Mite Infestation
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Effective Mite Infestation Treatment: Top Natural Remedies

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Mae (Albuquerque Nm) on 07/18/2017

I have read many of the posts on the mite infestation section here and have come to one conclusion. While it is important to treat your living enviornment, it is equally as important to treat your body's internal environment and by that I mean, CHANGE YOUR DIET. If mites find a good host, one with a polluted body (compromised immune system) they move right in. On the other hand, if they find a body that will not support them then they move right along to the next person. I think this logic is simple. Bugs go where it is beneficial for them. Make your body into a place that is not beneficial for them and they will leave. Or simply never move in. Many of us here in the states live in a protected eviornment and by that I mean we are able to actually servive despite having awefull diets and bad health. In countries where the standard of living is "lower", that is not an option. So guess what happens when we visit these courntries?

Get a reality check people. Go organic and seek out good health and you will be happier healthier and the organic food industry will grow and we will prosper as only the human race can.

Disinfectant, Hair Dryer

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Posted by Arlisa (Gloucester, U.S.) on 06/21/2008

Bed Bugs: I used disinfectant spray, then dried it with a hair dryer, replaced my mattresses and they disappeared.

Dry Mustard

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Posted by Sweetsue (Missouri) on 12/29/2013

I have had fantastic results treating mites and sores that won't heal with dry mustard. What I do is mix 1 teaspoon cold water to 1 teaspoon dry ground mustard. Stir well. Let stand for 10 minutes. Then add about 2 teaspoons coconut oil and mix well. Next add 2-3 ounces of a good lotion, mix well. Then I add about a teaspoon of glycerin and mix well. The dry mustard will burn your skin if too much is used. I also mix the mustard mix with a antifungal shampoo (head and shoulder). Wash my entire body and hair with shampoo mix and let stay on skin a few minutes. Rinse well. After drying off I put the lotion mix on my entire body. I have used lotion several times a day at the beginning. I put it on my face at night, putting thick on eyebrows. Right before bed, I lightly put on eyelashes. But be careful if you use by eyes. Mustard will burn the heck out of your eyes if it gets in or very close to them. Store bought Prepared mustard will not work. And I will repeat: MUSTARD CAN AND WILL BURN YOUR SKIN IF USED TOO STRONG.

Replied by David
(Dover, NH)

OK do where to get and what is the brand

Replied by Brenda


I have been using the dry mustard if I feel even an itch and I was down to no crawls and bites but I got reinfected and the mustard with water does not seem to work for me anymore in my hair. One of our tenants' families was badly infected with mites. We managed to get the mites out of the rental house after they moved; although, we got infected. Our next tenant stayed in the house for 5 years with no problem. When she moved and we did work on the house 2 months ago, some of the mites were hiding under the house. When we replaced boards at the bottom of the house and replaced some under-the-house plumbing, we were inundated again with the mites. I want to spray under the house, but I don't want to gather more mites on me but I have to do it.

Replied by Ana
(Dallas, Texas)

If anyone has tried mustard powder using DMSO as a carrier, I need some guidance.

Can I use it on my hair? I've been drinking Borax which has helped immensely. I need to kick things up. How do you use it? Amounts?How long? If I understand correctly, this should kill the eggs. Is this so? Is there any other information you can provide?

I am treating Rosacea, specifically, Demodex mites. Thanks for any help provided!


For the mustard treatment, I used equal parts dry mustard and water. Make a smooth paste and wait for 10 minutes. You can mix it with body wash and with shampoo (maybe equal parts of mustard mix with other wash/shampoo/lotion etc). In the beginning, I mixed it with the wash/shampoo etc, but later, I mixed it with a little coconut oil and "oiled" my scalp and my feet. It appeared to stop the crawling/biting etc in my feet quickly but the scalp took a little longer. It does work and I got the information from this website.

Replied by MARIE L.

How can the mustard lotion stay on the body when you put your clothes on? I tried and after a while, I notice that there is no lotion anymore on my skin, everything is on my clothes!
Putting a cling film can be a solution?

