I've cleaned houses and spaces professionally. Here are some of my expert tips.
What's Biting Me? Solutions for Invisible Bugs in Your Home
Are you feeling paranoid and being driven mad by invisible biting bugs? Are you looking for immediate relief from the itching, scratching, discomfort, and rashes? Sometimes we think the bugs will go away on their own and sometimes we think we are simply imagining that they're even there, but every night you feel things crawling on you . . . on your legs, back, neck, hairline, face, and head. It never ends.
What Is Biting Me That I Can't See?
Maybe you've tried some expensive products to get rid of these invisible mites. Well let me tell you—I've seen it all: "invisible" flea infestations, bed bug infestations, and scabies infestations. Yes, it's gross, but the good news is there are ways to kill these bugs and finally have peace of mind. So what is the best way to deal with invisible biting mites? We will talk about trying the following:
Methods for Cleaning/Removing Mites
- Permethrin Cream or Nix
- Windex (Ammonia)
- Listerine (Bactericidal)
- Heat to Kill the Bugs on Bedding and Clothes
- Natural Remedies
- Stay Healthy and Build Immunity
Invisible Bugs That Bite and Cause Itching
The tough news is that you are either dealing with house mites or the scabies mite. Contrary to popular belief, scabies can strike households on any level—all it takes is sitting down on a piece of public furniture and suddenly these bugs are hitching a ride back into your home. The itching is INCREDIBLE. Burning, nonstop irritation. The reason these mites are so irritating is that the female will burrow/tunnel into the skin and lay eggs. It's probably the most irritating itching you can experience in your life.
The below methods will help you kill an infestation but it's always best to work with a doctor too as children and toddlers require special care and these methods may not be best for everyone.
1. Permethrin Cream or Nix
Permethrin cream kills the scabies mite and lice. Essentially, this medication/insecticide works by paralyzing and killing the adult mite and its eggs. It is reportedly safe for pregnant women and children/infants over 2 months of age, but absolutely check the product label and talk to your doctor before use. You can buy it over the counter.
To use this, simply apply it topically and leave it on for the designated amount of time. Do not over use it and keep it away from cats as it is toxic to cats. It is also toxic to aquatic life.
Windex is a general household cleaner, but it does effectively kill insects because it contains ammonia, which is deadly in high concentrations. If you are using windex heavily, you may want to purchase a respirator from Home Depot. I certainly wear one whenever I am cleaning with chemicals. I also wear disposable non-latex gloves like nitrile gloves but you can also buy reusable gloves just for cleaning.
To kill the bugs with ammonia, simply spray every surface—desk space, tables, book shelfs (use a soft, absorbant cloth just for dusting), your car, etc. If you can, get the ceilings and walls.
Caution: Never mix ammonia and bleach—this will produce toxic fumes.
3. Listerine (Bactericidal)
Hot water can actually make the biting worse, so some people have reported using Listerine in a spray bottle on the skin when showering. I simply used Dr. Bronner's peppermint oil and let it sit on my skin for a bit, but you may give Listerine a try, too.
The essential oils in Listerine tend to have a numbing effect. Basically, you'll want to spray it on your skin (turn off the water to save water) and let it sit on your skin for as long as you can stand (5 minutes +); don't forget to spray your feet. You will want to replenish the Listerine regularly to make sure it's still at full strength.
What are the active ingredients in Listerine?
Interestingly enough, listerine contains the essential oils thymol, methanol, and eucalyptol and methyl salicylate. This combination of ingredients kills bacteria in saliva (per clinical trials) and is, therefore, bactericidal. It is an insect deterrent as well.
Ivermectin is also another antiparasitic that is used in veterinary medicine and can be prescribed orally (to be taken by mouth) by a doctor. You will definitely want to see a doctor before using this medication as they will also calculate the correct dosing by weight. It also treats other internal parasites besides external infestations. This is one of the most effective treatments for sarcoptic mites (scabies).
Caution: Don't drink alcohol while on invermectin and talk to your doctor before taking any other medications.
5. Use Heat to Kill the Bugs on Bedding and Clothes
Another thing that works for flea infestations and mite infestations is to kill them with heat. You have to reach a certain temperature, however, to really kill them. I would take all of my bedding and throw it in the dryer and cook it dry for 20 minutes. This really killed the mites. You can also put your bedding in huge hefty bags/trash bags and suffocate them.
Some companies offer a service where they will heat up your house to over 130 degrees and kill the mites—this can be expensive, however.
Caution: Please use extreme caution while drying out your bedding, etc. You can even throw a moist hand towel into the dryer to prevent burns and reduce fire risk. Dry bedding that gets too hot is a fire hazard.
How to "Quarantine" Infested Clothes
Whether you are dealing with mites, fleas, or bed bugs, follow this advice to prevent transference from clothing into your house:
- seal all dirty clothes in a plastic hefty bag (to suffocate the bugs)
- use bleach (when appropriate) and detergent when washing; you can also use essential oils
- when washing clothes, place them immediately into the washing machine and don't drag them across the machine or house—mites can escape this way
- get rid of the used trash bag and don't let it sit around the home as mites will likely be inside this bag (as will eggs)
- consider drying your clothes longer than normal
Tips for Protecting Mattress
- Mite-proof cover: I purchased a mite-proof mattress cover that was fairly inexpensive but works wonders. It breaths well, is definitely waterproof (my cat peed on it), and it keeps my mattresses dust-mite free. Consider this.
- Wrapping the mattress: If you are dealing with an active infestation, you can wrap your mattress in plastic bags (cut them open with scissors and tape the seems), hose-vacuum the mattress, and flea bomb the house if you so desire.
- Inflatable bed: If you are dealing with a really bad infestation, you may need to get rid of your mattress and use a blow-up/inflatable mattress that can be cleaned off with something like windex every other day before the mites are completely gone.
- Wash your sheets daily: You may want to wash your sheets daily. This will prevent the mites from cycling and hatching. You can also spray your sheets with a peppermint-based essential oil blend.
Borax is great for removing mites from carpets, shoes, and can be used in laundry. Do not use borax in laundry if you have sensitive skin. Simply sprinkle your carpet with borax (it can even be used in the car, too). After 24 hours, vacuum it up. I would not use it if you have pets that like to go on your carpet.
You can also put borax in your shoes and let it sit for 24-hours, then vacuum it out or simply wash your shoes in cold water and let them dry outside in warm weather. Baking soda is also a great alternative for households with pets or children.
Outside of the body, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil was more effective at killing the mites than traditional treatments.
7. Natural Remedies for Invisible Insects
There are some natural remedies you can try. When diluted properly in a carrier oil, citronella, peppermint, and tea tree essential oils do well to kill insects on the skin. One such study even states that "Outside of the body, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil was more effective at killing the mites than traditional treatments." Make sure to follow any necessary safety precautions especially with children and pets. You may also want to consider the following:
1. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a unique, chalky-white powder that is made of fossilized aquatic organisms (diatoms) or phytoplankton. DE is great for killing bugs because it causes them to dry out—it absorbs the oils and fats from the insect's exoskeleton. DE is great for dust mites, too. You can sprinkle it on carpets, furniture, and bedding. Be sure to wear a dust mask.
2. MSM Cream
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural form of organic sulfur which can help to protect the skin. It contains vitamins E and ginkgo. Note that it is for topical use only. You can mix MSM cream with tea tree oil or peppermint oil and use it on the skin to kill the invisible bugs. You can also blend the MSM cream with hand lotion and a powerful essential oil (try for a 1 part MSM: 10 parts hand lotion blend or higher; essential oils should also be diluted according to instructions). This can be used all over your body.
3, Ozone Generators: What are they used for?
Ozone can be used to kill mold, get rid of second-hand smoke, and can kill bed bugs and other insects. You can buy ozone generators from various companies and for under 100 dollars and just switch them around each room. Make sure to air every room out because you should not breathe in the ozone.
4. Carpet Cleaning With Enzyme Cleaners
Some people may choose to use an enzyme cleaner in a humidifier or in a carpet-cleaning machine (for home-use or rented/commercial) to treat the carpets and control dust mites and other mights. You may consider using a good enzyme cleaner like Kleen Free. (Always read product directions.)
8. Additional Tips to Stay Healthy and Build Immunity
People who deal with immunosuppression are particularly susceptible to infestations. That's why it's super important to eat well, exercise, practice good hygiene, keep stress low, take vitamins, and get your sleep. You may even want to consider changing your diet.
Some people adopt a candida diet which means giving up sugar, alcohol, gluten-containing foods, high-starch vegetables, some fruit, dairy, and carb-rich vegetables. Basically avoid eating processed foods and foods that are high in sugar. Candida diets target yeast overgrowth, but it is all too common for yeast infections to encourage bacterial infections which also allow for parasites to easily affect our skin barriers.
Safety With Children and Pets
Always follow directions if you are treating your house or fogging your house. Pets are extremely sensitive to chemicals as are children. Even natural essential oils like peppermint and citronella can be toxic to pets, so if you really have to, consider sending your kids or pets away for a short period of time.
Consider having your kids stay with family or only treat the house when the kids are at school. Air the house out well after. If you have pets, consider boarding them while you have to treat the house to keep them safe (or keep them in a spare room that is carpet-less). Also be sure they are on preventatives and free of parasites—you'll want to bathe them before bringing them back into the house.
Are You Dealing With Bird Mites?
You may also want to consider whether or not what you are dealing with is from bird mites. This could be possible if you have birds in your household. Talk to your vet for animal-safe treatments. Bird mights generally don't cross-over species. You can get exposed, however, from second-hand furniture, working in areas with animals, or working with animals.
Scabies: Signs and Symptoms
You Are Not Imagining It
When you say that you feel like something is crawling on you and biting you but you don't see anything, some people may treat you like your crazy. Sadly, you're not, and they are just unaware of the reality of the situation. People who deal with mites in the household and on the body experience a drop in their quality of life.
The good news, however, is with enough resources and diligence, you can get rid of the problem once and for all. Also know that you are not alone, and many people have dealt with this trouble, too. Please share your tips and advice below and I hope this article helps.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Layne Holmes
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JJ on September 02, 2020:
Agree also Sukaycooks!
