Last Modified on Mar 10, 2014<< Continued from page 3
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Biting and Crawling Mites
- Bleach in Bath Water
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Borax, Tea Tree Oil, H2O2, Vitamin E
- Brewer's Yeast
- Coconut Oil, Tomato Juice
- Denatured Alcohol
- Diagnosing Mites
- Diatomaceous Earth, Peppermint and Oregano Oils
- Disinfectant, Hair Dryer
- Dry Mustard
- Essential Oils
- General Feedback
- Hair Dryer
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Ionic Silver and Vaseline
- Jan's Recipe
- Lamp Oil, Borax
- Lemon Juice in Shampoo
- Listerine, Eliminate Sugar
- Mite Infestation Bath Remedies
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Powder
- Neem Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Quassia Wood Chips
- Remedies Needed
- Skin Scraping Test
- Steam and Vacuum
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Walking Dandruff Remedies
- Yogurt With Cinnamon
Mite Infestation Bath Remedies
12/03/2013: Meeya from Sunnyvale, Ca: "Hi All,
I've found quite a few good remedies and suggestions for dealing with mite / demodex infestations. But most involve "spot treating" different areas of the body.
One of the most helpful suggestions I've found is to take a bath 100% submersed with a snorkel. This way, all mites, including those that can hide in the eyes, ears, scalp, etc, are going to be treated.
Can anyone give suggestions on WHAT TO PUT INTO THE BATH??
Borax seems like a good idea, but it would take a lot to saturate tub full of water.
~Thanks for all your help my fellow earth clinicians!"Replies
12/03/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Meeya!
I agree - a bath tub full of a saturated borax solution is one spendy bath!
Old Robert Henry reported success by using extreme heat in a sauna- took about a week he said [scroll down and look for his posts, he talks all about it.]
So you could try very HOT soaks in the tub with a face towel saturated with borax/hydrogen peroxide or borax/vinegar."
[YEA] 11/25/2013: Guyb from Reading, Uk: "Try the following, nothing else worked in my experience, but this worked:
1) 100% tea tree oil
2) 100% alcohol Buy large quantities. Mix the two; apply to every itch. Apply to eyebrows and eyelashes, but be especially careful using alcohol near your eyes!
3) Neem oil. Add some to bath ; it will bring them out of the hair follicles. Don't bathe before bed, because all the young ones will come out and start to itch, so you need a couple of hours to treat them. Adding nice smelling essential oils will help neutralise the bad odour of the neem oil . Submerge head fully.
4) Bleach Add a few capfuls to bath for immediate relief, but not to be used more than once every few days. Wash your clothes and bedding every day.
If you're reading this, you're probably going through hell. I feel for you. Doctors probably won't help, so don't waste your time. It took me months to work this out, but trust me, this should help you get your life back. Good luck :)"Replies
11/26/2013: Meeya from Sunnyvale, Ca replies: "Thanks for sharing Guyb. In wanting to help others, I've found that Demodex mites manifests differently in everyone, and that - most likely - there are many different species. Can you please share what your symptoms / manifestations were before you treated? How did you discover that it was indeed a mite infestation (demodex)? Many Thanks."
11/26/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Meeya!
Some info on demodex since you are info gathering!
Demodex mites are species adapted, which means while there are many species of demodex mites, the ones found on dogs only live on dogs and the ones found on cats only live on cats, etc. There are two species found on humans - D. folliculorum and D. brevis. The species is not zoonotic - you can't catch demodex from your dog, however there is one documented instance where a boy and his dog both had the same species of demodex - folliculorum; in that case it appeared the child gave the demodex to his dog.
11/27/2013: Meeya from Sunnyvale. Ca replies: "Thank you, Theresa! Wondering also how one knows for sure that it's the mites that are causing their symptoms - other than looking under a microscope?
What are the typical symptoms of an infestation? Would love to hear others experiences."
11/27/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Meeya!
My experience with demodicosis is with dogs - not people. I have tried unsucessfully to verify the stories I read on the internet where people say they 'caught' demodex from their dogs. There are many stories but only 1 verified incident of a zoonotic transmission, and in that case it would appear the dog caught it from a child. [Note: in the plentiful stories on the internet the cases are not verified, the species not identified, so you cannot say for certain that the species that infected a particular dog infected the person who handled the dog who also broke with demodex.]
The only 'sure fire' way to diagnose demodicosis is by using a microscope - it doesn't need to be super powerful as demodex mites are fairly large. Keep in mind that *most* of the time the demodex mites leave peacefully on their hosts; its when the hosts body is .. out of tune in some way... that the mite populations are permitted to over grow which then trigger symptoms in humans.
The mites are typically active at night; afflicted people report feeling them crawl on their skin [the mites come out of the follicles to mate] - and the by products of the mites - their wastes and when they die their decomposing bodies - appear to be what creates the intense itching some individuals experience.
You can google "demodex in humans" and then select the IMAGES tab to see pix of folks with demodex related rosacea and acne."
11/30/2013: Meeya from Sunnyvale, Ca replies: "Thank you Theresa! Very helpful."
12/29/2013: Ann from Alabama replies: "I have been very unhappy. I have gone to the doctor been give way to much money. To the pharmaceutical. Side of this. A guess what now apparently. I need "some one to talk to. Ugh.. Its been 4monrhs now I ache All the time my vision has gone way out there they said there's no reason for it. I have list my job after being home for about 2 months without pay and I am so miserable. At night I would sell a kidney o and by the way I am truely offended by the medical community. As a whole just because you can't figure it out does not say I'm crazy... Ok I vented and feel much better"
06/02/2013: Buggedinoregon from Portland, Oregon, Usa: "I suffered with birdmites for about 1.5 years. Here is what worked: 3-4 drops of concentrated oregano oil under the tongue (sublingual) before bed. Do not swallow this. It is absorbed into the bloodstream via blood vessels under the tongue. More is not more effective. This will stop the biting at night. Two products made by a company called NuSkin. One is simply called Immune Formula, the other is AE10. Take them together as directed on the labels. I had to take these for about 6 months. You have to take a drug holiday for 2 weeks in between taking them daily. It is good to take some yogurt each day to keep intestinal flora alive while taking these formulas. Put any mites you pick off yourself or clothing on masking tape. Keep wide masking tape everywhere--next to bed, in car, bathroom, etc. The stickier, the better.
Daily vacuuming of home and car. They colonized my keyboard at work, so I wore surgical gloves while using my computer. Also, daily bathing. Some instant (but temporary) relief can be obtained by applying Listerine externally head-to-toe before showering. Baths with Borax, 1/2 cup of bleach, or OxiClean can help. Do not combine bleach with OxiClean. Scrub body with Scotchbrite sponge under the water. Put sponge in microwave oven for 1.5 to 2 minutes after bathing. This will kill mites that got captured in the business side of the sponge. Keep skin moistened by applying coconut oil after bathing. The mites don't like it, and you can catch any that escaped the bath by applying it everywhere on your body.
Daily laundering of sheets & towels. Wearing clothing only once before washing. Keep all clothing items in their own plastic ziplock bags. Express air from the bag when sealing them. If possible, wash items with chlorine bleach, Pine Sol or similar pine oil product, Borax, and hot water (140 F minimum). Most modern laundry equipment has temperature limitations on the hot water, so you have to find a way to override this or do what I did, and buy an old laundry set (toploader) via classifieds. Dry thoroughly. If clothing or linens come out a little damp, it is not dry enough. I can now get away with laundering sheets about every four days, and towels, every 2 days.