Thank you so much in advance for your answer. I am struggling with these mites for years and I am so tired of this. Excuse my English, I am french

Dust Mite Remedies

Posted by Jd (Usa) on 12/14/2016

I'm going to sum up 1.5 years of hell very briefly:

Stayed at a cheap hostel in Thailand when I ran out of money temporarily. Started getting big welts, "bites" that were incredbly itchy, on my legs. Became extremely depressed for months because I thought I had bed bugs. Finally realized that I had never seen a bed bug, even when I'd scoured the apartment looking for them. Became sure that I must have bird mites, remained depressed while trying to figure out resolution to the problem. Eventually I realized that bird mites are also visible, and I saw nothing. What I'd had the whole time was dust mites. You may not have bed bugs or bird mites or whatever kind of mite you think you have. Controlling humidity, cleaning, etc., is necessary to control dust mites if you're allergic. You will read that dust mites don't bite. They don't, but if you are allergic, you will get big itchy welts that look exactly like a bug bite. You have to treat for the problem that you have, and extermination is not required to get rid of dust mites. Anyway I'm free from these welts that made me feel like a leper and ruined a year and a half of my life; I hope if you have dust mites you figure it out sooner rather than later and can move on from it. :)

Also, I think it would be helpful to have different categories on here for different mites. I also suffer from demodex and the cure for demodex is going to be something totally different than the cure for dust mites. These are different mites.

Replied by Sam

I have had that thought too. Dust mites on steroids. However it could also be springtails, a soil creature that has enormous plasticity reproductive rates and actual size. Throw away all unneccessary paper or fabric items. Seal what you can (leather/canvas) with wax. Sulfur fog vehicles but its toxic so air out well. Washing is impossible because like the guinea worm they explode in population.

Enzyme Cleaner

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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 10/19/2014

This is an alert for everyone. I am looking for help from regular posters and anyone who knows something.

I have a long sleeved blue cotton t-shirt from a real big super store. When I wore it at night, there was severe stinging in patches. I was in denial and washed it with Borax. Wore it one more time and then threw it into the garbage after the same type of intense needle like stinging in patches at night. That was on my torso.

However, the deed was done. Wore a night dress I hadn't worn for a year as it is for winter. I had already passed on to this garment. Again, into the garbage. I discovered raised bites in the shape of a horseshoe to my horror. Because of a previous poster's mite success story, I had purchased online an enzyme cleaner that just came in handy. These things I have now are different! Second night they attacked my torso and I reached for the spray bottle. All quiet but in the morning more bites to see in the mirror, bigger and better. I searched this section for Ted's morgellons treatment. They were two chemicals. Does anyone know? He said to use these as soap on the body.

The company who sells this enzyme cleaner told of many desperate calls from all over the world from people hit by this plague, partly caught from newly bought clothes.

A chicken keeper who posted here recently said that enzyme cleaner was the only thing that helped and cured the mite problem. And I remember that years ago, I saw another post on EC by a lady that claimed success with enzyme cleaner for mites.

I tried to find it in the stores without success till I found info. online. I have to study that now. So now know that brand new clothes can be like a Trojan horse. It is difficult to know if such a garment came from China or elsewhere.

Any suggestions, please.

Namaste, Om

EC: Om, Ted's most recent post:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 10/12/2014

The easiest treatment for Morgellons is to obtain tetrasodium EDTA and take a bath with it and use that like a soap. Ted

Replied by Meeya
(Sunnyvale, Ca)

Hi Om,

Thanks for the alert. How are you doing now? Did you use the enzyme cleaner? I've read about the enzyme cleaner called Kleen Green... I'm assuming that's the one you're talking about??

Other than the tetrasodium EDTA, I've read that kerosene applied on the body and scalp gets rid of hard to treat mites.

Do you mind sharing more about the shirt you bought? Was it in a package or was it exposed on a hanger? Do you mind sharing what brand it was? With small children, I'm especially concerned... as I'm sure are many others... since we need to buy new clothes for them every 6 -12 months. My boys are growing fast!

In any case, please keep us posted on this and what treatments do and don't work for you... and anything else you learn. Take Care, Meeya

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

Meeya, Sunnyvale, CA --- on the second day after that discovery, they seem to be gone after the spraying with KLEEN GREEN. I am on the look out though and spray before bed time. The horseshoe formation of bites just withered after spraying. There are some odd withered spots but thankfully nothing new so far.

