Are You Being Eaten by Invisible Bugs?

Updated on January 8, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bite-Mite Protocol

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

Permethrin Cream

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

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

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

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

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

What to Avoid

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

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

Listerine

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

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

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

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

Ivermectin

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

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

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

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

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

Some Recommendations

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

Improve Your Immune System

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

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

Some Tips on Sleep

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

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

Cleaning Tips

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

Laundry Tips

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

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

Bedding

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

MSM Cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ozone Generators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Kill Bugs Without Chemicals

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

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

What Didn't Help Us

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

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

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

Be Careful of Bold Claims by Companies

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

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

You Can Beat This

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

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

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

You're Not Alone

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

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

Don't bottle it up.

Stay in it for the Long Haul

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

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

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

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

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        M Sotired 

        11 hours ago

        Thanks Sarania, I found it. I recall reading this a while ago. There's a lot of different information there. The laundry protocol is quite daunting. But at least I have the dehumidifiers. I have 2, might need at least one more. Haven't noticed much of a difference yet. I hope they help...eventually.

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        Sarania 

        25 hours ago

        Tried to post the protocol from Invisible Parasites website....it's too long I think. I Googled it, and found it. Sorry about the link.

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        itgetsbetter 

        2 days ago

        M Sotired, I'm sorry you a feeling down and frustrated. You are not alone! You can buy the foggers online... won't they deliver to your house? I can let you know if they work first.

        The 2 man tent on my queen bed is working well, easier to control than the whole house. I spray the blue hot shot spray in there prior to bed and only use my thin fleece blankets. It's nice and warm in there so not much blanket is needed. My pillows have encasements and are also double bagged in plastic.

        Sportsmens Warehouse has a noseeum mesh face net for $3 that seemed to work well though I don't think I need it too much in the tent. Walmart has the coleman rainpants and jacket that are mesh lined so I don't mind wearing them without any pants under them. $24 I wish I got the tent months ago.. would have saved me half the hell. I still get attacked while working on the computer - I work from home. I can take a shower and change clothes fairly easily though, working from home. wearing rain gear made me realize the clothes are getting infested, not my skin so that is good to know.

        I just went through storage bins and I keep finding poop from something, not mice but more like bird poop except it is flat and reddish brown, like a dried liquid, not solid.

        I saw some holes in clothing, but not a lot so far. I'm hoping the fogger hits the celing and goes into the vents to kill anything that got in there. I plan to put a fogger in the attic too though it is airy so might not help that much. I'm going to treat the dog prior to setting off the foggers so I can keep an eye on her. I got a free sample of advantix II and I know some dogs react to it.

        There were bats nearby so it could also be batbugs which look like bed bugs but are easy to get rid of and sleeping in the tent might help that.

        Not sure I said Vaseline helps control the crawling or catch them anyway since they can't move in it. Also using hydrocortizone when I feel one crawling.

        It also snowed here so that is also helping since I think the yard is infested with fleas, ticks, possibly deer or seed ticks, mites, spider mites, chiggers, ants, sheetweb spiders. I have seen grubs and slugs too and don't know if they would be related to this.

        ttyl

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        M Sotired 

        3 days ago

        I don't think I can get the foggers where I live, itgetsbetter. I'm running out of ideas and energy. You are making progress it seems.

        I would have nuked the place by now if it weren't for my pet. Maybe it's time to send him away for a while so I can actually use something strong enough that will work.

        I just don't know any more. There's not enough good news stories here to keep my momentum up.

        And none of us are crazy, but this sure makes you feel like you are. And that no one cares doesn't help either.

        Keep going. I'm not sure I can.

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        itgetsbetter 

        3 days ago

        I just bought a tent! It's official... I'm crazy. the 2 man tent fits on the queen sized bed. I am trying ironing my clothing when I feel crawling since it could be larva in my clothes. Clothes moths make webbing and infest closets of clothing. I have a few holes in a couple items at least. I just read this, "The adult clothes moths do not eat wool and other fabrics. Rather, the moth larvae are responsible for destroying your clothing and making holes in your cotton, silk, linen, wool, and synthetic fabrics. So, a few tiny holes in your sweater, cardigan, and other types of clothing, as well as webbing in the corners of your closets, and a musty smell in your clothes indicate that moths have already infested your house." From: https://homequicks.com/how-to-get-rid-of-moths

        Also, I wore yellow rain pants over grey mesh lined rain pants along with rubber tall boots to sleep in. No bugs were crawling on my legs which was a new experience, but they did get into my hood and shirt via the face opening of my windbreaker. The next day I noticed tiny sticky ovals or blobs and a black shell that looked like a skin shed on the yellow rain pants. HA! Double plastic pants confused them! I also tucked pants into socks and used rubber bands in case they got in my boots.

        From Wikipedia Tineola bisselliella or clothing moth, "Females lay eggs in clusters of between 30 and 200 which adhere to surfaces with a gelatin-like glue. These hatch between four and ten days later into near-microscopic white caterpillars which immediately begin to feed. They will also spin mats under which to feed without being readily noticed and from which they will partially emerge at night or under dark conditions to acquire food. Development to the next stage takes place through between five and 45 instars typically over the course of between one month and two years until the pupal stage is reached. At this point, the caterpillars spin cocoons and spend another approximately 10–50 days developing into adults."

        The larva of moths can look like springtails one you roll them off and then onto a slide.

        So the blue fogger helps with flying moths (can barely see them). The purple one would probably be better so I will do that next since it gets flea larva and some others. I have never seen the varied carpet beetle on these things so far but I only saw one of those so far.

        If they are crawling on you, try double plastic pants, tuck into socks, add rubber band and use rubber boots. Then look at the yellow plastic rain pants in the morning since it is so easy to see stuff on them. I also tuck shirts in. I might fog the attic too. I noticed a few flying white things in the insulation.

        I hope you find a new clue. I also found a 10x magnifying glass at Michaels craft store and that helped me see the carpet beetle larva.

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        itgetsbetter 

        4 days ago

        M Sotired - I just sprayed the blue spray for flying insects -Hot shot - in the closets and a couple rooms and the garage and I tried to hit the ceiling. I have asked around since there was construction and people were complaining about the bugs and someone said the blue fogger. Actually 3 people said the foggers. I also have 2 boxes of blue foggers - hot shot, no mess, oderless and you don't have to blow out pilot lights with this one, 3 cans in each box (cheapest at walmart then lowes I think like $10 for 3 max). If the regular spray has some impact tonight, I will use all 6 foggers. 1 per bedroom, 2 in the living room (vaulted ceilings) and one in the garage with my car doors open (is that safe?). I will also treat the dog with Advantix II since it covers fleas and more (maybe ticks and lice too) and leave the house for a few hours then air it out for a couple hours.

        I have spider webs in the stucco ceiling everywhere and little dashing white or clear flying things most everywhere though you can only see them in the light and they look like dust that fly with purpose. One exterminator thought they could be flying ants - winged ants. If so, swarmers since they tried to swarm right through the screen window and got stuck, probably in my oil and vinegar spray. I thought they would be noseeums but I did also have tons of ants this summer. The flying things are really small...I can barely see them. They swarm though, mostly around lights. it could also be moth or carpet beetle related which would also explain the cocoons I have found and things are usually wrapped up in threads so they are nesting in clothing and whatever.

        the blue fogger also covers fleas so I know I have some of those. I found one this morning and it had a couple half legs on it... finally! This one was not a springtail. Usually by the time i get them on a slide they are a body at best. Sawyer also has a flying insect and tick repellant I am testing out that I think might just work a little.

        I woke up the other day with something above my lip. I brushed it off and had reddish brown shell in my hand which could be kissing bug, bed bug, flea. I think it was a flea since I have put out bedbug traps and there are none. it was sucking blood off my face. nice. no welt and it is not itchy but i almost bought a tent tonight. And yes, this inspired me to use poison. There is a webbing kinda moth and a microscopic moth - Philodoria. I have seen a normal sized moth in the house and 2 probably carpet beetle larva.

        Moth cartoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbaRgEnF3Sg

        I'm also wondering about cleaning the rest of the vents out since I noticed more may have dumped out of the vent than I thought... I thought it was white flecks only, say AC white rust but my desk had a ton of little brown specs, probably fleas and lots of dirt. i didn't see it since it is a brown desk.

        Cleaning the other computer out... vacuuming or using the can of air since that seemed to fix the crawling coming from my laptop.

        I was going to get bug pants jacket etc but some of the reviews are pretty bad.

        ttyl

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        M Sotired 

        5 days ago

        Itgetsbetter what are you going to fog with? Cedar oil? Or other chemicals?

        I just gave another PC guy money to tell me I have absolutely no pest problems. He has seen a lot of springtails issues (so he claimed). And I have found a couple of them in the bathroom, outside and on my bed!

        This is beyond frustrating. I am considering the cedar oil option. But I can't obtain it easily where I live, I'm sure that shipping costs will be horrendous. And I honestly think I'd have to get someone to do it for me. And then will it even work?

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        M Sotired 

        7 days ago

        Mel, if it's springtails / collembola, I read they live for up to 3 yrs. But they don't need a host. They live in fungus, mold, dust etc,

        Sarania, that link didn't work for me. Are you able to list the protocol here?

        Pete.... any updates. We could use some good news... and hope,

        MS

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        Mel2000 

        7 days ago

        Quick question: does anyone know how long they can last without a human host? I left my home and put everything in storage for the last six months.