Get rid of carpeting. Keep humidity in your home low. An insect growth regulator called Nylar was moderately effective. None of these measures will work by themselves. You must be diligent in hygiene routines. I did not find dietary modifications to be all that effective, but I do not consume a lot of sweets. The mites do seem to go crazy if you eat fruit, so I cut back on it some, but it did not make them go away, just kept them from having a biting frenzy after I ate. Sulfa antibiotics can also be effective, but if you are allergic to them, as I am, you cannot use any sulfur product. Externally applied sulfur applications, such as used on dogs or sheep may help those who are not allergic.
Have your thyroid checked. Lab tests do not always show hypothyroidism. You can be hypothyroid and have a normal result, but if your result is abnormal, you can get help from an MD. Otherwise, see a naturopath or doctor of Chinese medicine to get thyroid. Mites are attracted to those with hypothyroidism.
NOT helpful with mites were: medical doctors, enzyme preparations, steaming things, insecticides based in neurotoxins, and ozone generators.
Hope this helps someone."Replies
11/28/2013: Robert Henry from Ten Mile Tn. replies: "BUGGED, did everything you suggested to little avail. MD's are useless with these things. Mites die in 120 degree heat. I heated my FIR SAUNA to 160 degrees and was cured in a week. Some folks have used hair dryers."
04/06/2013: Saved But Still Battling from Baltimore: "Hello. Reporting back. Been using the essential oil therapy for about 70 days. It has been helpful in reducing the crawling sensation on the scalp but I fear I am back to being as contagious as ever. Also starting feeling extreme cramping and diahhrea. I was able to resolve this by eating something like a banana or boiled egg about 15 mins before taking the treatment. Unfortunately it seems they are getting used to this and I can feel increased digging and am experiencing twitches all over my body. I am going to give the oils a break for a while and use the transdermal magnesium therapy along with taking tumeric. I also have some iodine and grapefruit seed citricidal on the way to me along with some powdered vitamin c as I saw a post that said that most vitamins contain magnesium stearate which is used to keep the ingredients solid or something but causes poor absorption of the supplement you're trying to get into your system. I would love to find a holist doctor but am afraid of infecting someone who's trying to help me. Thanks to earth clinic and everyone here, I would feel all alone without you. Best wishes."Replies
04/07/2013: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Have you tried imersing your hair in olive oil, and leaving it on for five to ten minutes? then repeating in five days, apparently this suffocates the mites."
04/07/2013: Saved But Still Battling from Baltimore replies: "Hi Gavin, Thanks for your response. I've tried the olive oil and since I have had this so long I had many numbers to get rid of. It helped but didn't get rid of it. I'm sitting here with coconut oil in my hair now which I left on overnight (they say oil/vaseline or whatever you choose to use should be left on at least 8 hrs as the mites are able to shut down there systems for a time - I'm not sure how long). I am much better than I was when I started this battle in September 2012, but still get the feeling that my brain is being devoured and I experience soreness in my neck and shoulders. To help with this I use the sea salt and baking soda remedy Ted recommends to reduce swollen lymph nodes which I also had during one of the battles, and it helps alot.
PS This was a follow on post to my response to the essential oil therapy reported by Sherry below from a radio show called Horokane."
04/08/2013: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Sorry to hear that the olive oil didnt work for you... Over in this neck of the woods if you have a really bad infestation the common cure is kerosene, but you have to be carefull and make sure theres no open flame. If this is combed through the hair it will kill the eggs as well."
04/09/2013: Saved But Still Battling from Baltimore replies: "Hi Gavin, Thanks so much for your feedback. I happen to have a container of lamp oil I bought as a last resort. Thanks for the tip about combing it through the hair. I have long thick hair but am preparing to cut it short for the summer. I think I will try the kerosene ( I think lamp oil is the same thing) once I cut my hair as it will be easier to comb through. Should I wrap my head in cellophane and leave it on overnight? Thanks so much for your gracious assistance!"
04/09/2013: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "I really dont think that you should leave it on that long, Kerosene is petroleum based like petrol. I think over here they comb it in and leave it for about half an hour, then wash the hair well. Its basicly a light oil. It will take all the natural oil out of the hair as well, so it might be wise after its dry to comb some coconut oil back in."
[NAY] 02/24/2013: Jb from Carson City, Nv: "Pests on scalp, face and eyes: I have battled these things since July '11. I've had 4 perscriptions of permithin, they are gone about 2 days and back again. I've tried oh so many remedies to no avail until now and have started Hydrogen Peroxide and Apple Cider Vinegar, and water;so far no relief. I am also using this solution on my head as well.
I am not bitten on other parts of my body other than these things getting into my very fine, thin hair. They had burrowed in my scalp and have caused crusty type scabs. I also had cataract surgery on my left eye in Apr '11 and have problems with it ever since, not healing as it should but around July after the surgery is when I started having the "pest" problem and they absolutely flock to that bad eye. I feel them all around and in the eye. I think they have burrowed on top of my nose and under the eye sockets too. Since reading how they reproduce about every 3-10 days I realized that my nose would look "bumpy" and have a couple of small round pouches under the eye socket and then would feel these things zooming all over my face and head, then the areas would be normal again for a couple of days but start all over again.
I have lots of digestive problems and am afraid to try the Borax remedy of drinking a very mild solution of it every day.
I also have used a mild house hold bleach/water mixture on my body and am wondering if I can use it also on my scalp? Since I don't have bites on my body, that may be the reason why because I put the bleach/wtr on my body but not my head?
I'm a senior and never had a bug in my life! Not even my 3 children ever had head lice or anything like this stuff and am about to lose it!!! How does one get in touch with Ted? I sure would like to hear what he would suggest... I try to say "have faith" but at this point, "have a shot" of something real strong!!!"Replies
04/14/2013: Sandy from Monroe, Washinton replies: "Dear Jb, please dont use any bleach solution in your hair. It could fall out or change color... Find out from the opthamalogist if you can use a dry eye ointment, it will say nightime on it. I shut down my house completely my bed is all ready and I have one light on, closet to my bed. I go to the mirror and put a fine line of the ointment in my lower eye lid. It keeps them out of my eyes at night. When I feel them in my nose or eyes I use a netty pot. The salt solution brings me almost instant relief. If I feel them on my eye lashed I use my spit like a salve and it works to keep them off my lashes. To so my hair, I will use about 4-5 tsp. Of shampoo in my hand and use 5 drops of each of these essential oils-tea tree, clove oil, and lavendar. I dont add hardly any water, I just wet my fingers and run them through my hair and shampoo. Then I wrap my hair into a towel. I leave it in up to an hr.... Now at bedtime with my hair I use olive oil, yes its a mess or mayo w/olive oil. The mayo will be cold but it does stop them from moving. Vaseline in the eyebrows helps alot. God bless you, keep fighting. :)"
[YEA] 01/06/2013: Sherrie from Tampa, Fl: "Dear fellow sufferers,
l still can't believe it, but l am sitting here with no itches. I lucked onto this radio broadcast online of a woman who cured herself of Morgellons, caught after her daughter rescued a wild bird. She suffered thru over $10,000 of medications and stated her docs were at their wit's ends with her. Thru her medical contacts, she was given a remedy for infectious disease from an aromatherapy practitioner. She took it for a long time because she didn't know to kill the mites in her environment. It worked, because she kept taking it until she no longer had any itches or sores show up. One marvelous thing is that after only the first day of treatment, wonderful healing occurs. This is the remedy to take: essential oils from the health food store.
clove oil, cinnamon cassia (bark) oil, oregano oil, lemon oil, red thyme oil, and rosemary oil.
Use 5 drops of each oil in just a little water, take it 3 times a day.
Even the first night after l did the treatment, l had only taken 2 doses, but l sat there and suddenly realized all my itching had ceased. It was a warm night, l had been exposed to a large bunch of them, but -total calm.