If there were to occur an infestation later, I would use Vaseline. Other people on EC have used mayonnaise with success. I will, however, order Ted's remedy online as well. Kerosene for that purpose is not available here that easily; I had a bad reaction with it as companies will not be up front about their product. Forest Products from Georgia, US are superb. I will keep it for other health treatments. It is the postage that makes it so outrageously expensive if sent out to Canada.

The answer for you where bought etc. is simply: our politicians have brought Pandora's box right into our homes with the chief concern of course, China. Most businesses and corporations wheel and deal without being concerned about the consumer. So, all big stores IMO. I can imagine, if one were to make a complaint, they could show you the door for being the chief cause of the complaint.

One not only lives in interesting times, but very dangerously as well.

With me, I was blessed to have the right treatment on hand. It arrived here the day before. I can well imagine, if nothing helps, the infestation could be overwhelming. It also helps to remain calm and take a minute at a time. Easily said. Research is very important.

Another point to consider is this: on research on enzyme cleaners, I find pesticide companies have made it difficult for house cleaning products such as enzyme cleaners, to claim that enzymes kill pests.

This is where EC comes in so handy and timely when needed. We are on our own.

Wishing you and your little ones well.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Meeya
(Sunnyvale, Ca)

Glad Kleen Green did the trick! I plan on getting some just to have on hand. In fact, I think I will wash all new clothes with some Kleen Green added just to be safe. Thanks for all the info! Very helpful. Blessings, Meeya

Replied by Joanne
(Pittsburg, Ca)

Hi and hello. so glad to read all of your messages. you communicate well about infestations and what to do about them.

Can anyone tell me the difference between Kleen Green and Kleen Free other than the price?

I've been using KG for a month and it has made a great difference in reducing the sheer numbers of mites. Getting good results, but it is very hard to analyze each movement and get up the energy to fight to good fight (vacuum and steam clean my car at least twice a week, plus all the rest of it)):

I want to switch from KG to KF. Has anyone else done that? Thank you

Replied by Viking


Demodex mites cling to hairs, fuzz, you name it, what ever they cling to the crash into your body, foreign material is rebuked from your body which is where the Morgellons nonsense came from. See a qualified dermatologist and ask to be treated for an over obligation of Demodex mites. Be specific and dominate, Good luck. I'm doing great now.Go to entomology sights or cdc for info!

Replied by Carol
(North Carolina)

Kleen didn't work for me😥 I am thinking of trying extreem heat.

Replied by Bev

Kleen Green, at least twice daily, helped me inordinately. The product offers an insert with instructions for use. Also, petroleum jelly suffocated them for me on my eyelashes and eyebrows.

For clothes, place them in a bag, and store them in the freezer for at least six hours. This was a game-changer for me.

I freeze every garment I wear: jackets, hats, scarves, socks, shoes, everything. Make sure damp clothing, including shoes, dry prior to placing them in.

I'm so grateful for our online community here. Thank you, everyone who has taken the time and care to share your struggles and triumphs.


@ Bev. Kleen Green twice a day on clothes and bed sheets? or do you spray it straight into your skin? Thanks for the tip about the petroleum jelly on your eyebrows!

Essential Oils

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Posted by Itchy Scratchy (New York) on 08/19/2013

Hi All! All of you need to get neem oil, cedarwood oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and virgin coconut oil.

Mix neem, cedar, peppermint (10 drops each oil) in some coconut oil. Apply this from head to toe. Cedarwood would suffocate the bugs and their larvae. Neem is a neuro toxin of some sort ONLY on them and not you. It makes them lose appetite for food and sex. If the eggs catch a bit of neem they become sterile. Peppermint calms the itchy bites. Coconut oil is a natural anti bacteria and virus. Apply this mix after shower. During the shower - use a shampoo with added teatree oil, neem oil and cedarwood oil.
Vaccum the house. Then mop the house with the same mix of oils in the mopbucket water.