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        Sarania 

        7 days ago

        Hi Amanda,

        Sleeping is a problem. I have a metal platform bedframe that's 18 inches high. The mattress, no box spring, is still sealed inside the factory plastic covering. I have another plastic cover to go over that, and a waterproof bed bug cover. Pretty much would be sleeping on plastic. Usually I sleep on my couch which is covered in plastic. Sometimes I'm so sad just remembering what it was like to live normally. To wash a weekly load of laundry, not have a washing ritual, not itch, or spend hours trying to find a solution. Sleep is so important and sometimes I only get a few hours. Going to try fiprinol spray that's in Pet Armor - flea and tick spray. It's supposed to kill Cheyletiella mites. I'm not sure what these things are. The humidity is low now it's winter around 33%, going to start monitoring if that makes a difference with the days that are rainy and dark. Plus I found this protocol and it was encouraging. http://invisibleparasites.com/#

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        itgetsbetter 

        9 days ago

        Is it possible these are noseeums and what I thought was springtails was the larva of noseeum/midges/punkies? They used to be black commas but thinner and now they are grey and a little bigger though really they are black with white wings that makes them look grey. I just found an article that said noseeums can live on a host. Scroll down to to the end of the page, it reads, "A few species are parasites that live on the outside of their host's body (making them 'ectoparasites')."

        https://www.ecospark.ca/no-see-um

        Labeled "noseeum", there is also a pic that looks like the snake with the dinosaur head I saw under the microscope (it is at the top of the noseeum page from the link above). To the naked eye it looked like a half a parenthesis but not quite as curved. I thought that came out of my ankle. Now I'm not sure if stuff is just being blown out of the vents and when I put stuff on like Vaseline, oil, or lotion, it sticks to my skin.

        I have foggers but am still experimenting to see if I can figure out what it is before I fog since I don't want to subject the dog to the chemicals. I am vacuuming with a high powered shop vac - Rigid from Home Depot and then spraying under baseboards. If it is no see ums it probably needs to be fogged. I'm also trying to wait it out a bit since temps are dropping to the 20's at night and I think it might dissipate mostly. Perhaps I can wait til it is 20 degrees and really windy and open windows and blow fans to blow them out of the house? I have a super powered fan from sam's club or something like that.

        All my clothes are in bags now, clean and dirty and I only wear polyester. all cotton is bagged for good. I bought the rinoskin pants and shirt for noseeum protection and so far it is helping but I just took the shower with all 3 shampoos... pyrithrone dandruff, baby shampoo then tea tree. Since wearing windbreaker and rain-suits to bed they mostly only attack my neck and head since they can get in through the face opening. I will use a shower cap on my head and that does help once I comb them out with a nit comb and conditioner or vinegar. I also have rubber boots for in the house.

        I called someone for pest removal as there could be a dead nest of mice or something in the wall. I do smell something bad if I close that door. It's not really strong tho. It is $200 just for the inspection and one mouse nest removal if needed but they won't patch the wall after they cut it out. If they need to seal it can start getting really high priced. He said he would inspect the attic and let me know if there are birds nests in the soffits or any other things that could cause a prob.

        Noseeums also make sense because the population is high, I think they can blanket an area. I saw tiny black flies or gnats on the bed after spraying vinegar in the air.

        I think it has been 8 months now? I still can't figure it out.

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        itgetsbetter 

        11 days ago

        Someone posted about there being a lot of webs on the ceiling and said they look like old cob webs but they aren't... more like nests for these cotton(?) bugs. I can't remember what they said they thought the bugs were. Maybe lint bugs - there is a whole blog on those and it is quite similar. I bought a shop vac and started to vacuum the ceiling and noticed a TON of tiny webs in the stucco. I vacuumed many and then sprayed a bunch with vinegar water. I'm not sure how I will get the vaulted ceiling though.

        I also vacuumed intensely under the baseboards with the shop vac since someone said they conquered the carpet beetle prob vacuuming every day and spraying insecticide. I sprayed ortho home defense max but might also do malathion later since it is sticky and lasts a long time. I am mainly focused on the baseboards where holes in my baking soda or borax barrier kept reappearing... my method for seeing where the bugs are burrowing under the baseboards. I'm also focusing on closets and undisturbed areas, so mostly along the baseboards. I found another carpet beetle larva though that is not what is crawling on me. Those look like microscopic springtails, tiny black and curved. the carpet beetles and larva are pretty big and I can see the larva well with a magnifying glass. i need a microscope for the springtails.

        I still think a lot of this is outside mostly and if I walk the dog at a concrete laden strip mall instead of near grass, trees, and mainly water, I seem to have less probs with the crawling.

        In relation to the dog and demodex possibility, I am still shampooing and using as a body wash, baby shampoo and tea tree though I'm not sure it always works. Maybe the 2 in 1 dandruff shampoo was helping more so, since it has pyrethrin though mostly I think it is about them getting in my clothing or already being in my clothing, even after washing. Windbreaker helps a lot if the clothing underneath is not infested.

        I still roll a lot of brown dots off the dog which someone said could be flea poop.

        Hopefully the shop vac makes a difference. I don't think my other vac works well anymore, if it ever did.

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        TLC 

        12 days ago

        Hi there. So ive been struggling with the same issues and found this article. Maybe it will help yall.

        http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Get-Rid-of-Collem...

        Im just gonna move and put everything i own in storage for a year or so. I believe its the soil and house. Im so tired i jus cant anymore

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        M Sotired 

        13 days ago

        Pete, that's good news you've found the mold and the cause of your symptoms. You must be so relieved.

        Do you think you have springtails as a result of the mold, or there are no bugs at all? Only the sensation of bugs?

        Did you have itchy nose, ears, scalp?

        Why do you think your work and car are affected, if it's mold and not bugs?

        My symptoms sound so similar to yours, with my car and office also a problem.

        And my property has had several below ground water leaks (repaired) and also had a garage roof leak that went unrepaired for a while. I wonder if it has caused mold inside the walls? I am fairly sure my issue is springtails and that all the water leaks are the cause.

        I don't want to keep treating for bugs if it's mold that needs to be found and removed.

        A mold company was here too, but found nothing. But he only checked the bathroom, very briefly. So I dismissed that theory (that was 1 1/2 yrs ago).

        I'm exhausted from all this and can't go on like this. Drained of money and energy. (Like everyone here).

        MS

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        itgetsbetter 

        13 days ago

        I am glad you found that Pete! My closets have carpet beetles. I was vacuuming and using baking soda and borax but I hadn't pulled out all the bins from the closets yet. they are under the baseboards and carpet. I lined the baseboards with baking powder and borax where the dog never goes and they kept tunneling through so I kept covering them back up. The larvae could look like spring tails one rolled off clothing so that could be it too. They do crawl on people and the do fly and look like white lint flying. I found a video of carpet beetles being exterminated and there was white stuff flying everywhere. Mine is a minor infestation but in my bedroom. I've been spraying vinegar in the air when I see the flying dust and now putting DE where the dog is not as well (since silica causes lung disease).

        Windbreaker material is the only thing that keeps the crud off me I think so I now also have rain pants. I need windbreaker socks and I will be set. They feed on dog hair and organic clothing but hide in carpets so I need to remove all that. I can't afford to replace it with something great. I might have do use cheapest vinyl flooring due to lack of funds but I think that is the best anyway since there is such a bed bug prob in the US... bugs can't hide under vinyl flooring and they can't get in between the gaps either, like in the snap together floating floors, it's the best bug protection.

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        pete 

        2 weeks ago

        I believe I finally resolved my problem after a year of suffering thinking I had mites and spending $3000 over the past year trying to kill mites. I found a lot of mold last night under my refrigerator on the coil. I thought about mold before and checks all pipes and the basement, but I never checked under the refrigerator. Today I removed the refrigerator from my house and sprayed the whole house down with vinegar. So, far I don't feel any biting tonight. Im actually so happy found it. I don't think I would have lasted another two weeks. My vision was really blurry, I had frequent urination, chronic fatigue, the biting mites feeling and itching, brain fog and memory problems and rashes on my skin. funny thing is I had a company to check mold about 8 months ago and they said there was no mold in my house. They never bothered to check under the refrigerator. The trauma from this was experience was unreal. I just hope its done for good and I can move on with my life. I still have a lot of work to do wiping everything down and cleaning.. mold spores can feel like bugs biting you so check for mold

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        Amanda 

        2 weeks ago

        briteyes50, I had a little of Equate Moisture Care Cocoa Divine. I ran out and Walmart was out of stock so now I'm using Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion, I got it at Walmart too. I use it every night. When I'm staying home all day, I will wet my hair during the day and use more of the lotion.

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        briteyes50 

        2 weeks ago

        Amanda, which coconut lotion do you use??

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        Amanda 

        2 weeks ago

        I wash my hair at night and put the coconut lotion in when my hair is wet. It works better when my hair is wet.

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        itgetsbetter 

        2 weeks ago

        Hi Pete, I think the springtails infest cotton mainly and maybe cardboard. I just read there are 300 million to one acre of land which is only about 3 - 6 lots/houses depending on the size. I think they get stuck in cotton clothing, via the dryer vent or whatever and then you wear it and they become active at say 11-12 AM or so and try to crawl out of the clothing. They also get on me by the parks. Springtails are common near lots of water, lakes, rivers, but also when there is lots of rain.

        I noticed recently that my super slippery slightly shiny 95% polyester and 5% spandex tunic I wear to sleep has NOT gotten infested and I have slept in it 3 nights in a row! nothing! sooooo....

        I just BAGGED ALL COTTON clothing and bedding with moth ball packet thingys and bought a couple more outfits of POLYESTER pants, shirts, and more WINDBREAKER jackets with HOODS THAT TIE. They help a lot for the crawlers on your head! I keep them over my head most all the time when they are active and definitely while sleeping since they really attack me then.

