Mite Infestation
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Effective Mite Infestation Treatment: Top Natural Remedies

| Modified on May 30, 2024

Mite infestation is a common skin concern that can cause discomfort and various skin problems. Fortunately, several natural remedies can safely and effectively combat this issue. This article delves into diverse natural treatments, including tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, borax, neem oil, aloe vera, and coconut oil, to help you maintain healthy skin.

Understanding Mite Infestation

Mites are microscopic parasites residing in hair follicles and skin glands. Generally harmless, their numbers can surge due to immune system challenges, stress, or illness, leading to skin issues like itching, redness, rosacea, enlarged pores, and hair thinning.

Diverse Natural Treatments for Mites

To effectively manage mite infestation, consider these natural remedies:

  1. Tea Tree Oil: An antiseptic and antifungal from Australia, tea tree oil reduces mites and soothes skin irritations. Dilute with a carrier oil for safe application.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Loaded with nutrients, this tonic combats mites and nurtures skin health. Apply diluted on the skin or add to bathwater.
  3. Borax: This mineral cleanses skin and homes from mites. Use as a topical paste or in cleaning solutions.
  4. Neem Oil: With antimicrobial properties, neem oil is effective against mites and helps heal the skin. Dilute with a carrier oil before applying.
  5. Aloe Vera: Known for its soothing and healing properties, aloe vera gel can relieve skin irritation caused by mites and promote skin recovery.
  6. Coconut Oil: This oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it beneficial for treating skin affected by mites. It also moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

Tips for Using Natural Remedies

  • Tips for Using Natural Remedies
  • For tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, and neem oil, always dilute with water or a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
  • Apply aloe vera gel directly to the affected area for a cooling effect.
  • Use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer to create an environment unfriendly to mites.


Natural remedies offer a varied and effective approach to managing mite infestation. From tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar to neem oil, aloe vera, and coconut oil, these solutions can help eliminate mites and improve skin health. Consult a healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Embrace these natural methods for a mite-free, healthy skin journey.

Air Purifier

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Posted by Roger (Shady Point, Ok) on 08/29/2010

I tried most everything on this web site and it all helped but I was still overwhelmed by these mites. Not knowing what to do I prayed and that same day I stumbled across an ion air purifier. It zaps mold, bacteria and mites and it worked immediately. I don't know about other brands but this one is good for 3500 sq ft and problem solve. I wanted to share this only to help. Good luck and GOD bless.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Paula (TX) on 02/24/2023

Apple Cider Vinegar works great! It is by far the best treatment I have found for my hair and body! When I'm in the shower I have ACV in a spray bottle and I soak my hair and spray my entire body. Wait for 10 minutes, rinse. It kills all forms of the mite including the eggs. I did that twice a day for 5 days, once a day for 10 days, then every other day for only 5 minutes. It is very drying so I use Moo Goo MSM cream on my face and body. I have long hair so after I rinse I turn my head upside down and put conditioner only on the hair, not the scalp--rinse it. I've easily spent a thousand dollars and the cure was quite simple. Also, I bought a 32oz bottle of permethrin and I put 1oz in each load of laundry so I didn't reinfect myself. Cedarwood oil is awesome sprayed on my mattress and around my bed, it kills the little bastards and the house smells great! Also, vacuum everyday. Also, I am taking neem capsules, MSM capsules, and NAC as a little insurance. I rarely feel a bug and I am immunosuppressed and taking steroids. Hope this helps someone! Peace!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cindy (Houston) on 08/15/2015

Been dealing with infestation of mites for 6 months. Apple cider vinegar wiped over skin at night keeps the crawling down. I also put vinegar on my hair with a plastic cap. It is working. I use tee tree shampoo and soap during the day. Put ACV soaked socks on my feet for 30 minutes a day to kill those hiding ones. An air purifier ionizer kills them in car and bedroom.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mel (Clermont, FL) on 06/28/2009

Demodex mites

I had written before about my ordeal with these terrible bugs. About 3 months ago I noticed that there was some kind of bug getting under my skin. I somehow ended up on this site. I read every posting and tried everything. I mean everything! The first time I used cocunut oil, I saw the bugs shed off my skin, however they did not die. I soaked in borax and baking soda, proxide, ACV, you name it I did it. I bug bombed my house many times, but they would not go away. It was better, but not gone.

I started to drink ACV, and I saw a great improvemenet. I have been doing this daily 2 to 3 times a day. I take at least 3 teaspoons a day. Well I am happy to say, they are almost gone.