Spray your bed mattress and wooden frame with the above oils added to the water. Best is to fogg the house with cedarwood oil and neem oil. Kills everything from bedbugs, lice, mites, fleas- the lot! For those who have the dried up skin that the mites have used.... apply apple cider vinegar and then 10 minutes later apply lavender essential oil too. All the best!

Replied by Tony
(Helsinki, Finland)

To get the larvae and mites out of your clothes, simply stuff all the clothes into a big plastic bag, tie it air tight and leave it be for approx. 48hrs. Then wash them all at around 60 degrees c. The mites should die without food in about 2 days but to be sure, wash them at a high temperature. After that your clothes should be fine! Good luck!

Essential Oils
Posted by Nelly (Seattle, Wa) on 01/12/2013

I just consulted with a naturopath here in Seattle who said, emphatically, please do NOT ingest essential oils, especially these listed here (clove, cinnamon, etc. ) They are very caustic and can cause kidney and liver damage.

Nelly Crowe

Replied by Mary

Does this apply to all essential oils. I was going to purchase some online and it said mix with rice milk or goats milk. I can't see how they would be able to advertise this if it were dangerous. Does anybody have an informed opinion.

Replied by Jobugged
(Los Angeles, Ca)

been using thieves oil for my immune system whenever something internal starts; it is largely clove and cinnamon oils. Is great. A couple of drops up to 3 times in 24 hours if I am feeling fluish; goes away. I don't do it every day but it is also recommended. Wouldn't worry unless you ar doing this all the time.

Replied by Me
(Philly, Pa)

I am trying to help as many people as I can. I discovered that if you dump benadryl liquid gel on your head the mites will come out and die. You should leave it on for a few minutes and them shampoo with 1/2 benadryl and 1/2 shampoo. Then brush. You will see them in the brush. Do it a few times if you have to. It works on your face too if you get pimples from the suckers. Also put it on your eybrows because they are there too. It draws the mites out of your pores on your face too.

Replied by Cary Lewis
(Topeka, Ks)

You use the capsules?

Replied by Cured For 3 Months

Benadryl gel worked for me. I used permethrin 7 times, cayenne pepper, tea tree oil, Borax, turpentine, clove oil. I was able to get rid of of scabies on my body will a combination of all of the above (mostly Benadryl gel and clove oil). The only way I was able to get rid of scabies on scalp was by putting on a thick layer of Benadryl gel. I believe that they suffocated In the alcohol gel.

Replied by Theestarseed
(Bradenton, Fl)

I am going to get Benedryl gel right now. I will report back. I have morgelllons, and I have tried everything on my hair to get them out. I keep it in 2 shower caps, a wig cap, and a bandana on top. Nothing works 100%. I have tried borax & hydrogen peroxide (worked well on body), Dawn, horse paste, TTO & coconut oil, clove oil & castor oil, shampoos with tetra EDTA, hair dye, kleen free, kleen green, diluted bleach, RID, Nix, lindane 1%, lice freee, denorex extra strength, mayonnaise with additional olive oil left on 24 hr, glass cleaner, a dog shampoo with ketoconazole, sulfur 8 that I left 24 hours, Herbal Hair Oil left on 24 hr, sulphur soap 10%, all to no avail.

The hair loss is devastating. I am an alternative Health practitioner so I feel, in addition to hopelessness and isolation, awful about my abilities since I cannot even cure my hair, let alone cure myself. I read Ted's post on tetra EDTA and ammonium chloride yesterday, and both are in the mail. However, they are not fulfilled by the big guys online empire, they are fulfilled by the company so I have at least a week wait ahead of me. I am so thankful for this website, all the poster's stories and suggestions, and especially all of Ted's posts and responses. His observation of the hidden Morgellons nests in the ceiling was brilliance. I am researching the green led light as well. Much blessings and love, Starseed

Replied by Joey

Dear theestarseed pet shampoo w/precor(insect growth retardant/IGR) left in hair 4 30-45 min.s b4 rinsing&rewashing w/lice shield shampoo breaks the life cycle. Also, use a blow dryer 2 dry out the dead bodies so u can "shed"them. tto&clove oil in the "voids"they leave behind disinfect the sore&kills the eggs.Do this daily/use lice shampoo 4 body wash also. The same co. that makes the pet shampoo also makes a carpet powder w/linalool&nylar@walmart $10, you"ll have 2 get the PRECOR shampoo@pet store.Being in health field u must no ur immune system. Hope this helps

Replied by William

Have you tried msm powder with vitamin c supplements? Diatomaceous earth is slowly working with garlic pills.