I also agree with what someone said about us being home and the increase of rodent and parasite population in homes to irritate and attack us. It is the craziest thing ever. I’ve been to urgent care and told maybe it was dust particles irritating my skin, and then my primary and his collegue saying neither have ever seen this before. Even the dermatologist had never seen this but they all gave me a prescription for Permethrin, which was immediate relief BUT it doesn’t not kill what is below the surface. At this point I also like BB have them burrowed deep. The stinging pain last for a good 5-10 seconds and then I can sticky roll one off. But it’s when your body relaxes and blood pressure drops that is when they begin to come out, not all, some actually go into burrows or out of burrows during the day when I’m doing something. It’s such a sharp stinging pain for just a little lost invisible spec! The itch is insane too! The itch is caused by dead mites, their feces, and eggs or larve left in burrows. Our immune systems are working over time with this infestation!
I found a Heathy Skin Program and the author talks about treating from the inside out for 14 days or more depending on severity. By taking Ivermectin (oral) and permethrin (topical) while using sulfur lotion between and has had great success on scabies. Since these things have same reaction and as scabies I thought it’s worth a try. I can’t get my doctor to prescribe the oral medication so I ordered Ivermectin paste for horses, I’m not a doctor but will be following a Very strict treatment. I will post along the way of my progress and hope for the best expect the worse! Lol
I feel some days that I’m right at the tail end of this and then BAM I will have a major activity dayand night. I do believe these things burrow and lay eggs that hatch every 14 days which are the white specs and popping sounds I hear.
I am curious to hear about the pur03 and how that does for you BB. You are right, when you try a new treatment it seems to be giving results and then like everything else they just become immune to it. Everything I have tried short of permethrin won’t kill or get rid of them completely, even the topical won’t get into their burrows only when they come out.
Praying for us all that we find what works for each of us and keep posting. You’re not alone!! You’re not crazy. Medical professionals really need to expand their education to not just know the basics of lice and scabies.
MICHELLE BRASS on September 02, 2020:
sorry, another comment. maybe help get help. i live on top floor of apartment building. i suspect from all the debri i see now on the ledge, this is part of it. how i got infected is partly from using the window open without a screen with a fan. but found even with a screen, does not matter since these things are smaller than any screen. i also have kept pictures of all skin irritations, and noted whatever i used. when i first used tea tree oil, then aloe vera ... my face felt like it was going to explode. my eyebrows and hair line and eyelids. at the same time i did that i also used tiger balm and cbd balm on chest and arms/hands since they were sore from cleaning.... oh my goodness, i thought i was on fire. for maybe a minute or so... then i started seeing bubbles!!!! bubbles on my arms. myface, i had to wash cause it burned so bad. but after that burn, never burned again.. cause when i feel the itch i still put the tea tree oil and it might minor burn, very minor, hasn't ever caused same reaction.
i haven't had the bubbling reaction since either. but as soon as i feel like something is. biting, i put lotion that has tea tree or eucyluptus and after a minute or more, it starts to sting like burn like bite. and since i am putting lotion on, my skin is smooth .. right. but wtf. when i feel the bite burn, when i go to rub my skin, all of sudden there feels like a pebble. a rock that i rub off . ... when this first happened, there were a dozen or also, i would rub and it was like rubbing old skin off if that makes sense, like rubbing away a sticky residue from a sticker or tape. it was weird and it just happened when i did it. now it doesnt happen often, just barely every now and then. i have humidity thermometers. no central ac. tried doing ac, didnt even help. i pay attention to everything as i'm sure anyone who reads this does cause we want to know why and what and how what is involved in our discomfort. .... theres way too much lint on a pair of socks i wore once and washed. toooooo much debri and lint and pills on everything. i have never in my life ever seen this. not on others and i cleaned houses for old people and lived with dogs and in a basement and been homeless.
my experience with things have made me think, cause everyone is home is why higher exposure to the mites, some intolerances are heightened, that for me, new place and being at top where birds are constantly at, and theres some vegetation. management says succulants dont have any allergic consequences.. but theres other things cause one time i went up there, i was itchy as hell. so whatever, i dont care really what is making all this happen. i think anybody is really wanting is to make this stop.
just want this to stop. i want to stop focusing on and recognizing and acknowledging all the specs, the humidity, the temperature, the lint, the itchy things.
at wits end, thats why for the extra comment. i;ve spent the 1.5 months reading almost every research paper published on mites in the last couple years. i feel like i could be an entomologist and i absolutely, positively, entirely despise, hate and fear bugs. so its very disturbing to me to say the least to even discuss their exisitance. i have a traumatic response to them. when i see them and encounter. spiders use to be an issue. i rarely encounter them so that when it occurs, its not so bad. but every time i find the pebble on my skin or things that react from cleaning spray or wipe ... it freaks me out. i bought a brand new broom two months ago and it looks like its years old and used. same thing for a couple things. commonality is usually cotton, threads.. even polyester, guess what. the thread on it has the things that irritate me. face masks,,... even if i freeze them. doesn't help. they get defrosted and takes 30 minutes for them to start making my face itch. which i take is the ones on my face infestate the mask. or they were frozen and woke up. so wearing face masks are very hard for me. i take it off evry chance i get.
i wear glasses
initially, they use to bother me around the rims. then i found the black specs. since then, i make sure to clean them before with alcohol, so mildly at times i will get a itch but identify they need to be cleaned.
gawd. too many details a bout things thgat nobody cares about except me, my face itches, feels irritation and i want to be put in a coma.
another thing is the weird bruises and small marks that look like cuts but heal within 2 days,,, and the small dots that look like bites at first but go away...
let me tell you when i went to urgent care cause i had a bed bug. and a scabe , since i insisted to be tested for them, i had to get blood drawn.... OMFG ... where they poked me with needle, they put the cotton/bandaid ... well. wouldn't you believe that mother fucker hole was like open, like bigger for a few days. WTF , when does that happen. it got bigger and lasted for at least 4 days. i think it was a week before it looked like it was healed. normal for me is immediate after getting blood drawn so if you can imagine my distress. this also happened after pysically finding a bedbug on my leg, flicking it off. smashing it, seeing blood smear on floor and that bite become a sore and having another, not bed bug on it... and having a different bug maybe just a younger version living on it. cause that bite wound would not go away... still hasnt . it now just looks like a roseasa mark bruise. but its pretty big,
MICHELLE BRASS on September 02, 2020:
I don't have the resources to do alot of these things. Doctor referred me to dermotologist but the next appointment is in december. I know i am not crazy. first doctor tried to say i had that parasite disorder. which i think is not a thing anyway and cause its a specialization to know the microentomology. doctors only spend little time learning about it in school and unless this is a specialty and when they are general practice, i'm sure they forget. I can't remember everything i learned in school. had to take accounting and i dont know about balancing a ledger or the accounting thing that has debits and credits and i never understood it but it was required for my bachelors in business. so. i understand and dont blame them.
i hate being accused that i'm imagining this or that its just a dermotology and skin reaction. i am not a person who is sensitive by skin or allergic... except dander, so it made sense when i had a first problem with bedbugs two years ago when i was living in a hotel/hostel like place. i was itchy like i get when i am around cats. i have been like that with cats since i can remember about 5 years old. i get hives and itchy and start sneezing if i would be in anyones house after an hour that had a cat. its always been a thing.
what i don't understand is why it all came on like WWIII , nuclear war on me all at once... overnight. and nothing really helped but slowly things have.
what do i do with the things i have in plastic bags? i can't afford more. i realize that some, while moving gotten holes and made sense why they were bothering me and when i rebagged them, they stopped bothering ... so i try not to move stuff. i do look and sound like i have a mental issue so its really unnerving not knowing what to do and make this better. i do nothing all day but deal with it. making lotions, reading on internet, cleaning, ... i've gone through every single treatment possible 3 times but on the daily using essential oils and cleaners. i've tried them all!! but i'm physically and MONETARILY exchausted. so now what. ????
sukaycooks on September 02, 2020:
I have suffered from this problem on and off for more than 20 years. My situation may not match yours, but if it does, read on as I only wish I would have known all this before.
I began getting "bitten" by invisible bugs beginning in 1997. I had been deathly ill and had no energy to clean or do anything. I got fired from jobs again and again. I had no energy. People thought I was depressed, and I kept saying I'm sick, but doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me. Meantime, I barely had the energy to sit up. I was 37 years old and felt as if I were 98 on my last dying day.
So, I'm home getting "bitten." Red marks are on me after I feel the bite and then it usually would disappear quickly. However, the ones on my butt would create welts. I would look and look on my sheets for these bugs but could never see anything. Wherever I was in my house, I was getting bitten. I'd move from one room to the next, bring my blanket to the floor in this room and that and lie down. But whereever I went I got bitten. I couldn't sleep.
Pest control companies would come and spray, but it did nothing to alleviate the problem. Meanwhile, my house was a wreck with debris all over the floor.
After having no energy and horrible headaches for nearly a year, I was finally diagnosed with a brain tumor. When I was in the hospital and then moved to stay with my father because the doctors said for five weeks I needed to live with someone, my mom and sister cleaned up my home.
When I moved back into my home, I was not getting bitten.I went back to work, but didn't have time or the energy to clean and dust. My home was organized but not clean. Within time, the bites came back. I didn't connect it to a clean or dirty home. My friend told me to clean. When I cleaned, the dustmites got agitated and "bit" me. But after mopping and dusting and vacuuming, it helped. And then over time I wouldn't dust and clean (although my home was neat and organized), and the bites would come back. But once the place was clean, the mites went away.
Now, I'm in a brand newly built home and about 6 weeks ago, the mite bites were back. Even though this new home is tidy and floors are swept and mopped nearly daily, there is a storage room upstairs that I've never dusted. And I have never dusted things inside cabinets. I spent the last four weeks removing everything from the cabinets, dusting them with a clean damp rag (not dry or you'll just transfer the mites). While I was cleaning, I was agitating the mites and got "bitten" every couple of minutes. Meanwhile, my roommate and my friend who was helping me clean never felt any bites. Yet I would feel bites and pull up my shirt and show them immediately after feeling the bite. They could clearly see again and again that I was getting bitten.