I spent over $3,000.00 on medicine, which I knew was very poisenous, but I was desperate. I have learned a lot since. Other than the ACV, I washed everything almost daily in hot hot water. Covered matress and pillows with plastic. I can finally feel like I can be at home and feel much better....hey and on top of all, I seem to be loosing lots of weight too. Good luck to you and hope this helps.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Camron (Elizabethtown, Ky) on 03/04/2009

I used ACV to try and cure candida, i'm not really sure if i have a candida problem but after taking any amount, even 1 teaspoon in water, my face will turn red and feel warm. Mainly my cheeks. Is this a reaction between candida and the ACV?

Replied by Lindsey
(Fort Lauderdake, Florida)

I also have oily skin that is prone to breakouts. I have had great results clearing out blackheads and shrinking large pores by applying a paste of baking soda and water after cleansing my face at night. Just use it as you would a face scrub and wash off. My skin is so much softer and really does glow!

Replied by Barb
(Perth Wa Australia, Australia)

Have read these post with alot of interest- it makes sense that mustard would work and any other product that draws. Clay is another product that as a 12yr sufferer of demodex I have found to help. Mustard has been used for centuries as a poultice to draw out splinters etc., clay is the same. Was thinking about the question of a carrier oil. Emu oil penetrates the skin to 6 layers deep. At least this may be a way to penetrate the layers easier and enter the follicles. I also found that using an LED machine has had great results.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I read a post on another site that someone got a burning rash from emu oil. Please use care next to your brain.

Replied by Andrea
(Lufkin, Tx)

Look up "Flushing", I have this problem too.

Replied by Sunnie
(Santa Clara, Ca)

The apple cider vinegar, gives me a "flush" as well! It is because AVC is highly acidic. I too have Candida Albicans, and it takes awhile of constant use for a "reaction" to happen. At least one that you would notice. I personally, have just ordered DE. Diatomaceous earth. I will use this both externally for bird mites, and internally, for the candida! DE breaks down the "exoskeleton" of these parasites, and then immediately dehydrated them!!! Here's to hoping! -Sunnie

Replied by Dmoore

Do you think defusing the oils you mentioned will help? I think my dogs contracted mites and were kind enough to share with me. I bought the neem, cedar oil, and peppermint and want to use them in the best way possible. I have GOT to get rid of this stuff before mid september because I have a vacation scheduled!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sue (Ontario, Canada) on 01/30/2009

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I have not idea why my arms were so itchy. Intense itch that kept my up through the night. Recently i felt a crawling sensation and biting.Yikes! I figured it was some sort of skin parasite(non-contagious) After spending alot of money and going to the doctors , nothing was working.... until a finally stumbled on your site. The first day, i bathed in ACV(1/2 cupt) plus applied it directly.Then i drank it 2x (2 tablespoons) a day, applied it directly 2x a day as well. Now i am on day 6 , and my arms are almost completely healed. lots of sores prior to. little sign of any parasite. God bless you and Thank you!

Replied by Cj
(Stamford, Ct)


Do you continue to use ACV for mite infestation? Demodex mites appear to be extremely adaptable to all my efforts to kill them.

(Tyler TX)

Try Chang Sheng soap for demodex mites. Also try tea tree oil eye wipes. Be careful to not get this into your eyes!

Pay It Forward
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Thank you for the Chang Sheng soap recommendation. I've ordered the tea tree oil eyelid wipes and am waiting for them.

Have had itchy eyelids/lash line on and off for too long. Dr sent me to an ophthalmologist who told me to get the wipes and use them twice daily. AND why would they stay contained on your eyelids. They must travel to your brows, hair and wherever else. Going to also add Teds 50/50 Borax Peroxide solution, including baths/shampoo etc. I already drink Apple Cider Vinegar daily. BUT... if they're in the bedding, all that is for not unless bedding/clothing is aggressively treated. Changing bedding daily, or at least every 2 days, would be essential. Or at the very least, putting the sheets and pillowcases into a hot dryer daily for 20-30 minutes to fry those creatures. Otherwise it's a viscous cycle of reinfection each time you get into bed. Not wearing the same clothes two days running is key. Using a disposable garbage bag as a laundry bag so as not to get that infected too. Gosh it makes your skin crawl just thinking about it.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt

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Posted by Michelle (Brighton) on 10/30/2016

Like so many others on here, I have suffered with the dreaded mites for months. I picked them up from a yoga retreat in India. we had mini bean bags to place over our eyes in a meditation session and I felt hundreds of tiny beings descend from the bean bags and invade my face. After looking up and trying remedy after remedy, I found a solution on here - I can't remember who it was but thank you so much!! I sprayed a solution of apple cider vinegar, water and salt on my hair, myself, my bedding, carpets and my cats and I went to bed - with nothing crawling on me. Every time I feel a wriggle I spray it and it stops immediately. I can't give you the doses as I just poured - it was approximately 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water and about 3-4 tablespoons of salt. So extremely effective and easy, and an easy, non-toxic and quick way to treat your whole environment, including your mattress. I hope this helps you.

