If you think you have gone over the edge with your mite infestation, read this person’s account of how she combats her personal mite battle.
A visitor to Ask the Exterminator writes:
I have had success with a regimen of a shower in the morning when I get up and another before bed. During my morning shower is use Denorex on my hair and body. Then, I apply Dr. Woods Tea Tree oil after the shower. I dry off and apply Gold Bond Body Lotion (the green bottle). Then, I use JR Watkins Pain Relieving Liniment. I spray Off Deep Woods all over.
In the evening my shower consists of using Denorex on my hair and body. Then, I take a cup of Epsom salts and, making sure my hands are wet, I dip my index finger into salts and put it down my throat, drinking the shower water to swallow the Epsom salts.
I put my wet index and middle fingers into Epsom salts and stick them into my nose. While shower water is running onto my hand, I put my nose in my hand with the water and blow the salts out into the water. You have to feed the water into your nose. I use a vaporizer to keep them out of my lungs.
I wash the bedding with bleach, Tide, Borax and a half cup of blue Dawn. Some days I soak the bedding all day until I get home from work. I microwave my clothes one at a time. Denim jeans I cook at level 8 for 20 seconds. Be sure to cover up the metal zipper. Long sleeved shirts I microwave at level 8 for 30 seconds. Brassieres get a 10 second shot at level 8. I wait till their cool, then given them a second blast for 10 seconds on level 7. You have to roll the hook side under the clasp side and then roll the whole bra into a long cigar shape. Socks and underpants go at level 8 for 30 seconds. Sheets and blankets also get a treatment one at a time for 45 seconds at level 8. Be sure to take out the plate for the blankets.
I spray rubbing alcohol onto plastic covers on the bed and pillow, and then put the bedding on. I also found if I spray rubbing alcohol into the heat ducts, the black specks are far and few between.
I soak shoes in rubbing alcohol in a dish pan overnight. Rinse and let dry. I have been wrapping my feet in Glad Cling Wrap and then putting my tights/trouser socks/gym socks over the cling wrap. I noticed a great difference with my feet.
I let of a Hot Shot bug bomb every 3 days in my apartment. I also treat the car with the small orange Raid can. I cover up the plastic speedometer with a plastic bag and then cover that with a towel. I always heat the car up first.
Best thing I found is Compound W for bumps caused by bites. I can apply the stuff onto a finger, then onto the bumps on my buttocks, back, arms, etc.
I had a teardrop shaped shell "planted" on the inside of my arm near the elbow. It was hard and grew when I scratched it. I knew there were eggs inside so I used a small knife. I heated the point with a match to cauterize the hard shell. It took a few days of doing this a couple times a day, but then I finally broke through and that shell depleted itself. I squeezed the area and a creamy whitish substance squirted out, kind of like a pimple. I treat it with ear drops and eye drops whenever I feel critters moving around.
I cannot have family over to my house. I’ve had three bird's nests infest my place. I opened a screened window on a nice summer day last year and presto, in came those black specks. I stay clear of people who want to hug. I don't want them to get this. I see the black specks on toilet paper, in tissue boxes, on bathroom counters, on bathtub walls, and even in hotel rooms. I know a lot of people are going through all this. We all need help. These insects make me tired and my body starts to ache. Will this ever end?
Ask the Exterminator writes:
I hope for your sake it stops before your skin falls off.
18 Mar 2010, 13:02
I just went thru a 7 month nightmare with what exterminator said was bird
mites, doctors said we were crazy, left our home and everything in it and
ived in hotels for 4 months out of garbage bags. 7 months of horror,no
sleep,hopelesness,paralyzing fear. I still freeze up with panic and
fear,and am suffering from pts among other issues. I avoid talking about or
thinking about this but i saw your post and my heart is breaking for u. If
u need to talk or have any questions or i can help in any way, i will.
Please email me any time with your phone # and we can talk. Please hang in
ther, i know this is living hell. Cry out to God, He is there with u even
though it doesnt seem like it.