My doctor's physician assistant said she has heard of this and has read about it. She said some people are allergic and feel the stings and other people aren't sensitive to it. The mites don't have teeth, but they have scaly bodies. I suppose that I am sensitive to those scales. It really can feel as bad as a bee sting. I have done tons of online research that has been written by doctors (Ph.Ds) describing the mites and resulting problems. One scientist said Diatamaceous Earth does not "cut" bugs and that the creator of DE made that up and it spread. The scientist said that the claim is impossible. I understand that it is helping some people here, but I tried it 20 years ago and it did nothing to help with the problem.
I'm now in about fifth week of cleaning everything thoroughly: taking every book, album, CD, dish, etc. off the shelf, wiping it down thoroughly and wiping out the inside and outside of every cabinet. It has done wonders with eliminating the stings. The mites get agitated while I clean and will sting me, but after it's all clean, the bites stop.
I have just a few more cabinets and drawers to clean. I have learned my lesson. I am cleaning daily now (dust with a damp cloth, sweep, vacuum, and mop). Monthly I will clean the light fixtures and fans. (I recently got up on the sink in the bathroom to clean the light fixture which I had not cleaned in the five years since I've been here. After I tackle my bedroom drawers, I will clean and dust my closet using a damp cloth.
I have learned that although I don't wheeze or have any noticeable breathing problems, I am sensitive to dust mites. I'm glad I don't need an ozone machine or any other type of product (and I've tried many of them). I just need to clean.
BB on September 02, 2020:
So I put the pur03 hemp oil on my feet again last night after my bath. PU. I put on a thick pair of socks after application and the smell was not strong and over powering. I put a dab on a few other parts of body and I was able to tolerate the scent. I wish I could apply this everywhere to see what it does, but the scent!
My 1st observation, my feet are much much better with a drastic decrease in activitiy. To early to say if this is killing anything/everything, but I will continue to apply this for awhile to see if it takes care of the mites burrowed deep. (I assume burrowed deep due to the long sharp pains at times) five to 10 second long stabbing pain at times. IDK.
As with most everything, you think you find a cure and turns out not to be... so dont rush out to buy this yet.... Too soon to tell.
My head has had no activity last night and I am hopeful the TSal is killing the mites in this area. Again too soon to tell... but hopeful.
My dog had another lime dip bath last week and he seems to be much better. I think once the dog is free, my cure will come fast.
Best of luck to all.
BB on August 31, 2020:
Unfortunately, the blistex medicated balm is not a cure for me. It does seem to heal wounds fairly quick though.
I purchase the pur03 hemp oil. I had such great results with the ozone generator in the house, I thought I would try the ozone infused oil. I received today and have applied to my feet, and a few spots on the body. I have not seen any comments on this for mites, but others have had great results with infections and wounds. The smell is unbearable and I dont think I can stomach this even if it does work. I ordered the hemp because it is supposed to contain the highest level of ozone. There were many reviews about the odor, but I thought it worth a try. I am still nauseous from this smell after applying 4 hours ago. Will let you know my results.
They do sell other oils and I may try another that has a much less odorous smell. I think I read coconut has the least so we will see.
I discovered T-Sal shampoo. Didnt know this existed. I have used the t-gel but this too has a horrible smell. T-Sal has 3% salicylc acid (spelling ?). I am happy to report after four uses, the head crawling and popping has greatly reduced. From scale of 5 to 2. Maybe this will finally win the battle. Fingers crossed.
It seems so many things help for a time, then stop working... but nothing completely eradicates the mite quickly.
I hope everyone is staying strong.
Best Wishes BB
sukaycooks on August 30, 2020:
Mia, some people may be just imagining it, but there are some of us who not only feel horrible pain that feels like bee stings or spider bites, but have the marks on our skin to prove it.
Mia on August 26, 2020:
Has anyone heard of Morgellons Disease. I advise for you guys look it up and then watch the movie Skin Deep: The Battle over Morgellens.
Bitbybug on August 25, 2020:
Another source that has been helpful to me is maximpulse.com, a fellow sufffer, who has adivice for chemical treatment of mites. He says the scabies mite dies after being isolated for 4 days, but from what I read here, I realize that other mites survive much longer away from their host, requiring a longer treatment time. I much appreciate the advice here.
JJ on August 25, 2020:
BB I was at the dollar store yesterday and found medicated blistex and bought it, put it on a couple sores on lower legs and I had the same result as you. I could feel them come to surface and was able to wipe them off, several came to skin surface. I reapplied to keep sores moist. I also got dollar store vapor rub which is probably not as potent as name brand Vick’s, put that on some other spots on tops of my feet and arm bend area at night and could also feel and see bubbling and had the same results. I am going to try both on sores to see if it reduces the sores.
Just wanted to share! Also try Vapor rub or Blistex (Medicated) :)
JJ on August 23, 2020:
BB, the flashlight has saved me a lot of grief! It helps me rid most of them
off clothes before I get dressed but also when I comb out my hair I can see them glowing on the lice comb no matter how small when otherwise am unsure if I got anything. They are almost invisible to naked eye. I have blonde hair so shinning it directly on my hair is hard to see them, but they are clear as day on a black lice comb.
I found the flashlight off Amazon for $6. It was actually for pet stains. I don’t use it for anything other than these things, my body and clothes lol I would freak out. I also wash clothes with borax and color safe bleach, and having the black light and ironing and lint rolling it’s slowly removing them. After I found the source and where the majority were, it’s lessen them on me so much!
BB on August 23, 2020:
JJ, I havent looked into blacklight, but I think I will order one, as finding the actual source would be most helpful.
Unfortunately, I do believe, we take these mites with us.
Yikes in the washer/dryer. How the heck can they continue to survive? Yes, I find laundry extremely difficult too. Things are much better now that I dont have as much activity. I wash everything with laundry soap, borax, vinegar, and started using color safe clorox to every load. I think the color safe clorox has helped as the crawling sensation with clothes, sheets, blankets is mostly none.
I have tried adding pinesol or ammonia to the wash, (I read on another site this kills the mites in clothes) but I had bad allergic skin reactions and stopped. At first I thought it was just bad attack of mites, but the rashes were head to toe and it was the ammonia.
The only areas I am still feeling activity is head and feet. (sometimes slight crawl on lower legs).
The specs, hairs, and grain of salt describes what I have to a T. I hope we can figure this out and end this nightmare soon.
Thanks for posting. BB
JJ on August 23, 2020:
I agree the DE is super messy!! But for me it works at night before bed. I don’t get crawling or biting. I realized that when I lay down to relax the change in blood pressure/heart rate makes them come out of my skin so I lint roll that spot and see them. I use black light flashlight when I comb out my hair with lice comb as I can clearly see them glowing on the comb. That is a lot of work but totally worth it in end. I now have head sore where I wear my hair up in a bun, those hurt really bad. I suspect they burrow in that area also.
I found a birds nest on outside of my garage and With the black light flash light I shined the light on it and it was glowing, they are all over my garage and especially on and inside the washer and dryer. I thought washing clothes would Help rid them but it was actually making it worse. No wonder I felt my sheets and clothes crawling after a fresh wash. I started taking clothes to laundry mat. And I use moth balls everywhere! In my car, in my shoes, in plastic bins where I store clean clothes. I iron everything including underwear and socks and use black light to see where they are on clothes and remove with lint roller. That is so much work.
These things can be like a long hair and break off multiple times to look Like a black spec and they keep going until I completely remove with lint roller or wiping them off. I have lots of movement in feet under the skin when my feet get hot and at night, I put permethrin on my feet with TT oil at night and seems to help me sleep. I soak just my feet in Epsom salt everyday separately from taking a bath. I have sores on my lower legs and upper back I want to try medicated Blistex on, and the new painful sores on my scalp.
I found I take these things with me where ever I go, they are attached to my clothes my shoes and I’m my hair, I found some at my office even. Idk if I’m hyper sensitive now and even when I stayed at a hotel I got crawling sensation. I lint roll everything, don’t leave home without it.
This is crazy! I’ve been dealing with it since Fathers Day, so 2 months. I can say this site has helped me and I am better than I was then but it’s a slow process to rid them.
Stay strong everyone! This is the real pandemic...
BB on August 23, 2020:
I meant to say the Blistex Medicated has not gotten the movement sensation entirely out of my feet, but I have a reduction. Wish there was an edit, to fix the typos. ;). Anyway, will post update in a few days.
Dee, please be strong and do not take your life. Your life is much more valuable then what ever critter has inflicted you. Please try some of the things the users of this site have done. It is trial and error, but you should be able to find some relief and hopefully elimination.
BB on August 23, 2020:
JJ, I take MSM everday internally,1000MG. I have taken 2 a day when I was battling badly. I am not sure if it made a difference, but I felt it couldnt hurt. I have not used mixed with a lotion on the body.
I am happy to report, that I have not gotten any worse for the past week+. I was not impressed with the DE and after the 2 days of use, I havent used since. It didnt seem to make a huge difference and the mess wasnt worth it to me. I am however saving incase things get worse again and I will definately give a try again.
I made a discovery that I hope will help others. I have for a lack of better description, these nodule type healed over soars that would just not go away. They dont itch or hurt anymore, but I think they were or are nests for these mites. They seem to swell up and down. Meaning at time they are flattened and other times raised.The ones on my hands actually had a track line attaching to the nodule. I have two major ones on the back of my neck and one on the back of my wrist and a couple on my hand. They have gone flat and raised for months without completly disappearing. So... to get to the discovery, I had chapped lips and saw I had blistex medicated chapstick. I was looking at the tube and thought Hmmm, this has beeswax and some other goodies, maybe the beeswax would sufficate anything dwelling in these nodules and medicated would help kill. I have applied the blistex to these areas a couple times a day. Within two to four days, these nodules are actually changing appearence and disappearing. The one on my wrist has disappeared, the two on my hands have completely flattend and have a drying appearence. The two on my neck have reduced drastically in size, and now have a small pin head pimple bump. I have also applied the blistex two bite marks that wont disappear. After a day or two gone. I hope this kills what actually might be buried under the skin. It must do something because the lesions disappear.
I also rubbed this all over my feet as they have a lot of activity. This has helped as I dont have the movement under the skin I once had. It has gotten rid of the sensation entirely, but I have only done this 2 days. Will continue doing daily and post results in a few days.
If someone tries the Blistex Medicated, would love to hear if you had good results or if it was just a fluke for me. I truly hope this is a game changer.