Replied by Mite Girl

After what feels like eternal hell, I am down to the last few mites in a relatively short time (about 2 weeks). I hardly feel much movement now but I will keep this up for at least another 2-3 months. Here is the sum total of everything I do:

Drink 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 litre water 5 days on, 2 days off.

Take a hot bath every night with 1/2 cup borax, quite a bit of salt and epsom salts (the salt kills them in the bath quickly). Hose down well before getting out of the bath.

In the morning I shower with shower gel mixed with freshly prepared mustard, and I mix some in with my shampoo.

I really feel its important to shower / bath twice a day. Obviously I cant see mites in the shower, but on the water surface of the bath its amazing how many critters you can see floating. The baths and showers really help get a truck load off in one go. I can't stress the importance of salt enough - best thing ever.

I have 2 spray bottles - one with a good amount of apple cider vinegar (approx 1/8 of the bottle) double the amount of water and about a tablespoon of salt). When I feel any crawling I zap them. Spray myself down fully at least once a day. I use the other bottle with same ingredients but instead of apple cider vinegar, I use cheap distilled vinegar. I use this to spray my bed, sheets and pillows when I get up, my robe, flip flops, bathmat, sofa, rugs, cats (who hate me now), towel, car, shoes once I've worn them. Once I started treating my environment like this I had real quick progress.

I also by chance found out that Oxy Powder tablets really help as well, but I think you would probably get results anyway if you cant find it. I have tried substituting with Colosan as it's a similar product but a lot cheaper, and it doesn't work.

The salt is incredible - it kills them so fast. The salt and treating my environments have been the biggest factors in finally triumphing in this long, long war. Now has anyone got any recommendations for scar removal??

Replied by Anita
(Newark, Ohio)

Real cocoa butter works for scars, use religiously. Find it at the dollar stores. Smells good and it will fade scars. Slow process, but works! Good luck.

Avon Skin So Soft

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Posted by BeverlyP (TN/USA) on 11/11/2022 4 posts

Hello, I have Demodex mites (my diagnosis). I used Avon's pesticide straight from the bottle on my face and almost immediately these white things started oozing out of the skin all over my face! The they were white soft appropriately 1/8 of an inch long mostly round and tubular. After I waited about 20 minutes I thought they were finished. I am guessing there were at least 100! They washed off very easily. About an hour later I went to check on my face and I guess there were about 20 more. I did this pesticide treatment on the day I took my second day of Ivermectin pills. I also take Supercritical Extract of Neem Leaf Oil Capsules 2xd and NAC 2xd. These demons itch me to the bone. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and am definitely immunosuppressed. The amount of itching has improved significantly. The skin on my face is quite dry so I plan to wait a few days or until the severe itching returns to repeat. Can someone please tell me what those white things that came out of my skin were.

Bird Mite Remedies

Posted by Bonnieji (Long Beach, Ca) on 06/11/2015

Bird Mite alert... for all those out there that have home infestation of Bird Mites, pls remember it is very important not to steam clean your carpet! Do Not introduce moisture into your home environment, particularly moisture on your carpet... these tenacious nasty critters love moisture!

Keep in mind those whom use Diatomaceous Earth on or around your pet, to make sure to use Food Grade DE. Food grade DE can be powdered on your pets fur. Also, FG DE can be used internally to rid parasites. A shampoo I heard is helpful for pets is Heard "Revolution" topical flea treatment is helpful. For ear mites I recommend this product...

This is my first experience with Bird Mites, or any mite infestation, and I pray the last! I have used DE all over my carpet, crevices, along base of base board, as soon as I knew about the bird mites, I can't swear by it's effectiveness, but do feel it has helped, messy as hell, but I do feel it has helped nip it in the bud a bit. I put it outside by my front door, as well as, Borax... the infected bird nest was above my front door, in open eave - ugh! Mites migrated into my bedroom, once nest was abandoned through window.

PCO/Pest Control has to come clean out attic, take away abandoned nest, and treat home with miticide fumigant.