        I used polyester/ fleece blankets only now.. much better. I noticed I feel them crawling from my socks a lot and those are always cotton! I am the queen of cotton. I have barely anything to wear now but it feels better already. I do have fleece pants and jackets.

        My house has many gaps, around doors so I bought a door guard for the bottom where there was a big gap. I kept the fan blowing for improved ventilation today and it was also cold, 44 degrees. It was better though I was wearing cotton jeans and socks so still got crawled on a lot. I'm done with cotton for a while. Will see how that goes. I have slept well in windbreakers and the polyester tunic and when I did have a crawler it was where the cotton was, cotton pants like jeans, flannel, pajamas, sweats (tshirt material) or socks.

        I might still use a cotton item here and there, like a towel but I will just keep them in bags when not in use. I'm not sure how to dry off without a cotton towel. Micro-fleece doesn't dry well does it?

        I spray vinegar on a comb for my hair and once combed through, I spray vinegar on a nit comb and do the hairline and anyplace I feel something crawling and it gets rid of it. I use lots of baby shampoo for hair and as body wash, followed by tea tree shampoo and conditioner and leave that in and comb it. Tea Tree Tingle from Trader Joes is really good too. I also start the shower with the 2 in 1 dandruff shampoo from Walgreen that has Pyrethrin and zinc. If I feel something crawling after all that I use the combs and vinegar or spray vinegar directly on it until the itch is gone. I do not let them survive crawling on me for fear they will multiply or lay eggs in my clothing.

        I'm also keeping it really dark in my room before bed and showering in the morning or during the day since they are attracted to light and moisture and I don't want them in my room when I sleep.

        If this continues through the cold temps, i might fog with the blue foggers. I'm not sure if I can fog the garage... I would like to do that with the car doors open to get that too. I'm also looking for indoor citronella type candles. The bug spray that should work I believe is the one for gnats.

        I had two exterminators come. The first said he thought it was fleas and the second one looked at the same bugs and said he would have to put it under a microscope. He thought I might have a prob with winged ants. What crawls on me does not have wings, it might jump if it is one the floor (springtail), but it does not bite me like fleas would.

        We will get rid of this some day. We just have to keep trying. Hang in there everyone.

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        Amanda 

        2 weeks ago

        Hi everyone

        I just started to put coconut lotion in my hair at night. I use a lot of it on the top of my head, that's where I feel the biting, stinging and crawling the most. It helps more than anything I have used on these invisible things from hell.

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        Pete 

        2 weeks ago

        that's what I have springtails. and it sucks. I have spent about $3k in the past 6 months trying to rid of these things. I read that its almost impossible to kill them. I went to that site itgetsbetter and there are people that have had them for years and they get in your body. How come there is no help for this. Im not sure im going to survive. I did read that turmeric helps, so I will try taking a lot of that, but I cant seem to get them out of my house and I did everything...they are also in my car and clothes. I feel like im screwed. and have lost weight cant sleep and just really angry that there is no help for us..

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        itgetsbetter 

        2 weeks ago

        I wrote off springtails before since I thought they were too big but I keep looking at them under a microscope and they look like springtails but smaller. They are a comma but thinner.

        Then I found this... MICROSCOPIC SPRINGTAILS:

        https://ehealthforum.com/health/infested-with-spri...

        I also asked the neighbors and some are really upset about all the bugs. They said they use the blue fogger and that is what the county health dept said too. The blue fogger is for non biting gnats and other things like noseeums. I still hesitate to try it in the house since they are outside and I am outside a lot so it seems useless.

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        Steve 

        2 weeks ago

        I’ve had this for 15yrs now. It comes and goes, varies in severity each time and at it’s worst I feel like my skin is literally crawling.

        When I’m ‘itchy’ my skin smells different and I can usually see hairs on my arms move when I feel the ‘pin pricks’

        It originally jumped out of an old book my grandfather left me. I felt things land on my face when I opened the cover. Since then I’ve had a daily fight in my hands to keep this b*****rd problem from consuming my sanity.

        I spray my entire house with a bleach\water solution, use rubbing alcohol on my skin, fill boxes, books, cupboards, drawers etc with full cans of fly spray and tumble dry all my washing (even in summer)

        The problem goes away. We forget it existed and life returns to normal. Then I’ll open something and I feel the first ones land on my face again. Then my forehead and eyebrows come alive and before I know it the sensation feels ‘heavier’ and my whole body is crawling 24/7. My skin dries out and smells like a metallic / sunburn kind of smell. When it’s rubbed, a white ‘dust’ falls off me my skin is so dry. It’s also caused severe hair loss in both me and my fiancée.

        Tea tree oil, bleach, pure alcohol, fly spray, dehumidifier tubs, sea buckthorn oil, exfoliating regularly, tonnes of laundry, not keeping anything that isn’t 100% required, vacuuming daily.

        The most important thing is to act immediately as soon as you feel the first tickle ....... if not the problem multiplies and magnifies within hours. The longer you try ignore it - the stronger it gets and the harder it is to best back

        Good luck everyone.

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        itgetsbetter 

        3 weeks ago

        I tried going to bed with no tea tree shampoo shower and started getting crawled on right away. I got up and tape sealed off the attic door which is in my bedroom. NO CRAWLING after that. Slept all night. I think it is noseeums/punkies/midges in the attic and springtails and maybe fleas (on the floor).

        I will wait and see how it goes before doing anything other than sealing the house since that was really effective. New construction near by, tons of rain breeds noseeums and springtails and fleas. I sprayed vinegar mist in the air and black gnats were all over the white encasement on my mattress. The exterminator thought fleas, but I don't see much jumping so vacuuming and bleaching the floors and putting baking soda and borax under the baseboards seems to be pretty good for now. I'm going to try to vacuum twice daily. The showers would just attract no seeums and springtails since they like humidity. i'm trying to not eat sugar at all as well.

        This all died down significantly when we had frosty grass in the am but we are back to warmer temps now and no frost in the morning so sealing is important... SEALING WITH TAPE, not foam. This allows me to see the bugs too since they stick to the tape.

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        Pete 

        3 weeks ago

        If you have springtails you may have Collembola. You may want to look it up on the internet too see if that's what you have. I think that's what I have. Since you cant see these things its hard to tell. I don't have any fibers coming out of my skin though. the ozone seems to have worked, I don't feel them that much in my house, but I do feel them on my skin still a little. I have to do the ozone in each room and it says you have to do it every day to kill the eggs for three weeks. Im going to do ivermectin today. hopefully that works till kill it in my body. I also started taking glutathione supplement. Its helps for this, so you may want to look into it.. This might be something that is impossible to totally eradicate, but im not going to give up yet...

        I cant find that facebook site you recommended wonderer

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        wonderer 

        3 weeks ago

        Dear Lena,

        I felt like you a few weeks ago. Uncomfortable, desperate and hopeless. But keeping up with self care, cleaning and disinfecting changed things. Their significant reduction gave me hope for future life again and the belief of: 'if they can be reduced, they can be eradicate too.' We can get there with the right methods and continuous effort.

        Now I don feel need to shower everyday, but do it every 3 days as a prevention. They don't disturb my sleep and I'm gaining significant improvement every week.

        Don't pay attention to your mum's belief and reactions. Your responsibility is far more important, that is to build yourself and your life. Keep focussed on your healing and know that HARD EFFORT ALWAYS GIVES RESULT.

        I can help you with depression and treating the bugs, if you want contact my fb Heal Thebugs.

        hi ItGetsbetter,

        It's the eggs, they take 3 days. It's a 3 day cycle for me too.

        The flying flakes have nothing to do with these. I've never seen those.

        Only sometimes tiny black dots on sheet.

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        Pete 

        3 weeks ago

        I got my ozone machine from foreverzone yesterday and turned I set the timer for 4 hrs. for some reason it didn't shut off at 4 hrs. I must not had it set right. So it ran all day in my house for 9 hrs. I aired the house out for two hrs and its not too bad. this ozone machine is a lot better than the previous one that I had that made me sick. It seems that it worked. too early to tell. I will let you know in the future. It says you have to run it ever 3 days for about a month. I thought the sterifab worked, but it didn't work good enough. Maybe it just pissed them off. I got the xtreme clean, but haven't tried it yet. Ive been doing a parasite cleanse with herbs, but its not powerful enough to get the mites out of my body.Tomorrow Im going to take ivermectin to get it out of my body. I read that you have dose once a week for a month. If you don't get them out of your body you will never get totally rid of them, because they fall off your body into your environment. I use the propane heater in my car to get them out of my car. My life right now is a war against these evil demonic mites..

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        Amanda 

        3 weeks ago

        TO Sarania - Where do you sleep...can you sleep on your bed without plastic covering your mattress?

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        Sarania 

        3 weeks ago

        Some products that I'm trying out: Nubian Heritage - Indian Hemp and Vetiver soap - Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Neem Oil, Vetiver,Vitamin B5

        Use it in my hair and skin. Very softening, clean feeling. Not so drying.

        and just found this: Maggie's Farm Mosquito Fogger. All natural, safe, smells great, hopefully repels and kills. Sprayed in closets.

        I don't see anything. I only feel them, on my skin as though they're traveling up my feet to the top of my head. I could scream.

        Sometimes a sharp pin prick (that's not my imagination)

        They're in my clothing, closets.

        UV Rays from sunshine are not their friends.

        They seek moisture.

        They mark you with their pheromones.

        91% alcohol cuts/kills them off. I like this because you can spray on clothing, your hair, shoes. Just expensive. I need a few gallons.

