Rat & Mouse Gazette: Medical Corner: What s Bugging Your Rats and Mice?

Medical Corner:
What’s Bugging Your Rats and Mice?

Ecto-parasites are the external parasites that infect all living creatures. Those that infect rats and mice most commonly include lice and mites. Sometimes, even though it is less common, we see infestations of fleas, flies, or ticks, but since the main ones to affect our pets are lice and mites, this article is only about those nasty critters. Once your pets are infected by external parasites, it can be difficult to treat them successfully, but it isn’t impossible. It is important to understand the life cycle of parasites in order to successfully treat your pets and keep those pesky bugs off of them.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Taxonomy is the system to establish the hierarchy and classification of a given group of organisms. Mites and ticks are classified as arachnids; lice and fleas as insects. The lice are further classified into groups of blood sucking (Anoplura) and the non-blood sucking, biting lice (Mallophaga). Mites can cause mange in rodents just as they can in dogs. Lice, and some mites, can be seen without a microscope, but other mites need to be diagnosed by a vet using the skin scraping method and a microscope.

LICE ARE NICE

Keeping that little phrase in mind helps you to remember that lice are species specific. Infestation by lice is called pediculosis. Although rats and mice may both be infected with lice, those lice will not cross over from one species of animal to another. The lice of rats and mice are the same genus, but they are not the same species. Rat lice are Polyplax spinulosa and mouse lice are Polyplax serrata. If a mouse louse jumps onto a rat, it won’t take long for it to realize this rat is not its food source and will jump off to find a mouse, and vise versa. This also means you will not catch lice from your pets, and if you were infected with head lice, you could not transfer them to your pets. Transmission from mouse to mouse or rat to rat is by direct contact and by fomites (objects).

Both the mouse and rat lice are Anoplura (bloodsuckers), making it vital to your pet that you rid them of these pests as quickly as possible. These can cause anemia, but even more importantly for rats, they may transmit the blood parasite Hemobartonella muris, which is a rickettsial blood parasite similar to tick fever. They may also transmit Rickettsia typhi between rats. The Ricketsia typhi (not typhoid fever, but much like tick fever) may be passed to humans via rat fleas. These blood parasites can be more deadly to your pet than the lice.

MITES ARE NOT SO NICE

Mites are different than lice because they are not species specific. However, they are generally host specific, meaning they will usually attack only a certain species host, but they will sometimes cross over from one species to another. They will do this if their choice of host is not available. Infestation by mites is called acariasis. There are three categories of mites that infect mice and rats: fur mites, burrowing mites, and the most serious, bloodsucking mites.

MOUSE MITES

The three most common mites of mice are the fur mites, Myobia musculi, Myocoptes musculinus, and Radfordia affinis. These are not bloodsuckers and are often endemic to mice populations with no visible symptoms. Transmission between mice is by direct contact. These mites are not known to infect humans. These mites won’t cause harm to the mouse unless the infestation is heavy, or unless the mouse’s immune system is in some other way compromised. Symptoms you may see are patches of hair loss or skin lesions and ulcerations. That sounds as if it’s not so bad for mice, however, mice don’t get off so easily because rat mites may also attack them and cause severe problems.

RAT MITES

Rats may be infected with three types of mites. Radfordia ensifera, the fur mite of rats, is very similar to the fur mites of mice. They won’t cause problems unless the infestation is heavy or the rat is ill with another disease. Symptoms will be the same as those of mice, patches of hair loss with possible skin ulceration or lesions. These also are not known to infect humans.

Burrowing mites of rats are Notoedres muris. These are the ear mange mites. A skin scraping and a microscope are needed to see these mites. They attack the ear pinnae, tail, nose, and extremities. Lesions caused by this mite are reddened, crusty, itchy areas. These mites are spread by direct contact, so it is important that you keep wild mice and rats away from your pets. They may also infect other rodents, but are not known to infect humans.

The bloodsucking mites that infect rats and may also infect mice are Ornithonyssus bacoti. They are the most dangerous to your pets. This one is closely related to ticks and is especially common in tropical and subtropical areas. This is the one that will feed on rodent blood, then drop off to hide in wood products, cracks, and crevices in or near the cage. O. bacoti will cause anemia, and, like the lice, it will also transmit rickettsial blood parasites. These may be seen without a microscope in the bedding or in and around the cage. This mite has a wide range of hosts that includes other rodents, and this one will attack humans. It is transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal, but also may arrive in contaminated bedding or wood products. Be careful not to buy open bags of bedding for this reason. Freezing your bedding before using may help eradicate these mites.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT EXTERNAL PARASITES

The life cycles of external parasites are fairly simple as compared to internal parasites. In order to rid your pets of external parasites you need to understand their life cycles. The adults are easily killed, but the eggs are left behind and will hatch after the first treatment. Mites are arachnids, so they have eight legs. In the mite, life cycle stage one is the egg, or nit, which hatches to stage two, the six-legged nymph (larvae). In stage three, they molt into the eight-legged nymph, and then into the final stage, the adult. It may take only a week for the mites to complete the life cycle.You have to hit them when in the nymph or adult stage of life. This is why it’s so important to disinfect your cage at least once a week, and, anything in it, as well as treat your pets more than one time to kill all the parasites. Disinfecting with bleach is the fastest and easiest way to kill any type of microorganisms in the cage, including bacteria, virus, or fungi. Throw away anything made of wood as the eggs or nits may be hidden in it, and wood is not easily disinfected.

Insects such as lice are six legged creatures. Lice spend their entire life cycle on the host in just three stages: egg, nymph, adult. Their life cycle may be as long as 14-21 days. They lay their sticky eggs (nits) on the hairshaft so you can actually see them. This is where the phrase “nit picking” comes from; you can actually pick them out of the fur yourself.

The life cycle will determine how often you treat, but the type of treatment is also a factor. There are several ways to treat: oral, injectable, and topical. Each type of treatment has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s best to see your vet to get a diagnosis before initiating any treatment, although treatment for most of these creatures is the same.

Ivermectin, dosed orally or as an injectable, is often used safely in rodents, but it is not the be-all, end-all answer to parasite problems. You must still disinfect the cage and everything in it, or you will never stop the problem. Be aware that Ivermectin is a drug, and while it is relatively safe, as with any drug, the possibility exists that it can have adverse reactions in certain individual pets sensitive or allergic to it.

Topical treatments are sometimes safe, but they, too, can cause adverse reactions, and often are not very effective. There are powders, dips, foams, sprays, shampoos, insecticide strips, and guards on the market. Many of these are not at all safe for rodents. The dog and cat flea powders are not safe, they are too powerful and can poison your rat or mouse. The insecticide strips and mite guards for birds also are not safe. Rodents may eat them through the bars of the cage, or the odor from them may expedite respiratory problems, forcing them to be placed so far away from the mice and rats that they are not effective.

Dips, foams, sprays, and shampoos with the active ingredient pyrethrins, at no higher than 0.15%, are fairly safe, and some of them are effective. Pyrethrins are a natural substance that is extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. However, just because it is a natural substance does not mean it cannot be toxic to rodents. If a product is safe for two-week-old kittens, it is probably safe for rodents, but you should check with your vet before using one.

If your rats or mice are miserable, itchy, and developing lesions, think about these nasty bugs, but have no fear because you can get rid of them!

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Insects in the City

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Biting Mites

Rat mites are wingless parasites that live in the nests of wild rodents.

Mites are tiny arthropods, related to ticks. Several types of mites can be found in homes and of these a few may bite humans. Most mites are harmless predators of insects, or feeders on decaying plant material. Some pest mites feed on stored products like cheese and grain. Others are merely nuisance pests, accidentally entering homes from their normal outdoor habitat. Only a few mite species are parasitic on birds or mammals; but these can occasionally become biting pests in homes. Identifying the type of mite and/or likely host is the first step in solving an indoor mite infestation.

HUMAN BITING MITES

Several types of mites are associated with cases of skin dermatitis in humans. The tropical rat mite, Ornithonyssus bacoti, is one of the most common house invading species. The tropical fowl mite, Ornithonyssus bursa, and northern fowl mite, Ornithonyssus sylviarum, are also frequently encountered in homes. The latter two species are found principally on domestic or wild birds. The house mouse mite, Liponyssoides sanguineus, may also be found in structures with house mouse infestations. The tropical rat mite is a parasite on rats. Although none of these species are truly parasitic on humans, they bite people readily, often producing dermatitis and itching.

Rat and bird mite infestations occur in structures where rat or bird nests are located. Mites do not hop or fly, but may crawl several yards from an infested nest. Most often, bites are noticed only in certain rooms of the structure, presumably close to the rodent or bird nests. Unlike bed bugs, neither rodent or bird mites “hitchhike” on people or on belongings to other locations.

Infestations are sometimes first noticed following extermination, or after the natural hosts have died or left the structure. Infestations may also occur where heavy mite infestations have developed around a rodent or bird nest. Occasionally rodent or bird mites may be found on rodents kept as pets.

Rat mites are small, approximately the size of the period at the end of this sentence (see video). They move actively and can be picked up with a wet finger, brush or piece of sticky tape. Distinguishing between different species of Ornithonyssus mites to determine whether birds or rodents are the likely source is difficult and requires special expertise. The first course of action when faced with a suspected biting mite problem is to look for all potential bird or rodent sources and collect some of the mites, if possible.

Collecting mites. Most pest control companies will (rightly) not treat a home without proof of pest presence. It is therefore important to collect mites prior to treatment. Parasitic mites are often first noticed when biting. Mites can be collected from the skin with an artist’s brush or tissue dipped in rubbing alcohol. Mites collected in this way should be placed in a small vial or other waterproof container with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Mites can also be collected from the skin with a piece of tape (although this makes accurate identification of the mite unlikely). Sticky traps are also useful tools for sampling tiny arthropods around the home. Place several sticky traps in rooms where bites are occurring.

Control

The primary mite host must be eliminated before successful control rodent or bird mites can be achieved. Clues to the type of host that has invaded the house can be deduced by the time of year that the mite infestation occurs. Rodent infestations are possible at any time of year, though they seem to occur most frequently in the fall and winter. Bird problems are most common during the spring and summer.

Roof rats are the most common rat encountered in Texas homes. As their name implies, roof rats are good climbers and often enter the home through openings in the roof or soffit areas. Noises in attic or ceilings, especially at night, can indicate roof rat activity.

To seal homes against rodents all vents and electric service entry points should be tightly closed with rodent-proof metal hardware cloth, metal flashing, or copper wool. Entry points around chimneys and between loose shingles should also be checked. Doors and windows should seal tightly. House mice will enter structures near the ground, especially under poorly-sealed doors. Rodent proofing must include the smallest entry holes. Mice can enter a home through a hole as small as a dime; rats can enter through a hole as small as a quarter.

Bird infestations are often first indicated by the sound of chirping coming from a chimney or soffit area. The same rules and materials used for rodent-proofing are effective in keeping birds out of the home. Special screening may be needed on chimneys to deny birds access to chimney areas. Birds nesting in chimneys may also indicate the need for chimney maintenance and cleaning. Chickens and other fowl kept in sheds or coops attached to a home can also be a source of mites indoors.

Pesticides can help suppress mite populations in the home, but must be used in combination with bird or rodent control. Treatment for mites should be done concurrently with, or even before, rodent extermination to control mites before they disperse from previously occupied rodent nests. Several pesticides can be used indoors to treat mite problems. Sprays and aerosols containing syngergized pyrethrins should kill mites immediately on contact, though the treatment will only remain effective for up to a few hours. Insecticide sprays containing permethrin or bifenthrin are effective against many mites and should retain their killing properties for several weeks. Read the label carefully before spraying to make sure these products allow application to living areas, attics and crawl spaces. Indoor sprays should be applied only to the bases of walls and other potential entry points, not to furniture or other surfaces where people come into direct contact. Desiccant dusts, such as diatomaceous earth or silica aerogel, may be applied to electrical outlets or other wall void access points in living areas of a home.

When a nest can be located, it’s best to first treat the area around the nest (e.g., the soffit or vent from which a bird nest is removed) with a pesticide spray, or else dust the area with a desiccant dust. This should reduce the risk of live mites dispersing from the site and entering the indoor areas of the structure after the nest is removed. Long sleeves, gloves, and a tight-fitting dust mask are recommended when removing old bird or rodent nests to reduce the risk of exposure to ecto-parasites, like mites, and other pathogens.

If rodent pets, like gerbils, white mice or hamsters, are present in areas where bites are occurring, they should be taken to a vet and examined for mites.

Other Mites

The non-biting clover mite is reddish in color and has two long front legs.

Other mites that can be found in homes include the clover mite and certain mites associated with stored products. Clover mite infestations are common in homes during the late winter and early spring. Clover mites are feeders on grasses and weeds and can sometimes be found invading structures from the outside through windows and doorways. Adult clover mites are approximately 1 mm-long and can be distinguished, under magnification, by their long front pair of legs. These mites sometimes produce a red stain when crushed. Clover mites do not bite people, and are mainly a nuisance pest. Keeping grass and weeds cut short immediately around structural foundations, and maintaining tight seals around windows and doors can help reduce invasion of the home by this pest. Pesticide sprays can be applied to potential entry areas from the outside. Indoor sprays are generally not needed for this pest.

Stored product mites are uncommon pests in homes. The grain mite, Acarus siro, is one of the most common stored product mite pests. This mite is found most frequently on processed cereal products (e.g., flour); whole wheat flour is a preferred food source, as are some fungi and molds. Grain mites have also been recorded from cheese, poultry litter, and even from abandoned bee nests. Parasitic mites can be distinguished from stored product mites only with the use of a high-powered microscope; however the location of an infestation within a home may provide the best clue as to whether the pest is a feeder on stored grains. Most stored grain insects do not bite. Removal of the infested product, and thorough cleaning of the storage area, is usually sufficient to eliminate infestations. High humidity and moisture also favors mite infestations, so moisture control should also be a goal of a storage mite infestation.

For more information

For more information about about mysterious insect bites around the home, see Internet publication Diagnosing Mysterious Bug Bites. For more information about bird and rodent control, see the Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife publication website.