If you want to hear the interview, look up horokane interview on Morgellons. By the way, l took this after a meal, as clove oil is strong, but l did not get an upset stomach, in fact, the opposite occurred. Best wishes."Replies
01/06/2013: Sherrie from Tampa, Fl replies: "l forgot something important in the essential oils remedy.
You use 5 drops of the essential oils in a little water, take 3 times a day for 3 days, then take 2 days off, then take 3 times a day for 3 days again. That's 3 days on, 2 days off, for as long as necessary."
01/25/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "That's interesting you should say that. Whenever I would get sick, I would make some Constant Comment tea, and add wedges of lemon and orange. Top it off with some honey. Great for a cold or sore throat. Maybe it keeps the critters at bay too."
03/06/2013: Saved from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "Dear Sherrie, I want to thank you with all of my heart for your post. For those who are not suffering from this, just be thankful that you don't understand the nightmarish symptoms of this affliction. Just to summarize, it can make you suicidal. I had contemplated it many times, but just couldn't do it to my family, although to see my family afflicted even though they don't know it, sometimes I wish I'd had the courage to do it long ago. But anyway, to those willing to try this, it is practically miraculous the result. I've had this condition which had gradually increased in severity for about 11 years. The extreme scalp itch since about 2008. I tried the borax and peroxide, paragone, oregano oil, clove oil (topically), lemons, beets, etc. After feeling like I had fleas all over me they were eventually under some control, I thought, until I saw a women five feet ahead of me begin to scratch her head. It was at that moment that I realized I had become even more contagious. When I took this oil remedy not only did it practically erase the itching, the number of people that began to itch around me also went down significantly. I highly recommend this to those suffering. Be sure to take theraputic grade and try to elimate sugar. I've been doing this for about a month and at first I was afraid that the days off would bring back the intensity I had suffered before, but it was so much more endurable. I take it on a tablespoon like a cough syrup and follow it with a few swallows of distilled water. At first I only had oregano, cinnamon, and clove oils and this was effective too. What I have found is essential is the cinnamon oil. I tried it without the cinnamon (I had run out) and it burned my throat; that lasted a couple of days. So please ensure you take the oils with cinnamon oil (even just cinnamon spice is helpful if you're desparate). I take it like I'm licking the spoon, it seems the tongue is less senstive than the lips. And boy is it potent... I tried it in a paper and plastic cup and it melted the bottom off. Then I took it in glass but it seemed like most of it would stay on the cup. The spoon works pretty good.
Sherrie, I would like to thank the universe for bringing you to this site and moving you to write your post. I love you and may God bless you."
05/31/2013: Marilyn from Pembine, Wi replies: "Using 5-6 drops essential oil "in a little bit of water" burns like crazy!!! Do not do that. If you want, mix all six oils, put 5-6 drops in 1-2 oz of olive oil, then use!"
12/07/2012: Monte from Los Angeles, Ca: "About 3 yrs ago we experienced mite infestation, tried many things to no avail. I read on EarthClinic that diatomaceus earth and Arid Extra Dry Deodorant Spray was recommended. I purchased DE from the internet and meticulously dowsed with DE every part of the house, bed, sofas and every place I knew there were mites, ( I don't know if they were bird, or other kind of mites) and used the deodorant in both our cars as it was also infested. Closed the cars and the house for about 21 days. Took a long trip. Came back and the house was without mites, however, to this day I occasionally feel mites crawling in my face at night. I still think they are living inside my nostrils and ears. My husband does not feel them anymore. What helps me is a mixture that I put on my face every night that I know it prevents them from moving about my face.
In the palm of my hand I mix 1/16 of a teasp. of Mustard Flour ****(important, read below)
1/16 of Borax....... (I grind it finely in a coffee grinder about a 1/2 cup will go a long way).
2 drops of Clover Oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
2 drops of Pine needle Oil
2 drops of Cedar wood Oil
2 drops of Orange Oil
Mix it with a good hand lotion about a peanut size dab
then spray with a couple of squirts of 3% Hydrogen peroxide
Mix it and spread on you face, inside nose, inside the ear cavity. Not in the eye area. (*****)Be very careful with the strength of the Mustard seed flour... it can burn your skin badly..... So start with very small amounts first to test your endurance. It should just feel tingly. Using this nightly has freed me from these mites...... Sometimes I don't feel them for weeks, but I know they are not gone but in control. Please be careful with the children's skin.... Make sure it will not burn. You can find all these ingredients at Whole Foods or a Health food store. Wish you much success, Monte"
01/12/2013: Sherry from Bangor, Maine replies: "It is impossible to still feel scabie mites in your face after 3 years without any other symptoms and reinfestation. And others around you would have symptoms too. Geez! I know because I have recently been battling the horrible creatures myself. I caught them caring for a woman at the nursing home. Practically everyone did. She had the crusted kind which is most contagious. So I know how they spread, etc. Just one female can cause quite a bit of infestation, and they do not stay in one place either. Especially the head and face! So to anyone with an "actual case of scabies"..... "bug spray" yup, I know it sounds unlikely. As anyone with this mess would know though, you get pretty desperate when you have spent money on creams and oils that don't work. Or harmed their skin with bleach, peroxide, borax, etc.
The relief that I am getting I can mainly thank the bug repellents with at least 25% deet in them, such as deep woods off, and other strong ones. I make sure I wash them off at least once a day, but reapply a little while later. I also find that lysol spray antibacterial cleaner stops them on contact, and doesn't hurt your skin. When I get in my car or get near anything with them on it, I can feel them. They DO bite! But if you spray immediately and scratch the area lightly, you don't get infested. The spots are almost all gone... I'm just a normal woman who has pretty bad luck sometimes, so what I am telling you is genuine. Don't waste another dime on stuff that doesn't work...."
10/30/2012: Newnorcia from Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom: "Hi to everyone going through Mite Infestation problems. I know exactly how you are all feeling. Isolated, depressed and despairing. And when your houses are warmer the problems seem to reoccur. My family and I have suffered like most of you; about 2 years with attempting to understand exactly what we had. From Headlice, Fleas to finally understanding they were sum form of mite, albeit dust mite, bird mite or whatever. Like yourselves going to Doctors or talking to others that were not suffering became embarrassing. Most of the time people brush under the carpets. I mean things are getting bad because you see people scratching in the supermarkets, at work you name it; the invisible scratching is taking the world by storm. However like one entry I have read already on this site I believe in the Power of Prayer. And so I sat down, in despair having tried many things mentioned in these blogs except for something that was right under my nose. I began to pray and ask the Lord what had I missed. We had used Foggers, Lice Treatments, Flea Treatments everything (they have helped but not cured). Spent an absolute fortune on every spray imaginable until one day.... Lord help me I am at my end, show me what to do. The answer came; and this is what was said to me...... Through my heart and spirit within me.... That calming voice of the Holy Spirit, full of wisdom and comfort spoke...
Whatever insect you are dealing with; remember this, they thrive on warmth. Every time you wear your clothes, your body is warmed up and they hatch. The mites are in your clothes. You have tried everything on your bodies but have forgotten your clothes. Here is how you combat mites on a large scale.
N.B Insects love the warmth..... Elimate their comfort zone. The source.
1. First of all - Clean clothes hang all your clothes up on hangers and place in the wardrobes or on garment rails. Leave nothing on the floors.
2.All dirty washing keep in laundry bags inside black bin bags or clear bags. Did the black bin bag thing and threw things out by mistake. LOL.... :) Very frustrating. Found clear bags better.