        I use a small bottle of peppermint essential oil to repel them.

        Cutting down on the chemicals used to clean, since I think it's going to end up killing us before them.

        Vacuuming and dusting helps - I have a HEPA filter vacuum, and use microfiber cloths to clean

        Clean/wipe up bathroom with Clorox, Lysol wipes. Small dehumidifier.

        I run my Air conditioner for the dehumidier and to keep the temperature down.

        Have spray bottle of bleach solution.

        No help from exterminators - they by law can't kill what they can't see.

        Traps haven't caught anything for the entomologists to see, so they say.

        Think we're all dealing with various types of microscopic mites or organisms. When I sweep, there's white things, not sure what that is.

        I have type 0 positive blood. According to Chinese Medicine the coating on my tongue means I have dampness in my body.

        Also wondering about my toe nails, since that's a place they seem to be attracted to in between my toes. I've been using Coconut Oil and it's made a difference.

        I refuse to take a whole lot of untried products and just take regular supplements, 1,000 mgs of Vitamin C, CoQ10, Calcium/Magnesium (my nails look shredded).

        My environmental allergies say I'm allergic to most everything, except dust mites. I also have to be careful with interactions (Have Epi-Pen)

        I would like very much to go back to life that was much more normal than this. I can't seen to get rid of them altogether although they're not everywhere just in my clothes, closets. I've thrown out many things and life is sometimes unbearable; because you don't get much sleep, you become isolated, and it's pretty depressing when the medical people think all you've got is delusional parasitosis.

        Seems one of the things that keeps us going is each other, the info that's shared, and I love reading success stories whenever I find them.

        Be well everyone!!

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        M Sotired 

        3 weeks ago

        Hi Pete

        That's great news about the sterifab. I bought 3 bottles a while back but haven't used it as I was worried about my cat.

        Might have to use it in the areas he can't get to. Will read up on it some more first.

        How do you use the Xtreme Clean?

        Good news and hope at last

        MS

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        itgetsbetter 

        3 weeks ago

        So last night or a couple nights ago I saw what looked like a bunch of dead tiny black gnats or maybe noseeums on my mattress encasement and today there are none. Again thinking this is weather related and they are just everywhere and now there are less of them since it is colder so I am sleeping well. Noseeums are easy to keep off you, just blow a fan on you.

        I also noticed the tiny white dust like particles that fly with purpose in the car since I went back to the park near the woods and water. When I got home they were driving me crazy. I noticed lately they are all over the lamps and I think everywhere but i can only see them in a ray of light or a lamp if I shake it. I went around spray vinegar in the air to take them down. I bet they are living on the walls and ceilings too though the numbers are down with the recent frost.

        I tore apart what looked like a spider egg nest outside and there were all these little white things flying around. I noticed the caulk around the door is old and cracked and has lots of holes. I'm working on sealing areas that need it.

        The first vent I tested had one mite, one dog hair and one some other bug or whatever lint so the ducts look good so far but I will do the bag and oil trick on all of them to see for sure.

        I had maybe only 3 crawls on me last night, changed clothing immediately and used nit comb and vinegar in hair since there was a crawl there. Also slept with a shower cap. It helps a lot with the hair thing. I got a full 8 hours and did not wake up to crawling though had a decent amount during the day... after the park.

        I am coating the baseboards with baking powder and then looking for holes... signs of bugs coming through. Then sealing under the baseboards.

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        Amanda 

        4 weeks ago

        To Lena

        It is very important to sleep on an air mattress with cardboard under it. The cardboard helps keep them off of you. If we are not careful where we sleep, they will infest our body even more, every night. They are in everything in my house, couch,chairs, carpet, but I'm the only one affected. I hope this helps.

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        M Sotired 

        4 weeks ago

        Lena & Mandy, my symptoms are very similar to yours.

        I fear for my cat. I have lost one recently, I can't be sure if this has contributed to her death or not.

        Has anyone used the dehumidifiers?

        I'm wondering if they have noticed a difference/improvement?

        I am slowly throwing all my possessions away. I have papers/documents that I need to sort through. As soon as I touch these I am crawling all over.

        My feet are badly affected, as well as my hands and my hair. Nothing seems to help for long. Hand sanitizer helps a little.

        Lena, I think this is something we can transmit to others. Not sure how easy. But possible. More so from our environment.

        I will never know what caused this, there are so many possibilities. But a cure sounds almost impossible.

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        itgetsbetter 

        4 weeks ago

        I noticed we (dog and I ) get crawled on more when the air conditioner kicked on previously and the timing of it has lessened and changed with the colder temps so that makes me think it is mites outside and related to the ac or furnace sucking them in the house and blowing them all over us, or that the vents need to be cleaned. I'm testing this by putting a bag over the vent, that I sprayed with oil to catch them.

        I did this cause I was rubbing oil on my leg and seeing all kinds of mite like things but then also seeing a lot of dog hair. That makes me think the furnace is blowing a lot of crap on us. It would explain all the crud in the clothing too. It would explain it being related to outdoor temps and times bugs are active too. Like now that it is cooler, they are not active at night as much as during the day.

        If the furnace is just sucking them in or they are coming in through the attic, windows and doors, it should pretty much disappear with the first frost, right? I sure hope so. I mean aside from getting it out of my clothing and carpet or vent system. I believe that will cost a bit to do which is why I am testing. I don't really have much money to fix stuff like that. Some of the stuff I read said it is enough to just vacuum and maybe wipe the vents out with bleach, that you don't need to go that deep with it. that's the next thing I will do.

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        itgetsbetter 

        4 weeks ago

        Thanks wonderer. I was feeling confident that I had solved the sleeping thing but this morning, they were crawling on me again... it was after 6 hours of sleep so that was nice but sad because I was thinking I was getting on top of it. I slept on plastic, showered with baby shampoo and tea tree and dandruff, did the anti fungal foot wash as usual, slept in polyester using polyester blankets, pants tucked into socks, shirt tucked in. Note that I have noticed the tea tree shampoo lasts 6 hours usually if I wash really well with it all over.

        So what caused the crawling that didn't occur the 2 nights or mornings previously? Was it...

        Eggs hatching (3rd day?)

        OR...

        Vacuum? Maybe it was because I did not vacuum yesterday? Supposed to vacuum every couple days.

        OR

        First sunny day after rain? Other thoughts were that it was the first sunny day after a rain... meaning the gnats, no seeums, springtails, mites, whatever, breed in wet grass and then when it dries and warms up they hatch.

        There is a salve called prid you can rub on your skin for pulling out splinters, poison from insect bites. I tried it and it works though vasaline coat seemed to be the most productive so far. I'm trying the permithrin perscription soon too. That is for scabies and lice and though i know it is not either of those, it should help I think and so does the docs and the original poster. I read lice goes away if you shower once a week and clean your clothes. I shower once a day minimum and change clothes 2 or 3 times a day since I go to parks. I mostly don't reuse clothing without washing and if I feel any crawling, I change and wash it. Scabies has a rash and tracks... like poison ivy. I have no rash except that I did have roundworm or hookworm or something from walking in the dog parks with sandals so an oval rash the size of a quarter on my ankle. Or from removing the swampy cattail pond with gloves and shoes that got soaking wet with stinking mud. there are nemotodes in the yard too i think... since the previous was trying to get rid of termintes... tons of worms.

        It also could be fleas... jumped on me when i treated the dog? It is still a mystery really. I see at least black bugs on me, no seeums from my clothes, mites, worms.. something.. but also off white feels like grain of sand, tiny red, brownish red squares . I see white floaty things a lot in the air, I see tons of tiny black gnats and springtails and black or brownish red mites on the windows and doorways where I sprayed oil and vinegar.

        I found a pizza with a chicken crust... real good pizza co. I like it.

        Other symptoms I have are extremely tired, I had slight stomach cramps previously, chills a lot, left foot has a metatarsal type pain in the ball of the foot, right foot had the nest of worms and eggs... mite size. My stomach is covered in little red raised dots, like angiomas. I have had pimple like bumps that relocate when I dry them out with hydrogen peroxide. They are pus filled or itchy just white bumps.

        I asked for weekly ivermectin since one pill didn't fix it. I am going to try permithrin and also try to do Vaseline as much as possible. I do have a dermatologist appt.

        doc just said auto immune disorder and not a parasite.

        I petitioned the government via the link above since we obviously need help with this and so do the docs and exterminators.

        Take care everyone. So sorry you are going through this.

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        Lena 

        4 weeks ago

        I am a student with not much money, living in a small appartment, I've tried everything that was possible in my situation. And I'm still struggling with that, I really don't know what to do anymore. I was in depression before all that happened, thought I've hit the bottom. Well that invisible bugs shit came and I understood that things can get worse than what you think is the worst.

        I'm not believed by doctors, by my mother who is my only family. My "hope" was to let that thing spread so when too many people are affected by it, doctors start searching about it. But it seems these bugs go on other people but they don't stay on them as they do with us.

        For me, it seems they're burried deep in my skin, they've made my body their home, their territory. I'm nervously laughing, thinking that it's tiny bugs that I can't even see putting me in such a miserable state. I feel disgusting even though I shower everyday, I feel like I don't belong among other people, I'm just being a nuisance for them, making them itch and stuff.

        I look at the hairs on my arm, I see them moving (and it's not my breathe or anything) but I cannot see a single bug.

        I'm already thinking that I could never have a boyfriend or a family because I don't want to pass that thing to them.

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        wonderer 

        4 weeks ago

        itgetsbetter, good to hear it gets better.

        have to soak clothes in bleach, cotton takes longer to clean.