05 Jul 2010, 02:33
2 summers ago we had the same problem! Bird mites infested our home. At
first the only one who had problems were me. They made my allergies act up
horribly not to mention the bites I had all over. At first I put off bug
bombs one here and there in the house a total of 4 I think. Came back
washed everything. Didn't work. Then I hired an exterminator. He worked
some. But I still had them. A week later I decided to do it right. In my
unfinished basement I put off 3 bombs and in the upstairs I put 2 in the
living room and kitchen and one in every room of the house including the
bathroom. I also made sure closet doors were open and mattresses were up
in the air. That worked. It is horrible!! Hope you get a solution soon.
Spray well where the bird's nest was located at. I used a whole can of
spray on just that! Good Luck
10 Jul 2010, 10:30
I posted the anonomous comment regardin my family and my 7 month nightmare
with mites posted above onmarch 18. If anyone needs to talk or I can help
in any way please call anytime or email me. My heart breaks for everyone
going thru this
06 Sep 2010, 11:14
We just recently noticed we have the same problem. They were all over our
Parrots bird cage and she was nesting in the bottom. We recently moved
into this new home and it has outdoor bird nests on the front and back
porches from when the previous owner lived here. I liked them and wanted
to leave them for future birds to return to. I am wondering if the outside
bird nests are causing this problem. The vet said our bird "does not" have
mites..but they were all over her cage. I took a baggie of the mites from
her cage into the vet and he identified them as "mites" but said the bird
was mite free. They are not moving into three rooms in the house..HELP.
Is the the beginning for us too ? I also have a sunroom full of birds that
"appear" to be mite free, as the Parrot was the only one who was by the
front door hallway where the bird nest outside lives.
Ask the Exterminator
07 Sep 2010, 10:31
Remove the bird nests and clean out the parrot's cage to see if this stops
21 Nov 2010, 08:23
i have an infestation of little mites that look like link and they turn
transparent when they feel they are in danger .they bite and leave tiny red
blisters what are they helppp
Ask the Exterminator
22 Nov 2010, 13:07
I cannot make an ID based upon that description. Take some of the mites to
a local pest control company for a free ID.
24 Nov 2010, 10:54
Thank you for this rare source of information from a professional about
mites that don't behave like the standard categories. (living on humans,
but not scabies, etc.)
These things are ruining our life, finances, and health and we get no
answers from doctors after prescribed medicines and measures fail. Nor do
we get the mites identified since they do not have that lab expertise on
I did not assume most pest control companies have entomolgists or labs
ready to identify out of the ordinary mites. If so, so do take the samples
Ask the Exterminator
24 Nov 2010, 11:17
You're correct! Not all pest control companies have people on site who can
identify insects. You need to ask before going. Or, you can call your local
county extension office to ask if they have someone on staff to do this.
11 May 2011, 19:16
We had a tent fumigation last oct 2010.
This was for powder post beetles.
We have tons of insects and I had only been concerned with the beetles.
Then I started to feel things biting me.
I could not see anything but now I see these specks all over the house.
I live in the country on a small farm.
I have fogged with cedarside and still I have these things getting in.
Will ammonia kill mites? We had mice in the garage and I just saw a empty
birds nest at the end of the porch in a small bush. We don't have any
trees this was shrub like.
What can I use?
Ask the Exterminator
20 May 2011, 09:08
Tent fumigation should have killed all the insects. I would certainly call
the fumigation company to inquire as to why you still have insects. Ammonia
kills bacteria. It is not an insecticide. Get the "specks" identified by
taking some of the specimen to your local county extension agent. You need
to know the specific species in order to learn where they breed. That will
help you learn how to control them.
10 Jun 2011, 23:03
Lately I have found little bugs on me, and in my bed.I have a bunny inside
my house but I checked it and it doesnt have any on him. theres a
possibility I could have mice in my home. Im thinking we have a mite
infestation but I dont know how to solve the problem.. I tried the foggers
and carpet powder. Im not sure if theres any other thing I can do to get
rid of them..
12 Nov 2011, 21:02
We have some kind of what we think are mites they are microscopic, white,
seem to bury their heads in our skin cause blotches, itchy, noticibly more
active late at night actually jump on our legs from some place and we do
not have carpet. We are in the tropics so always hot do you know what they
are and if any recommended treatment? Had local pest people in and they had
no idea as to what we were dealing with.