Essential Oils
Posted by Paula (San Francisco, CA) on 01/14/2009

A good way to effectively kill all the bugs on your body is simply to bathe each night. The bugs cannot breath underwater. I also recommend using some eucalyptus, tea tree, or pennyroyal oil (toxic use with caution) along with a half a cup of vinegar in the bath as the bugs are not fond of the smell. Always wash your sheets and clothing frequently, and spray rugs and furniture with a mixture of rubbing alcohol, vinegar, tea tree, and either eucalyptus or pennyroyal oil. Only a few drops of each oil is needed.

Replied by Manamana
(Dallas, Tx)

We've been bathing 3x daily and used tree oil, vinegar, eucaleptis(ms I'm sure.. ) to no avail. I'm ready to try the Borax!

Replied by Jobugged
(Los Angeles, Ca USA)

best stuff I know is Nature's ERADICATOR, Multi-Purpose cleaner. I tried kleen free and kleen green and this is more potent and costs less.. Same enzyme cleaner that melts the mites, scabies, bedbugs etc.. You must ask for directions on application though! they act at a warmer temperature.

my only issue is getting them out of clothes etc.. I have been able to get them out of me, and then all my bedding is fine, but clothes?? I seem to be ready to start over on my wardrobe!!


Place your clothes in a bag, and store them in the freezer for at least six hours. This was a game-changer for me.

I freeze every garment I wear: jackets, hats, scarves, socks, shoes, everything. Make sure damp clothing, including shoes, dry prior to placing them in.

Kleen Green, at least twice daily, helped me inordinately. Petroleum jelly suffocated them for me on my eyelashes and eyebrows.

I'm so grateful for our online community here. Thank you, everyone who has taken the time and care to share your struggles and triumphs.

Replied by John

Holy cow.

It's been a week of torture, but I've had to research and adapt. The most helpful thing thus far is -- well, I asked myself, who has the greatest incentive to defeat these suckers in a cost effective manner? You guessed it -- poultry farmers.

They have the answer. I share what I learned from them, as well as others. I need to experience this torture as a blessing from my Higher Power. Here we go.

Disclaimer -- I'm still waiting for Pest Control to remove the birds/bird's nest in my bathroom vent that is the source of this madness. After that operation, I have another Pest Control outfit that will nuke my unit two/three times over the course of 18 days.

Here we go, for real.

Disclaimer #2 -- I can feel these things in my ear. as if they are burrowed outside it. I will attack them internally, as well as externally. Oh yeah.

NOW, here we go, for real.

Last night, I made two potions.

1. Two cups water, 1 cup cooking oil, 1 table spoon of dish washing liquid -- in a 20 oz bottle at least -- shake it up. BAM -- instant miticide. Kills them INSTANTLY. DON'T spray walls, it'll stain. I use it in the bathroom, kitchen, wood floors.

2. 1 oz. garlic juice, 10 ounces of water, 1 tea spoon of peppermint oil. Bam -- instant mite repellent. Spray this all over your bed sheets and pillows. Don't spray your lap top! It killed mine. I needed to throw it out anyway. Yet, another sign from my higher power.

Also, I drank a glass of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and Apple Cider Vinegar.

Smear your head, neck, and parts of your face with Vick's Vapo Rub and a few drops of eucalyptus oil -- and wear a shower cap while you sleep. Do NOT get this in your eyes. It stings like holy h%ll.

Sprinkle tobacco leaves in your shoes. They HATE tobacco leaves. Sprinkle menthol crystals around you in bed and on top of the sheets.

Oh, I also sleep in a polyester body suit. Spray the garlic potion all over it. My suit is Batman. Yes, it has a cape.

Shower with Dawn, or tea tree oil soap. Air dry or use paper towels. Wear flip flops. Douse them with menthol powder when you get out, as well as your private parts and under your arm pits.