        And don't forget to disinfect your wash clothes after every use too.

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        Lena 

        4 weeks ago

        @Mandy

        I have lived similar things. For me it started in January. I have a best friend and I always used to go to her house (while being infected by these invisible bugs). She had a cat and he was in perfect condition, and I was often petting. But few months ago she told me that he was dead, she could not even understand why. I am pretty sure this is my fault, I had no idea such thing could happen. There is no proof it really is my fault but why would he die all of a sudden for no reason? And now I feel guilty forever because of this.

        And same thing happened to me with other insects, I did not say anything about it because I thought people would think I'm losing my mind, but several times there were flies and other bugs flying around me in the house, and then they would land on my shirt's sleeve and walk all over as if they were chasing something. They were flying all around my face almost getting inside my mouth. I was thinking "they are definitely chasing after these invisible pieces of crap"

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        Itgetsbetter 

        4 weeks ago

        Mandy, I'm so sorry about your cats. That sounds like walking dandruff to me. I think that we could have a bit of that too and I think the 1 part vinegar and 2 parts veg oil or coconut oil helped with it but i am not sure. I would ask a vet. I made the mistake of treating her and then letting her sleep with me and it transferred to me... or something transferred to me. I read that you are supposed to treat the dog and the human at the same time, with fleas too.

        I'm finding the baby shampoo followed with tea tree helps for a long time though I also use dandruff shampoo with pymethrin and zinc from walgreens.

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        Mandy 

        4 weeks ago

        I am just sooooo frustrated!!!! I lost one cat to this shit and my other one is now sick!! She stays constipated and has constant UTI’s which I think is because she’s scared of the litter box where I suspect these assholes are having a party in! I feel this is so unfair for her to have to live this way!! My other cat had terrible dandruff that I saw move on it’s own on her skin...then started having seizures. I think I need to put this other one down now which leaves me with no one!!! Alone! My cats are like my children! I’ve lived with this shit for 3 yrs and I give up!!! I’ve cleaned until I have asthma attack, I take one step forward and two back! I use frontline on her but it seems to make her worse! I know I infect people because I constantly see people around me scratch plus see white lint stuff floating around me all the time! Some of them bite. My washer and dryer infested!!! To go along with others who are sharing list: my blood type is 0 positive, have cat, have constant fungal infections that I’m treated for, docs have suspected autoimmune disorder but my tests are indeterminate, I ache all over everyday like I’ve been beaten with a bat, itch all day, feel crawling in my head, see white flakes jump off my head, and have weird looking hairs on my arms that move like a serpent with no air or wind around. I only see them with magnifying glass. I’m just at witts end!!! I scratched a small scab off my arm one day and flicked it in commode....sounds gross but I just wanted to see what would happen if exposed to water.... the damn scab started swimming around in the commode!!!! What is this shit??!! I swear I’m just at my witts end!!!! This may sound crazy(did I really just say that) but does anyone else have bugs and insects chase them? Insects outside literally chase me! A frog jumped on my shirt one day when I was talking to a friend standing outside. Not just coincidences I swear because my friends have started to comment on it. :(

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        ItGetsBetter 

        4 weeks ago

        I am finally getting a solid nights sleep with a couple crawls only the past 3 nights. In addition to bug proof encasements for the mattress and box spring I am now sleeping on a plastic tarp instead of cotton beach towels... I was rolling those before bed which helped but is too hard to get it all. The plastic works. I use fleece blankets and polyester pjs.

        Also seeming to help is using baby shampoo on hair, face and body followed by tea tree mint shampoo. Using a wash cloth to wash with it too. Shaving always helps. The bugs do go to anyplace I miss so getting my back is important.

        I encased the couch in a plastic tarp and swept baking soda under the baseboards. I'm now mopping the wood floor with wood safe bleach instead of vinegar. Using color safe bleach in the laundry tho some clothing still seems infested.

        I also stayed away from the parks that I seem to have bugs crawling all over me when I leave. Some give me that and some don't.

        Staying away from cotton anything does seem to help and staying away from stores with a lot of clothing that give me that feeling.. I think they have a mite and lice prob at some of the stores. I see black dots all over their products.

        Not plucking hair out of my face helps.. I think that the hair follicle mites run all over your face when you pluck it. baby shampoo followed by tea tree shampoo fix that prob too. nit comb, spray vinegar on the hairline helps too with the face crawling.

        Brushing the dog backwards and rolling her with tape lint roller helps her a ton too.

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        Amanda 

        4 weeks ago

        My blood type is B positive

        I have no pets

        I sprayed for bugs once, it made it WORSE

        I have itching, crawling, biting, stinging and burning

        I use anti- itch cream and coconut lotion, this helps me the most

        I used to have them in my nose, ears, and mouth before I started sleeping on an air mattress with cardboard under it

        I tried vacuuming every day, it didn't seem to help me

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        Itgetsbetter 

        4 weeks ago

        Maybe we should create a list of similarities with this. Common comments I have seen from everyone and also experience are...

        white floaty things

        crawling (mine almost always starts after 11 AM thru 3 and then again in the evening, most of the night)

        sometimes biting and/or pin pricks

        I have a dog/pet

        Doc thinks I have auto immune disorder

        Doc referred me to a dermatologist

        I have O blood type

        bug spray doesn't help

        tea tree helps

        showers help

        vacuuming helps

        bleach helps

        windex helps

        I eat the opposite of candida diet no doubt... too many carbs and sugars

        anything else?

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        Amanda 

        4 weeks ago

        briteyes - Try the shampoo I mentioned, it helped me. I hope it helps you too.

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        wonderer 

        4 weeks ago

        i also have blood group O as someone mentioned ..

        briteyes50, have you attempted at shaving all your hair ? ..will heal lumps in few days.

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        briteyes50 

        4 weeks ago

        Hi Jess, just read yr post, I think it mite be called fur mites (google & see if this is what it looks like). If you are on FB there is a site called Skin Mites Support Group - lots of us & helpful remedies etc. We all support each! Pls ck it out. Thank you Amanda, Im trying all kinds of things rite now. What you are using, does it help?? I also use arm & hammer detergent with borax, sometimes ammonia, or use baking soda with peroxide. Some have suggested use white vinegar, or apv. I then put my clothes in a vacuum bag then in a bin with moth balls, then dont wear the clothes you just washed, wait a few days. I also spray my clothes either with alcohol or tweetmint or kleen green & add baking soda in the bin. Today I havent worn these clothes in 3 days after I washed them & seemed OK. The problem when one doesnt feel much activity, I think they are laying their eggs but I have NO idea where & I cannot see them either! Again Amanda, thanks for the advice!

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        Jess 

        4 weeks ago

        Hey.. I am really hapoy that I came across your site. Like you mention there are lots of sites with pointless irrelevant information &/or just full of more questions & you end up feeling hopeless & extremely stressed. Or the posts are outdated.. The first thing I like about your site is not only the information but also the comments & responses are answerwed & NOT outdated which gives me hope.

        So.. I don't know where to start or how to start by even explaining my situation let alone where to start to rid my solution. So please bare with me.

        I have a couple of situations & they could very well be related..

        I have two cats. Both of them have fleas which I am in the process of getting rid of them. They are both indoor cats. However they did get out a couple of times. Also my mother has 2 cats that are indoor/&/outdoor cats & I am thinking that I could of caught fleas from visiting there & carried them home. 

        A couple of weeks ago my bf grabbed a box of my clothing that was being stored in his parents shed for a couple of months. About a week ago I went inside the box & noticed these very tiny white/translucent worms. On some of the clothing & the floor around the box. I thought that it could be flea larvae. I searched google with little hope. But some found some info. My washer & dryer are both busted right now so I'm waiting for my new set to be delivered to me which totally sucks as its almost a necessity in situations like this. & right now I'm broke until the end of the month so I can't afford to go to the laundry mat either so I ended up throwing out all of the clothing & box. & Mixed Bleach & Water in a spray bottle & spray my floors and base boards twice & it seems that they are gone.

        Also about a cple of weeks ago I was outside raking my leaves & pulling some weeds out of my garden & I noticed near the roots/bottom of my plants there were a bunch of these very tiny white bugs. & I did notice a couple on my hands from pulling weeds & I very well could of touched other parts of my body or clothing. But to my knowledge I didnt have any on me. But there very tiny & hard to see so who knows. I washed my hands when I came in & showered later on that night.

        As of just recently (this week) I started feeling itching in my hair (I have long hair passed bum which I almost always where up in a messy bun) & then started feeling like something was crawling through my hair & then I felt a bite! & now i feel it crawl & bite all over body. At first I immediately thought head lice. Since kids just went back school this is around the time when its more common. I checked my 6 year old sons head but he had no bites or side effects (My son is only with me every other weekend). Also my bf has no side effects.

        Like I said I have very long/thick hair & i have been checking my hair everytime I feel something which is very annoying. & I can never see anything. Except for whitish specs which I thought could of been nits but aren't as I can move them easily.  & then I thought dandruff. But ive used head & shoulders whcih usually fixes that & then I felt a BITE! Which dandruff doesn't bite so I could exclude that.

        Now the Itch & Crawling feeling & occasional Bite is all over.. Mostly my neck, back, head, ears etc. Also on legs, arms etc. Anyways its extremely itchy & annoying. & you feel like your going crazy because you cant see anything. & like you explain also you question yourself. & people assume its in your head. Because when people talk about bugs we tend to feel itchy & start scratching ourselves which is a very common psychological side effect. & since my bf doesn't feel anything I feel that he thinks that its in my head. But he just started to feel picky in his shirt & itchy.