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Are You Being Eaten by Invisible Bugs?

If you are being plagued by invisible biting bugs, you have come to the right place. Although I do not know what was infesting our family, our home, and our lives, I’m sharing what we did to help get rid of them.

Freedom was NOT an overnight thing or something that came quickly or easily.

If none of the recommendations on this page help you, it is my wish for you to never to give up the fight. You must pray for courage and strength and go into attack mode on this 21st-century plague.

Maybe you thought the bugs were going to go away on their own. Maybe you question if it’s really happening.

You have rashes. You feel bites. It feels like something is crawling around your face, head, and hairline. You can’t find any answers on the Internet—only more questions.

You find many products claiming that they can get rid of these mites, but after trying a few, some of which might be high dollar, you begin to lose hope. The companies may even put you on their mailing list, sending you emails that use terror to get you to order more products in greater and greater quantities.

I know what you’re going through. Initially, my family also ordered a ton of online remedies, but they were all a waste of time and money. Instead, healing only came once we made a plan and stuck to it.

Don’t give up hope. Please know that you can and will feel better, but you cannot give up hope.

Unable to find answers on the Internet or from doctors, I went frantic trying to get someone to believe me and felt terror at the thought that I would never rid myself or my family of the mites. I fell into a deep depression because I felt so helpless and at the mercy of something I couldn’t even see.

With persistence, however, I beat them. You can too.

The Bite-Mite Protocol

I will not go into detail of how this started or how doctors ignored us. Instead, I will tell you how I was able to rid my family of five (including myself) of these invisible biting mites. This is the protocol that we used.

Permethrin Cream

Permethrin is an anti-parasitic that can treat head lice and scabies.

Though the creams seemed pretty much useless in ridding ourselves of the mites completely, they did help keep the mites off of us. Sometimes it seemed to make the mites mad, and they bit worse, but eventually they died. We were able to use the permethrin cream to get the mites off of my five- and six-year-old children.

Warning: Do not try to use the cream more often than prescribed. I did this once trying to get a good night’s sleep and woke up very sick. I thought I was going to pass out but luckily I made it to the shower. I felt better after I washed it off, but I could still feel the toxic effects.

I realized that Windex original does kill the mites, but you need to spray a lot of it. You will need a respirator from a hardware store—the kind that is used to spray pesticides. Spraying everything in our house seemed to bring the number of mites way down.

  • Use the Windex to spray out your cars, homes, and work area wherever you work. I work in an office building, and Windex did not look out of place there.
  • When you spray your home, make sure to reach the ceilings, walls, floors, and every nook and cranny.
  • I would spray my car as I exited, since it isn’t really safe to drive with a mask on, and it can bother your eyes if you spray too heavily with the Windex and then immediately enter the car to drive.

What to Avoid

I did try spraying with plain ammonia, but the results were not half as good as Windex. Also, you need to be careful of mixing bleach with Windex because the Ammonia-D in it and the bleach will make toxic fumes. Do not spray these chemicals right after each other.

Though the Windex did not stain our off-white carpet, you should still use caution when spraying it on light-colored items of value.

Listerine

As you probably already know, regular showers with soap, water, and shampoo have no effect on the bugs.

I found that spraying original Listerine on me in the shower from a spray bottle helped rinse the mites off. It seemed to bother them enough so they let go. The crawling feeling would also go away so I could sleep better and concentrate at work.

Listerine may also help wash off scents you are marked with, or at least disrupt pheromone communication between the mites.

  • In the shower, I would back away from the water, spray myself with the Listerine, and wait as long as I could before I rinsed it off. The first times you do this, it seems to burn. You might try diluting it with water at first if need be.
  • Spray the shower floor with Windex after showering because the Listerine doesn’t seem to kill the mites and the shower floor was covered with ones that were washed off but not killed.
  • Spray your feet several times (while in the shower) because a lot of mites seem to try to hold on to your feet and they will become infested.
  • Also, after a few days of sitting, the spray bottle seems to weaken the strength of the Listerine, so make fresh batches regularly.

Ivermectin

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic that can treat infections caused by roundworms, threadworms, and other parasites. It must be prescribed by a doctor.

After we started to use Ivermectin on a weekly basis, we noticed a big difference.

Tell your doctor to prescribe it for you since it is now considered a first line of defense in dealing with sarcoptic mites. If you do start using it, make sure to not drink any alcohol since it can cause serious reactions.

I had read about people getting good results after they stopped eating sugar so I decided to give it a try.

After about two to three days I noticed a big improvement and so did my wife. If possible, start a candida diet. The mites seem to be attracted to people with infections or fungus problems.

Some Recommendations

  • A basic candida diet means avoiding sugar, alcohol, grains and glutinous foods, fruit, starchy or sweet vegetables, processed meats, dairy (except butter), and beans and legumes (as well as a few other things).
  • Easy sugars and carbohydrates to cut out of your diet include any sugar you’re adding to drinks, or consuming in drink form (including smoothies, fruit juice, and sugary coffee drinks), all forms of bread and desserts, and almost all snacks (like dried fruit and nut mixes, chips, and candies.)

Improve Your Immune System

Some people who have had problems with these invisible biting mites also are immunosuppressed. My 15-year-old is on immunosuppressive drugs, and I feel that also led us to have more problems with getting rid of the bugs.

Increasing your overall health means getting as much sleep as possible, eating well, and engaging in regular exercise.

Some Tips on Sleep

This is a hard one because these mites really disrupt sleep patterns.

  • Showering with Listerine (as mentioned above) right before bed seemed to help a lot.
  • Sheets need to be washed daily (see below).
  • Spray the plastic cover of your bed a few times a day with Windex and wipe it off afterwards. Be sure not to spray right before bed!

Cleaning Tips

  • I cleaned every possible surface with Windex.
  • I tried sprinkling many different things in our carpets. Borax seemed to work the best.
  • Don’t forget to sprinkle it on the car carpets too.
  • I mopped with 20 Mule Borax. It made our hardwood floors look terrible, but gave us good results with the mites. You can find it at the grocery store near the laundry detergent because it is listed as a laundry booster.
  • It also helped to put borax in my shoes since they would quickly get infested.

Laundry Tips

These things breed in dirty clothes. The biting after doing laundry was unbearable until I figured out the washing routine. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Bag and seal dirty clothes in trash bags until you’re ready to wash them.
  • Wash clothes with bleach, detergent, and 20 Mule Borax in every load.
  • Try not to drop the clothes out of the bag into the washing machine from a high distance. This could cause mites to be carried back to your face and head on the displaced air.
  • Throw away used trash bags quickly. Do not reuse.
  • Using the dryer and drying clothes for long periods of time didn’t work to kill the bugs.

Bedding

  • Get dust mite mattress covers with a zipper and seal up your mattress.
  • Spray it with Windex several times during the day and pull your bed away from the wall.
  • Some people have to throw away their mattress and get an air mattress until the mites are gone since air mattresses are easier to clean.

MSM Cream

MSM is a chemical found in plants, animals, and humans. It can also be made in a laboratory and people use it as a medicine for a variety of ailments.

We found that making an MSM cream was very effective. You can find all the ingredients you need at a vitamin store or pharmacy. Here’s how we did it:

  • Mix one-part powdered MSM to 12-parts hand cream of your choice with 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil. Microwave for 15 seconds and stir.
  • Apply cream all over your body to dry out and repel the mites.

Any person or animal you can remove from your environment is one less host for these things.

Luckily for us, my mother was able to watch my two younger children, take them to school, and pick them up from school for three to four months while we worked on eliminating the bugs.

If you’re able to do something similar, you should.

Ozone Generators

An ozone generator is a machine that creates ozone, which is a type of oxygen molecule.

Ozone generators have proven to be a great source of help to those who use them. I’ve never used one but people who do see results rather quickly.

Use caution because you need to do certain areas of your home one at a time and then air out the rooms. You should not breathe ozone at all, so exercise extreme caution if you try this method.

Some people use propane heaters to heat up their home and cars to above 130 degrees for a few hours and they’ve seen success with getting rid of the bugs.

You can hire someone to do this for you, but it will be expensive.

In fact, someone even posted that when they called a company to do this, they were told that the company is not responsible if anything gets melted and that the heat treatment would cost $10,000 dollars.

If you do this, research beforehand and think about the risks involved. I cannot be responsible for any damages.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Kill Bugs Without Chemicals

Diatomaceous earth is an off-white talc-like powder made up of the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. Up close, it looks like shards of glass. On any beetle-type insect, DE gets under the shell and punctures the body, causing the bug to die.

Many people have used this product in living spaces to help get rid of bugs in their environment. A duster will help spread the DE. Remember to use a dust mask when spreading it.

What Didn’t Help Us

Enzyme cleaners and peppermint sprays did not work for us at all.

Many people do get relief using enzyme cleaners, but since it cost 95 dollars and did nothing for our mites, I feel I should mention that it was a waste of money. Some people could use the 95 dollars another way.

Online scabies and lice medicines did not help at all either.

Be Careful of Bold Claims by Companies

Some companies that claim a very high rate of success never called to see if their product worked for us. My question is how they can claim such a rate if they never call people back to see if it worked?

It’s possible that they just go by the return rate and assume that everybody that did not return the products are healed. I did not write this to bash any companies. I’m only saying this to help people find a solution to their nightmare.

You Can Beat This

These mites can be beaten. My family and I are a living example. Try and relax. Don’t think about the bugs too much. Stress is a big contributor to immune system problems. Take vitamins, exercise if possible, and pray.

Find discussion groups like the ones mentioned below and join in:

  • Scabies Support Group: Even though these mites are not scabies, this group of people will understand what you are going through. I learned all my cleaning methods there.
  • Birdmites.org: There’s a good discussion group here.

You’re Not Alone

Isolation is a big problem with these mites, and that can lead to depression. You need to talk about these issues with others. I found that the only people who really understand are those who are going through something similar.

Most non-affected people make a joke about it, change the subject, or offer simple, useless advice because they don’t really understand what is going on. But that’s okay. There are a lot of people who do understand. Post questions or helpful hints below. You need to communicate with others, even if we can’t help.

Don’t bottle it up.

Stay in It for the Long Haul

Also, remember this is a long fight. There were no silver bullets for us. Even if the doctors could have identified the problem, it would have been a long process.

Keep that in mind so you don’t get discouraged. A lot of people feel that if they can just prove to the doctor they are really suffering and it’s not just in their head that the doctors will be able to give them a magic pill.

That would be nice, but please don’t get your hopes up. Remember that the healing will come, but it is a slow process.

I hope this helps others. It is how we were able to get back to a normal life after almost ten months of misery. I hope this will help other people and families. God bless you.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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noseeums and springtails

get noseeum screens or shut the windows.

use tea tree oil or lotion around ankles when walking in the grass

BLOW FANS — they are tiny and can’t fly in wind

Roll car windows down and drive on the highway to blow them off you and out of the car.

Don’t park in the grass

spray original listerine under clothing and in hair

shake clothes out

use sticky roller (lint roller) mop for floor — for spring tails or fleas

vacuum every couple days for a while (robot vac helps)

shower with tea tree shampoo as a body wash

mow grass short and spray soapy water in grass or mud, leaves, etc where you see a lot of noseeums in the sunlight. — they come in the house on the sweaty dog and also are drawn to the light.

if the door is not sealed, layer tape, say gorilla where you can see light through the door.

add extensions to gutters to keep moisture away from house

Ants can also be really tiny, use ant traps, not spray since it splits them into two colonies. Traps kill the entire colony.

Also, these things can cause the sensation of bugs crawling — lack of vitamin c, too much fish/mercury, menopause

take vitamin c — it might also help repel bugs not sure

eat garlic — repels bugs

don’t eat too much mercury — too much large fish

Samantha Hoye

Thank you so very much for this article, my roommate has a large dog and he is in complete denial, the poor dog is infested, my room mattresses and he refuses to achowledge there is an infestation and he thinks I’m seeing thngs. I’m about to move out I’m so angry! What can I do?

Khads

I also have a similar problem of biting and crawling of invisible bugs/mites. I have not identified the animal but the adult is tiny and white, the larvae is clear-bodied/see through with a black organs in the larger ones and the egg is white and elongated. What has helped to bring relief to me was essential oils. I mixed eucalyptus oil, clove oil, citronella oil and olive oil (which is a carrier oil). The bugs (and larvae hiding under the skin were slowly ejected but you need to be diligent in apply the oils 3-5 times a day from head to toe. I started this treatment 2 days ago and thousands of larvae have ejected from the skin.I still have some more but they are getting smaller and smaller so I know it is working as they are not getting time to grow towards the next stage of the cycle.

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I have been feeling lethargic for months so I believe this parasite has been draining me for awhile. If anyone can suggest a possible mite that would be nice. I live in the tropics.

SVK

This article helped save my life. To the person that wrote it, THANK YOU SO MUCH, I AM IN YOUR DEBT. I found nothing on the internet that could help me but this. I would like to give you a bug-free hug. I would also like to share my story of what helped me, in the hopes that others will have something to save them from this horrifying insect.

YOU ARE NOT CRAZY, AND DON’T LET ANYONE QUESTION YOUR SANITY.

I almost took my own life because no one believed me, my sanity was questioned by my friends, family, doctors, exterminators, the list goes on and on. And no one will «trust» your story unless it’s «confirmed by a professional other than you», which is impossible because no one knows how to treat this thing.

I will help you.

Luckily I found this article on the internet and it was the closest thing I could find that described my experience and what to do to repair the damage. You have to work on a solution and the solution starts HERE.

I run a successful Airbnb in my home. I’m guessing it’s where this horrifying mite came from, because I really felt at a loss otherwise. I was sitting on my mattress doing some work with my bedroom window open and something started attacking me. I closed the window and sprayed the screen with bug spray, thinking it might be noseeums. The next day I started experiencing the same attack. Things were biting(?) but I couldn’t see them, landing on me and I could feel them but they were invisible to the naked eye. things became quite unbearable after that. I was getting attacked by an invisible beast in my sleep. It crawled all over me, up my nose, in my ears, on my face and up the back of my neck. I could feel these things «wiggling» past my ankle sock to crawl under my pants and up my leg. it was the stuff of nightmares.