Be careful when vaccuming up DE it can harm some vacs, but if you have a filter, that's good, just be sure to clean it out frequently! Borax is preferable, it won't harm vac. Before I vaccum every day, I'm sure to administer some Borax, so it kills any mites inside bag. But empty bag w/ each vac, and put in sealed plastic bag, and put outside trash.

ACV is good on body, also, essential oils, peppermint, Cedarwood oil, eucalyptus oil are my favorite. I put many drops in spray bottle, and spray my bed sheets, that is after I launder just before I go to bed. Spray around base of bed. If I feel anything crawly, I'll but oil non dilute on my hands and rub on my body, also on my cats, rub around neck, ears, top of head along back, belly/ Peppermint, and/or Cedarwood oil.

Also, I have found "Orange Guard" natural bug spray helpful. I will spray all around my room, along base of bed, behind bed behind desk. But remember nothing replaces vaccuming, laundering w/ HOT water, HOT dryer. Put things out in sun if can during the day. Launder, and put away excess pillows, and linens, after laundering to simplify, and eliminate hiding areas for these dasty critters! Cover your box spring mattress with plastic zip bag if you have one after treating. Make sure to put Borax along piping of your mattress. I spray under my mattress with essential oils every day, and night. Spray your walls with Essential oils.

One thing I did, that seemed helpful, is I smudged with a Cedar smudge stick. My infestation in primarily in my bedroom, so I smudged very heavily late in the day with my window closed until it filled my room with heavy smoke. Then I opened window, til dissipated to the point it didn't irritate my eyes, and in hopes those buggers would leave the room. Then I closed the window again. I usually keep the window closed all the time so they don't come back in. They are active at night, and don't like the UV's or sun. Once the offending/infested nest is removed, and attic is treated, and house is fumigated, I will continue with this routine for several weeks. Will have Pest Control come out and do second treatment a couple weeks after first treatment.

What ever you do, make sure no birds nests are on, in, or overhanging/close to your home. Bird mites do love chickens too, so be mindful of this.

One PCO was telling me he theorized this is becoming a problem, as a result of climate change, I.e. migration changes, chem trails, GMO chicken, and bird feed, lowering birds immune systems, and of course over use of pesticides - OY! Welcome to life out of balance, [

Biting and Crawling Mites

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Posted by Amanda (Wi) on 08/30/2013

Please HELP me! I believe by the resesrvh I've been doing on the internet this week that I have mites in my apartment. I don't see anything but alwahs feel them on my feet, legs, hair, seams of shirt, hands, waistline... Everywhere. At first I thought it was fleas-which I really wish it was-but I bombed my apartment and had my cat checked but didn't help. I can't get any sleep because I can feel them all over me after laying in bed after a few hours of sleep. Please someone help!! I have bought listerine, windex, borax and tea tree oil and washed all clothes (that were not hanging in my closet) sheets and comforters everryday and put a waterproof mattress lad cover with a zipper around my mattress-not my boxspring though. I have called 2 doctors and yeah... No help there. I got a prescription for permitium lotion but I don't think I will use it because most people said it doesn't work against these mights and some people have gitten sick after 2nd dose. I have NO bites marks on my body but feel them constantly and its basically killing me. I can't eat or sleep and can't afford to keep buying all thus stuff to "try"and see if it'll work nor can I afford to shower 2/3 times a day and do laundry constantly. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!

Replied by Mertletertel

Mite Infestation: Here is what some sufferers did with dry mustard powder... I'm going to try it too... Body wash: I mixed one level teaspoon of mustard powder using a measuring spoon with another of cold water, mixed well into a runny paste, and allowed it to stand for 10 minutes to allow the mustard to develop its full potency. To this, I added four ounces of body wash and mixed it thoroughly to ensure a homogenous result.
Body lotion: I used the same amount of mustard powder and water, mixed it well with three ounces of hydrating body lotion, and added five drops of glycerine, then mixed again thoroughly.

ALSO...lint roll clothing you were next to your skin, before wearing it; put all dirty clothes and clean clothes in plastic bags tied shut... Keeps bugs in and will keep them out too; use diamotaceous earth... (found at lawn and garden depts or at hardware stores... Try the 85% if you can get it; otherwise 77%) to powder your garbage, floors, etc. MMS, by Jim Humble, kills them in the house. I did this. 10 to 20 drops of activated MMS (look it up you'll see how) plus 16 oz of ACV in a spray bottle... Keep spraying daily! It works after awhile. Can also spray this on yourself. ALSO dry your clothes, then take them out, spray them with this mixture, and dry them again... It kills the bugs in them. My son told me about that. MMS is cheapest on ebay. WATCH out with scratching itchy places... I have felt things fly up and hit my face when scratching my foot... spray MMS mix and/or power DE (diatomaceous earth) all around when you have had to scratch.