Still at 99% waiting to finish off the rest living on/in me. Still taking my baths mostly daily, showers the other days. Still letting shampoo or conditioner with TT oil added, sit on my head at least 10 minutes. Still using the ozone generator mostly weekly, sometimes 10 days apart. And still taking MSM, garlic, vitamin C, and multi vitamin daily.
Dee on August 22, 2020:
These invisible flying biting insects seem to be a species of gnat called No See Ums, they look like a small black spec, tiny but they bite and its so painful. My whole flat is infested and im distraught, they are attracted by my neighbours pond to lay their eggs in but they can get eaten by other insects so if they can get in your property to breed they will. The females bite as they need blood in order to lay their eggs. Fumigation hasn't worked. Am staying with friend, been crying for weeks, want to go home but theres not one room i dont get bit in, even in my bathroom and kitchen, they also hide on my door handles so if i touch the handle to open a door they bite real hard, they bite my feet no matter what i wear, they can bite through anything any clothing and they like my feet cos they get sweaty, they like sweat and ordour. Some days if i did
nt have my little dog ive felt like ending it as I've tried nearly everything, im smothered in bites and literally scared to go home.
JJ on August 21, 2020:
BB did you ever try MSM?
Happy to hear you finally received your DE. It really helped me get rid of majority adults on/in my skin. But It is very messy!! I also sprinkle it on the carpet and let it sit for about an hour and vacuum.
I’m making an observation that after the popping sounds I was hearing I haven’t heard in a week, when I have my hair up in a bun my hair feels like it’s totally crawling. The specs I am getting off with the lint roll off along my hair line or on my face, they mostly all white like a spec of salt. I am also finding tiny black hairs like an eyelash broken off along with white specs on my legs and feet, both have majority of activity all day/night. The tops of my feet are totally swollen. As soon as I put DE powder on at night from head to toe, it stops the crawling and zero biting. I soak my feet alone in hot water and epsom salt. I did try a bleach bath and that felt good.
This thing it has different levels. I am hoping the white specs are hatched new ones and cannot complete their life cycle as I’m not the preferred host? I don’t know, it is frustrating. This all started at end of June for me, I have been sleeping in a different room and even stayed away from home many nights to get a break. While away from the house more than a night, I feel like I could be close to getting rid of these things and as soon as I come back I’m back to square one completely all over me. I’ve decided to move and throw some furniture away.
I was interested in trying MSM but wasn’t sure if it would be worth it, if anyone else has tried?
BB on August 19, 2020:
So the DE came on Monday. I used it head to toe Monday evening before bed. I didnt have any crawls or bites. I left this on all day tuesday (not showering or bathing) and touched up areas tuesday night before bed. I added DE to feet, legs, neck, and chest. Before touch up DE, I had slight crawl sensation on lower legs.
What I have noticed with using DE, the slight raised bumps on hands flattened.
Before using, I didnt have much crawling meaning slight at times. So I am not sure if the DE has changed the situation much. I am going to just bath tonight without applying the DE to see if there is a difference.
The powder is so fine, reminds me of drywall dust when sanding. I used a mask when applying. I used the puff that came with the DE powder and stood in the shower when applying. I puffed then rubbed. For the bottom or the feet it was just easier to grab some in hand and rub. It was still very messy and the bathroom needs to be cleaned thoroughly. I hope it doesn't clog the vacuum.
I will post my results shortly
Best wishes to everyone. BB
BB on August 17, 2020:
Hi Oscar, Sorry you are experiencing this misery too...
WIth Benedryl, when I take, I make sure I have a good 8 hours of sleep as less then that, the drowsy morning is more prominent. I swear by benedryl for a good night sleep. A cup of coffee in the morning clears my head just fine.
I found with benedryl, your body adapts to it eventually, and the drowsy side effects arent as bad after a couple weeks.
I am having much better days as of late. In fact, for 3 nights I have not taken benedryl, and have slept through the night. The bites are non-existent, crawling slight at times, so I know I am still dealing with a slight issue.
I am expected to receive my DE tomorrow so hopeful this takes care of the rest and I can be free soon!!!
Oscar, besides the Ozone Generator, my nightly baths of either soaking in epsom salt or 1/3 cup of bleach in a bath tub of water has made such a huge difference. When I soak, I add TT oil to my shampoo and leave set on my head. I scrub this in on dry scalp. Do Not soak in a tub of water without something on your head. I think this is how I ended up with my scalp infected. I think the 1/3 cup in the bleach water must be similar to chlorinated pool. I shower off when I am done. I try to do a couple days in a row of bleach in the tub, then a day or two of epsom salt, then maybe a day of just showering (if possible), then baths again. When really bad you might need a bath and a shower or two each day.. This is drying to your skin, so some lotion after is a good idea. I found somedays using a lotion made the mites more active, so I would rinse off if the case. It doesnt make any sense, but it is trial and error day by day I swear.
I have been using the ozone generator now, I believe, 5 weeks. I noticed a difference after the 1st time, but I think I noticed a huge improvement after the 3rd use. I do not believe my living areas are infected any longer. Just ME & Dog and I think we are almost free. So dont give up on the ozone treatment. I use once a week now, but I have used about five days apart at first. (I own my home, so I think it might be more difficult if you have an apartment or room mates). I can use when it fits into my schedule.
As some of my prior posts were deleted with the update of this site, If I repeat myself, I am sorry. Not sure what is still posted. I used to spray my bed every day with a mixture of rubbing alcohol, lavendar oil, and cedarwood oil. I made my own spray using either 90% or 70% alcohol diluted with about 30% water, and adding 20+ drops of each of the oil. I sprayed twice a day. Once right before bedtime (long enough for the spray to dry before entering bed). I sprayed flat sheet, top sheet, both sides of pillow, top of blanket, and sides of matteress/box spring. This did help lessen the biting and crawling at night. I did this before the ozone generator was in use and a couple weeks when I started using the ozone. I also used this spray during bad times and sprayed the inside of my clothes. I dont know if it actually killed or they just didnt like the scent and left you alone for a while.
I am pretty sure I have been dealing with rodent mites. Full disclosure, I have never analyzed a mite to confirm. My husband has trapped MANY rodents from our yard, and the numbers are finally dwindling. We no longer trap 4+ a day. Sometimes 2 to none. So I think this too, has helped with the elimination.
It seems to me, either birds or rodents (when I say rodents I mean mice, chipmunks, goffers, rats etc) are usually the culprit. I would look to see if you have birds nesting or rodents invading your space and try to eliminate the source... I think until elimination happens, it will be a struggle at best, to rid yourself of the torment. I feel for everyone going through this.
I have had no luck with extermination or bug bombs either. Infact, I think after I tried the bug bombs, they got angrier and biting was much worse.
I will post the DE results after I have had a day or two of using. If I think of anything else, I will surely post.
Take Care, BB
Oscar on August 17, 2020:
I am from the UK and have been going through this close to a year. Have had pest control come to spray the house but no luck. just a waste of money. Thanks to the comments I have bought an ozone generator and some DE and will be trying this week. A tip for everyone is to buy these items from Amazon with prime, they are great with refunds therefore if the ozone generator does not work I will be returning.
Whenever I am in contact with others the biting and itching get worse, I can also see others itching when I am in a room so I have been trying my best to isolate from everyone.
I have not slept properly in almost a year, I tried Benadryl but it made me extremely drowsy in the morning and I struggled to work. What I have found to give me slight relief is my dehumidifier, it is small so I am eager to try and get a bigger model. I have also noticed that if I sleep with my LED night light the biting is not as bad, as soon as I turn all lights off in my room I can feel myself getting bitten everywhere.
If anyone has any further advice id be most grateful! Thanks
JJ on August 14, 2020:
Hi BB! Oh no they are getting your tummy and breast! I went through that also, it started with my hairline and eyebrows but just crawling at first and a few on my legs then they bite my upper back and chest. First was the onslaught of severe itching then sores, it got so bad that I had a big scab where you cannot reach with your arms! But as that healed they moved on to my tummy and breast. The itch started and then the bites showed up. They would get in my bra and bite. The has finally just healed. So yes BB, it was a game changer for me after I did food grade DE head to toe for 3 nights, I didn’t have any swollen ankles, no new bites and eventually no crawling at night... I had relief and thought I was headed for the end of this! The black specs were pretty much gone. It’s like a silica powder and easy to spread just kinda messy. You will look funny but it worked and its editable so you won’t have to worry.
Then I had/have super tiny hairs that look like a fuzz Some longer than others but they move and bite. With the black light flashlight I get really close to my skin or clothing, shining it at an ankle you can see the fuzz glowing. The light helped me find the source! That is what’s on my skin, my hair and is in my clothes. I don’t look for anything else to not freak me out either. I understand that!.
So we have a dog and trapping was going well, catching over 3 a day. We had a pest control come out and put out bait boxes that if Domestic animals eat there is an antidote, but it’s really impossible to get into the bait box. In 2 weeks time we went from major activity in backyard fruit trees to nothing! I have heard 1 or 2 in last week and assume the bait boxes are working. I only seen one dead mouse/rat (they are tiny I thought they were mice but pest control said they are rats). So good news is they are working but as for the mites I’m still feeling crawling. Seems like every 2 weeks I get it bad, yesterday I had clear or white specs showing up on lint roller and itching like crazy. I took a break from DE at night because it can be very drying, so I switched it up to lotion with tea tree oil. After seeing white/clear ones yesterday I assume that popping is eggs. I took my lice comb and combed a bunch out and they were congregated behind my ears. And combing some of them out I could not see if it weren’t for the black light. I honestly only use it for the alien disease lol
Gosh, I feel like all I do is talk abouyt and think about this. I have decided to move. The situation isn’t getting better but I pray I don’t bring them with me. BB pleeease tell me how the DE goes if it could hurry on delivery.
Anyway, have a good weekend and good luck to you all. I miss my sleep
Firdous on August 14, 2020:
Dome invisible insects bites me throughout day and nite,what are those,and treatment
BB on August 11, 2020:
I ordered my food grade DE yesterday and I wait impatiently for my delivery. Will post results as soon as I receive.
JJ are you still experiencing relief and extraction from you body from rubbing DE in to your pores?
So these damn mites have targeted my stomach and breasts now. Extreme itching for the past couple days. No bites or crawling in this area just extreme itch and some rash.