3. Ensure the bags are closed inside the laundry baskets and get all of your family in your household to ensure they place dirty clothes inside the bags and keep it covered. This contains any, cuts off oxygen eventually and stops them just running for cover anywhere they can find. This helps with most unwanted insects from Lice, to Fleas to Mites you name it.
4. Each time you come to wash clothes... Be prepared in advance. Get large Plastic flexi-tub like containers : Asda sell large flexi Plastic storage tubs, walmart for USA will have them. All different colours. We chose Blue for Clothes. Now prioritise what needs washing first. The day before you want to wash (so soaking overnight): Fill a couple of Tubs with ice-cold water I. E let it run from your tap. Now dunk white wash items in one Tub and Coloured items dunk in the other tub. Ensure all of the items are fully submerged.
Leave overnight. You will need nothing else but ice-cold water. Insects of any kind HATE the cold. Our clothes harbour the vast majority of mites unfortunately. They burrow into the fibres and feed off dead skin and the like. They do not need a constant host. We frantically wash our bodies, cut our hair and chemically poison ourselves yet all the time the mites live happily ever after in our clothes.
We think when we have just simply washed our clothes at high degrees in our washing machines we have killed them off. Not so to all. They have a unique method of self preservation and fight to survive anywhere they can be undetected. Even in your car. And so on we go, reinfesting from Car to House, House to Car and so on. Will get to the Car in a jiffy....just dealing with House and Clothes at Moment..
5. Ok next day... Wash on Washing Cycles as normal. Do not do Cold Wash Only. This does not help with bacteria. Remember you have already cold soaked overnight. As you pour away the ice-cold water and wring your clothes out over the bath or shower tray (if you haven't got a bath) or sink whatever. Notice how many little black specks appear in the water. As you repeat this method for your clothes you will begin to notice the itching, crawling feeling that eventually gets back on your skin eases off and eventually little tickles, pinpricks will lessen. Don't give up. And keep praying through it. Prayer changes Things and People. Might take a few fall outs with each other as it can be frustrating to learn new routines but eventually each one of you in your household will learn to function as a Team. And don't worry if you find yourself swearing; just ask the Lord for MORE GRACE because He knows you are going to need it and wants to help. His Mercy is new everyday and is love lasts forever in a True Heart for Him.
6. OK.... Once machined washed, dry your clothes on Airers, Airing Cupboards on the washing line on a good drying day. Once completely dry.... Here is what you do next. Shake all clothes off outside. Fibres and bits will shake off (so that is why it is best to shake off outside if you can). Winter can be a bit more tricky. But wrap up, and you will be ok.... So shake off each item (also keeps you fit without expense of Gym...LOL)
7. Place all dry clothes, shaken off in fresh Clear Bags ready for ironing.
8. To Hand when come to Ironing......
Lint Rollers....... Make your own when shop tape has ran out. Buy rolls of Parcel Tape, Masking Tape (Thick Wide not Thin mm wide). Sticky side down on to roller to get it attached; then wind back on itself with sticky side facing up, so the roller is constantly sticky side to touch. Wrap on as much as you want then leave a lip folded over so you can always find the edge. Before you iron.... Lint roll the item first. Then proceed. Once completely ironed. Hang up and place clear bag over item. Just like they do at the Dry Cleaning Service.
9. When you are ready to wear the item. Shake off the clothes and maybe lint roll again. Use your ironing board to help hold the item of clothing so you can lint roll.
10. Spray the bag the clothes came out of with say... Bob Martins Flea Spray (kills mites as well). This way you can re-use the bag for dirty washing and can add extra killing power before soaking your next batch of clothes.
I know it is an expense on plastic bags but it works.
I have done this with my clothes continually now... For past 3 months and we have had less and less by the day, by the minute. A HUGE SUCCESS. It has been amazing how many specks and flecks of whatever comes out of the clothes as they soak. I look at the water on a weekly basis now as I do not have to get through heaps of clothes like before. This has saved us a fortune on buying new clothes. Admittedly in the beginning, some of our items were beyond help and we had to get rid. But now 3 months on as we Bag (for Dirty Clothes), Pre-ice Water Soak for Washing to be done, Wash Cycle.... Dry as normal and then follow the above for shaking off, ironing, lint rolling etc etc. Our Clothes are now saved as well as us.
Now the Car....
1. Rug Doctor will help degunge your car. Follow instructions. Use Anti-Foam and Upholstery Cleaner. Use on the Car Carpets, Chairs all over. It works.
2. Let dry thoroughly.... Ok this may take a couple of days to dry out. Choose a weekend you are not doing anything in particular. People may look at you strange, but who cares... may be they will get curious and want to do the same for their cars? Doesn't hurt.
3. Once thoroughly dried out..... Vacuum and use Mr Sheen (Anti-dust Trap) to clear up excess dust particles on dashboards, stearing wheels, levers etc and handles. If you take the time to read the can of Mr Sheen (Anti-dust Trap) it will give informaton on what dust actually consists off. Yes it is gross but better to be educated me thinks. (use Mr Sheen in your house regularly).
I think over time it would be safe to say that in this life we have tried to become to au-naturelle and it has caused these things to thrive. Like the old school of thinking one of the blogs mentioned..... They dealt with these things years ago. Mr Sheen isn't here for no reason, nor any other product that we use to keep ourselves relatively bug free. I know we can get out of balance on all scores but same as the old saying goes.... "Everything in moderation."
4. Ok.... Moving on. As you have hired the Rug Doctor for the Weekend. Rug Doctor your House Carpets and Rugs also. It will help a great deal. Again allow to thorough dry, vacuum and hey presto. Another step forward to mankind's sanity returning. Admittedly Hoovering your house on a regular basis will continue the good work so don't slack off.
For us we invested in Two Hoovers. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. We hoover our beds and pillows on a daily basis. We change our bedding once a week and pillow cases twice a week. Winter gets a bit harder in drying stuff but we have a routine and it works well enough now after 3 months. It is always harder to get a routine going when it is something new but you will get there I can assure you.
For continued House Protecton...
Every 3 months, use a Fogger for each room. If you have Pets; use Flea stuff available (this also kills mites and other insects... So this is how you help your Pets). Flea Treatments in Tablet form are now helping others alot more than surface sprays for the animals. Some surface sprays are less effective now unfortunately. Whilst you are going through this. Bathe (if you have a bath) once a week and put some Dettol for Hygiene purposes in your bath. This saves all the other chemicals you are applying especially Hydrogen Peroxide which is so dangerous if mis-used as some of you have found. I love chemistry and so know how these chemicals work and it made my hair stand on end when heard what some concoctions you guys are mixing up. Be careful with all that.
Anyway...once you have used the bath water. Bath your dog or cat in it... Saves on water that way and as the dettol is diluted in the water they will be ok to. Just don't get it in their eyes. Once you have thoroughly washed and dried your pet off. (Best to use 3 or 4 old sheets rather than Towels... Towels are thick fibres and more likely to harbour strong resisting insects or eggs etc). We found using the sheets so much better, Can also machine wash on highest degree by themselves. (Don't mix your washing with the Pets).
Ok....great tip. Blow dry your Pet with hair dryer. Dogs may find a bit strange but they will love the pampering in the end. OK once your pet thoroughly dry use your Topical Spray for Flea Protection and offer a Flea Tablet once or twice a week. They really work. Pet will scratch unusually more in first hour but will be at peace from then on.
Another cheap method for your body and hair. Make up a paste of conditioner and table salt or sea salt if you like. Just to note some conditioners will go liquidy when adding salt something to do with the chemical equation of adding salt seems to alter the structure of the conditioner. Best to add conditioner to salt in a tub and mix until you have a workable paste. Once you have shampooed your hair in the normal fashion. Take a good handful of the conditioner paste and salt scrub your scalp. It works best in the bath because then you can dip under the water and wash out. Always use a lice comb or spikey brush or both to comb out under water and above. The lice combs have been great in the shower and the bath and I recommend the use of them each time you shower or bathe. The salt scrub helps to remove larvae off the hairshaft and the comb will aid in the removal of eggs of any kind no matter what insect they are from.