Ask the Exterminator
13 Nov 2011, 05:33
I get emails like this all the time. If you cannot provide evidence of a
specific insect you will never get help from a pest control professional.
You need to show more than a bite on your skin.
26 Apr 2012, 09:46
It has been 8 months now since I discovered these black specs, reddish
things, and the cotton oval shapes with a tail assuming that is larvae. I
have cleaned out all cabinets and drawers in the house. My husband has
been bitten the most and has the black specs on his side of the bed when I
check in the morning. I too have bombed the rooms, taken all furniture out
of the room that has been most effected and cleaned from top to bottom with
alcohol and eucalyptus solution. All laundry is washed in hot water with
detergent, borax and bleach if white. They soak for a couple of hours
first before putting on the full wash. I have started to bag the clothes
after they are washed as to not infect them again. I have been trying to
mop and vacuum everyday as one person really made a difference when doing
so. It’s not only hard work it takes hours to do this. I am beside
myself and feel like I have lost my life. Patience is a virtue that I'm
quickly loosing. Help!!! I heard of a dust product that you can use in
the walls that has been effective. Do you know what that is? People who
have used exterminators have been unsuccessful and the 6 exterminators who
came to our house saw nothing except organic matter which tells me they do
not deal with this situation as it is a long journey to finally get rid of
Ask the Exterminator
28 Apr 2012, 09:30
No where in your description of your problem have you mentioned what kind
of insect you have in your home. Pest control starts with identification.
You may never control the problem until you collect some of the insects and
get them properly identified.
09 May 2012, 14:37
I experienced the itchy crawling scalp too. Tea tree oil was the only
product that could give me 6-8 hrs of relief. I used clear scotch packing
tape to identify my curse.Quickly-when I could feel the tiny army moving
south from my scalp,I slapped a strip of tape on my forehead then slowly
peeled it off.I added a clean strip over the sticky side making a crude
slide to view under magnification.Finally I identified the demodex mite.I
vacuum daily.Covered pillows & beds with bed bug proof cases & wash them
every 2-3 days and add 1/2 cup Borax to every load of laundry (set to
sanitize for hottest H2O) I realized I needed to act as if this was
worst-case scenario(a case of bedbugs). When I resumed my daily antibiotics
for rosacea I noticed the nightly army vanished. I don't think I'm 100% rid
of these devils, I've only fought them back within normal/manageable
#'s.Take care in who you consult for help and web pages touting cures.I
found this article helpful www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=4381 FYI, 7
days with no sleep will make anyone dillusional and kill even the best
immune system. Do what you must to get some sleep.
Thank you for all your advice & time spent manageing this site.I found
this page while I was looking for some truth concerning springtails.90% of
the info I found online was pure BS. How do exterminators ensure they don't
transplant nasty buggies into their home enviroment?
14 Sep 2012, 20:56
I'm pretty sure my mother has some type of mute. The company who told her
and treated her for bed bugs can't identify the mite. Help? I anyone
willing to talk or email with her or myself? Or know where we can send a
sample? I'm afraid she's going to go crazy!
Ask the Exterminator
17 Sep 2012, 21:22
Take your insect sample to your local county extension agent for a free ID.
10 Nov 2012, 12:13
How do You kill these mites and their larva or eggs? How do I post a photo
28 Jan 2013, 03:01
No one on this blogg is crazy!!!! %The drs. or others who dont believe
you?! They probably don't know cause they pay some exterminator to deal
with it & s maid to clean.it up So how many drs. REALLY ARE AWARE OF WHATS
IN THEIR HOUSE ANYWAY!"? IF THEY ARE all say IM A CLEAN OFFICE ALL DAY, I
GUESS THEY THINK CLEAN IS ONLY WHAT THEY SEE?!? Then hand your Doc a mag.