I rubbed oil in to these areas, let it absorb some , then took a lint roller and got hundreds of black specs and lint specs. I hope some of this is fabric lint as it is freaky...
Today, the itching in this area has lessened greatly. Just did the same thing and much less specs
My head has been good some days and bad some days. I am now having a popping sensation in this area. Dont know if its mite coming out or going in. Sure hope leaving. Soars are mostly gone again, but now I have this crazy popping sensation.
Tomorrow plan to ozone the living area and bath the dog again.
Things are getting better.... but why taking so long?
JJ, I agree these are like alien creatures that can survive. I sure hope all of the soaps, lotions, oils, and everything else we throw at them weaken them and eventually they will die.
The black flashlight I fear, would send my off the edge. I however, would like to know for sure what the heck has invaded my space...
My husband (who had a few bites at first, but nothing since) has been trapping rodents in our yard. We live in the country. I can not say how many have been trapped, but a least a couple a day. I am not sure this is the cause of the mites, but I suspect rodent mites so will keep trapping. Have not found any nests.. I just dont know.
I am not having many bites anymore, but I still get the itching and some crawling. A sharp sting in my feet once or twice a day. I am hopeful to be at the tail end of this, but I wait for the AHH moment.
Best wishes to you all and take care.
JJ on August 11, 2020:
Sukaycooks, I was VERY hopeful that when I got the enzyme spray it would make a difference. I cannot say it has made a huge difference. High expectation with low results. But I will say this, I took my laundry to a laundry mat so I could wash 10 loads at once but taking the clothes out of sealed trash bags after 2 weeks it made my arms super itchy. Those things don’t seem to die, they are an organism with no lungs. Some alien invisible bug. Back to I was at the laundry mat and I sprayed my arms multiple times, it felt soothing and I didn’t get any bites that night. If I didn’t spray I would have stinging arms like I dove straight into shards of glass.
I agree, you need to remove them. Vacuum, dusting, sweeping, lint roller etc. They won’t just die off and disappear, if they die you still have the parasite corpse. Some of those mites have thorns on them everywhere. Cleaning and physically removing them is a Must!! I also agree DE is the game changer!! Use DE around and inside your home, get Food Grade for your body. any Local Pool supply stores carry DE (DIATOMACEOUS Earth).
And get yourself a black light flashlight, you can see them perfectly on your skin, pretty much everywhere at night, and where they burrow!! It shines like you colored yourself with highlighter. They glow!
Lynbooke@me.com on August 10, 2020:
Success success success for over three years I thought I suffered invisible insects biting me and crawling all over me and all it actually was a vitamin deficiency. It was so real that I did everything in the above columns! I was exhausted and felt like I couldn’t keep going and then I had an intolerance test and found out that I was lacking biotin, my daughter also was suffering too and she was missing some other B vitamins. The symptom is called paresthesia which formication the feeling of ants crawling on or under the skin and the biting is to do with the nerves. I raced the health food store and gulped down ten. And 90% of symptoms gone. I take a multi B and extra biotin every other day and I am fine. This was caused by poor diet with too many cakes, biscuits and denatured foods and a poorer digestion as I’ve gotten older. Hope this helps!! I know how bad it is.
David on August 09, 2020:
I'm in Hawaii pretty much in the jungle and was being devoured by these beasts for six months and I every description of the behavior of these mites was to the T of what I was experiencing I bombed my tiny home 12 times. I got rid of everything INCLUDING my mattress and washed all clothes in hot water and dried them on high heat for an hour. Still there. But then I got some DIATOMACEOUS EARTH and they were completely gone in less than a week. Sprinkle it every where. There is a food grade that you can put on your animals. It is the answer. Please hear me out because I know the suffering you are going through. I was getting severely depressed and felt totally hopeless after all that I had done I was positive that nothing could have survived all that I have done but it did. For those who don't know DIATOMACEOUS Earth is ground up fossil remains and it acts as glass and cuts the mite or insect open and if ingested will kill within 48 hours. It was almost immediate for me. I sprinkled it on mattress on my pillows around perimeter. Do it, IT WORKS!!!!?
sukaycooks on August 09, 2020:
@JJ, did the Kleen Free work for you? I bought it years ago and it didn't do a thing. I also spent $100 on the Cedarcide and bought the cold fogger too, to spray it. It didn't work either. The thing that has worked the best is cleaning everything thoroughly, above the door frames, the light fixtures, the top of that tall piece of furniture that needs a ladder to clean up top, and the tops of the kitchen cabinets. I am using damp rags with a small bit of soap or furniture polish. I have been doing this daily bit by bit for the last three days and it is working well. I feel like the bites have been lessened by 98 percent.
People, I'm not sure what has been biting me. It can feel like a sting or a bite and can be bothersome to quite painful. It only leaves behind a small red line, or a thin red line, or bumps on my butt, but generally, the small and thin red lines fade quickly.
The exterminators--of which I have tried numerous over the years--have never been able to see anything on the glue boards they leave behind. So all I can tell you all is that the thing that is working for me is cleaning thoroughly daily. Weekly or monthly I will dust with damp rags the places that are out of reach like light fixtures, door frames, kitchen cabinets. Even if you get the ozone, if you are suffering from any types of mites that come back into the house as dust mites do, the problem will return. I think I have solved the problem. Clean with cleanser everything: the base and handles of the office chair, the electric outlet extensions, computer cords, everything with cleanser and do it at least weekly.
sukaycooks on August 06, 2020:
JJ, I think the mites did attach to me and went with me where I went. It's interesting to hear your story about Forever Ozone. When I ordered from the company, it took about 11 days for the package to arrive. However, one day out of the blue I received three fans arrived from Walmart. There was no note in the box, so I had no idea what they were for. I called Walmart and they gave me a name that sounded Spanish and said that guy ordered them and to just keep them. I almost gave them to Habitat for Humanity before deciding to take them to Walmart for a store credit, which is what I ended up doing. About four days later the cells arrived from Forever Ozone, and it was only then that I had understood what those fans were for. I didn't realize my order was going to come in two separate packages and that basically all I was getting was some cell that I was to hook up to a fan. I paid $300 for that!! The cells somehow how to be attached to the fans and there were some complicated instructions, so I sent them back. If I remember correctly, I lost about $60 on the deal as I had to pay shipping charges both ways and was not refunded for that.
Last night I dusted with furniture polish all my furniture and pictures. I also mopped the wooden floors with a slightly damp mop. Both of those things helped a lot. I did the same thing today and it has helped a lot.
A couple of days ago, I plugged in an expensive air purifier ($425) that I bought about 17 years ago to try to fix this invisible bug biting problem. The air purifier spit out a lot of air and dust went flying everywhere in my bedroom. That night I got bitten every five or 10 minutes and didn't fall asleep until 4:30 a.m. When the bugs bite that often, it's torcher and all I can think of is suicide. Things had gotten good for a few years with only flare ups here and there until about six weeks ago when the biting bugs got fast and furious, leaving dots on my body or long red streaks or even slightly breaking the skin with my bleeding.
I am thinking these bugs are in the dust, so if I dust with a damp cloth and pick up the bugs rather than dry dust moving them from place to place, if I do this continually each day, I will kill off the bugs and their eggs. So today is day two of that. After doing that last night, I slept so well! I also just bought a Skybasic wireless digital microscope on Amazon that is supposed to arrive next week. I hope then maybe I'll be able to see something. Thus far, I've never seen these invisible bugs even with my 10X magnifying glass.
I will keep you all posted of my progress. I hope I can write about it each day so we can see how the dusting with a damp cloth goes. I have been wiping the kitchen counters with cleanser and sweeping and mopping the kitchen each night for years, so the bugs are not because of a dirty kitchen. But I have not been good about dusting until now.
JJ on August 05, 2020:
I also put the Vaseline along my hair line as a barrier at night to keep ones in my hair from crawling down and biting, use a lice comb with tea tree oil in your hair to remove those. You can feel them trying and can either wipe it right away or in morning.
JJ on August 05, 2020:
Solano I did that with cheap Vaseline from dollar store and could then feel them and used a plastic spoon to scrape them off! That was a winner for me too!! It’s hard to sleep all lubed up so the DE from head to toe either trapped them in or not allow other to bite! Also a winner! Thank you
Solano on August 04, 2020:
Everyone, pls also use baby oil on ur skin and hair. The super oily type. U will then see black specks appearing within 5 mins. Leave the oil on for 30 mins or more and then either wipe it off or wash it off.
JJ on August 04, 2020:
Hi everyone!! I am happy to report after 3 nights of totally rubbing in DE into every crevice and pore that it has greatly reduced them off of me. Before this I could take a wet wipe and wipe my shin or my tummy, or chest and would pull off a bunch of tiny tiny black specs and fuzzy hairs. But now I have one spot in mid back that is hard for anyone to reach, that is where I use a spoon to rub anything in, and where I have most. I ordered my food grade DE from Amazon, It was about $8.
When I ordered the “ozone generator” from forever ozone the picture of the bedroom unit did not look at all like what I received. I received a small black metal fan with the ozone adapter attached to the front of it. I contact Mike the owner and he said they were out of stock and that was just as good if not better. So I figured he’s the expert and he made Sure to at least send me out something. I also received a timer seperate in its box, and the ozone plate that I had to plug into the front of the fan. I did my car with it parked outside on the curb ran an extension cord to the car, it was late at night so temp and humidity was low while running with ac on recurrulate (as instructions read) ran it for 15 mins then unplugged from the house and let it sit for 45 mins, I could smell it when I got close and it’s a strange gas smell. I wore a mask when I finally opened and rolled windows down to air it out. It definitely helped!! I will do another in one week. There are many ozone companies out there to choose from if you didn’t like what Forever Ozone sent to you. But definitely give it a try, it will give some relief and like BB said if it’s really infested it will take a few treatments. Sukaycooks do you think that maybe the bites are coming from ones that are attached to you? That’s what I thought too, everywhere I went I was getting attacked when I realized they were on me crawling down from my hair and biting or finding warm spots such as privates. When I put tea tree oil down there it was only temp relief, I was really infested realizing now after my few DE treatments. Also the mites will get immune to one treatment, so if your using the same bug spray every time, it won’t affect them like initially. Try using spray deodar this, it leaves a powdery barrier on skin and they don’t like the aluminum in the spray. It will kill and even repel them and lasts as long as the deodar turns lasts.