ALSO...tincture of clove on the bandaid overnight kills a new bug bite; tea tree oil on the bandaid overnight and/or all day leaves a scab there also... but I think tincture of clove is stronger; I just can't afford everything, right? I have more rashes now than bites, so I'm treating areas.

Okay, I hope some of this helps. I also am using hydrogen peroxide, 2 oz with 40 drops of tea tree oil on my rashes... I spray it directly on and also on panty lines which I tape over the rashy area. On the private area I use a mix of Dollar Tree buttpaste, raw coconut oil (think foodstamps lol), tea tree oil (10 drops per TBS of coconut oil), and chest rub from dollar tree (no chems in that one). For some reason, it keeps the itching down PTL.

Trying pine tar soap, but living in a tent and using someone else's bathroom, due to my abusive family and this problem combined... so it's difficult.

Stay focused... This is your mountain right now... climb and gather your strength, k?

Love you! Heal quickly by God's grace.

Replied by Njoy
(Melbourne, Australia)

Hi there, This website has been so helpful to motivate me to go head on with the outbreak of bites on my body.

Backgrounds: I had two spider/insect bites above the right hip (moderate welts) in Feb 2014 when gardening, this must have challenged my already stressed system (current but temporary life situations), because within a few days (amidst additional emotional stresses and after one full day of not eating well) a three week outbreak of hives. Then ? mite bites (clusters of small lumps in heat/moist areas of body armpits, groin, and trunk of body. That is when I got really FED UP with this state of health. And found this website.

I had already begun taking immune support supplements and working on my inner/gut to empower it to bring health to body. And I knew I needed to deal with the stressors/emotional stability. But these bites/?mites was the last straw.

After reading this website I went shopping and bought turpentine, huge tub of sorbeline moisturiser, (had tea tree oil already at home). And proceeded to cover my entire body and scalp with turpentine using a sodden face washer. I did this two consecutive evenings - and sat for 30minutes on a towel while covered with this topical treatment/turpentine 'body wash'. The idea was to kill off any potential mites or bugs (suffocation if they have burrowed in or drowning or burning of the solution etc). Yes the turps stung my scratched sores and any sensitive parts it seemingly reached (not for the fragile nerves - take heart the sting did fade with time).

Then after the 30mins, I then went to the shower and lathered my skin and scalp with natural soap (non-animal products). Lathered and lathered then washed off throughly in the shower.

Then after drying my skin/scalp from the shower, I lathered myself with a thick layer of sorbeline moisturiser. All over, everywhere. Kept reapplying. And reapplying as it seemingly soaked into my dehydrated skin (that has scratch marks, recovering hives, recovering old bites etc all over).

Then I put on very loose pyjamas which was tolerable Autumn weather for Australia (April 2014). What I experienced then was outrageous. I could literally FEEL sensations on my skin here and there. And it drove me to react. I went to the bathroom mirror and looked at my body. What I saw were tiniest black dots emerging through the thick layer of sorborline moisturiser. I was shocked. They must have tried to surface from their burrows since the moisturiser was sealing off the air. I was stunned. I removed them and tried to squash or crush or slice in two. But they were so tiny that I could not much at all. Just rubbed them on a rough surface to kill them through friction.

I did not think to put them in a jar.

But my Doctor has since given me a laboratory slip and a collection jar, to help me. But since doing the turpentine body wash for two nights, followed by soapy shower + thrice daily moisturising, and now daily, I have not found any more critters since the third day.

(My pathology results for common allergies and otherwise were normal! ) Which confirmed to my Doctor and that I was right: needing stress management strategies to not stress my body into the fight/flight mode which requires me to eat immune boosting diet and fluids. Moisturiser for protection and prevention of my skin.

I am 2 months now since the spider bites that was 'the straw that broke the camels back' on my stressed system. I am relieved greatly. But not cured. I am still somewhat stressed (inner emotional work still needs attention) and am still recovering my immune system from the gut outwards. I find that I am reacting to certain complex foods (refined, innutritious foods) and from sugars including fructose etc. If I do stress the gut out trying to breakdown complex foods, then I maintain a small bumpy rash has tiny red heads that fills my inside forearms, at this stage.

But at least the mites of whatever they were are behind me as of a few days ago. They were unbearable.

Environment: I got paranoid thinking my whole house might be filled with such critters. And tested this by walking bear legged around my carpeted and not carpeted areas over a period of several days. The only time I got a critter was in my car immediately after I sat in the driver's seat. It was the same tiniest black dot I had experienced a few days earlier. it was crawling up my bare leg.