I had NO VISIBLE BITES ON MY BODY, AND MY ROOMMATE REMAINED UNAFFECTED. (My home is sortof divided into two apartments so we shared common areas but generally stuck to our own respective sides.)

I had an exterminator come.

I tried to explain to the exterminator very clearly what I’d been experiencing and he suggested that «the mind plays crazy tricks on people» and that possibly just smelling the spray would help my mind think the problem had been resolved. I was furious. Was this person even capable of helping me?

I stayed at my old boss’s house for a week. Did I mention this was the very start of the pandemic? I couldn’t just go to a hospital to get checked out. There was a pandemic on both the inside and outside of my home. I experienced no symptoms the entire time I was at her house.

I would go back home at different times of the day to check and see if the bugs were attacking, it seemed safe. I finally went back to life at my house and within days I was being attacked again. I called the exterminator again. They came back and sprayed a more toxic spray this time, including on my mattress. I think these mites left my mattress and began to attack me permanently after that. Life became unbearable. My old boss’s place was unavailable so I fled to my parents house in Florida.

They followed. They attacked me every day. Life became so unbearable I got preparations in order to commit suicide. My life was no longer my own, I became a slave to these horrifying parasites. I called tele-doctors, they refused my pleas. I finally convinced a tele-doctor to give me Permethrin cream. I applied it everywhere and when I went to bed these things started attacking me in all the places I forgot/couldn’t reach to apply the cream. They were dive bombing the bottoms of my feet, my mid back, diving straight into my inner ear drum. It was horrifying.

Things that work:

These insects are adaptable. They will become accustomed to and impervious to things after a couple days so keep trying different things:

Apple cider vinegar: I diluted it with water and put it in both a spray and squirt bottle. I would spray it all over my body and squirt it in my hair. Don’t wash it off. The mites hate it. When I would feel them start to attack me I would spray it in that spot. It helped a lot. I started drinking a tbsp a day to try to change my PH levels. I would take a shower at night and douse myself in the stuff before bed. It helped keep them off of me. Get one that says it has «the mother» in it. Bragg’s was what i used.

I found some Hawaiian tropic (first ingredient is mineral oil) and DOUSED myself in the stuff. It helped considerably. These jerks don’t like mineral oil either. Just make sure you really put a lot on. Regular mineral oil is good too. I even dropped a couple drops of mineral oil in my ear. It helped with the pain. Do not dump a bunch of crap in your ears, I did and they hurt incessantly.

Turn down the temperature:

These things HATE the cold. I turned the temp down to 64 one night and they left me alone almost entirely. Of course they will bother you until your ac reaches that temp, unfortunately. Also, the less heat you produce on your own body helps. I didn’t wear tight fitting clothing and tried to keep socks off my feet during the day and when I went to bed.

These things crawled into my ears incessantly. It made me crazy. I tried to wear tight fitting sound dampening headphones one night and it made things so much worse because these things love it when you produce body heat. Silicone ear plugs are great because they won’t climb into your ear canals as much. Silicone is like a putty you can smash down flat in your ear to create a better seal.

Bengal Roach Spray: has permethrin in it. It’s made from chrysanthemums. These mites hate it. Spray it on your carpets and upholstery. Wear a mask.

Speaking of permethrin, there is a cream that you need a scrip for. DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO GET IT. If you start telling the truth people will think you’re nuts unless they’ve specifically dealt with mites and are an expert. I said my airbnb guests called me to admit they contracted it. (I also hear mites are pretty prevalent in India so you can possibly buy it somewhere online without a scrip, it’s OTC in India.)

PUT IT EVERYWHERE. Save half the tube because you’ll need to reapply in 8 days. I forgot to apply it to the bottoms of my feet and they were dive bombing my feet and mid back where I couldn’t reach.

Unfortunately it takes a couple days for the permethrin cream to kick in. TO HELP WITH SUFFERING, MAKE OATMEAL. strip down and apply it everywhere. My mom discovered this trick online and it helped SO MUCH with the reactions you get from these things. Let it dry completely before you shower and only rinse off the chunks of oats. don’t use soap.

IVERMECTIN: I also said whatever I had to so I could get a prescription for this: it is an oral pill, you take 4 and then 4 more in 2 weeks to kill any eggs that have hatched since. I am only on my second day but I haven’t been feeling anything on me crawling on my body, face, ears, etc. It has been quite wonderful. Again, sometimes you might have to use your smarts to get what you need. People don’t trust things they can’t identify. AGAIN, I had NO MARKS ON MY BODY WHATSOEVER. these things were everywhere. I went nuts trying to find just one of these elusive beasts on my body. I came up empty handed every time. If you get a skin test, it might come up negative. Be careful, because people will start to assume you’re crazy if you find them too much information thinking it will help you. It won’t.

Don’t waste your money on: peppermint oil, tea tree oil, deet/any other type of bug spray

Thomii

Bird mites are visible. These creatures are not. Please help with identification! Cat is miserable and will not come inside. I feel the same.

Cheryl L. Conti

I am suffering. I am 66. I had Chimney sweeps, endangered bird, in my chimney. Since then, I have suffered.

They crawl on my scalp, pulling my hair for nest material.

Somebody please help.

Mite hunter

Listen first of all i I just want to say anyone going thru this there is a way out of this nightmare it just takes some hard work and dedication.I myself have beeen going thru this for about a year now and i too went thru everything docs, bug guys. only to hear the same thing most of you do.. «thats its in my head» . Dont get me wrong there are probably alot of people who feel bug sensations and its called Formication. But for.me I knew it was real and it was a real nightmare. What I found out from under a microscope they told me im dealing with rat mites aka birdmites. I truly think these things are becoming a real problem in the USA

.. see Mites have over fifthy thousand different types and there is very little known about them. So I researched them and found out the reason we can not kill these things easy is because of there life span but most importantly there eggs. which can not be killed with heat like bed bugs.You have to be very systematic about your cleaning .vacuum everyday with a hepafillter have multiple bed sheeting and use new ones every day. Now these bugs feed on your oils on your first layer of skin thats why the dawn dish soap works well also i recommend sulfer soap they hate that..now there is 2 different main types of mite, a scabi mite is different from a bird mite a scabi mite burrows under your skin to lay eggs ..If you have a scabies issue you would actually see there burrows in your skin they look like lines almost like thin red veins.There is alot more studys for scabies so ill stick to what i know unfortunately the bird mite.These things latch onto a host and they are clever and they will do what it takes to survive.So there can be 4 people in the same house but only 1 person feels them thats because for some reason I think these bugs are very picky and if you are not a host you most likely won’t feel them or there could be 2 out of 4 to become a host (you are not crazy):) ok the battle. you need to get 2 main things one is a cream from Amazon its called scabi blast. I applied it every night for 3 months .I mixed it with body lotion and put it on every inch the next is your spray the windex works but there is a spray they sell at Walmart in camping they sell a permethrin spray that is awsome i I spray that shit everywhere its kills them and keeps them away. You have to become a non host thats the only way. I also use a professional insecticide 4 times a month this is very important spray around all your baseboards saturate them. Borax is another thing to use in Laundry. Most importantly dont lose your mind.. you dont have to sell. all your stuff or throw it all away

Sorry for the sloppiness I just want to get this out to people who are struggling with these horrible things.

Orlando Sue

soak daily in bathtub of 4-6 inches of warm water; add 4 tablespoons borax, 1/2 c baking soda. Use a cup to douse with the mix all over, including your hair (not in your eyes). You can gently wipe your face. Soak for 20 minutes; Rinse off in the shower afterwards.

Wash your hands with anti fungal soap many times a day (keeps eggs from spreading. Swab your nose with qtips soon as you awake each am till its under control.

Shelley L Jones

I’ve been dealing with these invisible bugs for almost a month and they’re driving me crazy. I made a video of me hitting them with a bug zapper and I can see them burn up, they leave smoke. I had a bunch of remedies about how to get rid of them. I don’t have a lot of money so I can’t try everything or get rid of everything. I need a solution that will work. As I’m typing this I tried the windex and alcohol and the Dawn dish soap, alcohol and water. I’m waiting on it to dry to see if that worked. I am not in the best of health right now so I can’t keep trying different things if they don’t work. I appreciate all the feedback that I found on this subject but I don’t want to be still fighting these bugs 2 or 3 years from now. I need a sure fire solution to get rid of these bugs for good!

RJRight

Keeping in mind about radiation and Ozone creation from its usage One could use high powered UV lights to eliminate germs, virus, tics, and more. You can’t use it on yourself but it would certainly keep your house and car clean. Use with caution as UV will split the molecule of air to create Ozone, you must air out a room after using UV to disinfect and wait 30 minutes. Pets and plants will be affected as well so keep them away. Plastics may become brittle from lengthy exposure to UV.

60 watts of UV is equal to 10 times the exposure from mid-day sun.

I have had this for several years and when I lick my lips I can then bite the tiny critters between my teeeth as they are suspended in my saliva. I can hear and feel the tiny crunches as they are crushed between my teeth like tiny grains of sand.

Herald

Invisible bugs crawling on me in clothes in carpet couches impossible to get rid of washing and drying clothes don’t make much of a difference

Crissy

After 4 years of this crap. Because i am a recovered addict ppl were sayin things to me like «oh no , you have «methbugs», your just pickin cause your high «.after 3 years clean. it in the end had me relaps. I told my Dr. They had me evalutated saying i was seeing and feeling things not their my boyfriend and family thought i was crazy . my 4 children and i went to a friends house and slept over .we came home itchy and felt stinging sensations all over us.we now have pimply like pores with white things .. I kept it to myself after all the chaos it seemed to cause for me. So this entire time still present after i vaccum, dust or do any of my floors (bathroom/kitchen) being to worst. I seem to get eatin alive. I taKe a shower and seems worse after getting out. So i looked some stuff up .we have these balls like black on white or white on black (they seem to pop) forming on all of our clothes, Blankets, jackets ect. I found something called «Morgellons disease». Please look it up before commenting. . my boyfriend of five years is embarassed to go places with me i get stuck picking for a LONG time i see the shiny dot and it seems to be hard and wont come out most of the time. Like a mate it gets hard under the skin. And sometimes they do not always come out .. lately we have been getting fibers ..the fibers that have started to show up its insane i want to burn my house down. I cant sit on my carpet. Driving in my truck i seem to get eatin . i just dont know . thanks for advise. I raise 4 kids on my own boyfriend isnt dad. But he is getting sick of the things i say about this stuff.

JSteel

I am thankful to have found this site and posted info. I’ve been dealing with this problem of the bugs that can’t be seen for nearly a year and have practically ran out of things to try. It’s possible that there are some good posts here that will help. I’m ready to try some of these remedies to see if they work. I actually think that these might be some type of bed bug, but I’m not totally sure. You can’t see them, but bear in mind that there are several different kinds and they look different too. Home Depot has Ortho Home Defense / Bed Bug Killer and it works, but they’ll come back if you don’t treat everything several times. Another post I read from another site stated that you have to vacuum a lot, clean everything as much as possible, and spray. Like so many others, I feel as if I have nearly poisoned myself a few times, and I’m afraid this is going to ruin my health. I will continue the fight and now I have more info about trying some new things that might just work. Thanks so much.. I suppose it also feels good in some way just know I’m not alone.

it does go away

It is probably noseeums, dustmites, or springtails. All are really common and nearly impossible to see. Get white foldable terro traps and put them along the basboards and anywhere you suspect and then look at them under a microscope. It was sprintails for me — the pest inspector told me to add gutter extentions. Also, for dust mites, change the furnace filter monthly or when you feel them. Vacuum every couple days — get a robot vac. Noseeums go through the screens and end up on a sweaty dog too. fans and wind work for these, noseeum screens.

Felicia

So what really works ?? I have had bites on arms legs face & constantly feel them! Now my husband don’t think I’m crazy bc he’s feeling bites on his legs! He finally believes me dimeticones? Where else can u find it beside amazon?? Please reply back ! They are everywhere

Jason

Karen Carter please email me [email protected] thankyou

Cy

Thank you so much for your post! Many of your tips have worked for me and it’s such a relief knowing that I’m not alone. God bless you. Really thank you so much.

J-in-Seattle

I am shocked that no one or few have every tried dimeticone. Its a silicone suffocate used in NIX products. «The dimeticones represent the active component by blocking the respiratory spiracles, thereby inducing death of both lice and eggs by suffocation.» This treat was the only one that worked. I applied once daily at night for 12 hours and then 12 off with re-treatment of difficult spots 24 hours a day. Results noticeable within 24 hours. Sleep no problem at night. Keep out of eyes. Caused skin to flake and remain dry, but did not become worse, more chronic through treatment. Dimeticone 100% is available on Amazon for $20 for an 8oz bottle. Lice treatments work as low as 4% dilution.

I have tried the following treatments that were non-curative:

1- Permethrin cream. The mites were resistant to this cream. While it did clear many areas and provide temporary relief, it was unable to reach deep burrow locations even with reapplication several times. I experienced Pyrethrin overdose symptoms with dizziness. Both 5% or 1% had the same treatment effect. See absorption information about how easy it is to poison yourself.

2- Sulfur 10%. I began applying sulfur using a soap and remaining on the body, then migrated to a 10% cream and 10% in petroleum jelly as this is a standard of care in other countries including Japan. I was able to clear the visible and noticeable rash symptoms and clear my legs and groin area. I continued this treatment for 2 weeks nightly.

3- Clove Oil 5%. I began using this mixed with Orange oil diluted with a carrier oil, cream or petroleum jelly. It has had dramatic effects of small tiny specks being expelled from the hands, elbows, joints, feet. I also see eggs are expelled.

4- Benzyl Benzoate. This was the most effective treatment and reduced down all adult mites, but failed to eliminate the pin-prick mites despite weeks of attempts and mixtures with other treatments, saunas, hot tubs, pools, baths etc.