If you have trouble with eye lashes, ears and eyebrow hair as one blog said... Baby oil works. Cover your lashes and brows with baby oil without getting into eyes and offer a bit in your ears with a cotton bud. This helps for night time sleeping. At first it can be a bit frustrating as it tickles but keep at it, eventually it will calm down after a few uses. In the morning wash your eye lashes and brows with handwash soap and thoroughly rinse off with cool tepid water to ensure no suds get into eyes. Can be a pain to start the routine but once you get going, everything mentioned above and then some will get on top of these things.
Also for added help..... Invest in a Electronic Head lice Comb. Once you have blow dried your hair go through with the comb as this will aid with any stragglers or remaining larvae that might be on the hair shaft. It really works. If you hold the comb up to the light you will see in the prongs light shapes from small speck dots, to squiggly fibre like shapes and whatever else. Mostly will be white but there may be a few black dots when you first start out.
Tackling each area above like I have shared has minimised our mite problem and given us better nights sleep than ever before.
We live in a rental and quite frankly we possibly walked into this situation unbeknown. The carpets are minging and if we could we would throw them out but being as this is not our house we have to do our best in keeping on top of things.
We sprinkle a mixture of Table Salt and Bicarbonate of Soda over the carpets and let it settle in for most of the day then hoover. We repeat this process twice a week. Hoovers will never pick up everything so any salt particles left behind sting the larvae of hatched eggs and get on the skin of any crawling insect. It is a really cheap way of combatting insects in the home.
In the summer use Table Salt and Bicarb. For Ants. It really works.
Well I believe I have shared almost everything I know to help keep this cheap for you... however here is a quick list to go shopping with....
a) Lint Rollers and Extra Parcel or Thick Wide Masking Tape (use for when ironing).
b)Large Plastic Flexi-Tubs: Asda - Wall mart or use something similar that you can pre-soak clothes in, in ice-cold water.
c)Clear plastic bags, black bin bags. For use for storing dirty washing. Clear Bags for hanging over ironed clothes or storing ironing ready to iron later. Once used.... Then recycle for dirty washing. It will become easier to work out your own routine as you get going.
d) Table Salt and Bicarbonate of soda (mix up and put in a salt shaker or old shake and vac bottle). Stick some masking tape over label and write what you have now got in it - this helps family to understand what you have done). Sprinkle all over carpets, stairwells rugs etc, even your car carpets as well (see how you feel about that). Obviously it involves lots of hoovering but as it is white you can just brush it in with a stiff brush and not have to hoover constantly.
e) Shopping List for You.... i)Headlice Comb (plastic or metal nit-free comb) ii) Electronic Headlice Comb - Â£20 iii) Dettol (for bathing) iv) Conditioner and add table salt to create a thick paste for salt-scrubbing after shampooing, using the plastic and metal combs to comb out in the running water of shower or in bath (first using brush to brush down the hairshaft above water and then use the comb underwater to comb out under water)
v) Hairspray stronghold (girls) Hairgel (boys). Use after you have blow dried hair and used the electric comb. Anything that then tries to come out or get in will meet a sticky doom ready to be combed out in the shower from normal washing. No need to use all those chemical concoctions .
Just one note when blow drying your hair. First place some cotton wool as ear plugs in your ears. First moisten ear plugs with your own saliva. Heard Mites do not like our saliva. So it all helps. God knew exactly what He was doing when He created us.
Anyways Mites like to take cover and they will run and take refuge in your ears. It is the same when using the electric comb (plug your ears first). Use Electric comb only on (DRY HAIR) had to state the obvious. Obviously Electric and Water DO NOT MIX; laugh out loud. Easy way to clean out electric comb. The brush doesn't help but a baby wipe will. Turn comb off and using wipe push prongs through the wipe and press hard down on either side of the wipe with the prongs clutched in your hands then pull through, this cleans out anything stuck between the prongs. Let it dry naturally for 30 mins or use paper tissue to dry. Turn back on; the noise will be faint but will build back up again. Don't use Water. Wipes are best.
Ok I think that just above concludes your shopping list except for one final thing.
Buy yourself some Vitamin C Tablets this will aid your immune system because through anxiety and hard work we become run down and naturally our bodies cannot produce Vitamin C.
Oh....almost forgot. When cooking keep your head covered to stop anything jumping off that you have missed in all of your routines. Pillow cases are easy to use. Less chance of eggs harbouring after you have used the washing methods first mentioned in this Article. Towels are harder to work with as the fibres are millions.
In the first instant of getting to grips with all of the above, you may have to buy new towels but you could try to save them by doing the pre-soak ice cold water thing. It may take a few goes to completely be free but it can't hurt. For us we actually bought some disposable hairnets for cooking until we had passed the majority of the infestation. Now we can cook in peace without stuff joining us in our food and crawling down our faces. For some reason mites can smell food and they come running. Sorry don't want to put you off but it is true. Anyways covering your heads and wearing a plastic apron during cooking can help.
Now for your Kitchen....Mites get into all your cupboards to. The best checking system is looking for black specks on your white surfaces. Usually inside your cupboards and window sills.
There is hope in sight, because once you taken on board all of the clothing issues in how to reduce mite infestations and you have used a rug doctor to clean carpets etc with right products then you will find you have dealt with the largest housing harbouring city of source for these insects. Black specks will begin to reduce rapidly.
Ok for your kitchen cupboards clean out with Kitchen Paper because this can be easily disposed of. For us we totally emptied the kitchen. Sprayed with Foggers and Bob Martin mite sprays then we wipe all over kitchen with wet paper and then dried out. We sprayed cracks and crevices and put salt powder/bicarb in cracks and crevices. Anything crawling would meet a horrible doom as the speckles of salt etc got on their legs and bodies. Then we hoovered thoroughly and continued once everything was back in cupboards to keep surfaces clean using kitchen paper and milton spray.
IT ALL WORKS... But takes time to get your routine together. That is the only hard part.
Praying for you indeed as we continue with our routines on a lesser scale now. It took 3 months to master but we got there in the end. Now we just keep up good maintenance. It was a hard thing to go through but after constantly praying and asking for the Lords strength and grace to combat it... We have made huge progress. Now we can turn and strengthen You."Replies
01/25/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "That was all good information. A pre-soak cycle on the washer may work just as well on the clothes, unless you're really curious about seeing what comes off of them. Also, I know an old woman who told me that baby shampoo is good to wash your face, eyebrows and eyelid margins with. It works well. Suave makes a dye free one. As far as the car goes, is it possible we are getting these bugs from our cars that sit in the garage or outdoors? Maybe a shot of flea spray on the car's carpets would be good."
09/16/2012: Helpforfree from Asheville: "Combine 2 tsp Tea Tree Oil, 4 tbs Coconut Oil and 4 tsp Neem Oil together in a bottle where you will have about four days treatment ready. After showering, apply from head to toe and allow to sit over night or even longer. Shower before each treatment and try to leave in for 14 hours or more while touching up areas that may have biting activity.
Very important: Steam clean your bed twice a day. Before going to bed and upon waking up. Clothing should be washed and dry on high heat everyday. Steam clean bathroom, shower, door handles. Steam cleaners are cheap and worth every penny."
[YEA] 04/26/2012: Angel from Loveland, Co, Usa: "When I was working in a southern state 10 years ago, I got bird mites on my skin and it took a couple years to get them off my body because I had no idea what was happening to me and what to do about it. I thought that I would never again get these terrible mites on me!