        Since my cats have fleas I thought that maybe it was the fleas because according to google it is possible. But I think that I would of saw the flea in my hair by now & I haven't. But I have been bit by them.

        While checking my hair I notice the white specs. & when I run my fingers through my hair scratching all over you can see a bunch of white specs floating around. Also when I rub my arms or the clothing im wearing yiu can see the little white specs floating around. Although I see the little white specs I haven't been able to see them moving other than floating around. & you would think that something that tiny wouldn't be strong enough to crawl through my thick hair. But they do. After research I think that it could possible be a mite of some sort, or the no-see-ums..

        Does anyone know what this could be? Any tips & home remedies would be greatly appreciated!

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        Amanda 

        4 weeks ago

        briteyes50 - I use Suave Essentials Aloe and Waterlily shampoo on my hair and Dove Sensitive Skin soap on my body. I use a regular detergent on my clothes, with a short wash cycle. I used Borax 20 mule once and it made things worse for me. I read that you were using Selsun Blue on your hair. This might help.

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        Pete 

        4 weeks ago

        Did you buy a microscope yet. If not you need to so you can find out what it is. You can get one cheap on ebay for $17 that connects to the usb port of the computer. This should be good enough to find out what it is that is in your environment. I also bought a Shark Pet Perfect II SV780 cordless vacuum cleaner, You can use that to vacuum your car and your self, shoes and clothes to keep that stuff off of you. Whats also worked for me is buying a air purifier. I have two now and they work to clean the air in your house. I just bought the Idylis AC-2118 which covers about 450 sq feet. this will clear your house of that shit. You can move it from room to room. Im getting a lot better...

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        briteyes50 

        4 weeks ago

        Wanderer, Unfortunately I dont have any pets, and I am having terrible time trying to beat these demons. & seems to be getting progressively worse - lumps on my scalp - I have tried so many different things & nothing seems to work - I must say I can sleep a little bit better than b4 - I cant even tell you how many items I have used, & like most of us, Im running low on funds trying to beat this! Plus not knowing what type mite or mites I have! Cannot use any type of oil as it attracts them so Im trying to dry out! We all want to get back to our lives the way they were b4 this!!!

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        M Sotired 

        4 weeks ago

        Hey wonderer

        My life isn't more important.

        Don't join this discussion and be cruel.

        We are all suffering enough.

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        wonderer 

        4 weeks ago

        Guys and girls,

        You really need to get rid of your animals. there's no way you can get rid of this bug while living with dogs and cats. This parasite lives and infests on hair. Your life is more important than company of a pet.

        ItGetsBetter, what do the bugs in carpets look like?

        I also had moths in.

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        Ross23 

        4 weeks ago

        Is it wrong to find comfort being on a sinking ship with others ?

        Guys really appreciate the feed and comments I have read ,

        I’ve had this on and off for 5 years , it’s drive insane , it’s came back of late and found this thread , loads of great suggestions I’ll be sure to try ASAP , right now I’m just using tea tree and neem and spraying the full house and contents with 100% alcohol it defo reeduces it , but goes for my chest , mental health is fragile , I read one of these threads 2016 and got rid of it completely untill now , nu~stock horse cream , derbac and speeding alcohol and heavy cleaning cycles got it away , I don’t know what combination but that’s what using the nu stock is hardcore I cover my body in it , it stinks and ruined my hair, but on days after it I slept like a baby , my symptoms are similar to those yous all speak about , this time trying to be more aware , it’s like a light fuzzing/crawling in my nose and ears , like fully shower cleanse clean cloths , head out boom they start in my nose /ears maybe hatching , that’s my insane theray , I’m really struggling this time round , menatal health and energy to do big full cleans and still have the nu_stock but it’s harsh I do a oiled down version with teatree and neem basically poke it up my nose and in ears , had some relief but struggling with the washing of everything and hooping house is bigger , work is insane busy , and dealing with lots of people , which I’m scared I’m infecting , feel as if I have Wieght of the world on my shoulders , briefly was in relasonship she stayed over a couple of nights and was itching , covered her in alcohol and tea tree and it went away , but kept coming back , she said it’s an allergic reaction to something and docs have her meds , which didn’t help , and I know it’s bullshit and it’s same thing I’m suffering from , but who is going to listen to a tired manic person talking about bugs/mights you can’t see , and the doctors don’t understand , I know from this feed there are the answers a combination of stuff advised in previous posts will clear these , and just faith , hopefully find the strength soon to carry out the lengthy tAsks involved, again thanks everyone for tAking time to artist comments greatly appreciated, Ross

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        itGetsBetter 

        4 weeks ago

        I sprayed the door frames and window frames with 1 part vinegar and 2 parts veggie oil and there were tons of little black gnats and other bugs and mites all over. The construction near by, 6 months of rain, the foam around the ac fell, the dryer vent right near the ground with warm wet air.. they are getting in my clothes in the dryer and then I put the clothes on and have bugs crawling. They are coming in and the reason it is better is there are less due to the cold air.

        I also think I have moths or carpet beetles and I am working on that with baking powder and vacuuming. Having the grass cut short and bagged probably helped a lot. I sprayed the yard with vinegar which did seem to help but probably need to do something stronger. I'm just worried about the dog who grazes and sniffs everything.

        Now I have broken AC, broken dryer, and leaking toilet.

        Is it hard to fix the heating element on a dryer?

        I already cleaned out the vent and the back of it. It has to be the heating element.

        I'm using a wood safe bleach on the floor and that took care of the floor problem. Still using tape rollers for the dog, dog beds, my bed and any blankets. It works well.

        I got a zero gravity reclining lawn chair that is really comfy and nice looking too. I'm thinking I can sleep in that when i don't have the energy to deal with rolling the bed or changing sheets or whatever. Tons of laundry is piling up as I am hanging everything to dry.

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        wonderer 

        4 weeks ago

        hi again,

        My experience so far might help others, so I write it below.

        The basics:

        ...so after one month of not (july) not knowing what's happening I read this site and started washing myself once a day and changing my clothes and sheet and bleaching them everyday. I bought disinfectant liquid from supermarket for £1, it's dilatable and makes many bottles. I slept on a plastic sheet and wiped it with disinfectant everyday.

        Wax and shave:

        the dreadful sensation of so many of them moving, went away after shaving the down areas and washing and I could sleep for the first time. But they return after hair grows so I pulled off the hair, it gets rid of them for long term.

        I shaved my head and bugs disappeared from my face but returned after hair grew one cm.

        These bugs live on the base part of hair and on dead skin. i believe lays eggs in the pores, eggs take minimum of 3 nights and days to hatch maybe more.

        Washing:

        But not just showering, you have to use a wash cloth (it's better if it's synthetic material to clean properly) and scrub with soap everyday. I am assuming solid soap is better than bath cream or liquid soap, because it doesn't leave oil on your skin. The best is Dettol soap, it kills the microbes.

        Cut your hair at the base and scrub your head gently with a cleaning brush using Dettol soap. Soap your head twice. Shampoo is not very effective. Disinfect you brush afterwards.

        You must use a heel scraper as bugs live on the dead skin on your feet. It gets rid of them on your feet. But repeat every week or so. Disinfect heel scraper afterwards:

        When you wash clean you don't have to change towels everyday.

        Body Antiseptic:

        I bought body antiseptic for 50p called 'Antiseptic', the alternative for Dettol.

        When I felt bugs I put bit of antiseptic on it and it kills it. You have to fight them. Kill each one when you feel it. You have to finish them, your body is where they want to be. Don't rub or sratch because your hands will be infected and will spread them.

        The days I couldn't wash, i took a dry bath using half glass of diluted anti septic solution, scrubbing myself and my shaved head with wash cloth and continuously washing it in the solution.

        Cleaning:

        I cleaned all surfaces in toilet and kitchen with antibacterial solution mopped with bleach and bleached everything I could around the rooms. I put the duvets, rugs and chairs out in the hot sun of august all day a few each day. I took great care, washed and disinfected my hands before touching the disinfected stuff and sealed disinfected sheets and towels in clean bags. I keep the body antiseptic solution and the disinfectant solution in spray bottles in the room, bathroom and kitchen.

        Comfort:

        After 2 months of this routine and following strict hygiene and care, the bugs were reduced but still were giving me problem sleeping at night. Then one night as I was making the bed I said 'with hope from Allah, for a comfortable sleep'. I slept comfortably that night and from then on.

        It was end of aug, temperature dropped a bit and bugs reduced. I gained hope and confidence for future life, they'll go eventually.

        Cool down:

        Then weather's got cooler in oct and bugs have significantly reduced. I haven't had to wash or change everyday. I wash change clothes and sheet after 3 nights now, but still wash my head everyday. I still bleach clothes, towels and sheets and use disinfectant and antiseptic for my hands.

        Natural oils and treatment:

        I posted antiseptic natural oils here some days ago.

        Tea tree is good and works like the Antiseptic solution.

        I use mustard oil and think it makes bugs get out of their sanctuaries on hair and skin and start moving. I take each one with tissue and get rid of them.

        I've found a head lice killer, it kills the bugs. It's called Hedrin Treat & go. I apply it every other day after washing and drying my head. Can also use on body.

        Progress so far.. I'll keep posting.

        With all wishes of success

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        briteyes50 

        5 weeks ago

        Ronald currier, I am 68 & never in my life had what is happening to me. I cannot see these things but sure feel them. There are everywhere on my body hair, nose, ears,private parts - there is a grp on FB called Skin Mites Support Group - lots of us are infected with many different type of mites, maybe you can ck it out & get some advice or help there! I feel yr pain as do so many of us!