5- Vinegar or Enzyme Kleen Green. I tried this at the very end prior to dimeticone. It caused severe reactions to my skin and also to the mites. Mite eggs hatched and spread all over the body and had to treated with permethrin. Then it caused skin drying and dermatitis that took 2 days to heal.

6- Moxidectin (Ivermectin substitute) Ineffective against this bird mite. Tried 2 doses of 45mg (0.4 mg/kg) 40 days apart. No effect.

Squeeky

I’ve been trying to tell anyone that will listen f or help no one yet would offer and I feel them fall on me and yes they are really bad after night fall we live in the country we also have Birds and mice everywhere but they are attacking me I swear they feel like a bite sting and burn anyone help me

Toni

This has been a long hard battle. I have spent so much time money and effort fighting this. I don’t want to jinx myself but I think I’ve found a solution (for myself at least)

I sprinkle borax on everything. Leave for a few days then vacuum. Carpets, couch, bed Basically any soft surface. I sprinkle it in my Dirty laundry As well. When it’s time to wash I add in borax, damn dish soap, tea tree oil and my detergent. Dry for long periods of time. In a spray bottle I mix water, tea tree oil, rubbing alcohol (90%)and dawn Dish soap. I spray EVERYTHING. I spray my laundry fresh out of the dryer. I spray anything before I wear it and dry for a few minutes. I use it to mop. It leaves an oily film but who cares! I add tea tree oil to my body wash and lotion. The smell goes away. You won’t stink. I started taking msm vitamins as well. So far doing all of this I’ve had DAYS of relief so far. I hope those days turn into weeks, months and years. I hope this helps someone.

Mia

Be sure and clean your phones and laptops. They love these screens.

Naterock

Yes I know the feeling those little buggers drive you insane! I’ve been using eucalyptus oil and water spray solution display on my clothes and myself seems to work and I’ve also been using Windex spraying everything down in the house.And vacuuming like crazy. As for giving up sweets and alcohol I don’t know about that LOL I even went and bought me a microscope so I can see what those little things look like and they’re ugly! Oh yeah I’ve been using Lysol disinfectant spray that stuff pretty much fries them.

Lucas316

Omg. Ive been experiencing this for over a year and i am so gratefull to know that i am not the only one and im not crazy. I think they are getting worse since its started warming up. Can feel em in my eyes and nose and scalp. Ugh. Changed my sheets and sprayed the bed down with windex and alcohol hoping to get a little sleep tonight. Im declaring war tomorrow!

Becky

I have been dealing with this for three years. I don’t know what it is. I have been trying some of the suggestions I’m reading hear and I think they are angry. They are biting me and it hurts.

Amanda

Stand directly under the shower water and scrub with a bath brush. Don’t step away from the water and scrub. I take a 30 minute shower. It helps me a lot.

Chelle

My husband and I have been dealing with these monsters almost 1 1/2 . I have literally run myself crazy trying to clean everything disinfect everything feeling like a crazy, insane, lost soul, wondering around dazed and confused. I feel I’m on the borderline of absolutely loosing my mind.

What are these things . when these bites, just pop up, there isn’t anything on u, that u, can seeee anywhere .

Then you have some patches looking like a rash..

Now that totally blows my mind,. Like what the freak . Is it I’m getting eat by these invisible bugs/mites plus I’ve ended up with a rash. I’m thinking now I really can’t hide these rashes plus bites from everybody even threw summer and I and a huge fan of swimming. I truly can’t go another summer without my toes in the water and cheeks in the sand

Henry

My wife and I have bern fighting thede bugs mites or what ever they are for 2 years. Has anyone tried ozone generator? Dont know what else to try.

Melissa

I’ve been dealing with this for about 7 years and its almost gone. I’ve felt it less and less over the years. Initially my family tried bug spray. It was the biggest mistake we made. It exacerbated the problem. We went to doctors had the house treated ny pest control but it didn’t work. Listerine helped some but it was sticky. I couldn’t afford any of the heat treatments and had heard of magnets being used. I tried that too and it didn’t work. The worst part for me was trying to be at work or having people over. I would watch people around me start scratching and I knew it was because of me. I would arrive early just to treat the carpet around my cubicle and those around me with windex.it still hadn’t gone away. I ended up leaving and going somewhere else. In the end I noticed my dad would always treat himself with good old rubbing alcohol and it worked. Simple $1 alcohol at 90%. Dont use 50%. The only thing I am wondering is if anyone has seen changes to their health as a result of the invisible bugs. I feel like my ankles are weak and my memory has been impacted. I am in good health and exercise daily. In fact.I was running marathons and had to stop. I experience a slight feeling of the bugs maybe once a year now and people don’t scratch themselves when they are around me.

Angela

Thank you for this article. We’ve been dealing with these bugs for nearly 2 yrs. not sure if came from new Down cushions we got to replace our old ones from Thomasville, after We exterminated a rat infestation, or the Flock of about 70 pigeons the dumbo next door feeds and nurtures every single freakin day.

because of this article, thank you, I started out spraying 99% alcohol. I was able to keep the bugs down for days, weeks and once even 2 months. But they keep coming back. I was spraying our clothes inside and out, front and back spreading them out on floor. About 80% successful. Sometimes, like 60%. One Sunday pastor just Happened to sit next to us and he started scratching like crazy. I knew then that we were putting others in danger. Way too often we were itching like crazy everywhere we went. they were trying to get established in Brand new MDX. And once they were trying to get established at my husbands workplace. Yikes. I said hell no and sprayed a LOT to kill them and that has worked so far. I’m fact, the information in this article is what has helped me to beat the hell out of them and keep them from getting as bad as many have experienced. And to keep them from going back to my daughters and son-in-laws when my grandson goes home each Sun. After visiting for the weekend. And we’re in hell so I pray for you if you’ve not been able to manage them at all.

Last summer I wondered if it might be Klebsiella Oxytoca, a bacteria that’s been found in washing machines and spread to newborns in a hospital in Germany. Called head of microbiology dept at UCLA and he said “sure we can test your cushions. You just have to be referred to us by UCLA infectious disease dr.” I made an appt. went, winch wouldnt give me referral to micro. Diagnosed me with Ekbom’s delusional parasitosis. hmm.. must be what my husband has as well as my little 6-yr old grandson when he visits every weekend. And my husband was right there with me telling her he had same experiences and our grandson. Stupid winch. She had a chance to help but instead of even putting forth a minimal effort, like sending a referral, she denied us refuge.

So left to my own defenses, I found Lysol laundry disinfectant. You have to put on rinse for at least 16 minutes, use 2 capfuls and that was a miracle. our machine doesn’t allow to control rinse cuz it automatically detects the amount of soap in load and adjusts accordingly so I put on for maximum rinse cycles which is 3 for ours. No more itching in our clothes. Thank you Jesus. Sincerely. Along with keeping them beat down spraying the house with alcohol, we were getting some relief.

Then, they got worse. In bed, we started using burts bees insect repellant, wound up with all-over skin rash. Had to stop. So I started soaking mattress In hydrogen peroxide. turn On ceiling fan open window and dried by bedtime. Wash sheets/blankets constantly. That helped a lot but eventually, they’d come right back. got so bad Only way to get sleep was to spray sheets with burts bees, spray self and clothes with 99% run to bed and spray 99% alcohol under covers and turn ceiling fan on to try to keep from breathing. I’m very concerned about the amount of alcohol we’ve breathed over these past 2 yrs!! especially me since I spray alcohol (House/clothes) all day while husband is working.

I’ve seen their behavior change. They’re intelligence is uncanny. I realized they were coming back in the mattress because the peroxide was ineffective on the eggs. got to thinking alcohol prob not effective on eggs either. We have a LOT of money in our furniture. All Thomasville. Tragedy to lose them. So what will drive them out of sofas, chair cushoins, mattresses, carpets, rugs behind furniture etc? Citronella. So I bought 2 nebulizing diffusers one for upstairs and one downstairs and starting running therapeutic grade citronella to drive them out.

The bugs went berserk! They came out in droves. I bought gallons of alcohol and spray ceilings and let fall to floor furniture etc and believe I’m able to kill many more than normal because they’re exposed. After a few days of this I took break. Noticed the bugs seemed different. wont stop after spraying alcohol loke they used to. The very minute the alcohol dissipates, they swarm us. But they do seem to be smaller. Instead of feeling like one here one there all over with tickles and bites, was more like many more of them but much smaller and little to no biting but more like if you were standing near static and it was pulling your hairs up. Also noticed they were coming out of fireplace when I turned it on so that told me they were struggling to find refuge. Welcome to the freakin club is what I say. Bring it on!

Few days later, they still felt like many many small ones but they started biting. Hard. Real intense zingers. Even more-so that’s ever before. So I wonder if I’m kilking many of the older ones (maybe the leaders? foragers?) and the newly hatched are having to come out and find food and/or refuge. Lord I hope so because if that’s true this just might expedite the extermination process.

And it can’t hurt that I’ve taken away their comfort zones in those fabrics and cushions and carpet and rugs etc. let’s put it this way, if we’re going to be miserable, the by golly, they are too. My goal is to make this such a hostile environment they will either die or leave. And I’m all too happy to oblige.

I am going to try to mix windex with the alcohol and see if that helps. Try cedar wood oil and borax and ivermectin etc as well. Thank you all for your contributions to help beat this thing.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. God bless you all and peace be with you.

Toni

This works! I took a spray bottle mixed dawn dish soap, rubbing alcohol and water and sprayed everything. It’s the only thing that’s killing them on contact! I haven’t had any relief in over 2 months. I feel like there is an end in sight finally

Bob

Its insulation dust. Its not mold, mites or morgellons. I know i spent years and tousands of dollars figuring this out. Take a sample of it and take it to lab to have tested to prove it yourself. It iches and feels like bugs are on you. Some ot it is microscopic so you cant see it and so small if you if you try to vacuum it up it will go right through the vacuum and vlow rheoufh the house. The big pieces look like white lint. It sticks to everything, if you have it in your house, it will stick to your clothes and also get in your car and its almost impossible to clean up. I had to move , throw out all my clothes and get a new car to be rid of it.

Charlotte

I’ve been tortured by a microscopic biting insect. I’m starting to believe it’s Super scabies or possibly Morgellons Disease. Conventional doctors are pretty much useless, whatever it is is resistant to pretty much everything and infects literally EVERYTHING.

I have nothing left, maxed out all my savings on alleged cures suggested to me. I don’t sleep in a bed, lost my car, moved countless times, even lost my job hoping to be from this condition. I’ve join many fb groups and tried absolutely everything they suggested creams, sprays, soaps, supplement and product out there. Somethings may work for a day or even three but nothing fully cures this.

The clueless doctors and dermatologists have sent me on a wild chase telling me it’s everything from Eczema to allergies to fungal to scabies.

Family and friends stay away from me because they fear I could be contagious. I can’t seem to get away from them, feeling them everywhere I go.

I’m suffering alone, in silence everyday and every night. I have a YouTube channel to help address this issue Scabies, bird mites, Morgellons please help.

Simone cradock

They are coming out of our skin with lemon juice

Dorothy

Back again with more bad news. Still battling this curse. Most recent discovery was that the critters are breeding in my nose hairs. Now I know why they are always around my face, especially at night in the dark. Had to get used to sleeping with a light on to keep their activity down during the night.

Ware clothing once than wash and be sure to set dryer for at least 45 minutes to kill the mites. They love shoes and socks and biting feet.

will continue this saga hoping to help.

Becca

Thank you so much for this helpful contribution of experience. I have been struggling, alone, with the same issue for over 6 months; my depression has been painful along with extreme insomnia. Thankfully I will be moving from this current home very soon. Now I need to be mindful and selective about a new space. I may throw away most of my things to prevent any new problems. I’m also seeking a new dermatologist or MD that is actually helpful.

Lil eman

It’s mold, especially people that are living in trailers they are susceptible to black mold While it’s spitting spores that you can’t see and when landing on your skin it feels as if bugs are jumping around, or u can see it floating in the sun rays pretty much looks like dust floating but no way theirs should be that much dust next time when the sun beams through the cracks of the shades you’ll see it

RockyMtnClimber

I have not read ALL the posts (over 5k of ’em). But, has anyone done the heat treatment that they use for bed bugs? 150 degrees. If so, any success with that.

Reserved

When I would travel, I would spend each entire night regardless of the quality of hotel, itching to the point where I could not sleep; feeling the little “micro bugs“ crawling all over me. My doctor put me on two antihistamines: Flonase and Zyrtec. When I travel I also take some Claritin.

Two additional things that may help: If you can, I urge you to pull up all of your carpeting and replace it with hardwood, or laminate. I have the worst itching around “dirty“ carpets and/or carpets in which pets have lived in the home. This is regardless of how many times I have said carpets “professionally cleaned”.

Cameron newman

Is it safe to humans using diatomaceous earth to kill invisible mites and whats the best way to dp it?

Leo

borax and palmolive detergen made into a paste and apply to entire body then brush helps. I mix my whole blends shampoos with borax and apply to my hair then brush off and rinse.

DOROTHY DALE

We, my daughter and I, are truly appreciate the many helpful information shared by this and other sites in helping us get a handle on this depressing health problem.

After being ridiculed by the Truly Nolan exterminator, laughed at by both the entire staffs of a Dermatologist office and everyone at the Doctor for disease control in our small town, reading that our affliction was not imaginary helped us retain our sanity.

We are finally, after 9 months of hell, nearing the end of this ordeal. My 6 month depression has lifted and I feel almost human, again.

Prob not solved

I started a youtube called invisible biting bugs syndrome attempting to find out more about how many ppl actually have this. Imervectim worked for me once but doesnt seem to be working anymore. Everything makes no sense. They literally go thru fabric to get to the body. They fall from the ceiling and can control where they go and anytime im in a room between 10pm and 2am they attack me relentlessly. No sprays help me. Feels like fleas jumping in my face and ears. All over. Weird connections with glitter like substance and pieces of string hair and fabric. They seem to have intelligence which is insane. Cleaning really does nothing. There has to be a way to beat them but not until we know what they are. Imervectim worked for me and i passed a parasite in stool and it all stopped for 18 months. Now its back.