I have to say I’m so happy to have this page, so communicate with others who are expired conf same thing! Love reading others stories but wishing I could offer that one thing like awh found something that works. I read the bird/rodent mites only live 63 days away from their host and I think it’s wrong or I’m nearing that time, knowing they lay eggs and reproduce in cotton clothing and In furniture. I would not wish this on anyone. I also am the only one attacked in my household, they are loyal to one victim sadly for us!!
Hope everyone has a good night tonight even though it’s full moon, praying we all get some rest. I miss my sleep so much!
BB on August 04, 2020:
Sukaycooks, my forever ozone unit came completely put together. I just had to plug in to start. Sorry you had a bad experience.
With my experience using the ozone, I noticed an improvement after the first time. It keeps getting better with use.
I keep the dehumidifier running and the furnace fan blowing at the same time using the unit. This helps to circulate the ozone. Dont give up on the ozone, keep using it. I think I read that you can use it multiple times a day if your infestation is really bad.
I can not imagine being infested for 20 years. I hope you will find a solution soon that will end your nightmare.
sukaycooks on August 04, 2020:
Yesterday the bites were nearly zero after I dusted all the baseboards with soap and water. Today the bites came often, just as I thought I had solved this problem. Kleen Free and DE did nothing to solve the problem. I ordered the ozone treatment from Forever Ozone, but it took 10 days to arrive, and by then the mites had gone after I had done a fog bomb. I sent the ozone treatments back and a few days later the mites were back. I may buy an ozone treatment from another company. Out of the blue, I received 3 fans from Walmart and told them I never ordered them. Only a week later would I discover that the fans were part of my treatment from Forever Ozone. Things came piecemeal and there was nothing in the package that the fans came in explaining to me that this was to be used for the treatment. Yes, it has really been 20 years since I've been fighting these bites. It is now 4:30 a.m. and I have not been able to sleep because of all the bites. A bite comes about every 5 or 10 minutes, and it is torcher. I keep getting up and putting on bug spray, which has worked in the past but is not working tonight. Then I put on the Permethrin my doctor ordered for me after seeing the marks left behind from the bites. I have a $500 air purifier and just installed a $2,000 whole-house dehumidifier but I am still getting bitten. I bought a $400 steam machine nearly 20 years ago online, but it is a cruddy machine and spits out water. My roommate is not getting bitten, but I have shown her the bite marks on me. I am so glad she is not feeling any bites as I need a roommate. This has cost me thousands of dollars and I'm still fighting. Some days/nights, like tonight, I feel suicidal as I don't know what to do and feel as if I am being eaten alive. Even in my home office where all I have is a desk and a bookcase with doors on it and a chair, I get bitten. I get bitten in the bathroom where there is no furniture at all. I don't understand this and am glad there is a place we can come and share what has worked for us. Listerine and tea tree oil have not worked for me.
BB on August 03, 2020:
By the way, I just want to thank everyone posting. Any suggestions are welcome. I hope that if only one suggestion out of the 100's suggested, might work for an individua, totally worth tyring. With all of the different types of mites, what works on one doesnt work on others. By everyone suggestions and what works and doesnt work, It HELPS. Just knowing that others are trying to defeat this, gives you confidence that you are not crazy.
BB on August 03, 2020:
Good morning to all. My head is finally feeling pretty good. I am going to try the DE and see if that knocks it out completely. Where do I buy the food grade DE? Is it in the garden section?
JJ, I have been dealing with this since March, but didnt realize what was happeing until April. I went to a derm in March and thought it was Ezcema. Grr....
Any way, when this first started, yes the private parts were very attacked. Fortunately, I after the 1st month, very little activity there. A little tea tree on the between the butt crack has helped stopping them crawl there. I am sure this TMI but if you put a drop on the front and back of a fem pad, it also stops them in that area.
The full moon definately makes them more active. Fri night, I was thinking, WTF as I was having a good break through, and Fri night came and was bit everywhere again.
I can not say enough for the 1/3 cup bleach in a tub of water and soaking. This helps so much.
I did an ozone treatment to the living area on Saturday, and I had a good day Saturday and Sunday.
I noticed my dog starting to scratch again, so today or tomorrow he will be getting a lime dip again.
JJ, if you have a garage, leave the windows down and do the ozone treatment. We have a large garage around 1000 ish sf ft so we did a 2 hour treatment. We taped the entrance door from the garage/house and treated when we went to bed. Actually forgot about it, so we treated 2 days in a row. After the treatment, Never had an issue again in either vehicle. After I have been treating my bedroom, the nights and bits are I am afraid to say, but I am not having a problem now that I have tossed the mattress pad. Fingers Crossed. I am going to give a treatment this week for preventative measures. The dog sleeps in between the living and dining area and I think he is a reason, we are still battling this. I just dont have the heart to give him up and let him suffer. We will defeat this...
As soon as I get the DE, I will post my results. Take care, BB
JJ on August 02, 2020:
I’m sorry to take up the feed...but wanted to share I tried dry food grade DE on my feet last night and then decided to just rub it in everywhere head to toe! I then slept with no clothes. It REALLY helped!!! I felt a few trying to crawl but they couldn’t and hope it kills them!! The only thing is I sprinkled it in my hair and omg it made me look like Albert Einstein! My hair was so dry and frizzy in the morning after washing! I did a oil treatment and wrapped it up in a bun all day. I’ll be trying the DE all over again tonight
JJ on August 02, 2020:
Oh my gosh Sukaycooks 20 years?!!! Do you think you brought them with you when you moved? Or it’s just one of those things? I’m in this 3 months and can’t even imagine 20 years. I spend most waking minute thinking about them and how I want them off of me and what next treatment I want to do, or can’t wait to change my clothes and jump in a bath. I’m considering moving and don’t want to bring them with me!! I believe they are apart of this house and I have been the only one who’s gotten infested and attacked. My 49 year old male roommate had a wife and 2 sons living here a year before and none of them got it like this. Shoot he never knew what it was!! So I’m thinking me and this house don’t live well together lol.... I’m waiting for my Kleen Free solution to be delivered and will take a bath in it if I have to, hope it works and gets rid of these so that I don’t take them with me....
20 years is a long time, I’ve some really bad bad days and nights and would lose my sanity if I did this for 20 years! But it makes me think of all the times that I felt something crawling but never seen anything and paid it no attention, did I have a house mite crawling on me?! Maybe it’s just this 2020 year and season bc we are all home and rodents are worse this year. So many variables.
sukaycooks on August 02, 2020:
I have been suffering from invisible bug bites for more than 20 years. I moved because of it and then got bitten in my new place. What I have learned is that the best solution is to clean the home thoroughly. I notice that I get bitten when my roommate leaves any crumbs on the kitchen counter. I thoroughly wipe down the counters, sweep and mop the kitchen floor every night. But recently even doing that I was getting bitten badly. No treatments worked. Then one night I thoroughly cleaned with dish soap and water the baseboards and that made a huge difference. So I am now going to start cleaning them thoroughly every month. I tried all the treatments I could fine and found that nothing works like thoroughly cleaning with cleanser. Don't just dust with a dry cloth or mop. Make sure they are damp with some sort of cleanser.
JJ on August 01, 2020:
BB I know exactly that feeling with them attacking hands and feet, that long sharp stinging pain is when I think they burrow. I also get this vibration sensation or a muscle spasm. I then try to find it and use a wet wipe to wipe it off. My feet this weekend got really attacked, they have been swollen all week. Some days I feel like hundreds are on me, to other days I also feel like I’m on the cusp of getting rid of this. It is not going to happen over night, it is definitely a process. This week has been particularly rough on me. The lack of sleep gets to me. I want to cry some nights out of frustration and exhaustion.
BB, With your success of using the ozone generator I order one from Forever Ozone also. I actually was thinking about trying it in my car tomorrow. I feel like I get crawling and biting when I’m in the car for more than 30 mins. I can’t wait to try in my bedroom. I have removed myself from my room for over a month now and have been sleeping down stairs until I Eradicated the rodent problem. I think I brought them downstairs to the couch with just the ones on me. But it’s a leather sofa and easy to spray and clean. Most the time I can get ok sleep with crawling and biting just within the first couple hours (yes hours) of laying down and relaxing. They become more active at night and that moment your heart rate changes. I also get more activity after I eat a meal.
BUT.... I wanted to share a new technique, so I heard Arrid Extra Dry (men’s deodorant) works to repel and even kills mites, I had to try it, It also helped me SO much with spraying the inside of my clothes before putting on and on my feet before putting shoes on. The laundry is a huge struggle for me. I will feel like I’m almost rid of them I get reattached all Over again when I put clothes that I’ve washed in hot water/bleach/borax, and dried twice on hottest heat, then ironed. I’ve even tried microwaving under garments and cotton shirts before wearing. It helped just a little bit a huge difference and use caution with that.
Solano, I am going to try the DE in my hair tonight also. I think they crawl down from my Scalp at night and bite my body. They particularly head down south to my rear, which is the most uncomfortable feeling! Good luck with this one too BB.
Good luck to all and keep posting your process and what hasn’t helped for you all. It’s therapeutic to know we are not alone! :)
Solano on August 01, 2020:
Hi BB, I have been reading your posts. Pls try food grade DE. Shake the powder on your head and also put it on your sole. Then wash it off the next day. You will sleep through the whole nite wifout much issue.
BB on July 30, 2020:
By the way, I have used apple cider vinegar and I think the mites actually like it. The activity was wild crazy after use. I used a whole bottle in the bath tub and will never do this again.
Witch hazel takes the itch away and reduces the bumps and rash if present. I use this as a wipe all over and also on my face. I also squirt this in my hair if I am having activitiy.
White vinegar with epsom salt in a spray bottle helps to dry mites on/in skin. I dont use this regularly as it is very drying to the skin. But I do often spray my feet after shower or bath as it seems to help.
Two Benedryl tablets at night help me sleep all night. It makes you drowsy and lessens the sensations. You do wake groggy, but after the first cup of coffee, it has worn off.