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        Ronald currier 

        5 weeks ago

        I have NEVER in my 52years being on this planet have been through anything like this I am literally loosing my mind my wife has them but nowhere near my infestation I have celiac disease and psoriasis both cause me to have compromised immune system six months now it’s all out insanity. I’m loosing my sanity... nothing is working some insecticides even make them madder and they scramble around on me and bite and sting those are the worst it feels like bee sting bad I’m at my wits end for real.

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        Frustrated 

        5 weeks ago

        Thx, Pete. I was actually planning on buying a high powered magnifying glass, but maybe I should get a microscope. My concern is the cost, but I’ll check into it.

        I’ve been seeing a dermatologist for 6 months and been prescribed meds for dermatitis, medicated shampoo, and a few different oral meds for various skin issues (which are not visible.) I was even prescribed an anti-depressant, which made me a zombie. It feels like lice, but apparently it isn’t. I’m seeing my doc next week to get results of a blood test and skin scraping. This is a frustrating mystery...

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        Pete 

        5 weeks ago

        Look up contact dermatitis. If you think you have mites, then buy a microscope and get a scotch guard roller and roll where you think the mites are, then if you don't see any mites, its probably contact dermatitis. Go see a dermatologist and they will prescribe a steroid. Do this before you spend a fortune on cleaning products and before you lose your mind thinking you have thousands of mites crawling all over you body and in your house and car.

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        Amanda 

        5 weeks ago

        Hi Frustrated - I know what you're going through. I got this nightmare when I put on new pants made in Honduras. I read where someone thought they got it from a new pillow they bought. I've been living in secret with this horrible stuff, only my family knows. I wonder how many people have this. Something needs to be done!

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        Frustrated 

        5 weeks ago

        After 13 months of itching, MANY doctor visits, and research, I found this article which is the FIRST one I’ve read that I can actually relate to! Since nothing my doctors prescribed, tested, suggested, or recommended has helped, apparently, I now have to find my own cure.

        My symptoms are: itching on my head, face, and hair, down my neck and back, and then random areas all over my body. Things are crawling on me and tickling. I feel pinpricks/bites often, but have nothing visible - no rash, bite marks, or visible mites. I do have tiny scaly spots and colorless bumps on my scalp.

        I know exactly when I got this!! I bought a T-shirt from a local shop (which was made in Honduras) and within an hour, felt tickley, crawly sensations (similar to lice) move from the shirt, up my neck, and into my hair. I’m POSITIVE it came from this shirt! But, it’s an invisible mystery to me and all the different doctors I’ve seen!

        I’m having my first grandchild in Dec and MUST get this resolved by then (I simply cannot pass this on to the baby!) I’m trying everything this article says and hope to gawd it works. I can identify and sympathize with many of the comments I’ve read here and might even join the FB group.

        My question is: Is anyone knowledgeable/experienced about invisible mites that are transferred in clothing? If so, what the heck are they and how can I get rid of them?

        Scabies, Lice, bedbugs, and chiggars have all been ruled out.

        I’m going out of my mind with this! Thx...

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        John Eug Dumais 

        5 weeks ago

        Hi everyone, good news : there is a new bio-insecticide approuved by the EPA : Aprehend. It is a fungus that does not infect humans or pets. It is Beauveria bassiana GHA strain. It doesn't live above 31°C (85°F). Another product contains Beauveria bassiana, it is Botanigard. The bug that comes to you has to walk in the bio-insecticide spores (ball of an encapsulated microbe) that were sprayed and the spores stick to the insect. Then the fungus penetrate, infect and kill the bug. It takes 4-8 days. Some infected bugs can meet other bugs and infect them too, mainly this happens when the species live as a group, when a bug returns to the group (ex.: bed bugs). I read that Aprehend is for spraying by Pest Control Operators only. But Botanigard is for fields of vegetables, fruits, ornemental plants, flowers, etc. Aprehend is put on the market as a bed bug killing bio-insecticide. On Wikibooks, I found a page on Beauveria bassiana and mites are there as a target killed by the fungus. Of course the good method of spraying and the frequency of spraying in the case of mites might be different than when used for bed bugs. A mask must be used during the spraying, get information on the protection and other facts on the use of this kind of insecticide. I just found that in Europe the product Naturalis contains a Beauveria bassiana strain too and it is a bioinsecticide that kills mites. Good luck with your extermination of the insects that invade your place. It is possible to get rid of those bugs. Keep on with your efforts to get rid of them bugs. Bye, John Eugene.

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        Itgetsbetter 

        5 weeks ago

        Thanks MST. The oval rash on my ankle is fading though my ankle is still swollen and I know there are more bugs/worms in there. I think they are hookworm or roundworm. I don't understand whey they didn't get them out of my leg when I went to see the doc. I had bugs crawling all over me today, yesterday and bugs crawling all over my face last night.

        The nurse at infectious disease gave me a steroid shot and ivermectin. also prescribed twice daily antihistimine cocktail including the before surgery drug hydroxyzine and also ranitidine or zantac. She referred me to a dermatologist but I have not gone yet.

        I also have an ANT infestation and am thinking it is under the wood floor boards but called an exterminator. Orkin said they do mites too and thought it sounded like CLOVER MITES I found them inside the gaps in the window frames when I took the screens out. They are tiny red dots.

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        itgetsbetter 

        6 weeks ago

        Yes, something jumped on me after I treated the dog, no doubt about that. I just read though that all the sterile hype has led to a generation of people that have autoimmune issues. The bugs coming out of my ankle and leg are possibly like hookworm I think but it isn't always the case. I don't see the mites much anymore. I see eggs and worms like hookworm I guess, maybe some roundworm and folliculitis eggs or the smaller bumpy oval things.

        DO THIS, when you feel itchy it means they are coming out of your skin or going in. Spray vinegar and oil (1 part salad or apple cider vinegar and 2 parts veggie oil) where you feel the itch and rub until you feel a little piece of sand. There is your bug. Put that under a microscope with some olive oil and let us know what it looks like.

        VASELINE COAT, head to toe (my hair too) got the most bugs out yet. I left it on for 20 minutes and made sure to fall asleep with it and since they come out once I am fully relaxed, they got stuck in the vaseline and I could wipe them off and then shower.

        I just walked by the construction across the street and came home crawling with them (though prior to I was cleaning and doing laundry so crawling then too). I had managed to keep them mostly off me by staying out the grass, showering with tea tree, changing clothes, sheets, baking soda on the floor where they jump on me. Someone said that happens near new CONSTRUCTION SITES. Everything that was in the ground is flocking to our homes for a new place to live. Not sure about that. These are weird bugs. I think they are from another country.

        Someone said a shipment of cotton from another country was not washed and they got in our clothing. I had a pair of pants from a store that were seemingly infected. They make me feel icky when I put them on. this bug makes me feel icky a lot, like when I look at it under the scope. Certain bugs anyway. I can tell it is powerful. Makes me sick. Makes sense that changing clothes and sheets would help a lot though showering too for me, with tea tree cause if they are on me, it really doesn't matter if I change clothes.

        Take care everyone. Hang in there.

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        M Sotired 

        6 weeks ago

        I don't know, itgetsbetter, I also wonder if this is something I got from the dog beach?

        But I keep going back to the carpet beetle larvae. They eat keratin, hair etc Others have said how they infest their scalp and skin.

        I'm not sure if the Albendazole is going to help with those. Also had a day on praziquantel, have more to take but not sure when I should.

        Mineral Oil for ears. I don't have any. Neem gives me relief So does the hydrogen peroxide. Also use a eucalyptus & alcohol hand sanitizer that helps a lot, externally.

        In the past I used other things that were a worry.

        If I could get them out of my hair I think they would stay out of my ears, or vice versa, or both.

        I now have dehumidifiers. Haven't used them yet but if this is varied beetle apparently they thrive better in low humidity. Oh no.

        IGB, you have a lot to deal with, with your Mom & Dad as well as all this. I hope it DOES get better soon, for us all.

        MS

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        itgetsbetter 

        6 weeks ago

        I definitely have a bad AC unit, sweat sock syndrome and I called for a repair and he said 6k for the ac and the furnace since they should both be replaced. I just paid 300 a couple months ago for freon. I don't have money for that as I am low income. So now I'm blowing fans on a wet towel. I want to give up. I can't wash anything with a broken dryer, I cleaned the lint out but not sure it is fixed. The bugs are likely multiplying like crazy with the humid heat. I can't use the humidifiers since it is too hot and they make it hotter. Misery.

        I did get more bugs out of my ankle though it is still swollen and one toe on each foot is numb-ish which I believe is a really bad sign. I don't have anyone who can watch the dog so I can go to the emergency room and my Mom just called crying since she is afraid I might die. She has a friend who was digging up a swamp by hand and nearly died when the bugs took over her body. To make matters worse, my Mom is on oxygen 24/7 and the last thing I want to do is stress her out but I was supposed to go there and help her since my Dad will be gone for a while and he will not be able to take care of her then, but I'm afraid I will infect them with this. I told them to find a backup until I know more about what it is.

        I keep finding dinosaur looking things and perfectly round eggs along with stuff that looks like fleas or a couples times these extra long spring-tail looking arthropods likely. Today was a dinosaur that looks like a hippity-hop and it had a tall spikey thing coming out of its head with a larva or egg on it.

        I'm totally normal other than the tiny black, off white, and sometimes red tiny things coming out of my skin (a red snake or worm today). I don't have a fever though I have had the chills quite a bit during over the last few months. I don't have much of a rash or even bites or bumps, just really small rasied bumps that might look like ringworm but I already viewed that one and it doesn't match my bugs. I had slight stomach cramps at times.