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Dinkety dink

I have had this for 4 to 5 years now. My daughter and grandkids brought them over. Some of them are invisable. They are in our ears on scalp and go under scalp. My boyfriend had them but refused to believe what I’m telling him.he is going deaf. My dog died. They got in her ears and continually shook her head the vet couldn’t see them she started not being able to walk straight dizzyso bad. Finally had to put her down put other dog had started it now. I have hours of video and pictures. Never went to hospital. Was afraid of what they would do to me send me to the nut ward my boyfriend said. I’m so happy to read this article. My hair is falling out. Ive seen them and captured it they can get through plastic. They are bedbugs they have very little info on them. They can bore into anything. Wood even scalp. It’s a curse.

Lisa Andrade

I have worms coming out of my scalp and was put in a psych hospital and told I was hallucinating when I went to the hospital now I have pictures and the dead worms as proof I will see them in court

Your Friend

It’s body lice. They can not be seen by the naked eye. They live on your clothes and skin also in your hair like head lice. Refer to body lice articles for help. I have had this happen twice to me. Clothes must be bagged 30 days to kill the complete life cycle of the body lice. The eggs can be layed anywhere, they stick to anything like bed bugs. I originally got this bug from a deck outside a new home in a swampy area on a sunny day. They also come out your dryer vent after you wash your clothes and will live in your grass as well as use nearby animals, eg. Squirrels as a host. Any blood will do for them. Bologny on it only being a human issue. Good luck all and yes it takes 3 to 4 months to rid them of your home and belongings. This was a horrible experience and if again anything jumps in my clothes again I’m throwing them out. I hope I don’t file bankruptcy or loose my home. So you know, they bite from feet up as it first starts. Tiny red dots take about 30 days to disappear. Cover your head with plastic at night to contain them from biting your body. Spray bottle of alcohol and spray your skin all the time to dry them up and dehydrate them.

KelBel79

BLESS YOU FOR SHARING THIS. I have been dealing with this for about two weeks, and thought I was going insane. Went to the Urgent Care Saturday. The doctor was incredibly kind and said it’s obviously not in my head, but it wasn’t presenting as scabies and she thought fleas but that would be strange since the bites are mostly chest/back/head/legs but not ankle and feet. She was at a loss. Wrote me a prescription for permethrin but suggested it’s brutal on the body and said she would wrap all mattresses and bomb the home. We are renting a mobile home until May to save money, and it’s been hell in a myriad of ways.

The exterminator that came out Friday was worthless. Kept shrugging and saying, «Beats me.» Made me feel crazy. Especially because my 18 year old lives with me and has experienced no symptoms. I have Graves’ disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis. and the urgent care doc DID say that those of us with autoimmune weaknesses are more susceptible to attacks from bugs. Which seems REALLY fair, right?! *sigh*

I am moving (back to) the west coast in a few months, and would LOVE to rid myself of this before we go. So just to be sure, because I’m kinda scatterbrained all of the time anyhow:

LOTS of Windex, and everywhere.

Wash things with Borax and keep in sealed trash bags until putting them in the washer.

Those seem like the main things?

I really appreciate that this is here. I kept trying to pin down the bug and nothing seemed to fit concretely, especially after the doc dismissing scabies.

Did you avoid being around other people for the entirety of this?! I cannot fathom how anyone can do that. I am a single mom; it’s my income solely that keeps us afloat. So we just buck up and go to work, be around others? I feel so guilty thinking I may give this hell to someone else.

Theresa40

Erratum: In the list of ingredients of my previous post, step 6 should be number 5. So nothing was left out.

Theresa40

Hi Ci, the black and white things flying off you, could be morgellons fibers. What you wrote resembles my situation.

You can find out if the itching stops by trying the spraying mixture below. I use it on a daily basis, and it solves the problems I had with my clothes, bed, hair and body. If you have morgellons fibers, the itching will stop immediately.

Never spray directly onto your skin, and never use it on your face. Always spray towards the ceiling, and walk into the ‘mist’ that comes down. Or spray it on a piece of kitchen paper, to use it locally. It’s OK to spray it directly onto your clothes (it doesn’t harm any fabrics).

For the spraying mixture I use a spraying flacon/bottle with a very fine nozzle (the finer the better). The nozzle must create a very fine ‘mist’, otherwise it is not effective.

The ingredients are:

1. Water (fill the flacon up to 3/4)

2. Add one and a half tablespoons of washing up liquid

3. Add 6 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of cedar oil

4. Add two teaspoons of ammonia. This is about half a cap that is on top of the ammonia bottle (not a cup but the cap!), and

6. Fill the rest of the flacon with water.

The reason why this spray mix is effective is that micro organisms like collembola or morgellons fibers don’t have lungs. They absorb the oxygen through their skin or shield. The soap of the washing up liquid ‘coats’ the parasites, causing them to suffocate. The other ingredients help to kill them instantly, i.e., on contact. That’s why you need a really fine nozzle.

BTW I had to experiment with several brands of washing up liquid. All brands have different ingredients. I can post the ingredients of the brand I use, if needed.

This is how I solved the problems I had with my clothes and bedding:

Clothes / coats / jackets

I use two or three sets of clothes, and every day I machine wash one of the sets for the next day. I spray the clothes before putting them into the washing machine (on the night before). In this way the washing machine doesn’t get infected.

So, the next day, after adding the towel I used for showering in the morning, I wash the clothes (inside out), adding 2 to 4 teaspoons of baking soda to the detergent. That’s all. Temperature: 60 degrees Celsius, only one hour cycle. I program an extra rinse, and I use a fabric softener. After that I dry the clothes in the dryer, spray them again with the spray mix mentioned above, and then I put them, like you do, into a sealed plastic box.

Every morning, before taking a shower, I lightly spray one of the sets of clothes and put them into the dryer again, and after showering (with EPSOM salt and baking soda) I (just lightly) spray the clothes (inside out) that I take out of the dryer before I put them on.

Finally, I always vacuum my shoes before putting them on, especially inside. Sometimes I also lightly spray my socks with a little bit of 70% alcohol, and rub them dry.

After getting dressed I also (lightly) spray both sides of my coat (or jacket), and put it into the dryer for 20 to 30 minutes (while having breakfast).

In this way I never have a problem with my clothes during the day. If you do have a local problem during the day, you might use a small spraying bottle with 70% alcohol (which is convenient when you have a job, as it is also odourless).

With the same spraying mixture I also spray all rooms in the evenings, towards ceilings and walls, so that the fine ‘mist’ will reach the parasites, wherever they are (many of them are floating or drifting in the air). I vacuum the floor before spraying; I swiffer the floors after spraying. I always walk backwards when spraying the ceilings, so that the spray mix doesn’t get into my face.

With the USB-microscope I can see that I kill thousands of parasites every day (by taking a look at the swiffer cloths). The reason why I can only control (and not solve) my situation is that thousands of new parasites enter my apartment every day. So far, I have not been able to locate the source outside.

I also vacuum (no brush!) and spray the bed every every evening. Don’t soak it, just spray lightly, and repeat if needed. After spraying I ‘tap’ (using my hands) the spray mix into the sheet that’s on the mattress, so that the spray also reaches the mattress. After that I rub the sheet, and it dries quickly.

I also do this with the (100 % polyester fibers) duvet.

BTW I don’t use a cover around the duvet, as it takes too much time to keep it clean.

This way I can sleep as long as I want to, without any itches.

Finally, if you want to use the spray mix on your hair: don’t spray directly onto your hair, but spray towards the ceiling, and step inside the ‘mist’ that comes down, while rubbing your hair. If you do this above a white wash basin in the bathroom you will see the result (black dots, fibers, or something that looks like small and straight pieces of hair). The white fibers have turned black because they are dead now.

The small amount of ammonia in the spray mix makes you hair drier (and adds more volume), so you need a conditioner the next time you wash your hair.

Pete

Jess., you said you are seeing floating particles. It might be insulation dust. Its not bugs, or mites. insulation dust feels just like bugs are crawling on you. it could have come out of the walls or the attic and into your living space.

Pete

It could be insulation dust. check for white or pink dust in the house. The insulation could have gotten loose and went through the house. It feels like insects crawling on you. You need to throw your clothes out and try to wipe everything down and have your car detailed.Goodluck

Ci

Hello. Can you help ? I’ve been infected with invisible bugs / mites for two years.. Although I’ve seen white and black things flying off me? First of all my doctors multiple different ones, friends etc told me i was completely crazy.

I can’t see anything, no bite marks . But i can feel them, it feels like they’re all over my body. Head, hair, ears,nose, mouth, stomach, back , legs . I’ve done EVERYTHING .I’ve frozen my clothes, kept my matress wrapped for 3months, my blankets and pillows along with it. Kept all my clothes in air tight bags. Washed my clothing on a 90 degree wash. I’ve spent over 300 euro on pesticides . I’ve steamed everything bit by bit with tea tree, peppermint.. I’m at.my whitts end. We’ve recently moved into a new house. I’m itching again because somewhere my old clothing got mixed in with my BRAND NEW wardrobe .. I don’t know what to do anymore .. I can’t get rid of them. I’m using borax soap, mixed with lemongrass, detergent , Clove and antibacterial product to wash my clothes in. Nothing is working. Peoplr are itching when i come into close contact with them and they know it’s me. Please help. They seem to get worse with heat, yet rain. Survive a 90 degree wash and tumble dry . I’m thinking I’m going to have to quit my job. I live in ireland. Everything I’m reading online seems mostly related to the states. I’m at a complete loss. Thank you.

Karen Carter

Get a black light hand held, you will see with your own eyes, the past government evil have sprayed and spread these florescent nanoparticles that we can’t see without a black light. They were created in a petri dish, they can alter human DNA and just about anything they come in contact with. They alter your hair, eyes which you can see the little white dots whitch you can see with your naked eye. They grow fiber like thread’s of hair, they cause fungal infections and lots of other terminal diseases in all living things. My hair is falling out , you can take stands of your hair and it is literally alive it will move on it’s own. It is biotech genocide. Y’all need to understand nothing can get rid of them, they are a silent weapon. Everyone should be shouting until they find a way to make these evil people pay for what they have done to the people of the world. If you just get an inexpensive black light you will be convinced, they thrive off energy and light, they really go nuts when they see the black light. Y’all will see they are alive put your finger towards them they will move towards your energy. They are florescent nanoparticles blue, purple, green, red, the white glitter one’s you can see with naked eye. They are alive nanobots, in your blood stream altering your blood, brain, hair, heart DNA. These nanobots are in and on everything in this world, clothes, food, water, and you can’t get them out of your body and they are highly contagious so if you get them off of you they are still in you, and everyone takes them with them and deposits them in messes every where they go.

Sticky Traps — Springtails — Noseeums

There are long white rectangular sheets/ sticky traps you fold into boxes that are used mostly to catch spiders but will catch everything (Terro traps). I put a ton of these along the baseboards and then opened them up and viewed with a magnifying glass. Springtails. They do get into homes, get in mostly damp clothing, and are really hard to see/tiny black, grey, or off-white specs. They look like long rectangles with antennas and sometimes hump backs. I didn’t have any bites but could feel stuff jumping from the floor sometimes so knew it had a furcula/ tail-like appendage that acts as a springboard for jumping like fleas. Springtails don’t bite though, fleas leave ankle bites. Springtails can have a population density of 100,000 per cubic meter of surface soil, or many millions per acre.

I keep the house dry with heat or AC and a dehumidifier set to 45%. I use the large tape roller/lint roller and roll the floor or run the robot vac. I shake all clothing and blankets out before using or hang everything.

For noseeums (also a problem when there is a ton of rain), I sprayed soapy water on the grass where there were swarms to kill the larva and used lots of apple cider vinegar traps (acv and water and a couple drops of dish soap in an open water bottle or jug) to decrease the population of adults. If you are worried about killing the grass with soapy water (it will!), vinegar might help instead, or listerine. If they get in your hair outside, using the original listerine in a spray bottle gets them out and keeps them away. Using tea tree shampoo as a body wash acts as a repellent.

Also recommended by exterminator was extending gutters/downspouts away from home. I had splash back near the foundation. Keeping gutters clean, keeping floors clean (I use robot vac and mop like sticky roller). I also temporarily sealed small gaps in the door with layered gorilla tape. If noseeums see any light, they will fly towards it.

Counting Crows

I have found a cleaner these bugs hate, i have been using it around my place for a month now. The bugs are almost gone now «Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface

Everyday Cleaner, Lavender Scent

I also used the same brand and scent Laundry Detergent and 1/2 cup Epsom Salt and a little bleach in hot water, per load I have almost eliminated these little bastards! It seems to dry up the little white worms in the weave on my clothes and I vaccum my place top to bottom everyday, I also spread Diatomacous Earth all around the base boards. These simple things have made all the difference! I have had this problem over a year now and have tried so many things, spent a lot of money and this is the first time anything has worked.

The exterminator came set traps, after 3 weeks said they were mites, no shit, and to use a blow dryer on the baseboards, really? If the hot water wash and 60 minutes of hot dryer won’t work why would a blow dryer work, idiot! And I use sea salt as a scrub for my skin, alcohol and water spray worked for awhile on my clothes seemed to repel them and keep them from getting on my clothes while I wearing them! I stopped using any kind of lotion on my skin, its dry but they are not biting me like they were, I am actually sleeping now!

I hope this helps someone! It’s working for me! For now anyway, they seem to adapt quickly to anything I used before, but so far so good. I wish you good luck! Oh, they like high humidity, so when I leave my apartment I close all the windows and turn the heat up until I get back! Hope this helps you!

M Sotired

Thanks for sharing your story here, it’s awful, I know. Sounds like you may be making good progress with the cedarwood, Can you please tell us which cedarwood products you’re using/ have ordered. I’d really like to try them too. I’m sure my issue is collembola too,

Good luck and take care

Laura

Hello again, whoosh!! I have never battled something i couldn’t see!! Yesterday at this time i was about to give up. Thank you *Jess* without the name you gave on mites i might have been under attack forever!!

