrote: Hello,
> I ran across your posting on a blog regarding what helped you with mite control. Thank you for the posting. The suggestions regarding salt enlightened me. I knew it had to be SOMETHING out there that these mites aren't immuned to. I will definitely start taking those baths.
> I've been infected for 7 months now. They are in my apartment, vehicle, and job. It was rough the first 3 months, I didn't have a clue what to do. The Pest control guy was fresh out of answers after several attempts. I finally ran up on a site in which someone tried Cedarcide fogging and it worked for her. Thats what I have been doing since July and it does work BUT my job and car keeps the reinfestation going. I sit at my cubicle at work and within 30 minutes they are all over me. I finally opened up my month and put in a workorder to spray around my area - but we both know this was not going to work. Ive tried DE for the floors and kept gleen green on hand. Now I'm sitting elsewhere temporary but I know my boss is going to ask me to come back to my desk. Please understand that I refrained from telling her or people at my job that I was the one that brought the bugs (this is shameful enough). No one to my knowledge have been infected at work, but when they came to spray, a couple of ladies felt biting; it lasted for a's me the bugs really want!
> Would you please provide suggestions on what to do to kill the mites from my vehicle and job? For my vehicle I have fogged, pesticides sprays, and sifting DE on the carpets. I've sprayed 90% Alcohol but this seems to really agitate them and start biting. I am currently looking for another job. I cant remain there. So any assistance regarding my vehicle would be very helpful :)
> Thank you! Rita
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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!


Hello, I was just wondering if rubbing garlic actually made them leave for good?

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Mariam

Dear Earthlings, this will be my final words on this subject. It's just about one year since my horrible run in with what I believe to be mites. I have made my way back to because of my desire to stop the suffering due to the lack of communication or assistance from the medical field.(see previous posts) The infestation on my body of these mites shook me to the core, as I was in deep despair. The out of control nature of the mite behavior, my secrecy and concerns that it was contagious, my thoughts that it was incurable;the limitations it places on your ability to move about doing normal things was making life unbearable. I got ok results with some remedies, believed that I was cured when mite activity quieted down. I eventually learned that these suckers have a life cycle and you can be tricked into thinking that it's over. Reading the posts of others I can relate to their anguish. Ultimately, I had to realize that this was simply an infection. A stubborn one, but an infection. After many tries with assorted different remedies I began to meditate daily. I used golden seal diluted in water as an eyewash. I used aloe Vera ( both live and pharmacy purchased) as a lotion, the stickiness seemed to trap the mites. However, after a few hours I could feel the buildup and would have to wash and reapply. I used tea tree oil in small amounts to spot treat. I settled on oregano oil on qtips for inside ears, nostrils. The mites in my scalp were driving me crazy. I used a blow dryer and must have got rid of 95% on my scalp. I used the blow dryer on my feet and palms of hands with less effect. Also, my feet would hurt from slight swelling. Blow drying at 3 am is noisy and annoying to keep doing it. So I searched for an alternate solution. I used Golden Seal liquid (about 4 drops) in a pint of water. It's effectiveness was astonishingly swift! My eyebrows felt soft instead of stiff and rough, no wriggling under skin, no sudden biting; I feel whole and human. So that's it. I figured it out, so can you. Don't despair, it can be cured. I hope this helps someone. Make it a great tomorrow! Thanks Without you I may have checked out.

Replied by Cary

Marium, Did you drink the goldenseal and water or put it in your hair?

Replied by Sharon
Duncan Az.

Mite remedy, just wondering how you're doing? Looks like it's been a few months. We're you able to rid yourself of these mites? Also were you able to determine what kind of mite it was?? I hope your ok and wish you well. Hope you will respond. Take care Sharon

Replied by Sheila

Would you mind sharing how you cleaned your your home to get rid of them? Thanks.

Replied by Sheila

What would be good to use on wood floors that would not damage them? Thanks

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.