BB on July 30, 2020:
I have an ozone generator, Forever Ozone, and have done 4 treatments to multiple rooms. I have a two story house and my 1st floor consists of liviing, dinette, kitchen, bath, and laundry. Openish floor plan. Meaning kitchen, living, and dining are open. I leave all doors open. I purchase 7000 mhz (i think) which greatly treats 700 sq ft. My lower level is around 900 sq ft and it works just fine. I installed my unit on a step stool so it is about 3 feet off the floor. I have 8' ceilings, so if you have vaulted or cathedral ceilings, you might need a stronger unit. I do the shock treatment leaving the unit run 2 hours, then house untouched for another hour, then aired out with windows open for about another hour before I return to living in the house. After the 2 hours treamtment and hour untouched, I enter to open windows and leave again. It is about 4 hours out of the house. I work at home so the time out is a pain, but well worth it. The ozone generator has made such a huge difference in my living area. The only other area I have regularly treated is my bedroom with adjoining bath. I hour treatment, 1 hour unoccupied, and 1 hour aired out. This is on the second story so when I open the windows, I am fine being inside the house on the lower level. I have also treated the spare bedroom once. I have been treating the living area and my bedroom at least once a week. Sometimes 5 days apart. I raise my mattress from my box spring by have a couple boxes between the two when I shock treat. This is to ensure anything between the box spring and mattress are killed. I just removed the mattress cover, not a fully encased one, and threw away. I dont think the ozone was getting between the cover and the mattress and I was still having minimal bites at night. I just purchase a new one to put on will see if it makes a difference.
The mites biting me in these areas has greatly lessened. Overall mites have reduced, but I am still trying to rid from my body.
I believe, JJ an I have the same mite from the description. They do burrow in your skin and also are on the outside of your skin. My head, hands, and feet are the favorite areas now, however, when this first started, my face was the target (Mouth and nose). They quickly move to the rest of your body. I would say I had at least 200 raised bumps, plus rash, over most parts of my body. The crawling and biting is greatly reduced. Some days no bites. Crawling does occur, but is much less. They are extremely difficult to rid from clothes. I was everything with at least 1 to 2 cups vinegar, borax, and liquid detergent. Extra rinse cycle. It takes care of some, but many still survive. It seems impossible, but they do. I also use the lint roller on my body and on the inside of my clothes. This helps, but it is not perfect.
I have found some hand lotions and my homemade hand sanitizer, rubbing alcholol& Aloe sunburn gel mixed together, draws the mites out also. I had many in my hands and now there are very few to none at times. Still struggling with the feet as I think they burrow deep. This is where the very sharp and long painful pricks/bites occur and I believe it is the depth they are burrowing.
As far as my head, I rotate shampoos and conditioners, which tea tree oil is added. I dont add the tea tree to the bottle, but to the handfull before putting on your head. And I also, put shampoo and/or conditioner on dry scalp. Let it sit. I usually do this when bathing so sits on at least 40 minutes, however, I will do this about 10 minutes if I shower. Head N shoulders, Menthol, Suave Coconut, and OXG mint and tea tree. All rotated routinely.
Some days, I feel like I am on the cusp of defeating this, to having a day or two knock me down and out again. Unfortunately, it is a long battle with no immediate cure.
As to the bug bombs, I have had no luck with these either. The Ozone generator has made a huge difference. I have not tried DE and I have not thrown everything away. I have reduced items and have decluttered, put throws and pillows in garbage bags sealed for storage. I vacuum everyday, dust and mop weekly. I no longer spray my furniture as it is not infected.
Keep posting good and bad treatments to hopefully help others.
Morgan on July 30, 2020:
I’ve been bite by something all day for almost a week and suspected fleas or mites, I’ve bought hot shot non toxic bed bug spray that kills other bugs as well and glue traps of all types along with Diatomaceous Earth and to not a single one is working, any suggestions?
NF on July 29, 2020:
JJ thanks for the advice will purchase the lice shampoo and I have some tea tree oil...I am using a soap much like dawn in my hair right now and that has stopped the biting also will put borax in my shoes.. I think that this started after I went out for dinner, outside and later sat on a public bench. Could I have picked up this mite (bug) in this way? How long will the nightmare last? I do not see any evidence of black pepper sized mites or any evidence at all of these mites(bugs) on clothing or bedding or chairs or on me. Also does the ozone generator work on an open floor plan? I have many questions...praying for a cure! Thank youl
JJ on July 29, 2020:
NF, that is how mine started at my head then moved down to my back and few bites on legs. I would start by purchasing lice shampoo from your local drug store, one that contains Permethrin. That helps kill the mites. You apply to hair/scalp dry, and do the same to your back of neck and shoulders. Apply and let stand in affected areas for 10 mins then wash out. I also started tea tree oil immediately and it killed the eggs or larvae left in my scalp. I used pure tea tree oil (can also be found at local drug store) but it can be strong, it is recommended to dilute with water or coconut oil. It will sooth the itch and will tingle a bit. You can also use Apple cider vinegar for the itch.
NF on July 29, 2020:
I am being bitten now for 2 weeks on my head, back of neck shoulders and some on legs. Itchy and driving me nuts..have applied
food grade Diatomaceous Earth as a paste to every area of my body that has been bitten..Still not gone what now?
JJ on July 29, 2020:
Also... Listerine (use blue one) will repel them but not kill them. Windex with ammonia didn’t work alone for me, but might for others. I used sulfur ointment with caution it can burn skin, and sulfur bar soap in shower. The only way to rid them is to get them off you and out your house!Vacuum every day or night before bed, sprinkle borax first and let sit for 30 mins or more, and dust more than regular.. You can also microwave clothing in 15 sec intervals, use caution. They get in shoes and back on your body, put shoes in a bag and throw in freezer overnight, make sure to tap them out before wearing again!
Neem oil and Clove Oil will help get them out from hiding in your skin and you can then wipe them off without using harmful chemicals or creams.
Thank goodness for this website! I’ll check back after trying other remedies. Good luck everyone!
JJ on July 29, 2020:
I agree BB, the dermatologist or medical professionals should know more about this and how to treat it. The first time I went to urgent care I had zero visible bites because the mites are so microscopic small, but after a month I at dyed showing bites on my back. That’s when I went to the dermatologist and they prescribed Permethrin and then oral
Medication called “Ivermectin”, although the cream kills the mites on top of the skin it does not kill the ones hiding in the skin. The permethrin cream dried out my skin so bad that it scanned and looked like scabies but still not scabies. I use a lint roller on my skin to get dry skin and mites off top of my skin. The oral medication was take 3 pills once a week for 2 weeks. I feel like it’s just not strong enough to kill them but it was a start.
I have been just as desperate for answers and solutions!! This is the worst thing I’ve ever dealt with, affecting my sleep and that affects my attention/focus at work. I am the only one who has been attacked in my home, I have a 49 male roommate and my 13 year old daughter.
I just had the exterminator out and paid to fog both bedrooms (mine and my daughters) it worked but once the fog dried I have dead mites everywhere! On furniture on walls on everything. I have completely removed myself from the bedroom hoping to get them off of me so I don’t get them worse.
I have been doing more research and found a few other remedies from others, actually reviews on Amazon under Kleen Green solution. I ordered this solution for priority delivery! The claims are this used persistently with vacuuming and dusting has eliminated most all mites from others bodies and homes. The product is organic and safe to use on everything including our bodies and animals. Check out Amazon Kleen Green or Kleen Free and read reviews. Another reviewer offered suggestions of using Dawn blue dish soap in a bath and soak for 20 mins. But also try Neem essential oil! It will draw the ones out from under the skin! I used a wet cotton pad with water and put 4-5 drops on cotton and wipe an small area of skin at a time, I started from feet up to knees, you will feel them coming out and even see bumps or red spots (those eventually go away after you get the mites put). Then after about 10 mins Of applying Neem wipe with a new clean wet cotton pad! You will see them! Feels so good to see those suckers off you! Repeat all over in affected areas!
These things are crazy!! I’m left very small pepper specs and with the hair fuzz looking mites, I feel them spinning and light vibration when they come out of my skin or into contact with my skin. Natural Genesis website shows pictures under microscope and offers more explanations on these fuzz mites!!! The fuzz mites won’t wash out of clothes either, that’s frustrating! I can feel my sheets crawling as they are trying to crawl back onto you. I’m so happy to share any and all info! I will post updates on the Kleen Green solution and going to try a Dawn bath tonight and then doing a Neem oil treatment also!
BB on July 24, 2020:
JJ, wow you actually found a dermatologist or doctor that was of some help. Ive been to both and am told it is not a mite or bug living on me. Maybe hives, eczema, allergies but never would it be a bug!. Well there are absolutely no bed bugs and this mite is living on and in me... It is not scabies and I believe it to be a rodent mite also..
If you actually get a cure from one of the doctors, please post what the prescription was so that "we" can beg and plead for the same treatment.
I thought my head was getting better and no seems to be breaking out, biting, and itching again. So... I am now soaking my scalp in conditioner with tea tree oil added. (on 3 hours), I will wash out and take my bleach bath soaking my head also. (Damaged hair but what can you do?)
I think the dog and I keep contaminating each other. Trying to break this cycle but... It makes me sad, but I may have to give up the dog in order to achieve this cure. He is great for about 2 days after the sulfur dip, then starts the itching and biting again.
By the way, I contacted the vet and simply stated to me, that dog mites will not infect humans. Not only is the human medical field ill advised, so is the veternary field. I dont understand how the medical professionals never contract this nightmare. I dont wish this on anyone, but I do wish someone with the ability to try various medical treatments would have to find the cure and make it known to the rest of the world! Maybe the suffering would not be so long!
This is not my 1st round, unfortunately, this started differently than the 1st time I had this (5 yrs ago) and I have been battling this for sure since March 2020 and I suspect earlier.This battle has been much less severe than the 1st time, but it is still hell!
I feel like i am on the cusp of beating this, to having issues all over again.
The ozone generator has taken care of most of the mites in the environment, but I cant seem to dispell them completely from my body. Will keep fighting to rid these creatures.
Please to ALL... Post your success and not success so it might help others.
Cali on July 23, 2020:
Epsom salt with vinegar bath or squirt bottle, you will thank me later!