Also should mention that yesterday my bedroom was still quarantined. Tonight im typing this in bed!☺️clean myself and a clean room and bed, feeling exhausted but so ready for some real rest.

Everyone needs to know that springtales when looked up on Google absolutely does not give you the information that is neccessary or accurate!! When you are under attack from these monsters its all you can do to try and stay sain. Had the borax for weeks and wasn’t using it in laundry, such a nightmare. No accounting for also dealing with fleas at the same time. When you have fleas on the brain and your seeing the black specks its all soooooo nightmarish.

I am on 2tbls of ACV a day, tall shot glass 1tbls ACV then fill with favorite juice, pinch nose have plain juice after, keep nose pinched while drinking, drink reg juice before letting go of nose, super easy to get down, no smell, no taste.

Organic coconut oil, cedar oil and eucalyptus oil mixed. all over body after ACV, cedar oil, eucalyptus oil, and a little borax for good measure bath. stay in at least 15min. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum a spray bottle with water cedar oil, eucalyptus oil very strong sprayed the shit out of everything laundered bed linens correctly with borax added. Big tip. if you’ve been washing everything every time and your battle has been ongoing.

Take a sock a paper towel, load the paper towel with cedar oil and eucalyptus oil, shove the paper towel ball into sock, tie a knot, one blanket at a time, one or 2 pillows at a time, throw that into dryer for 30-40 minutes and you wont have to re-launder the big blankets but only of course if they have been done properly multiple times already

I did 2 baths morning and night, used a small heater and did not towel off after bath just airdried, also soaked my head in that, haven’t truly felt clean in a long, long time. I liberally applied coconut oil mixture after and then dressed. Did not put bed ect back together until 2nd bath and oil application.

Laura

I have been trying to survive in all this for 4 months now!! Nothing you ask about on internet gets you immediately where you need to be.

Me and my 2 cats have been slowly tortured to the point of madness. I originally thought I was dealing with cat fleas and yes those came into play at some point, thought i was losing my mind after 2 months of battling not understanding why i could not see anything and trying to convince myself that the creepy crawlys were my imagination, i assure they are not.

Yesterday and by today’s end I’ve been thinking maybe leaving this world would be easier.

The website that brought me to this forum has saved my life. Its midnight again and im not sleeping, desperately trying to ignore the nightmare. I will be trying everything ive read to hopefully get real sleep tonight.

Thank you for being here.

If anyone else needs to know

YOUR NOT CRAZY! IT IS REAL

Jess

I’ve been dealing with this for 6 months plus, I’m not sure if I got it from my dog or what, but it’s awful. I see floating particles especially in sunlight, I can feel crawling everywhere especially my hair. I’ve been soaking my clothes in Kleen green and after doing intense research I believe it’s Collembola mites, and cedarwood kills them. I even cut and dyed my hair in hopes of getting rid of it and nothing. I washed my hair with Kleen green and let it sit for 5mins, then I added 100% CEDARWOOD oil to an anti-fungal/anti-bacterial shampoo I ordered on amazon and I could really feel the difference. I just ordered soap, detergent and shampoo that’s made with 100 % cedar wood oil to finally eliminate this monster. It’s been day 3 and I think I’m finally killing them out of my hair and clothes. I hope this helps anyone dealing with the same affliction, keep fighting!

Louise61

I am very sensitive to them if I walk into a room but they don’t bother me now.. Most people are not. I had two areas where I could still feel them a little — hair/scalp and when I go to the bathroom. (So I spray the commode before each use.) I think I posted on here that I read to shampoo hair with Dawn and use Epsom salt — let it stay on for about 5 minutes. You can also use this combo other places on your body when you shower. Two younger age families with better immune systems got rid of them by drinking Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day (2-3 T diluted). There was a big improvement.

Now for the new part: A couple of years ago when I went to one dermatologist, she could see the scratch marks they left on my back so she gave me a steroid shot. I was thinking that I could find a natural steroid to take internally. I found that our body makes steroids on its own if you eat a healthy diet. (I switched to a healthy diet about 2 yrs ago.) A natural steroid, antioxidant is Alpha Lipoic Acid that you can buy in the vitamin/supplement aisle in WM. (MS patients were able to reduce their corticosteroid consumption when they took Alpha Lipoic Acid.) I have read that it is better absorbed if you take one 30-minutes before a meal. (The first time I took them, I felt an intense pain across my chest — maybe a die off?) The pills appears to have cleaned them out of my inside area. I appear to be free because I don’t feel them and I see no reaction from other people either. I think that many of the things in this site are useful and they have helped me as just one source of information because using/doing several things at one time helps.

Maria

Sorry, I should also add that adding a few capfuls of Eucalyptus Oil to my laundry also helps. And Combantrin also helps if the itchiness is caused by some sort of internal parasite. I try to use Comabantrin for the whole family atleast once every 6 months. Usually for us though, it’s mites that live on our bodies and surrounds.

Maria

We mix isopropyl alcohol, 3-4 capfuls of teatree oil and eucalyptus oil — or more. We mix and then spray the crap out of everything, including bedsheets, carpets, dirty laundry and mattress. Instant kill. We used it on our skin and home daily until we no longer felt them and then used only when we felt the crawling sensation. It’s also a great mixture for headlice and their nits. I literally just used it now. Every time my elderly Mum comes to visit, we seem to get attacked by these mites big time. I’m itch free and going back to sleep after this comment, lol. Tomorrow, I spray my daughters skin and hair when she’s awake, as Mum was looking after her and my Hubby will spray himself. I’ve woken up — its 1:30am and I’ve just sprayed the entire house, especially where Mum had been. This solution has worked for us for a long time. We buy the isopropyl alcohol in bulk and just get the soluble Eucalyptus and Teatree oils from the supermarket. The mites hate it. Goodluck everyone!

Anna

Just joining this conversation as I too was looking for answers. I took most everyone’s combined advice, from washing everything in Borax and running the sweeper everyday — to cleaning with Windex and bleach. The household cleaning was easy, because I do that normally . I’m sort of OCD. But I couldn’t understand why I was physically attacked, or what to do. Doctors and dermatologists were a joke after 6 months.

I just had a small symptom, but annoying! So a few days ago I tried the showering with Dawn dish liquid and while in the shower, doused my body with tea tree oil then got out and dried off. The first day was great-still showered again that night with the same routine. The next day, I showered in the morning and went work. That evening, I thought I have to find something that works! So I showered with Dawn dish liquid- using a rough Lufa spounge, then doused myself with the tea tree oil and this time, before I got out of the shower, I creamed every inch of my skin wth Vick’s vapo rub. I have to say that I have been so relieved and my skin feels normal! It was really chilly and exuberant when I got out of the shower- but I have had 24 hours of nothing creepy-crawling or biting and 1 good night’s sleep. If I have to do it once a day for awhile, to get free, I’m good with that, but this is the best I’ve felt in 11 months!

Susan Racine

Neem oil kills bugs on your body and home to. Its great for head lice. and very safe.

Rozalyn Landisburg

Thank u and God Bless you for sharing your knowledge with others. I am starting your protocol now after 4 months, 2 bombs, two extrerminator visits and extreme agitation.You must have the patience of a saint.

Carol Nielsen

Oh my gosh you know my life has been miserable just as you described from 4 pest control companies supplied samples told just fuzz afterward used perenthin cream some luck but got nowhere and recently after another pest control co sprayed carpet, I still have black eyes and bugs back after 2 days. I have been ridiculed by family, husband, Doctor and dermatologist. Thank the Lord and this article I am going to try.

TWEaton

This article needs FAQ’s and a place to ask questions! Like, what did yau do about dishes, pots and pans, silverware, etc.? Do I just wash them and put them back in clean cabinets? And do you need my email address to answer? If I give it to you am I going to get spamed with advertisments and God knows what else?

Probsolved

Okay so I can’t say that this will solve everybody’s problem but this is my situation and how I fixed my exact same situation you guys are dealing with. Real quick, ive had this 2 separate times, once in early 2018 n now again. I know why i got it both times, because i was really really working long hours, not taking care of myself and sleeping only 2 to 4 hours a night. I went to many dif drs the 1st few months n got all sorts of stuff thrown at me. My house, my car, and my work truck were infested. As soon as i enter my house its like they all start coming at me, and its so much worse at nite. To the eye they look like a single piece of black pepper though ive found bigger things that look like some kinda cocoon thing. They seem to overtake lint and dust and occupy it somehow and theres a definite connection to the sparkling dust shit and the strands of hair. Ive seen those strands stand up all at the same time from my pillow top and then descend inward when i began spraying them with spray. Its insane. Nobody ever believed me so i stopped telling ppl. So after months i was sent to a dr from my company- i had a union job delivering linen and picking up soiled linen then, and this dr actually knew about this. She was korean and after examining me and seeing the things fly off n back on me and seeing the specks on my skin, she told me she saw it before but that it didnt have a name as far as she knew. She said the cause is a parasite attached to my intestines. All of these things that torment us day in and out are insanely attracted to this thing in our body that is living off of us. Without any tests or anything, she prescribed me 3mg imervectim oral tablet 5 pills at once day one then another 5 a week later. She told me that the meds paralyze the parasite and allows your body to pass it in a bowel movement. Sure fucking enough, a few days later i took a crap and there was a thing in there that looked like a white stick figure with a triangle head. And that was that. Over a few days the bugs around me just seemed to disapear and my life went back to normal. Unfortunatly i didnt make the corralation about running myself thin and the parasite and last month i really went hard and wasnt taking care of myself. Then i noticed it all starting again. Slowly they came back. This time i also noticed my stomach was really fucked. It makes crazy noise and i have been terribly constipated. Plus bad cramps. I went to ER today but the drs there wont just prescribe that med cuz i tell them i need it. They wanted a stool sample so i gave them one n now gotta wait 2 days for the result. My only worry is this thing, whatever it is, isnt detectable like other parasites. I hope this info helps u guys. Thank god for that dr. Idk where she is now but she saved my life

Finally Relief

I suffered for 2 years from nonstop itching. I was constantly finding tiny black specks on my bed and tiny white flakes on my clothes. I wasted a lot of money on products and vacuums that didn’t help me at all. After constant searching online, I read that someone tried sulfur soap and MSM cream so I decided to try it myself since it’s cheap. It has made the world of difference for me and so hope that this can help many others who have also been suffering for so long. Use 10% sulfur soap in the shower and leave it on for a few mins as you scrub rinse off normally with warm water. After your shower, while you’re still wet—scrub the sulfur soap all over the body from neck down to the feet. Do not rinse it off, do not use a towel or anything to dry off. You must let the soap air dry or just use a hairdryer on the cool setting to dry off. It’s important for the soap to stay on the skin because this is what keeps the mites/bugs/whatever they are off from your body. Besides the sulfur soap it’s also good to use MSM capsules (this also contains sulfur). You can open up the capsules and mix the powder into UNSCENTED body lotion and apply it on your skin. Warning: the lotion will cause a burning sensation on the skin and what happens afterwards is gross. tiny black specks appear on the skin out of nowhere and those “specks” are what I believe are the culprit to all the intense nonstop itching. The MSM capsules also serve a second purpose and that is to clean out your hair. Open up about 2-3 of the capsules and mix the powder with some shampoo. Then, apply it on your scalp and scrub your scalp with it for several minutes. Doing that had immensely helped reduce the itching on my scalp. It even helps me during the day.

Now, if your clothes/sheets/etc are always itchy too, make sure to use Borax when you wash your clothes. It’s inexpensive and it truly does work. I could never get the itching to stop by washing my clothes with regular detergent. When I finally decided to try borax I was surprised that my clothes didn’t itch anymore for the first time since this whole nightmare began.

Please do not spend your money on expensive products. If so had known the solution years ago I would’ve saved myself so much money. I purchased all the products except for the lotion on Amazon. I’ve posted the links here:

Barney

Hi all, wow Im going crazy. these mites are so annoying as they are invisible. Here is something that works for me to help to relieve the itch.. Buy 100% cold pressed neem oil. (Amazon). It smells bad, but the mites dont like it. just mix it w 100% pure coconut oil to level the smell on skin.. I rub it in my hair and arms.. as lotion.. within minutes all the biting goes away.. You may feel some bites here and there, just see your skin and try to kill / catch the mite. They are so tiny, hair thin. Its not a compete fix but you will get some sleep and atleast act normal inside the house. Now as soon I start getting bit, I apply a chunk of neem oil and mites leave me mostly alone for a while. Try it, Good luck and this atleast will help keep you sane.

Karen C.

I have Vern experiencing this problem with the invisible bugs/mites for about 2 years. I had 2 different exterminator companies to inspect my home for bedbugs,fleas and lice. Neither company found evidence of any. I have been examined by my internal medicine doctor whom prescribed permethrin and a sleep aid. After neither helped my doctor then referred me to a dermatologist whom after examining me as well as doing a biopsy of a visible bite and the biopsy coming back clueless he prescribed a cream called Dapsone and said to practice mindful thinking as though my thoughts are producing this problem. After reading this article I know now that I’m not alone and I pray that congress will have the CDC to investigate this seemingly WIDE SPREAD PROBLEM.. congress you have more resources to investigate this problem. Please HELP.

Preston anderson

Same issues here i have trails anddark specks under my skin and they seem to come from everywhere they blend in perfectly they spit at you from the floors the walls the cealings they bite you in your clothes and in bed cleaning helps but only momentarily and appear to attach themselves either to fiber materials like string or rope to clothing and even the walls, cealings, and even my floors they are all over your body but especially in your hands and feet they itch but also cause pain and if you dont pull them out tbey lay eggs and your hands start to swell from it especially your fingers they get in your throat and you cough them up there in your snot and in your hair you can legit watch your hair move and stand on its own bleach helps but not for long no matter how much i clean my home and even my body they just never go away the doctor said its not scabies and it cant be chiggers because they dont bed under your skin like these things do. Please if anyond has any info god tell me these things are slowly driving me insane i bary even leave home now in fear someone else will catch them from me.