I was also paranoid that my bedding and bed was riddled with the same. But washed all bedding, and the other night sleeping with nothing on my legs, I was bite free. Thank God. I am very thankful that my environment is not affected.

The only other consideration was my chickens. They can get mites and critters from the wild birds. So I have to keep an eye on them, and transfer potential to me if any, for the future when I cuddle them in the yard. They bath in garden dirt/ dust bathes they are called. This is their natural means of hygiene, and it seems to work.

Hope this helps someone. And I hope I can help myself recover, by unlearning old stress coping mechanism, and replace them with / or relearn new ones that are relevant and affective for new circumstances. God Bless you.

Replied by Rebel
(Somewhere, Usa)

My guess would be you will soon find out that you must kill these critters from the inside of the body. The black spots or specks are in my opinion blood born pathogens. One can rub different stuff on infected area and have these black specs come out and you may be killing the adults. I believe they hatch from eggs and the only way to kill the eggs is from inside the body.

When I treated myself, I had some success with a little of everything. But, what seemed to work and caused DIED OFF completely, after using Cayenne Pepper. I took 35000 heat units and start with a 1/16 teaspoon maybe 3 or 4 times daily and work up to a teaspoon a couple times daily. In 60 days, my black specks seemed to be gone. No more at all.

Also alkaline body defeats disease. So I alkalined with baking soda, a couple times a day.

Replied by Van

Having mite problems. What are heat units and what do you mean by alkaline with baking soda?

Replied by Erik

It sounds like my family has the same thing you and Lynn have, we've been fighting this mite infestation for 2.5 months and we're nearing our wit's end. We did get rid of them on our bodies for a short while when visiting California at Christmas, we just went through a heavy decontamination protocol and were free of itching within a couple days. We used over-the-counter bug bombs in the apartment before we left, and it sat for two weeks so we thought we'd be coming home to a deadzone. Not so, as soon as we entered the apartment it was back to itching and crawling sensations. The worst part of it is our 1-year-old is itchy a lot as well but we can't use the strong eucalyptus soap on her scalp as often because she doesn't know to close her eyes. It will get you clean of mites temporarily, but burns like a muther in your eyes. Also have been using DE but that doesn't seem to slow these buggers down much except for around bed posts, I think we've been getting less in the bed with that. We then tried Cedar Oil fogging, three times now, and this third time we baged/boxed/binned just about everything we could. Already feels like they're crawling on us...they must have hidden away in the cracks in the floor/walls. These things are vicious and extremely strong survivalists. I hope someone was able to find an actual solution to this, I may have to send my wife and kid to live with the in-laws for a few months to try and deal with this.

As for those talking about immune system stuff, I'm probably healthier than just about anyone they know. Thirty years old, former NCAA Div 1 athlete and still can run a sub-16 5k, eat organic and body surf at the beach on weekends. These mites don't care how healthy you are, they just want to eat you.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)

HI U ERIK, , , , , , you right boy, it not about health, nor cleanliness . You don't have mites, they have you. I went down this trail a couple of years ago and I can tell you now that you will whip them by knowledge and perseverance. I did the MD thing with no help. Heat will kill them in your bedding, clothes , etc and I think that is what finally got them in my body. I was fortunate enough to have a combo sauna and old heat with a FIR detox to boot. Mites die at 120+ degrees , that is why you max your water heater and dryer. Borax kills them so add that to your wash. I then did a Sauna every night at between 160 and 180 to get those in my body. And followed that with a long soak in stuff. Don't forget the eggs. They will be mites in two weeks so there is no short cut. You have to keep on keeping on.

There are many species of mite parasites, but my dermatologist was too stupid to send my sample off. He called it a rash and discarded my sample. Look into EC 's archives on this subject, read and develop you a plan.

Wish you the best. ======ORH=======

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Eric, take your little one's fresh urine and rub it gently everywhere all over. With an eye dropper put some into her eyes as they are there too. Have her drink it so the body computer will manufacture antibodies. I do everything with this divine elixer.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Kathyk
(Thousand Oaks)