Late last fall, our outside cat brought a dead pigeon into the one area of the house where he was allowed, which was separated by a screen door leading into our living quarters. Our indoor cat liked the outside cat and would sit near the bottom screen of the door on the other side watching him. She was not allowed in the same room with our outside cat. I wrapped the pigeon into the rug and discarded it into a large white garbage bag outside. We found a new home for our outside cat before winter set in late last fall.
Then, late last year, our indoor cat started running around the house, biting and pulling fur out of her skin. She would do this early mornings and late nights. I suspected mites, but was not absolutely sure. I also started to allow her to sit on my lap, which was not wise. When she expelled soft vomit with many tiny eggs in it, during the month of February, I suspected mites--probably got them from our outside cat since she sat at the screen door when he was in the mud room watching him. We took her to the vet but forgot the stool specimen and the vet treated her for tapeworms. But we watched her stools after that treatment and she did not expell tapeworms. We were told that cats do not get mites in this dry climate. How wrong they are! My doctor told me that I had scabies and I told him I did not have scabies because if I had scabies, why were they also in my head, my eyes, my ears, my nose and my mouth?
The next week, guess what? I got all this movement in my back and knew, without a doubt, that I had bird mites again. To make a long story short, I have had to deal with this situation for almost three months. I've tried many things, but I will share here what has been working for me in the last week to the point I feel almost free of them and believe that if I prevail, they will be gone soon!
1. We purchased a fogger on the internet with a gallon of cedar oil and fogged our cars and our home more than once. This product really killed them dead!
2. I purchased sulfur and added one t. To 4 ounces of Vaseoline Intensive Lotion for dry skin. It helped eliminate many of the mites, but I use only occasionally now because it dries my skin out badly.
3. Starting this past Sunday, I have taken a sauna every day and will continue the saunas for another two weeks. I take a 20-30 minute sauna, temperature 160-180 degrees. Then I rest outside the sauna for 20-30 minutes, drinking water, and taking a cool shower. I go back into the shower after the 20-30 minutes outside of it and go again for another 20-30 minutes. I feel like I no longer have the mites in my skin, and the sauna has greatly strengthened my immune system.
5. I realized since this came on me in February, that my body probably was acidic due to my faulty lifestyle. I started to walk daily in the sunshine and fresh air, got my 7-8 hours of sleep per night (I will explain how I finally was able to sleep peacefully. ), and started increasing my food intake to an alkaline diet. Now my pH is averaging 7. 3 and higher any time I take it throughout the day.
4. The reason I was having problems sleeping was because I worried that they would bite me all over my body and I'd have more eggs to deal with. Then I purchased some diatomaccous earth from a company that uses. 5 percent silica in their DE. I used it as powder, carefully putting it on my body every night in the tub that has sliding glass doors. It makes less of a mess doing it this way. Before I go into the shower, I put down paper towels the full length of the tub. Then I step into the tub, leaving my thongs on the outside of it. I use a large cinnamon container with holes on the top and when I turn it over in my hand to get the "powder" out, I cup the container in my hand and shake my hand, not the container, to avoid the powder going into the air. Then I start at my feet and carefully hand powder from feet up, of course, tipping the powder container over and over. I put it on my scalp and put a shower cap on my head. I should mention that I use Jan's (I believe her name is Jan) mixture with 2 oz. Coconut oil, 2 oz. Collodial silver (minimum 50 ppm) but mine is 250 ppm, so I use one ounce of my collodial silver and one ounce of water, making it 125 ppm, 1 oz. Red liquid liniment, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/2 t. Of MSM and 1/2t of clove oil which is mixed up in an 8 ounce container. I put this all over my body and let it soak into my skin before adding diatomaccous earth each evening. This leaves my skin soft and not dry in the morning when I shower after having used the diatomaccous earth the night before. I re-oil my skin with Jan's Remedy after showering in the morning. The neat thing about using the diatomaccous earth is that I take this powder container to bed with me and when I feel one crawling somewhere on my body, I put a little in my hand and place it on top of where I felt the movement--the movement ends. Most of the time I do nothing, I feel them and suddenly I do not feel them--they are dead! I don't know if DE should be used this way, but it works for me. This is food grade DE with. 5% silica which makes it safe for breathing. I still wear a mask to protect my lungs, but there is very little in the air using the bathtub with sliding doors like I do.
If I could find something else other than the use of DE to cover my body at night while I sleep peacefully--and I do sleep peacefully and there are no added bites anywhere on my body in the morning--I would use it. But I have not found anything yet.
I am going to try mustard when my mustard order arrives in a few days. Tomorrow I am going to make a spray with peroxide, borax in a 8 oz. Garden sprayer, adding one tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia since the Milk of M. Is highly alkaline to see if this helps as I read on earthclinic. com 07/16/10 by Bill from San Fernando.
I hope some of this will help someone else out there. I find this situation very discouraging, but now I am highly hopeful because the saunas has especially helped rid my body of them."Replies
01/07/2014: Tara from Toronto, Canada replies: "Thank you for providing this excellent information. I am going bananas with these mites! Could you see yours? I just see black flecks (mite poop?) on my sheets. I'm the only one in the house that has them. Nothing seems to work. Washing sheets, vacuuming, washing floors daily. I haven't slept through the night in months. I would love to hear if you got rid of them for good!"
[YEA] 04/15/2012: Coastscape from Gibsons, Bc: "Demodex mites infested my cat a couple of years ago, and I can tell you that I now have a success story. Thank you for all your posts. I tried, garlic, tea tree oil, H2o2 (food grade hydrogen peroxide), coconut oil, colostrum supplements, diatomaceous earth, borax baths, and on and on. Finally, I made a magic combination. I got the idea here! So here is the recipe. (He wears a cone on his head to prevent him from licking it all off) Put the cone on first!
2 oz or 60 mls warmed coconut oil. 1 oz or 30 mls food grade hydrogen peroxide reduced to 3% strength. 1 tsp dry mustard powder. 8 drops tea tree oil. 1 oz or 30 mls raw apple cider vinegar. I put it in a plastic bottle with a small opening (like from hair dying) warmed it to body temp. To keep the oil liquid, I shook it up, wore latex painter gloves, and massaged it in a little at a time. He liked the warm massage, and really didn't know I was soaking him until it was too late!
I first changed his bedding, and sprayed it with H2o2 and apple cider vinegar and let it dry. I did this because I was unable to actually get this solution everywhere on him (tummy and anus, tail etc. ) so I thought having it in the bedding would help.
I began feeding him about a teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 tablespoon soft cat food mixed with 1/2 tsp. of powdered colostrum each day. I combed him everyday to keep his skin kind of groomed. I put this solution on each week, 2 times, because the recipe above made enough for 2 applications. He hated the cone and retreated into the back of the closet for a month, only come out when I pulled him out for food or combing or treatment. I kept changing his bedding. His hair began to grow back where he had previously lost it, he gradually stopped scratching so much he made himself bleed. After 4 weeks, I took his cone off, and he has now been cleaning and cleaning because his skin went kind of scaly. I still feed him the 1 tsp. ACV everyday in his food. The mites are finally gone. He looks great! I'm going to give most of the credit to ACV and some credit to the dried mustard. This magic combination worked!
One more note, (cause it's the little things that trip you up), get a large, rather than small cone. Put their food and water in a bucket that the cone fits over, and fill it to the top so they can reach to eat properly. Vacuum and spray ACV anywhere the cat frequents. Always wash your hands with soap and water after you touch your cat. I got the mites on my face beside my nose and had to use the same recipe on me!"