Sammy

Im having the same problems in a way im 21 i live with my 50 year old aunt and its almost as if they live on the walls and in any crack possible when i moved in she warned me she has some sort of bug that was like a hair and it would spit at you and the things they spit at you would basically dissapear into my skin leaving trails in my skin almost like scabies we bleach daily walls, cealings, floors, counters and all we bag up our clothes we wash our bedding daily and try any new tricks we hear about but still there has been no change it slows down after we clean but by nightfall its right back the way it was before i have them i can see the black dots and trails they leavr but they really tear my aunt up all over to tbe point ive seen her jump up and have to leave the house we thought it was chiggers or maby even scabies but none of the treatments worked its even puzzled doctors any ideas on what these hellacious things could be? They live in the human body as well as anywhere in the home leaving trails in your skin and they also look almost like hairs as far as we can tell and im guessing the spitting is possibly eggs or maby pores? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Lynn

Along with many others, I was being plagued by something that was «biting» me. No culprits could be seen & it was only myself and my (female, very short haired) dog that seemed to be suffering. At first it seemed to come in waves almost, a rise in this intense itch/poke feel. I would examine the spots of the poke, even AS I felt them, and there would be nothing BUT I would notice a VERY small bump, as small or smaller than a goose bump. It would itch for a short while and then not. I would feel the hair in my eyebrows twinge as if something was crawling through them, etc. And I noticed this sensation was worse in some rooms and not in others. I do research for my «day job» and so I set out to find out what was going on. We’re outdoorsy people. My husband is particularly tasty to parasites like mosquitoes, chiggers, etc. and the fact that neither he, nor our sons, nor our cats were suffering from anything itchy lead me to believe this was an allergy — but I have never experienced an allergy that gave that sharp poke/bite sensation. After immense research this is what I believe that was *our* problem — it may not be everyone’s.

It is, in fact, a mite allergy and NOT a bite, but I will explain that in a moment. — not a parasitic mite like scabies, but rather our particular mite problem was a mite related to dust mites that feed on the type of mold that grows on trees.. And wood. And drywall. We discovered large areas in our unused attic were molding from a roof leak we did not know we had. This mold had actually worked it’s way into our boiler fed heating and into the drywall behind our shower. The tiny tiny mites have sensory hairs — these hairs frequently shed and are carried by air onto our skin and even into our lungs and they’re what those of us with allergies feel when we feel that poke — a sensory hair coming into contact with, say, a skin pore or hair follicle. The little bump? That’s the skin reacting to it. I do believe that those with autoimmune disorders experience these sensations more than others. If it’s a mold mite that you’re allergic to, like me, your home will be prone to them as long as they have a food source, so if at all possible removing the mold is the key. Unfortunately for us removing it all at once is a bit more cost than we can handle. Following some of the advice on this page, and combining it with others, these are the steps that help me —

Though mold mites only eat mold, their hairs get everywhere. Thorough and *regular* cleaning of all surfaces, including draperies, ceiling fans, etc. is your first line of defense. After dusting and vacuuming every surface we spread diatomaceous earth throughout our home and the areas with mold we could access and leave it there for at least 36 hours. Next, after finding that nearly all mites as well as mold spores hate eucalyptus, we bought an essential oil nebulizer that uses **NO** water and a LOT of essential oil and I began using it in the rooms I noted the worse symptoms. I wipe most hard surfaces down with eucalyptus essential oil every few days and I wash all of our bed linen every 2 days and *all* of our laundry gets a healthy dose of eucalyptus in the washer as most mites require temperatures hotter than our wash machines and water heaters are equipped to output. I spritz our fabric furniture with the eucalyptus and put diatomaceous earth under them and under any cushions and mattresses. I shower before bed and run a napkin doused with lemon juice over my exposed body parts after I shower. While those suffering with a mite allergy might experience an increase in symptoms when consuming lots of sugar this is more easily explained by our immune systems being compromised from a diet high in sugar, — it literally puts your white blood cells into a sugar induced coma and aren’t as able to respond to irritants.

I can tell you that after completing these steps just once I could immediately tell a difference. After a few times I had even actually thought I potentially wouldn’t need to do it anymore but after a week or so symptoms returned — because their food source is too abundant at the moment. I suspect, living in an extremely humid area, that I’ll have to be most diligent in the warmer months as these mites can even simply live outside and their little legs can travel through the screens of our open windows. But prior to these steps I literally was on the edge of sanity.

Keep in mind there are many many types of mites and getting rid of their food source is key if you’re suffering from allergies of non-biting mites rather than parasitic mites. Most parasitic mites will require medication and/or chemical intervention.

Chris

I live in Perth WA and have some sort of mites in my house for about 12 months. Tried all sorts of things and the best results i found was to buy predator mites from South Australia Biological Services.

They eat most mites, but not eggs and they worked for me killing 90 odd precent of what was in my house,

Best way to buy is to get shipped to you rhe fastest way possible and pay extra or they could be dead by the time you receive them.

Cost was 430 dollars for 200000 mites.

Lna

Hi you are not crazy. It is thrips, I have no idea why they infest us since they are supposed to feed on plants, but for some reason they do attack us. They have a super resistant shell, just check information about them on google, they have this skin that can keep them completely dry even if they are in water. So it’s obvious that no matter what you try on them, you can hardly kill them.

They seem to attack people with weak immune system such as myself. When I am surrounded by people, the ones who start to itch crazily are elders.

I have tried everything to get rid of them, it seems they like to stay on hairy parts of your body. I shave all my body as soon as I see a millimeter of hair growing and I’m okay on these areas. The worst is my hair. I did everything, olive oil mask, coconut oil, mayonnaise, honey, I put vinegar and stayed a whole day with it on, which caused my scalp to burn and much hair loss, I even tried pure essential mint oil which made me feel totally dizzy, and just made them much angrier after I shower since they started to bite hard and it was really painful.

Well I dont know if it’s really biting, but they sting us with something which feels juste like a needle even though we can’t see them.

In my opinion it is something in their pheromones, or something like that. They choose us specially as their target, they take something from us, thats why they dont leave. Maybe water? I don’t know. But after vacuuming everyday, changing sheets everyday, doing laundry everday, showering twice a day etc.. I saw that was not enough.

What «releases» me a little is that I shake my sheets, pillows, covers, clothes and so on from the window, I feel much better after that, which means I am not dreaming, I just threw away hundreds of them from the window.

Also I notice that I feel them much more when I am stressed, as if they were feeling that I am mentally weakened and started to take advantage of that to attack.

Nicole

Omg. I’m going though this as I speak I have a newborn and my Face ID horrible from me scratching and picking. I jus want to up and move

Letterday

Depending on your symptoms please look into Mold,Mildew, spores, Mycotoxins and allergies. Mycotoxins are also found in many foods. Mycotoxins pass through a HEPA filter.

«These mold spores and their mycotoxins enter our body mainly through three different routes.

Breathing (Inhalation) – One route would be through inhalation by breathing it into our respiratory systems, sinuses, and lungs.

Ingestion (eating/swallowing) – The next would be through ingestion by mold spores simply landing in our mouths and we swallow them or on food whether it be prepared food or fruit sitting out on the counter.

Skin (dermal absorption) – They can also enter our bodies via dermal contact which means the mold can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through a cut or scrape on the skin.»

A rash caused by mold will range from slight irritation with redness to an open wound. The skin will be swollen, red, itchy, dry and warm to the touch; or have red bumps, patches, scales or blisters that ooze pus. Only the skin exposed to the mold will be affected. The affected area’s intense itch leads to prolonged scratching resulting in secondary infection, pigment or color changes, scaring or thick, and leathery skin. This can be prevented with home care.

SickAndTired83

So I think I finally cracked the code for most of us by piecing together the information in this blog, in these comments, from my own experience and from this blog http://invisibleparasites.com. I was able to treat this problem in a day for less than $150 using this approach, so no need to waste years fighting these annoying mites.

I finally solved this problem and I think it’s a two part problem: a problem with your environment and a problem internally with your body. I noticed I first started getting bitten in bed, then it would spread to my clothes and so-forth. I also noticed the biting in bed was worsened a lot if I positioned a fan directly by it. This led me to conclude that I was dealing with dust mites since fans are hard to dust, even though most of the websites out there say that you can’t feel dust mites biting. I decided to call BS on that, so I took a leap of faith and spent $90 on a dust mite HEPA vacuum and oh my god, this is 1000% worth the money. This took my bed from a mite infested death trap to a comfortable place to sleep in about five minutes. Here’s the one I used in case anyone is interested: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TJ8MFJB/ref=p. However, if this is too expensive, you can get results that are almost as good by washing your clothes and bedding with one scoop oxyclean, one scoop borax and one cap unscented detergent in hot water.

Now for your body: as stated in the above post, these mites feed off candida, so there’s a very high likelihood your body is producing way too much of it if you’re having this issue. To combat this, take probiotics, eat a clean diet of lean protein and veggies until the mites are gone and most importantly, take MSM supplements. Seriously, if you don’t do anything else, take yourself into a GNC and buy this immediately. Take it as directed on the bottle, and when you get out of the shower, undo one of the MSM capsules and mix it with any lotion of your choice, and I swear this alone will expel around 95% of the mites from your body. Guys now this is pretty gross, but you’ll notice as you’re rubbing this mixture on that little black dots will start coming out of your body….and I’m almost certain those are the mites exiting through the pores. This looks absolutely horrific, but you’ll feel a million times better after doing this. If you happen to be reading this in the middle of the night and can’t get yourself some MSM right away, rubbing Listerine on the body and taking allergy pills can provide temporary alleviation.

So there you have it, I hope this is able to help a lot of you 🙂

Kayla573

In the long run the Hydrogen Peroxide did not work unfortunately. However Nair with Rich Cocoa Butter & Vitamin E has worked the best out of everything I’ve tried. It has cut the crawl rate down to like 5 percent out of 100. The residual 5 I believe is due to not completely removing them from my environment & my head hair. I will be going bald soon. I rubbed the nair firmly with a thick coat onto my skin from my feet up to my nose. Did this in sections, legs first then waist then upper body. I let it sit on my skin for 5 to 10 minutes per section & then watched it off with a Dandruff & Itch Shampoo. I figured if Nair can disintegrate hair maybe it could the mite as well & so far it looks as if it worked. I didnt leave it on long but I honestly feel the longer the better. Nair didnt burn me at all so I also put on sensative areas, it caused some bumps & a lil blood but nothing too crazy. Where ever you have pores or hair its a potential home for these mites so make sure you use this there. Good luck to everyone. Bless you all

Karl0

Turmeric powder and mayonnaise work

Louise61

Drinking diluted apple cider vinegar every morning helps. Showering with Dawn and at the end while still soaped up, rub your body with Epsom salt anywhere you have felt an itch or a crawl. You can shampoo your hair with Dawn and then add the Epsom salt — massage in well. You can use your regular conditioner after this. You will still need to spray your house, seat, bed, and car. Exercise, eat green veggies, no junk food or sugar. Get rid of the candida in your body.

JP

** Go Read this protocol **

I’ve been dealing with this problem for over 8 months and finally seing the end of it.

les johnson

Sorry, but from my experience, Listerine stops the itching but does not get rid of them. I have had problems with them for a very long time and they are getting worse.

Thomas York

The most important thing is to obtain a correct diagnosis of the problem. Is it an invisible insect doing this to you or a neurological condition in which the nerve endings are mis-firing, causing «neuralgia» (neuropathic pain)? This can easily be confused with the feeling of being bitten.

Chronic paresthesia, or nerve damage, is one cause of «formication» (the tactile hallucination of bugs crawling and biting on or under the skin) and can be made worse by poor circulation from lack of exercise. There are many possible causes of this condition. In my case, the origin of the condition was shingles (herpes zoster) virus — which has apparently spread to my whole body — causing called «postherpetic neuralgia.»

If only you — and no one else — experiences symptoms of itching (dermatitis) and the sensation of being bitten or crawled on (formication), and if the insects are seemingly invisible and you have done all you can to eliminate them and the sensations continue, then the condition may very well be neurological in origin. I can attest to the fact that the sensation is absolutely real, because actual nerve endings are being activated. I did not imagine it — but my initial conclusion that it was insects was incorrect, as it turned out.

I am still going through this as I write this. I feel crawling and biting and jumping on my skin. It seems so real. I had shingles three years before and it has not appeared since in the same form but it has manifested itself in formication. I did not put this together until I realized that no one else around me suffered this and that it was therefore not logical to assume it was insects — though for several weeks I believe it was. I did all I could to eradicate them. Formication can also be caused by other diseases than shingles.

In addition to itching and biting, the most disturbing feeling was that bugs were inside my eyes — especially in the middle of the night (called «nocturnal pruritus»). I actually felt as thought they were jumping off my eyelashes or beard onto my skin — or into my eyes and nesting there below the eyelids. It prevented sleep and caused considerable stress as I tried in vain to locate them with a mirror and magnifying glass and flashlight. I shaved off all hair, did a thorough cleaning of my entire environment, and invested hundreds of dollars in all the cleaning and washing supplies — many of the same ones mentioned on this thread (Listerine, permethrin, tea tree oil, bleach, ACV, Borax, etc). Nothing worked and I was growing more and more fatigued from lack of sleep. It was becoming life-threatening: if chronically fatigued you are a risk of losing control while driving and making serious mistakes. It can take over your life and ruin it.

I visited two different GPs at walk-in clinics, both of whom said it could not be an insect. I found them to be dismissive and this too was frustrating. They clearly thought me delusional and paranoid — especially when I showed one a sample of a bug I thought was doing this. It turned out to not be a bug, but it was so small — how was I to know? I had had chiggers before so I though it was small biting arachnids again. The doctors believed that I had «delusional parasitosis» (a psychiatric condition associated with formication). Both warned me about drying out my skin from frequent showers, but neither referred me to a psychiatrist or neurologist, which they should have done. They examined me and one said it was an «obsession» and the other said it was «neurodermatitus» (a condition in which scratching causes more itching and skin damage). These assessments were wrong and did not help, but to her credit the second doctor did give me a prescription of hydroxyzine hydrochloride. This helped immensely. It suppressed the itching sensation, allowing me to get a good night’s sleep — although the side effects are dry mouth and grogginess — but a small price to pay for being able to sleep again.