Wash everything in Borax and detergent. Store everything in large ziplock bags, then put them in thick hefty bags.

After ALL of this -- I had the best night's sleep in a while. Woke up only ONCE to reapply the Vick's and Eucalyptus oil. Throw out everything you do not NEED. The worst is not being able to have normal interactions with loved ones. This really SUCKS. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I'm hopeful.

Oh, and -- pray -- a lot. If this doesn't force you to change your life -- nothing will.

God bless us all, John

Replied by Denise

Hey guys, New to the forum, but was searching because I somehow caught mites. I had used just about everything y'all had mentioned then tried Hibiclens. When I tried it on small patches of my body, I used a white piece of t-shirt so I could see If any came of me. I did this in several spots including the area of the lady parts, and all told, probably about a 100 came off me. Going to get a big bottle more. And I will add it to the washer and thinking about using it on my floors.

Essential Oils, Turmeric

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Posted by May (Australia) on 06/14/2018

I have suffered with a mite infestation for 3 months, which was seemingly was contracted from bales of sugar cane mulch I had used.

The Dr. gave me a cream to apply all over my body - to which I had an allergic reaction. I ended up on Steroid tablets to reduce the itch & inflammation as well as anti-histamine tablets.

None of these eradicated the mites.

I decided to take a bath to which I added Himalayan Salt & about 9 drops of tea tree essential oil - & stayed in the bath for 1 hr. It made sense the mites would not like salt. If you live near the ocean - go and bathe in natures salt water.

I mixed an oil application which gave me immediate relief as well as reduced the skin irritation & redness.

50 ml of Neem Oil; 50 ml of Coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder; 50 drops of Tea tree essential oil

I applied this all over my body twice yesterday - and after only 2 applications huge improvement. Neem oil has an unusual smell, however, who cares if it eradicates the mites.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Replied by MissM
(New York)

I had something on eyes and scalp, tried everything.

Did a course of ivermectin, and took neem capsules and di limolene both which are anti bug. You cannot take neem oil internally, nor did I want to use it externally as it stinks worse than garlic.

I asked my doctor for ivermectin because we couldn't eradicate by any other means. And because of pandemic could not scalp biopsy.

Eyes. Buy micellar water for removing cosmetics add two drops of lavender or tea tree oil. If eyes start to itch, clean them with cotton pad and solution. This is way cheaper than some of products sold on Amzn.

My doctor didn't even know about this affliction and chalked it up to generic dry eye syndrome which it was not.

Flea Control Drops

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Posted by Johnr (Dayton, Ohio) on 02/28/2016

I fought these things off and on for years. My dog and some of my friends dogs have also had to fight this off. I was putting Vanguard (with mite control) flea control drops on my dog and thought... why not... and put just a couple of drops on my arm... in 2 days I was itch free and stayed that way for quite a while. They came back, I treated again. I don't have any idea the long term complications of my actions... but that was first back in 2011 and pretty much they were gone until I recently moved and got old bed clothing out of storage and now... we're back to fighting them again! But one thing I do like about using the frontline... every time they bite me I'm poisoning them. After a while it would seem that if they all take a bit, they'll all die.

Replied by Rebecca
(Gauteng Soweto)

How to get rid of mite black spot on the body (4 years old child)?

Replied by Helpyourself
(Texas, Usa)

Try a cotton ball (very small ) dipped in ACV (apple cider vinegar) taped on area, change daily. Do for 4 days.


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Posted by G (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 12/23/2011

Topical Garlic for Mites


Crush 4 large cloves of garlic & macerate with mineral oil(baby oil) or bath oil(bath oil is a soluble mineral oil, & for this application, worth the cost)

Let the mix steep for several hours, then crush through a fine sieve.

For mineral oil, add a little liquid soap or bath wash, to emulsify with water.

Add enough water to make the mix liquid, especially if you want to spray it on. Add some lemon juice to reduce the smell ( it does smell! The active part is apparently the smelly part, so no luck there). It may burn, so add as much water as you need.