03/22/2012: Healerl from Vancouver, Bc, Canada: "How I did it: I got it from a man who got it a few times from his Mother's cat. Each time he visited her and petted her cat he got it and this time he passed it onto me. But I forgive him. It started like lice on the head but soon moved to the body like scabies. No doctor could identify it and then a Vet finally did. (Yes I had frozen samples.)
-Kept the female away with vaseline (on hair and body) and then a rinse hair with vinegar and lemon wash, and scrub body with a lemon scrub in showers.
-Kept the female away with tea tree and cedarwood oils (rubbed on scalp daily, in hot bath, and on body with vaseline/oil) to dry up the eggs.
-Coated hair in vaseline for 3 days straight scared her away from my hair, and now coating my entire body in vaseline all night and during the day also is working also.
-Dried up the eggs, scrubbed hard to remove the eggs, oiled up to pick off the loose eggs, and maintained the procedure daily to keep the female away.
-Honey healed the rashes.
-Tea Tree Oil baths soothed the itch (mint just made the female move to other areas).
-Neem Oil kept her away but she returned as soon as any spot was dry.
-Laundered used clothes and bedding daily.
-Covered bed in plastic (zipper seal) and sprayed morning and night with lemon and vinegar.
-Wore disposable plastic gloves during cleaning and laundry.
-Bleach baths worked only somewhat. Helped me sleep at night but then she's return to lay more eggs, plus it gave my body red burns.
Summary: Vaseline, Lemon, Tea Tree Oil, and Cedarwood Oil rules!
Hopes this helps many of you."
[YEA] 11/19/2011: Naturalhomeremedies from Ny, Ny, Usa: "First and foremost, I want to give thanks to Jehovah God for all things are possible through him.
I recently came down with an infestation of mites. I only discovered this after starting to feel like I was getting pelted by sand like specs on on my feet and legs in my home. Thought it was spring tails or bird mites or Morgellons. Regardless, I was itchy all over and felt crawling sensations from head to toe.
I scared myself half to death reading all the horror stories on the internet. The advice was trash your stuff and move! That is not the solution. Then I sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth over everything. Another bad move... It just made cleaning up everything twice as hard.
I started praying and found this site. Then it dawned on me that mites are everywhere, including on me. I can bomb everything, steam and clean 24 hours a day, trash everything and move 25 times and I still have the mites in my skin and hair. Once I realized that it more than an environmental issue (that bombing my house would not solve), or a pet issue (I have 3 dogs and read how people got rid of their pets or put them to sleep) I said a prayer and got a grip. I can encounter these mites anywhere. Pathogens like, germs, bacteria and viruses are in and on EVERYTHING. Our bodies constantly fight these invaders, the HEALTHIER our immune systems the more transparent the fight is. I had been neglecting myself and my health, so my immune system is compromised. So this was just the latest symptom in a long line of symptoms that I didn't address holistically. Just another sign that my body is out of balance. I encourage anyone going through this, to calm down and take charge of your internal and external health.
As I prayed for a cure and answers, I kept thinking - mankind has dealt with these things for a bazillion years. If they didn't get a handle on it - they would have all killed themselves a long time ago (from the agony) - but we are still here! So the answer is to go OLD SCHOOL on these parasites.
I took bentonite clay, mixed in borax and added a couple of tablespoons of bleach (I didn't worry about exact measurements). I added water to get less clumpy and got in the shower and started to scrub myself with it. I sat on the edge of the tub and took time to massage it into every part of my body. As I began massaging, hard black specks came up to the surface ALL OVER MY BODY. It was disgusting! Massaged more. By the time I was finished and rinsed off my skin was as soft as a baby's behind. I then took a herbal oil, I got in the discount store, that I had added Tree Tea Oil, Oregano Oil and Clove Oil and oiled myself down; really massaged the oil in and took my time. A few more specs came up; some white, some black. For the 1st time in many nights I sleep more than 3 hours.
The next day after I washed my hair, I put bentonite clay, borax and bleach in my hair as a mask and left it for 24 hours (used a plastic cap). My scalp stopped the crazy itchiness. Once in a while a spot would itch and I would just massage that spot on my scalp. The next day I rinsed my hair with Apple cider vinegar (ACV) that I left in. Then I oiled my hair with Sulfur 8 with clove, tree and oregano oils added in. My scalp stopped itching but my hairline, face and neck itched like crazy. So I soaked my face and neck with ACV and covered it with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Tree Tea Oil. Eventually the itching stopped. I also put VCO on my scalp.
The next night I scrubbed down with the clay mixture again and saw less mites come up to the surface then the night before. I have started drinking ACV and Betonite Clay and Grapefruit Seed oil. Drinking a lot of distilled or filter water. Brought cheap sheets and blankets (light or white colored) and change daily. Vacuum everyday. Change clothes daily. Steam floors every couple of days. On a personal note, I was washing everything daily and decided this was MADNESS. Just because I washed it, didn't mean it was going to stay free of these mites. As soon as I touched it, there is a chance I contaminated the clean laundry again, open the bag to remove clothes - contaminated. I can't keep mites or other pathogens off my stuff just like I can't keep germs, viruses or bacteria off me or my environment. I can cleanse my system and make it healthier so these things would no longer bother me. Trying to make my environment mite free was a fruitless pursuit. I was stressing myself out and making myself crazy and compromising my immune system further. Now I am focusing on cleaning and making my environment healthy and getting rid of clutter. This has been a wake up call - I got careless with my health. The allergies, rashes, etc. Were all symptoms that I masked with medications while not dealing with the real issue, my body was sick.
I have a large rash on my forearms, going to put the clay mixture on them and wrap with plastic wrap. Maybe sleep with a clay mask on my face. Have realized that anyplace I have a zit or dark pores needs to be treated with clay. Itchiness picked up this afternoon, wiped down with Apple Cider Vinegar and oiled down with VCO.
Have the dogs on ACV, DE and black walnut to cleanse their systems. Everyone is on probiotics and Wheat Grass to rebuild. Spray them down with ACV daily. So glad I did not come to the point of giving away my pets or putting them to sleep - unnecessary like throwing the baby out with the bath water. Just gave a doggie a clay bath tonight and saw the mites come off her too - will do the other two tomorrow.
Plan on buying a zapper, colloidal silver maker and uv air purifier. Will zapp to kill them in me and my pets and drink and spray colloidal silver around to kill mites. Including Greek yogurt mixed with extra probiotics daily. Eating macrobiotic and whole foods, no more soda, mickey D's or fried chicken for me.
Through all of this, I am grateful. I have been provided an opportunity to intensely work on my health, pets and environment. It will not be done in one day or 30 days. It is a process and I thank God for sites like this and all his great blessings that are carrying me through this. God is Great. The key for me is to live more conscientiously and holistically. Trust in Jehovah God and all him to guide your through this process. Peace, optimal health and blessings to all.
Looking forward to your suggestions."Replies
11/21/2011: Naturalhomeremedies from Ny, Ny, Usa replies: "Yesterday I had a major set back and really confirmed that these mites come from out doors.
Yesterday, I had 2 guys over to clean my yard for the winter. Today was unseasonably warm for November. While I was standing out there telling them what to cut down - the ITCHINESS started. I could feel the mites on me, my face and hands got intensely itchy and I felt the crawling. When finally went inside, I stripped my clothes off at the door and jumped in the shower. Used the clay mixture (bentonite clay, Apple cider vinegar and borax) and massaged it in. More black specs surfaced. For the past couple of days, I have had this large crusty rash on my forearms. Concentrated my clay massage there, a couple of black specs surfaced.