I then learned from my sister — who had neurological mis-firing in her ankle, causing chronic pain for years — that there are various drugs one can take for this, which can be prescribed by a neurologist. There are homeopathic treatments as well, such as TENS. «Delusional parasitosis» (Ekbom’s disease) is a «hypochondriacal psychiatric disorder» that can result as a complication of a number of organic/physiological maladies, such as MS, Parkinson’s, fibromyaglia, Lyme disease, diabetic neuroapthy, shingles, etc. But it does not mean you’re crazy if you believe bugs are crawling on or under your skin. It is only logical to conclude that they must be doing this if you feel it. The sensations are absolutely real. The so-called «delusion» is simply from believing them to be caused by parasites when they’re not. This can grow into a serious fear — even panic — and the need to eradicate them that is all-consuming.

Yes, it can be an obsession — and who would not feel this way if he or she had parasites eating at them? I and others cannot be faulted for obsessive behaviour in response to this condition. The psychiatric and medical professions should not diagnose it as a psychosis, focusing on the delusional aspect of it, but rather than on the physiological causes of it. It’s a healthy fear to not want insects all over you! What GPs should learn to do is better help people in this condition to diagnose the source of the problem, rather than being dismissive or stigmatizing sufferers as psychotic. Apparently there are not many people who have this condition (maybe a few hundred thousand in the whole world) but it’s a serious condition, so correct diagnosis is important.

When I was presented with the correct information — through my own research — I realized it had to be formication (in my cases as a result of postherpetic neuralgia). This is not to say that all such feelings are formication; for all I know, invisible skin parasites are a reality (certainly allopathic medicine does have all the answers, and has often been wrong), but I don’t think in my case they are because my roommate did not get them and the sensations still occurred even after thorough cleaning.

The sensation of being biting — all over my body — is very similar to the stabbing sensation I had experienced with shingles — like someone is sticking you with a small needle. The virus had not shown up again on the skin as a painful rash but apparently it had done some kind of damage to my nervous system. Apparently, shingles creates scar tissue to form next to nerves, sending inaccurate signals to the brain, creating «tactile hallucinations.» Thus I feel crawling, biting, and jumping of invisible insects. My eyelids twitch as though some bug has jumped into or out of my eyes — a very disconcerting feeling — though much less disturbing when I know it is not actually bugs, but just a neuraglia-associated facial pasly. So my advice is to try hydroxyzine, in order to sleep again, and get a referral to a neurologist, dermatologist, or psychiatrist, to examine the possible causes and remedies for formication, if that’s indeed what it is. At the same time, be careful to not become addicted to opiates or similar drugs. Exercise, good diet, and stress reduction are important.

Pete

to H: I thought I had mites,scabies,mold, bedbugs, parasites. I bombed the house, spent a small fortune trying to kill whatever it was that felt like a bug crawling on me and threw out almost everything in the house and got a new car. I was ready to move and buy a new house and found out about a month ago after suffering for 2 years that it was insulation dust. go buy a microscope and if you see white or pink fibers and if pest control cant find anything then its fibers most likely insulation dust. Its really hard to get rid of.it can come into the living space through air ducts. a regular vacuum cleaner wont help. You will need to spend some money and buy a hefpa vac you will also need to wipe the whole house down with a damp cloth.acually lots of damp clothes, you will need to wipe down the walls and ceiling also. Most likely your car and clothes are now contaminated and your work cubicle. take your clothes to the dry cleaner, have your car professionally detailed. You will also need to find the source of the insulation coming into your living space. I may be wrong, but I was finally right and figured it out for myself.

H

I have been dealing with what I thought were fleas for 3 weeks now. They seem to be «pinging» on me. Leaving bites around my ears and hair line while I sleep. Even feel them in my car. I have bombed and used sprays from the vets even thought I have not animals. I left my house for 4 days. I had an exterminator come and he cannot find anything. They didn’t seem to bite me last night but I still feel ‘crawling» on me, even at work. Are they mites in my clothes? Can I get ride of them by an exterminator?? I want to go crazy.

pete

I found out my spray deodorant has toxic formaldehyde in it. I have been testing everything in my house with my air quality meter and it went off the chart when I sprayed the deodorant. I’ve been poisoning myself everyday and not even knowing it. Formaldehyde is the problem. Some people are allergic, sensitive to it. It can cause contact dermatitis in some people. Which is why if you live in a household of 8 and no one else has the problem, but you there your allergic to something and its probably formaldehyde. Go buy a formaldehyde meter on amazon and test your and products in your house. formaldehyde is also used in beauty products. go get tested to see if you are allergic to formaldehyde. Of course you could have bedbugs in your house, but I guarantee if there are bedbugs everyone else in the house would feel them also. You can also see bedbugs and you can hire pest control to get check for and get rid of bed bugs, that’s an easy fix..

Carissa

I have been going crazy and no one in my house hold of 8 believes me so thought of any type of collaborated effort I can throw out the window. Have anyone of you guys used a product called proof bedbug and mite killer? All my problems started after I used this product at my boyfriend’s. I did notice that with a map/pro torch you can kill these things and they pop and crackle so you can see the results!

pete

I was right about the formaldehyde. I bought a indoor air quality meter from amazon that also measures formaldehyde and the formaldehyde was off the charts. I recommend you buy a formaldehyde meter to test for formaldehyde, the formaldehyde could be coming from road dust, new flooring, cleaning products and other stuff, you can look up all the products that have formaldehyde in them and see if you have them in your house, which could be causing your problem. A hefpa air purifier will not remove formaldehyde and you will need to buy a VOC air purifier. There not cheap.

pete

Hi, I found another problem, which I assumed this was a problem about 8 months ago. I bought my house about 7 years ago. I used to live in the country. Well, the house is next to a thruway and all Summer I was leaving the windows open thinking I was getting fresh air in the house and it was making it worse. yesterday, I checked with my neighbor and she had the same problem. The highway dust from the tires blows over into my neighborhood and blows right threw the window into the house. I must be allergic to the highway dust from the car and truck pollution, from diesel fumes and wearing tires. last night I took a big fan and blew the air and the microscopic particles out of my house and if feels 80 percent better it my house. So, if you live next to a highway, this could be your problem, the highway dust feels just like mites are crawling on you. goodluck….

She Stanzione

Started getting bit 3 days s ago. And I can’t help but to take tweezers and get them out of my body. It’s a bit painful. But the thought of having a big or worry leaning stripes all over is just . Well, grrrr.

Pete

Hey all I figured this out. Its formaldehyde. they put it in a lot of things. some people are sensitive to it which is why some of you are effected in the house and another person is not. Formaldehyde cause contact dermatitis and itching, burning sensations in the eye, nose and throat, skin rashes, tightness of the chest and wheezing, fatigue and headaches. Formaldehyde is found in manufactured wood products used as building materials such as OSB, plywood, MDF, and particle board. These manufactured wood products are also found in furniture like desks, bookshelves, beds, kitchen cabinets and beauty products. It was also used in insulation until recently,. anyway you can look it up and find out that it causes contact dermatitis, which some people feel like bugs are crawling on you. I know this isn’t everyones problem, but I’m sure its a big problem for a lot of people

pete

to it gets better; you said you have white specs dots. I had the same thing and I finally figured it out a couple of weeks ago. I originally thought it was white mold, but I now know it is insulation dust. Look around your house and it the basement and attic, if you have white insulation then i’m pretty sure that’s your problem. insulation breaks down if it gets when or damp or there is moisture and it breaks down to dust. rodents also love to make there nests in insulation and break it up. Do you have a crawling itching feeling on skin like bugs are crawling on you. do you wake up with red eyes, do you cough, do you have anxiety and tired a lot. these are some of the symptoms. We are told that insulation is safe, but its not. its toxic and can cause a lot of problems if it breaks down and goes through the house via air ducts, cracks and holes, through electric outlets and ceiling lights. it looks just like dust which is why its so hard to figure out. You can tell its insulation dust if you turn all the lights off at night and shine a flash light, if its floats in the air and is shiny then its insulation dust. you can use hairspray to knock it down and keep it down. once you figure it out you will have to clean your house from top to bottom by wiping everything down including the ceiling. You will also need to buy a hefpa vac because the insulation dust is as small as 1 micron and if don’t use a hefpa vac it goes right threw the vacuum. I’ve been dealing with this for over 2 yrs and spent over $5k, so I finally figured it out and if I could go back it time, the first thing I would do is buy a microscope to see what the white specs were and I would have determined that it wasn’t a bug and then I would have brought the particle to a lab to have it tested and would have found out that it was insulation dust and I wouldn’t have wasted 2 yrs of my life.

Debia

Went through hell also. Was so itchy could not sleep. DIscovered «histamine dumping.» It is terrible but works: I used a rice bag heated up in the microwave for 2 minutes—REALLY HOT! Then, apply it to the itchiest places (for me it was my arms and neck) for as long as you can stand it. When it becomes too painful, remove the heat and «poof» no more itching. But this is ONLY for extreme emergencies when nothing else works. Unbelievably, it was the simplest thing that finally stopped the itching and thickening of my skin. After 2 visits to doctor, he suggested showering with Dawn (I said OMG! I’m 60! My skin will dry up like an old leaf) and cleaning everything with it and HOT water. It worked. I was able to apply coconut oil after shower to moisturize. Now my skin is back to normal. He said if I wanted to take a bath fine but first I must shower with Dawn—the one with the little ducklings on it. Don’t use any of the other formulations, they won’t work. Use as a cleaner and in the laundry with borax and or vinegar.

Lizzy

Deer tick larvae

That’s what mine were and it took me 4 years to find out. Deer ticks come in all shapes and sizes, just ask any ostrich ranch owner, they know this issue intimately. They even come extremely small for their already nigh miceoscopic size.

They don’t let go in the wash only high bleach soaks kills them/ soak for days.

Ammonia does not work at all.

Did Talstar inside my house. Then baking soda wipe down to clean up the pesticides. Spray ceilings / ticks instinctually climb upwards to attach to hosts from tops of tall grasses.

Used dog anti-tick solution on myself several days in a row

Bathed twice a day

Listerine really does work

Used neem oil with great initial success

Literally threw out old clothes and bedding everyday for weeks.

Cheap clothes: ross clearance men’s section (I didn’t want to go to thrift stores like good will in case someone had donated tick clothing)

Cheap new bedding: Walmart sheets($9), intex twin bed (8$) pillows(3$) and for a blanket use cotton tapping ($13) for a twin size you can cut in half and use one half at a time.

I have severe auto immune conditions- he’s absolutely right about parasites targeting weak hosts. Celiac and throat cancer.

Kept only necessary items in my house and the rest went into storage. Bagged paper items with diotomaceous earth and epsom salt. Shake vigorously each day for weeks.

Foggers don’t work for deer ticks. Don’t always trust advertising.

And get Lyme disease tested.

pete

to counting crows. Go to a gym and sit in a sauna, if the biting, crawling feeling goes away then its not a parasite or bug. Its a particle. probably insulation dust.

pete

to counting crows. Get a microscope to see if what your dealing with is really bugs and not something else. With a microscope you will be able to see what it is.

Counting Crows

I have been dealing with these ninja bugs for over a year! They seem to be a mite with a lot of characteristics of carpet beatles and clothes moths, along with mites.

I think I got them from staying in a motel for a couple of months in central California, the vent in the kitchen directly faced the dumpster. I can knock them down in the house but have yet to find anything to get them out of my clothes! I have went through all phases of their life cycle, I put diatomaceous earth in the house and bed and slowly but surely the numbers are coming down, along with vacuuming and obsessive cleaning! Tea tree oil works great for hair and skin, has anyone else had the reddish ones burrow in their skin? And when I shower with really hot water these white or cream colored larvae come out, I use coconut oil applied while still wet, it keeps them off pretty well, coconut oil is a natural killer of parasites! Sometimes I think I am going crazy, I don’t know how much more of this I can take! I don’t even want to go to the store or leave my apartment for fear of someone seeing them either in my hair or on my clothes! I just don’t know how to get them out of everything! I have tried it all! They seem to adapt quickly to whatever is being used and come right back 10 fold. I have thrown away all my clothing, blankets, sheets, towels etc..twice they just keep coming! Nobody believes me, the exterminator inspected said not bed bugs and told the apt. Manager he didn’t see anything, told her it was all in my head! I need to be rid of these, the ones in my clothing are the worst, they are eating holes in them while I’m wearing them! They don’t like slippery materials and dark colors seem to attract them. I am so glad to have found others having this problem! We can’t all be crazy about the same thing and all over the world!

Thanks so much for just being here!

If anyone knows of a way to rid my clothes of them please email me!

I was starting to think someone put a curse on me! I’m going to try a banishing spell and see if that helps!

Thanks for listening.

Pete

ITS INSULATION DUST. I was having this problem for 2 years. I’ve spent over $5k and through out all my stuff in my house and was going to sell the house and figured it out last week that the insulation was coming through the air ducts in the basement into the house and getting through everything. insulation dust is not visable to the naked eye and feels just like bugs are crawling on you with itching skin and it also sticks to your clothes,, so you bring it in your car from it sticking to your shoes and clothes and into your work area and everywhere you go, so no matter what you do you cant get rid of it unless you find the source of the insulation coming into your living space.

. I removed all the insulation this past weekend form my basement and its a miracle no more crawling biting itching feeling skin, not more red eyes, no more breathing problems, no more anxiety and feeling so tired all the time. Warning. If you do find loose insulation make sure you mist it with water before removing it or the particles will go everywhere.

Pete

It could be insulation dust. insulation feels just like bugs crawling on you, check out this link:insulation can breakdown and go through the house through air ducts. the only way to get it out is find the source, remove and replace it with something safe and use a hefpa vacuum to clean up the house.

dengarden.com

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