Rub the mix wherever the mites are. They hate it & it kills them. They seem not to come back. Any further bites just rub with the oil, or hold them down with a garlicky finger. Mine would attach to the skin so I needed to scrape them back with a fingernail.

My infestation is probably bird mites & is highly resistant to permethrin products (applied in concentrations both absurdly high & totally irresponsible) & slightly deterred by tea tree oil but the garlic mix gets a whopping 9 dead bugs out of 10 for stopping power & revenge value.

Keep away from eyes!

The is adapted from a Depression era insecticide recipe which works really well.

Garlic stores it's winter food just above the ground, where all the bugs & bacteria live, so it's chemical protection needs to be good. The mite family has 50 000 species & pre-dates insects, so they know a thing or two about adapting to local conditions.

Hope this helps you murder those suckers.

Replied by G
(Sydney, Nsw Australia)

Update. The garlic did work, for awhile. However now they are back & getting worse. I'm trying a number of other cures. If they work I'll post here.

Replied by Sandra
(Nyc, Ny)


I had a similar experience with garlic. In my case, it worked only 1 night.

I had coated my entire body and head with coconut oil infused with raw garlic. That night, I slept so well. But the next night, despite the same garlic oil, the bird mites (I have yet to confirm that they are bird mites) swarmed and I had a miserable night.

Replied by Dave
(Vaaldam, Gp South Africa)

I have been using castor oil and citronella essential oil ( 10 drops to about 200ml oil) as a bath oil for some time now as an insect repellent. It is very effective against mosquitos and ticks so you might find it works for the mites. Also very good for the skin!

Replied by Jem
(Annapolis, Maryland)

I should have started posting on here much earlier buttt..... Thank you for commenting that the garlic did not work more than once for you. The original listerine worked for two whole weeks, I've now added pine sol and so far so good. I use borax and windex, but the pine sol and listerine mix on my body and on my bedding/ couches etc has worked great. I will be trying the other remedies, but the natural remedies do not work on bird mites... or whatever it is that we have.

(Tyler, TX)

For bird mites—spray floors and baseboards with cedar and sage cleaner. Tr___r J__s is the brand, available at Amazon. Good luck!

Garlic Tea

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Posted by Michelle (Brighton ) on 01/04/2017

I have struggled with a severe infestation for 9 months now and have tried most remedies here with varying success but never been cured. I thought about garlic a while ago but saw reports by some people saying tablets were not making much of a difference. Then I came across a separate article by Dr Edward Group recommending fresh garlic tea for enhanced immunity and I thought I would have a go.

Method: slice 1 large or 2 smaller cloves thinly to expose as much surface area of garlic as possible. Put in a cup and cover with boiling water for 10 minutes. It is important to put a saucer or cover over the cup to prevent garlic oils from evaporating.

After one cup I felt a gazillion mites exploding under my skin, like tiny fireworks going off for a good 15 minutes. Day 2 I had 3 cups throughout the day. Not a single crawl felt again. I am continuing for a while as my cats have the mites and apparently garlic is toxic to cats - so until they are are cured I'm drinking the tea.

I am so happy!!!!! So easy and cheap - I can't believe how hard we struggle and yet the cure is so simple. I would also recommend spraying bed linen, carpets and shoes with salt water to kill ones in the environment. I also put salt in my shower puff and rinse my hair in salt water. It has been effective but the garlic tea has been the real mite exterminator!! It makes sense that the only effective cure is going to be from the inside. Please try this - you will be so glad that you did!! Xx

Replied by KT

I have read several posts about mites and wonder, why wouldn't taking four garlic cloves a day work the same way as what is recommended for worms? I read that if you make the environment unpleasant for parasites they won't stay. Please advise why garlic would not work on mites as it does on worms.

EC: KT, we attached your post to someone's recent feedback on garlic tea for mite infestations. Another great idea, thank you!

Replied by KT

I have to mention if I drank garlic tea my husband would not stay in the same room with me! Biting on garlic cloves three days for a tooth abscess was a trying time.