On my face around my chin line and hair line, I have developed a crusty rash. All along my hair line I exposed a lot of mites. DISGUSTING. Covered my ears with clay mixture and let it lightly enter my ear canal, cleaned with a q tip, saw mites. Rinsed off and oiled down with coconut oil. Anywhere I felt specs I wipped them on a paper towel.
Since I am African American, I don't wash my hair everyday. I have natural, thick, long hair and am really considering cutting it short - will see. Massaged a lot of coconut oil and tea tree oil into my hair and scalp to relieve itchiness (only temporary relief).
Been outside a few times and each and every time, I get the mites on me. What is this pestilence? I live in a borough of New York City, not in the deep woods! This reminds me of the movie, "The Happening. " The plants and trees started to emit toxins into the air that made people kill themselves. The planet started to fight back, against the virus (mankind) infecting and destroying it. Or maybe with global warming, pathogens that stayed frozen in the Earth are now starting to come up and out with the warmer climates. Okay, time to get a grip again and pray more.
Noticing there are lots of people complaining about allergies and itchiness. I really believe that people are in fact not suffering from the usual suspects of allergies but actually having a reaction from these mites. They just take allergy medication to stop the itchiness and never realize they have mites. This gives these mites a chance dig in deep and cause all types of issues.
My house is a mess, it seems all I am doing is taking clay showers (which takes a long time), changing clothes, changing sheets, vacuuming and steaming floors beds and couches and trying to keep the dogs comfortable and minimize mites on them. Praying, praying, praying.
Just ordered a (imitation) HC zapper off eBay. Will start zapping me and my babies. Seems like that will be a continual process of zapping, since these things seem to be in the air or coming out the soil. If anyone has suggestions on zapping these things, please let me know.
Looking into a uv, ozone air purifier and a colloidal silver maker. Any suggestions on those is appreciated.
More and more I am realizing that I have had this thing for some time now. When I look at all the symptoms I have had they all point in this thing. I can just imagine what other pathogens are in me too.
Just experienced an extreme bout of itchiness. Tried coconut oil, didn't help this time. Got the Apple cider Vinegar and sprayed hair, face, neck and hands down - soaked them. Stung at first but now no more itching. Will have to go out and buy 2 more gallons. When ever I feel itchiness I now spray or wipe the area with ACV. Spray the bed down before getting in and spray the coaches down. The grocery store ACV works well on surface cleaning and for spraying the dogs down. Using the _____'s ACV internally for me and the dogs (expensive)
I pray that Jehovah God grant everyone else dealing with this the blessing of a cure."
11/22/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Naturalhomeremedies, I would recomend the UV Ozone and other types filtration (get your indoor air as clean as possible with other types cleaners FIRST, then add the O3 for max effectiveness). I have read that people who have abnormally high levels of carbon dioxide from breathing are particularly affected by insects, as CO2 is the green light for host finding (that's how they detect your body). Consider taking MSM supplement and add extra garlic. BreathWork or Breathing therapy may help. Maybe add a few drops of H2O2 to beverage once a day to increase your oxygen levels. Hope this helps."
12/16/2011: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Look up the cure for scabies. I think you mix something like borax and peroxide with water. This might help. Also, there is a borax solution you spray on furniture and carpets. Good luck!"
11/29/2012: Sandy from Monroe, Washinton, usa replies: "After having these horrible things for a year, I will say one thing.. I used to have waist length hair but after about 6 mos of trying to fight these things, I knew that I had to cut it short. I use alot less products cutting the costs greatly, and it helped me in the mental battle too. Please think of your health first and how to make your lives easier. I am going to try and rid myself of most of what I own that isnt necessary just to stop having to clean and disinfect until I am toxic. For me the vinegar seemed to make them dig in even worse.. I am using epsom salt in my bath and borax for rugs. God bless and protect you all."
[YEA] 09/30/2011: Teri from Surrey, British Columbia Canada: "Mite treatment Sept. 2011
This treatment along with daily washing of clothing and bedding, vacuuming, will go a long way to help promoto a cautiously optimistic feeling.
Morning and evening use a toothbrush and scrub the area 2 to 3 inches around the punctures with a solution of Dawn Dish soap. This will reveal many more punctures than you can otherwise see.
Soak in a bath of apple cider vinegar and epsom salts.
Brush the skin with a soft brush -whole body while in the tub. Pat dry
Treat punctures with Ox-e Drops ( Nyzme. com) or bleach solution ( 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.)
Apply Black Walnut tincture on a Q-tip to punctures and surrounding area. ( an anti parasite) dry skin with hair dryer.
Apply cortizone cream, or healing ointment, zinc ointment etc. Dust skin with Gold Bond powder.
Internally, take 5 drops of Black Walnut tincture in water three times a day. also 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar with maple syrup in glass of water twice daily.
Bentonite, 1 tablespoon in water will assist intestinal track to cleanse. (from health food store)
Have used this treatment successfully.
Picked up the mite in California somehow?"
09/03/2011: Lofty1 from Hi, Usa: "For months I could not figure out why I kept getting these small scabs on my wrists. I would notice them from time to time and could not remember how they got there. Then I slowly began to notice that my wrists, arms, eyes and head began to increasingly itch. It finally dawned on me that this was some kind of mite that I must have picked up from our neighbor's dog that we had looked after when they went on vacation. I figured it was from the dog, because they had to shave the dog's fur due to some kind of "skin condition" .
In any case, once I determined the problem I came to this site and tried some of the remedies and combination of remedies listed here. What I tried and what is finally working is this. It seems you do have to keep after these little buggers relentlessly. I started out using tea tree oil*, then neem oil, then sea buckthorn oil. They all helped a little but not enough to get rid of them completely. For me, what seems to have been working lately is a multi-remedy approach.
1.) I laundered my towels after each use. I changed my bed linens each night. When I washed my linens, towels and clothes I used hot water. I tried not to wear anything that required a delicate or cold water wash. My clothes were worn once and then washed. I used our normal laundry detergent, but I added about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of Borax to each load.
2.) I lightly dusted food grade diatomaceous earth* everywhere that I spent a lot of time that had some kind of fabric covering. I sprinkled it on the carpet near my bed and chairs, on my chairs and sofas, my mattress, on the mattress pad, in my pillowcases and on my sheets. I even dusted it on my legs and arms.
2.) I started taking 1 Tbsp of food grade diatomaceous earth* dissolved in a glass of water daily. At first I took 1 T in the morning and 1 T in the mid afternoon. After a couple of weeks I tapered off to 1 T at night. Some people are unable to sleep after taking it, but it actually helped me sleep better. I did this for 30 days. Once I started taking this the scabs and itching became more noticeable on my arms and legs. It seems it was bringing whatever mites were under my skin to the surface. I was really scratching then, but at least they were on the run.
3.) For relief, I covered my eyes in organic coconut oil. I did not pour it in my eyes, I just applied it externally to my lashes and brows. For the rest of my body, every day and night I applied, externally, some bentonite detox clay (the kind you take internally) everywhere that it itched. I would even daub the bentonite clay on my scalp where it itched. It will leave a thin film of clay on your skin and may look and feel dry but it definitely relieves the itch. I would then shampoo my hair every day with tea tree oil shampoo. On occasion I would daub tea tree oil* wherever I felt the itch.
It has been a little over a month now and they seem to be gone, but I will continue my treatments, for a while until I am absolutely certain they are gone.
*Please note that some people will react to tea tree oil. It did not bother me, but it can be an irritation to some. Also I underline food grade diatomaceous earth as that is the only kind you can take internally or allow to touch your skin. I know this has been mentioned before, but it bears repeating that there a two kinds of diatomaceous earth and you need to be certain that you get the food grade kind. You can usually find all of these remedies in your local health food store or online."