JJ on July 23, 2020:
I’m going on 2 months of pepper mites, been to doctor and dermatologist and none of them have seen this on humans. Just my luck! They first infested my mattress/bedroom from rats outside my window in a tree! Mites laid eggs in my scalp, I started tea tree oil 100% not diluted in my scalp every night before bed and spot treatment throughout the day and that killed the eggs to where my scalp started shedding and got most of the mites but they don’t die from just tea tree oil, I didn’t start getting body bites for about 4 weeks, now my Whole back, my sides, behind my knees and my boobs are all biten up.
I was prescribed Permethrin cream, apply head to toe every night before bed and helped kill most of them, and stop the crawling after about 30-45 mins of absorbing. Dermatologist prescribed oral medication take once a week for 2 weeks didn’t seem to really help. Now I have little tiny pepper mites left and what looks like lint, both crawl toward Warm places, my armpits, my anus for warmth, so uncomfortable!
Clothing got infested, couldn't wear anything more than once without changing every 8-10 hours. After wearing clothes or using towels and bedding, I put it in a garage bag and seal it right and left them die 5-7 days before washing, I learnt that the hard way just by washing doesn’t get rid of them and your getting attacked all over again!
I’m going to start taking food grade DE and grape seed extract, heard great things! I also purchase a ozone generator I’m going to try to shock treat my house. Vacuum every night! And dust. This getting rid of them won’t happen over night! It’s a process. I am better today than I was a month ago but still bothered by them! I hope everyone can find what works for you, this has been a struggle with sleepless nights and sleeping in my car some nights just to get away. If you can remove yourself from the room/house, go stay at hotel or somewhere it helps! I found the source, had exterminator out to fog my 2 bedrooms and catching the rodents. It is a process and a miserable one for me!! Good luck everyone!
BB on July 20, 2020:
did the lime sulfur dip on the dog again (friday). Yes it is def helping. I will do this again on Wed and re-evaluate then, if he needs it again. Still little scratching an biting on underside of belly. I dont think I got the dip good enough in that area.
The ozone house treatment is working awesome. I can sit and not feel bites or crawling. I still vacuum daily, mop weekly, and launder daily, wear item only once. Sheets/blanket changed about every 4 days.
I am going to go buy a new set of sheets and mattress cover as I think they are infected. I have very little bites at night, but want to see if the unused pieces are of help.
I am still taking 2 tabs of benedryl at night, although, I tried 2 nights without to see if I could sleep through the night. I made it mostly through the night, although I woke around 4AM with a slight crawl sensation. With benedryl I can sleep through the night. It makes me groggy in the morning which wears off with the 1st cup of coffee.
My daily baths of either bleach in the bath (1/3 cup) and other days epsom salt baths have reduced the mites greatly. The bleach I think helps the most, but I dont do more then 3 days in a row as it is drying to the skin and damaging the hair. I am rinsing after all baths and washing out shampoo when soaking in the tub. I have minimal crawls unless I have a piece of clothing that is not rid of the mites, and then as soon as I change, it usually takes care of it. The bites are now many days none, to some days maybe five. My head is much better and some days great, other days itchy. My scalp soars are 99% gone.
I am still taking a multivitamin, msm, garlic, cranberry with vitamin C, and tummeric. I am not sure if any of these are helping or not, but I think they are good for the body anyway.
I dont know when I will be 100% rid of the mites, but I can now function almost normal a great deal of the time.
For those who can afford $120, and are still struggling, I recommend the ozone generator. I feel this has made a huge difference in my environment.
I have now done the living area 3 times, my bedroom 3 times, guest room once, garage 2times. The cars were in the garage with windows down. The cars are no longer infected!
I will continue doing the ozone treatment weekly until I am certain I am free of the mites. I am going to do monthly after for preventative measures.
Take Care BB
Laua Nagata-Soto on July 20, 2020:
Thank you sooo very much. I am currenttly going thru a very bad infestation of this invisable bug. I have had blood work done and they say theres nothing wrong, yet I have all the symptoms you've described. My daughter and my aunts home have also picked them up too. My Aunt went to the Dr. and was told she had an infedtion ( didnt say what kind ) my daughter was told she might have staff,we are waiting for her blood work. I have been using anti-fungal cream on the bites and it is working for now. It is extremely sad the way people make me feel as if I am crazy because they are not being bit. I see them in places I visit like friends homes and even 2 different hotels I recently visited ( to get a break from the madness ) Why is it that most people are not bothered by these pests ?? Thank you for all your help. I pray I can get my happy life back.
BB on July 14, 2020:
What a shame this site has changed... Not sure if anyone visits this site anymore... But...
The lime sulfur dip for the dog worked wonders for two days. It says can repeat every 5 days as needed. So will be repeating on friday and do ozone in the main part of the house on the same day. This has helped immensely.
I am still struggling with the mites in the hair! Last night I used the lice hair repel spray and add tea tree oil and witch hazel. I sprayed my entire head and rubbed into the scalp. After it dried, I sprayed vinegar with epsom salt and rubbed into the scalp. It really helped. I didnt have any head bites and much less crawling. Everytime I feel a crawl, I spray the lice hair repel with TTO &WH and rub. I have not showered out hair yet. I pray this is knocking the count down and maybe will be done in this area soon.
I am still fighting and hope to end this nightmare soon!
Please post any helps or cures.
BB on July 07, 2020:
So did the ozone treatment yesterday to the main living areas, Living,Kitchen,Dinette,Bath,Laundry.... Yep for sure this has knocked down the mites in this area. Last night not a crawl or bite. I just did the ozone treatment in my bedroom and I expect the same good results.
After the ozone treatment protocol, I soaked my feet in a bucket with lots of epsom salt covered with white vinegar. I soaked for close to an hour. I am pretty sure it pulled a lot of mites out. (black specs floating and at the bottom.) I followed by the hand cream on the feet. Much less crawling and biting..(Not perfect but much better). I am going to do the same tonight before my bath..
I made a spray bottle with epsom salt vinegar mix and sprayed my entire body and poured the same solution over my head and let it air dry. It was a dry film residue left overnight. Pretty sure this helped as I didnt have the head or back crawls or biting anywhere that I have been dealing with.
Today, I lotioned my feet before socks on and I have had some crawling and biting in the feet. As long as the lotion is making it tough for them to survive, I will deal with the angry mites...
I think I have these critters on the way out and hope to report soon!
PS since my post about the Ozone Generator is gone, the company is Forever Ozone. The unit I bought was about 120... Not fancy but definately works! This company was very helpful in instructions as to what to do and for how long for mite shock treatment. It took about a week from time of order to receiving the unit. Definately worth trying for the amount of $. and I can report, in my case, it has made a HUGE difference.
BB on July 06, 2020:
Not sure what happened to all the prior post, recent and old.
To bad they disappeared because some were very helpful.
I will be starting the second round of ozone treatment today. I believe it has done much for the reduction of the mites in the house. Unfortunately, I am still battling the mites on me/in my skin. And also on my dog. I am ordering a sulfur lime dip for the dog today and will post results shortly.
I am still taking bleach baths (1/3 cup in a tub of water) alternating with epsom salt baths every couple of days. I tried a new epsom salt, citrus, with drops of lavendar, cedarwood, and clove essential oils. This helped immensely, however, as with the other epsom salts, I think you have to keep changing things up as the mites adapt.
I have found a hand lotion with silicone blends, Natrashield with slicone Blend, which has definately drawn out mites. Dont believe its a cure, but hopefully reducing the amount of mites to someday achieve elimiation.
Keep switching the creams, lotions, soaks, shampoos, because what is working, will probably stop working. I will keep posting good and bad results in hope to maybe help some one else.
Al on July 04, 2020:
What happened to all the other comments. I was getting some good info that was very helpful. Is there a way to get these other comments to read.
Frances Dowling on July 04, 2020:
How do I know exactly what kind of bug it is? It all started when I put my window A/C in. We were thinking it was the "noseeums" coming in from outside. The bite looks like mosquitos and itches the same way. So very annoying!
sukaycooks on July 01, 2020:
I have had this problem of getting bitten by invisible bugs for more than 20 years. Sometimes it feels as if something has taken a sharp bite into me with sharp teeth. Other times, it feels like a sting. Sometimes I feel a little bite and it just gets worse within a second. The reaction on my skin is different in different places. I've had bumps on my butt, nearly 3-inch lines that look like dashes on my breasts and small red lines or blotches when I get bitten elsewhere. I moved to a new home, and this brand newly built home soon had the same problems. I then got it under control for about four years, and about 3 weeks ago the problem returned. I am at a loss as to what to do. I just spent $2,000 on a whole-house dehumidifier, and I am still constantly being bitten. I can't sleep because of these bites.
Dave on June 25, 2020:
Thank you for the information. I am presently suffering from mites and don't know how in the world I got them. I have tried all such as alcohol, RID, medicated shampoos and have not been successful in making a dent. I wash my sheets and night clothes every morning and have encasement covers for my pillows, mattress and Box spring and it helps but not enough. Sometimes when I walk on the carpet, I feel a sharp sting on my upper back or calf and wonder if it is mites or lice. I vacuum every day and try to keep things apart.
I have asked the Dr. to please prescribe some medicated cream to kill these insects and am awaiting her answer. I haven't had a good night sleep in a month. I am embarrassed to tell people my problem for fear they may think that I don't have good hygiene. Thanks for the information.
MR on June 01, 2020:
More info in comments here.
Suffering Bites on March 30, 2020:
I've been dealing with biting mites since 2014, going on 6 years. I've tried just about every solution offered. Windex, diatamacious earth, lavender oil, baking soda, cedar oil, natural genesis and nothing has been effective. They become immune. I've treated my home from floor to ceiling, sealed window sills, caulked and covered and covered crevices and still they are a scourge. I'm getting bitten right now as I'm typing this and even with the cedar oil I JUST sprayed. I used so much windex trying to kill them my carpet now has a blue tint. I NEED help! Any suggestions that actually work will be greatly appreciated.
Shar on March 17, 2020:
Thx. for the info. .
Wanda Bland on January 30, 2020:
Thank you for this article as my doctors are not listening and now I have hope to rid these horrible creators.
Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 28, 2019:
Hi Dora, thank you for the read. I generally like to go for all natural remedies. I do think sometimes that infestations can get so bad we have to resort to other means. Hopefully, people can start with the natural stuff first and then move on until they have to call a professional. Take care.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 28, 2019:
Very helpful article. Thanks for researching and compiling this list. It usually cost hundreds of dollars for professionals to rid the house of pesticides.