I chop up garlic cloves and gulp the pieces with a little water but some food needs to be in the stomach first (i.e., a well cooked carrot with a little butter or CO) or it will feel like your stomach is on fire. Been there and done that!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Kt,

I think garlic for mites makes a lot of sense. In addition to making the body less pleasant for parasites it strengthens the immune system.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Karen S

Have you been free of them since then? Did you do anything else? I'm a kidney dialysis patient and am desperate to clear this up!

Replied by KT

I think there is a misunderstanding here...I was not having a problem with mites. I kept reading complaints of people who do and asking how to get rid of them. I had read that eating four garlic cloves a day would rid you of a tapeworm which I understood to be the hardest parasite to get rid of so I only inquired about eating the garlic cloves to make you an undesirable host.

I bit on garlic cloves to get rid of a tooth abscess. That's when my hubs would not come within three feet of me! I NEVER drank garlic tea. EC put my suggestion of swallowing the garlic cloves with a post of someone who drank the tea. I hope this clears up any misunderstanding!

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Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn.) on 11/29/2014

HI U GOOD PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , , , ,

Just answered a question our new boy, Van, put to me about mites. I then went on to read what was in the archives. Most folks have Demodex mites their entire lives to one degree or another. I have had them and they are kind of a pain, but all live with them their entire lives. Yep, your nose can be red along with your eye lids. Not a crisis. These are microscopic. You are just not pretty.

On the other hand the one's my new friend, Van has, will put you in the top of a tall, tall pine tree. There is no way you can live with these dang buggers.

Here's my point. Mites are not mites, and this site needs to figure out how they can be categorized. Ain't no way drinking ACV gonna cure the mites that are under your skin and you can see. We are talking apples and oranges and misleading lots of folks.

I know I stirred the pot, but it needed stirring.


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Posted by Jennifer (Tennessee, US) on 09/30/2014

You can use Kleen Green by Natural Ginesis directly on your skin and in your hair (home as well). We tried just about everything for chicken mites and this was the only thing that worked in the end. It is completely non toxic!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My questions:

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

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

Replied by Anon
(Anon, Usa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Anon
(Anon, Usa)

Sorry, Just went back and read and realized that you can't reach all parts of your body. You will need to find a way. Maybe a friend, Or pay a nurse. But someway, make this happen when trying the things I mentioned.

Replied by Susan
(San Francisco, Usa)

I used the Borax water (1/2) and ACV (1/2) to get rid of the eggs under the skin. The ACV is the carrier and the Borax washes the protective coating off of the eggs and they die. I would shower every day (sometimes twice) and rinse off with the above mentioned solution. Bathe, towel dry off and then rub the solution all over (including your scalp and hair) and DO NOT rinse. Stand around for about 5-10 minutes and air dry). I stopped itching in a couple of weeks. I don't remember how long the adult mites live, but I put all of my consentration into getting rid of and keeping rid of the eggs. Put 1/8 cup of Borax in a gallon jug of water, give it a good hard shake and let it sit for about half an hour. The water will absorb all of the Borax that it can and you needn't worry about the little bit of risidual Broax at the bottom of the container. Good Luck!

Replied by David
(Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland)

Many thanks to Anon from Anon and to Susan from San Francisco for your responses and your very helpful tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specifics for Anon:

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

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

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

Specifics for Susan:

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

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

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

Will this nightmare ever end?

Finally, a tip:

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

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

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

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

Replied by G
(Sydney, Nsw Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck, you can do it.

Replied by Faith
(Forest Park, Ohio)

Diatomaceous Earth is used for this, make sure you get FOOD GRADE!

Replied by David
(Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland)

@G from Sydney, Nsw Australia: Many thanks for the topical garlic recipe which I've only just seen now, thanks to the way this site is (dis)organised.

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

But nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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

Many thanks for the tips.

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

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

Replied by Charlotte
(Roanoke, Va, Usa)

There is a type of Chinese soap designed specifically to combat demodex mites. It's called "FaceDoctorX", but may be found for cheaper by the name "chang sheng soap". The main ingredient is seabuckthorn oil, so maybe you could just get the oil, directly.

I used it once because I had heard that acne cysts could be caused by demodex mites, but apparently this was not my problem, because it had very little effect on my acne (I think my problem was more about stress hormones, because it has since cleared up after life changes). It might be worth a try, though.

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