Hi - I've had the mites for years. I just identified it after 10 years as I saw them, somehow miraculously, crawling out of my computer one day. Had it identified as the Cheyletiella mite. If you have pets, go online and do the full protocol with a pet dermotologist for getting rid of these mites. And then go get your self the cedar oil. It's a friggin miracle. To start getting relief immediately, get Revolution and put it on your pets every two weeks. But you will need to do more than that to get rid of the problem, if you have pets. So that's why I recommend going to a pet dermotologist about it. If you don't have pets, then go immediately to get the cedar oil online. It's expensive, but totally worth it and worth the time, aggrevation and money you will spend on a whole host of other treatments that don't work. Trust me because I've been at it for years. I finally moved out from the house with pets about 4 weeks ago and the mites followed me. Just got the cedar two days ago and it has been working wonders so far... I can't even believe it. Please.. don't waste your money on all the other crap. Go get this cedar oil stuff and use Revolution and your nightmare will be over.. if it is indeed the Cheyletiella mite. Please don't be discouraged by what you read online about these mites. Your experience is probably 10 times worse than what is online about a human experience. My bug expert said the stuff online is only general information. So it is probably the Cheyletiella mite that is harrassing you. Good luck and stay strong.

Bleach in Bath Water

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Posted by Tired Of Itching (College Park, Ga) on 12/05/2011

I have a question when using the bleach and water after basing and wiping down everything in the house with bleach. But when taking several baths in bleach in water do they get rid of the spots that come from itching and scratching?????

Replied by Martie
(Tampa, Fl)

I recently read that taking regular bleach baths destroys the normal skin bacteria needed for healthy skin and can cause the problem to get worse. Since your poor skin is already under attack, you may want to consider a different type of bath, like Ted's borax baths, not to speak of what chlorine bleach can do to your lungs.

Bleach in Bath Water
Posted by Mary (Media, Pa, Usa) on 01/24/2010

I have had a recent skin mite infestation. Interestingly enough, I often take salt baths and clays throughout the week,this keeps my skin in good shape. I often have a dermatitis of some sort. For some reason I did not lower my entire neck and shoulder area under the water.that week I suffered the "rash" itchiness, crawling sensation on my neck and upper chest area and knees for a week. I believe my immune system was lowered due to a month long cold..I recall using bleach - 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups in bath water and submerging for 30 minutes to calm a skin condition. I read this in a Louise Gittlemens post. It did the trick and the mites were gone after the second bath. I have sensitive skin and suffer no reaction from the bleach in bath water. I don't believe you could do this for an extended period of time, but once or twice a week has been helpful.

Replied by Mama In 'bama
(Al, Usa)

I know this thread is old, but the idea is brand new and works for anyone taking soaking baths of any kind!

When I and my family figured out we had a demodex mite skin(and home infestation), we took 100% submersed baths using A SNORKEL. Yep, a diving snorkel we found at a national retail store for just a couple of dollars.


Replied by Jenn
(Valley, Nebraska, Usa)

I have been infected with mites for weeks now with no relief. I raise mice and rats outside my house and believe thats where they are coming from. I put cedar and cloves on the floor of the rodent structure hoping this will help. Does anyone know if this will work? I am definately going to try the bleach bath cuz I can't stand the constant itching and bleeding from these mites. I have scabs all over me and itch to death. What kind of remedy do you spray on carpet and furniture that is safe? I have cats and dogs as well as snakes. I don't want to harm them. Jenn

Replied by Mevina
(Ransom Canyon, Texas, Us)

'... What kind of remedy do you spray on carpet and furniture that is safe? I have cats and dogs as well as snakes. I don't want to harm them. Jenn'

Jenn, you might try cat flea spray with a 3-4 month insect-growth regulator. First try it diluted with water, even as little as 4:1; that is 4 parts water.

Not that I like any of this stuff. But a few drops in a couple tsps of water cured earmites in one of our indoor-outdoor hunting cats after olive oil failed to do the job. An hour or so later I rinsed his ears with OTC sterile ear cleaner.

The mites have not returned in over a year.

Cat insecticide products are said to be safe for dogs but not the other way around. I'd keep the snakes off the rugs for a few days.

Replied by Bonnie
(Palm Desert, Ca)

Carpeting ? Put some diatomaceous earth or borax into it... Just make sure to get the pets out of the room, first, then put on a respirator type mask.. And distribute or dust around... You can put that onto your mattress, under the vinyl cover. If you wish, one can get the food grade stuff to ingest... It cuts parasites to pieces. Just make sure it goes down into the fibers, so that your dogs do not breathe it in, while rolling around, or laying their heads on the carpeting.