Glass or your fam. member & show them the tiny mite bars thats right near
the taco shell of eggs in those corners of his cormer office!! Lol There
must be a MITE CLUB
IN THAT OFFICE SOMEWHERE! IBELIEVE ALL OF YOU! I USE SOFTNER IN THE WASHER
& OIL IS
GOOD BUT I LOVE THOSE STICKY ROLLERS!! NO NO STICKY BUDDY! ITS. AWFUL
Im tired From rollin'.those creepy lil mites!
Let's ROLL!!!!!!!! EM
GOOD BUT NOT ANY OTHERS BUT FOR THOSE LIL
01 Feb 2013, 07:24
if you have your house fumigated would air purifiers keep mites out. we
have grain bins beside our house and believe we may have corn mites. onE of
us has a terrible itchy rash but no one else has any signs
25 Oct 2013, 22:30
MITE INFESTATION: the following are some suggestions-use what you feel may
be safe and helpful to you. It can be extremely difficult to get things
under control, full elimination requires great luck, however mites are easy
to kill, that is, spraying original windex kills them, tea tree oil repels
them, original Lysol concentrate with O-Benzyl-p-chlorophenol is great for
using while moping wooden floors, of course dilute the Lysol solution
before mopping, don't spray with this Lysol if you are sensitive, it stings
your eyes, and irritates your nasal passages and throat, it kills and
repels the insects from the wood floors, it may be available at your local
Walmart,some people recommend spraying tiled floors with chlorinated pool
water, which can kill the mites, the other thing is scrub yourself with a
scrubbing mitt after soaping yourself, also do steam clean floors and any
other surfaces. the mites are great jumpers, they can climb up walls,some
people like using predator mites Hypoaspis Aculeifer or H. miles, they
don't bite humans but eat the eggs of the mites. research this mite.
D-limonene based cleaners can help by breaking down the mites and their
eggs, some recommend taking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with two
tea spoons of honey twice a day at meal times to repel insects from biting
you. bodarc apple aka horse apples repel insects. I saw a youtube video of
someone using a fogger to spray vaporized food grade mineral oil to kill
mites that infest bees, this may be an idea to consider, also Horticultural
oil with paraffin can be used to smother eggs and mites, but spray with
caution, don't slip on the floor after spraying. consider applying on your
body Avon skin so soft, it repels and kills insects. taking a few drops of
certain essential oils like clove oil, oregano oil, cinnamon cassia bark
oil, red thyme oil, rosemary oil in a glass of water can help prevent
bites, research this. One more thing-a new extremely cold spray, I believe
it is dry ice or carbon dioxide snow, for bed bugs has been added to the
arsenal of tools, it may help bird mite infestations too.
Wish you the best of luck.
24 Nov 2013, 11:22
I too am suffering with some unknown mite infestation. My family and I
moved into a house about 10 months ago. About a month after moving in my
head began to itch like crazy. Went to dr. No I didnt have lice. The dr.
Said allergic reaction maybe? Shortly after I would get strange rashes,
creepy crawly sensation on my legs, and pin prick sensations. Like
something was biting me. Then I noticed small black specs on bed sheets and
my skin. Then glitter looking specs everywhere. I mean everywhere. The
entire house, outside the house, in my car, and finally my skin. I freaked
out of coarse. Dermatoligist suggested I was crazy! How does one just wake
up crazy? No one else, my spouse or 2kids have been affected. I have spent
countless $$ on pesticides and treaments. Nothing works!! The eaves of the
house were infested with bird nests. Finally about 3 months ago we moved.
Finally I thought, I would be rid of it. Everyone says remove the source
and the bird mites will retreat. They cant live without bird blood meal.
NOT TRUE!!! They have nested in me. All I did was bring them to our new
home. I checked, theres not a bird nest in site. They are living off of me
now!! Can someone please help me. I want to just die sometimes. My life has
been taken from me. I cannot function normally anymore. Cant even get in my
own care without getting eat up. No one else is bothered. I feel them
crawling in my hair. I can see tiny, white specs on strands of my hair. I
feel like a mass ofthem are moving down my neck to my back. Then I find
black specks and shiny things on skin. Elimite didnt work. It decreased
activity for about 3days then they got worse. How are they surviving and
obviously reproducing without a bird bloodmeal? I need answers. Please.