The second thing I used, was an all natural product that does not have fumes... I cannot mention the exact name, but check the Topix health blogs I posted.. It has the name in there... I got a whole gallon of the stuff.. I spray it on my mattress, on the carpet, on the tarps on my couches, in my car, and believe it or not, one can bathe with it in the bathwater.. I also spray enzymes onto my dog... I was using it on my skin, but I was slightly allergic to one of the enzymes.. But I would try that, if I could do so, as well! And it will kill the parasitic mites, dust mites, or dermodex ones, by eating through the exoskeleton, and it causes them to molt prematurely.. If they do that, then they die off! ... So I spray the entire bathroom floor, and everywhere I sat during the day, even near the kitchen sink, my computer table, etc.. All with no fumes, and no toxins. If you spray upholstery with it, say in your car.. It will dry clear, and have no scent after it is dry.. And it eats up dust mites, etc... And breaks down dirt.. So everything smells good, after it is dry. I am so allergic to poisons! Oh yeah, I set my spritzer with 2 onces of it, then add 14 more of the distilled water, then set the sprayer on a harder spray, so it goes into my dog's coat.. It immediately causes the itching to die down, so now he knows what will follow, and does not fight me on this--he simply wants the surface of his fur wiped down, so he is not soggy! Then, the poor baby can sleep..

Oh, yeah, try not to allow pets to sleep in your bed, until both are cured, or you will pass mites back and forth, into infinity! Tomorrow, I will put the mustard, castor oil, and virgin coconut oil onto his skin, for a more permanent treatment, to kill most of them off.. I did that with my own skin, and was shocked at how many died off.. Rubbed it into my hair, then put a shower cap on, overnight! It works! Bonnie

(Santa Barbara, CA)

Could you post a link to the blog post so we can see what that spray is called and who makes it? Thank you!

Replied by Looneygirl
(Houston, Texas, Usa)

Bonnie can you tell us what this product is or give us a link to the blog. I am not familir with topix health blog and could not locate. I also have been doing the ongoing fight against demo mites/red mange and using Ted's remedy and some others, plus supplement's & diet change for stronger immune system. I thought I had it beat but it looks like it has returned and she is scratching/biting herself like crazy. Sometimes what works for one person/pet does not work for others. Please share the name of this product or a link as there are many other in need of help & assistance with this mite problem.

"The second thing I used, was an all natural product that does not have fumes... I cannot mention the exact name, but check the Topix health blogs I posted"

Replied by Meeya
(Sunnyvale, Ca)

This question is in reply to "Mama In 'bama from Al, Usa" 's post" (we took 100% submersed baths using A SNORKEL. Yep, a diving snorkel we found at a national retail store for just a couple of dollars. Worked PERFECTLY! "

Mama, what did you put in your bath water? Or was it just a regular soap and water bath?

Replied by Dana
(Ontario, Ca)

I've been reading everyone's various post and all good ideas and do help for a bit, I've been infested for 3+ months with a new breed of bird mites and I'm at my wits end. So I've been studying these things and learned they get used to whatever you use very quickly, so you have to change it constantly.

I was completely covered head to toe at the start, now it's just my ankles and we all know vacuuming and washing are givens but what I found to help the most is borax and Windex as a spray, lint roll your sheets, buy some repellant it changes your smell and this I stumbled across but it helps oatmeal baths it suffocates them you will feel them popping out than tea tree lotion add some neem oil it helps against the breeding.

Hope this helps some of you to find a little relief.

Bleach Spray

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Posted by Kat (Durant, Oklahoma ) on 09/10/2016

Use spray bleach cleaner on your mattress it will kill all mites and eggs... Every since I did this I have quit breaking out over and over

Replied by Melissa
(Ontario, Canada)

What concentration bleach works? thanks.


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Posted by Prez (Sunny California ) on 06/22/2022

3 tablespoons borax, 2 tablespoons 3% hydrogen peroxide, and enough water to make a paste.

Use this as a scrub on your face and neck and the liquid on a cotton ball for your ears

Demodex (Face Mites) Demodex is a type of mite that lives in human hair follicles, usually on your face. Almost everyone has these mites, but they usually don't cause any problems. But Demodex can multiply too quickly in people who are immunocompromised or have other skin conditions. That causes an itchy, irritating condition called demodicosis.

Posted by Jule Valentine (St Charles, IL) on 07/07/2021


I have run into mites from pets on 3 occasions so far... for me and my family we put 2-3 heaping tablespoons of borax into warm/hot water in a squirt bottle (like the ones used to dye your hair), shake it hard to dissolve, and leave it in the shower... we squirt it on all skin and head after our shower, and we don't remove it. I'd do it again at night to be protected overnight too... I'd add essential oil also to make it a pleasant body tonic/experience. It's been great for stopping the mite attacks on our bodies. Good luck!

Replied by Nancy
(Tyrnersville, NJ)

How did you get them out of your car?