        Guess that is why the doc picked auto immune sys prob since it is a bunch of different bugs. I still gotta shower and change the sheets. Hope everyone is doing okay tonight.

        I still get attacked with crawling bugs during the day so the oil and vinegar is not fixing that. I guess it is time to ruin this beautiful wood floor with bleach or borax. I don't know for sure if that is the problem, an infestation. I think it is mostly on me but I'm not sure so what else is there to do. I'm not sure how to keep the dog away from it either. It could also be the AC unit blowing crap on me though it feels like fleas, springtails or perhaps worms jumping on my feet and ankles and sometimes trying to burrow. Nemotodes are also possible. There are tons of worms in this yard.

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        Pete 

        6 weeks ago

        Yes, I know I have bartonella, because I also had pain in soles on my feet, stomach problems, tired all the time and shooting pains. Im feeling better already. after I took the supplements I was wiped out and went to bed early at 8pm. I believe the dust and fibers in the environment react to your skin (neurological) which is why you feel the crawling and biting,itching feeing. Yes, everyone has something different here, but I believe this is a common problem that doctors don't recognize. In my case I'm almost certain this it the problem...You can also get Bartonella from mosquitos. Most people aren't bothered by bartonella because your immune system fights it, but it they get stressed or get sick it comes out.

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        M Sotired 

        6 weeks ago

        Hi Pete

        I hope in your case you are correct.

        I've read about Bartonella too.

        It could be linked to the mites. I am 99% certain that's what I have. And had mine identified as collembola and rodent mite.

        Is it diagnosed by a blood test?

        I've seen an infectious disease specialist and he came back with nothing. Apart from a dust mite allergy, and despite my positive samples by a medical entomologist.

        I have taken some of those supplements with some relief. Garlic, neem, msm, Vit c, clove.

        But I do still take most of them, they can't hurt.

        But hopefully you will get good results as we all could have something different.

        I've had my symptoms worsen a bit over the last few days as I was clearing out one of my bedrooms, removing curtains etc. stirring these things up no doubt.

        I think removing yourself from your current environment would be good. Unfortunately I'm not able to do that. So reinfection is inevitable.

        We await your good news.

        MS

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        Pete 

        6 weeks ago

        Hey guys I'm 99% sure I figured this out. Its not mites. If you think you have mites, then buy one of the scotch rollers and roll where you think the mites are and then bring it to an epidemiologists or buy a microscope and see if there are mites on it. I bet you there are no mites. I been doing a lot of research and I'm pretty sure its a lyme disease called Bartonella. You can get Bartonella from fleas and if you have a week immune system it can cause all kinds of crazy things to happen. Here are the supplements you need to take. I just bought them today, so I you want to wait to see if they work for me you can, but they are: MSM 1000 mg 3 times per day. Garlic, you can buy caps or cloves. vit C. and some black strap mollasses. Also eat coconut oil and rub it on your skin. I also read that neem in caps helps. Some people also take the anti biotic Bactrim. If the supplements don't work then try that.. Im almost 100% sure this is what it is....I praying Im better in the next 2 weeks after taking these supplements....

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        M Sotired 

        6 weeks ago

        Amanda, I miss my old bed too.

        This is no way to live. I will never pray.

        Take care.

        MS

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        Amanda 

        6 weeks ago

        M Sotired - I haven't used sheets in 8yrs. I sleep on a bare air mattress with 4 thin polyester blankets. I use 2 of the blankets as a pillow. The less fabric on you is better. I have 4 other blankets that I keep in a plastic container. I wash the blankets I use once a week. I miss the big soft cozy bed I used to sleep on before this stuff destroyed my life. I do what I got to, to survive this. That's all we can do, and I pray every day for a cure.

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        Abugslife 

        6 weeks ago

        Pete- i agree. My derm said folliculitis. Its just puzzling how everyone in my home would have it. I spent a good 2 hours a few night ago with my microscope, looking at every pimple\bite and every single one was an inflamed hair follicle with a white puple. Going to email my derm soon to see what else we can do. Topical antibiotic did nothing.

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        M Sotired 

        6 weeks ago

        Thank you, Amanda I will try the rubber mats. I always wear flip flops now. I have an air mattress. But will buy a new one soon. And I don't clean like crazy as I don't have the energy. I just keep throwing things out. Anything that is difficult to clean.

        I haven't sat on my sofa for over a year as I've been worried it will infect me or I will infect it.

        Do you wash your sheets and blankets every day? I haven't been able to as I don't have a clothes dryer.

        Am trying neem oil in my ears.

        My nose is better than it was.

        I think the hardest thing is trying to eradicate them internally. I've done the horse ivermectin, with no effect at all. Now trying Albendazole.

        Will start the Kleen Green now I have received it.

        I hope there's better days ahead for all of us.

        MS

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        Amanda 

        6 weeks ago

        Briteyes50 - you could try a plush polyester blanket, but I only use the thinnest ones...I know this sucks!

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        Amanda 

        6 weeks ago

        M Sotired - I know what you're going through, try to focus on how to keep them off of you. Cleaning and scrubbing everything doesn't help. I said in other posts that sleeping on an air mattress with a lot of cardboard under it is best. The cardboard helps keep them from getting on you. Never walk barefooted in the house, always were flip flops or some kind of rubber shoes. I used to soak my feet in Kleen Green but it's a lot cheaper to use Sprite or 7up, it has lemon and lime in it After soaking your feet put coconut lotion on them. I don't have to soak my feet anymore. I put a rubber mat on my couch and car seats before I sit on them. Keep rubber mats on the floor of your car too. Get ear drops from your doctor for your ears, and ear drops for your cats. This will help. For 8 yrs only I am affected by this and not my family.

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        briteyes50 

        6 weeks ago

        Amanda would a plush super soft polyester blanket work? Thanks so much for the info!

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        M Sotired 

        6 weeks ago

        Amanda, 8 years! That's awful. I have the same symptoms as you. My feet are painful. There's a couple of small lumps which I guess are burrows? I had lesions on my ears and would still have them if I didn't apply oils and creams to them. They are in my hair and ears and nose. Feet and ankles are bad.

        I think my hands are affected too now. And that's how it spreads.

        What have you tried? I can get some relief but no cure.

        Do you have others that you live with that are unaffected? I am afraid that this could be very contagious.

        Pete, it was about 1.5 yrs ago when I realized what it was. But I think it started a while before that. Definitely mites. And probably springtails too. My cats shake their heads too.

        I have had samples identified as springtails and mites.

        I was always barefoot. I think it is from carpets and the floors. And probably a leak which I had fixed, but it took some time.

        I also picked up an injured bird. Had birds nesting on my verandah. Never again. Now that I know about these things.

        There's some good information on mitetreatments.com

        Maybe between us we can find the answer.

        I'm not able to spray everything with windex. Not while I have pets, anyway.

        I'm losing hope.

        MS

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        Pete 

        6 weeks ago

        I rubbed coconut oil on my legs and vinegar and it went away, so I think (its get better is right) its not mites or bugs, but your follicles, caused by either an allergy or yeast and fungus In your body and when your skin comes into contact with fibers and dust it feels like bugs and crawling on your skin and can cause bumps and sores..

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        Pete 

        6 weeks ago

        Re:Folliculitis . Maybe..... as soon as I get home tonight Im going to buy something to treat it. I read that soaking in vinegar works, but Im going to buy something OTC from the drug store. I knew it was some type of bacterial, fungal or yeast...infection.

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        Amanda 

        6 weeks ago

        Briteyes50 and Pete - I've had this for 8 yrs. and believe me I've tried everything. Briteyes50....you need to stop sleeping on the leather couch...they go through leather too. I sleep on an air mattress and I use the all rubber side. I have a medium size plastic container in my car and when I bring things home from the store, I put it in the container. Remember to put a lot cardboard under the air mattress...it will help keep them off of you, and it sounds crazy but I use duct tape on the bottom of my feet at night. It is best if there is no carpet on the floor but I have carpet and wood floors and I always wear my flip flops. Briteyes50..if you can sit in a wooden chair or cover the seat of your chair at work with something rubber, it would be better, and put your feet on a rubber mat and wear sandals. I use those polyester throws for my cover and my pillow.

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        itgetsbetter - SOLVED!!!!! - days to weeks for recovery. 

        6 weeks ago

        Folliculitis - This is very common and self treatable.

        https://www.google.com/search?q=folliculitis+mayo+...

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        Pete 

        6 weeks ago

        Can you tell me how long you guys and gals have been dealing with this. Me, about 1/1/2 years . I thought it was mites orginally, but now not so sure. It may be a fungus or mold and we are allergic to or it could be parasites, candida that is caused by a weak immune system. It may be Morgellons which has something to do with fibers(Morgellons is one of those diseases that drs don't believe in), but there are a lot of people talking about it on you tube and the web that say its real, nobody seems to know what it is and they are trying every thing to get better. do have any bumps on your body, or sores, are you tired all the time, stomach noises. Do you remember when it started and how it started. do you have carpet in your house. I think its worse with carpet. I have would floors, but no matter how much I vacuum and wipe down I cant get rid of it. whatever it is, I think you have to stay positive and have hope because right now that seems like all we have...

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        briteyes50 

        6 weeks ago

        Amanda same here they are everywhere. No I dont sleep on an air mattress - will that help! I sleep on my leather couch - I have tried so many different things, 91% alcohol, perioxide, cornstarch medicated powder, lysol spray, bleach in bathrooms, seasalt, baking soda, 20 mule team borax, windex with white vinegar, I get blood from my ears & nose. Someone from my skin mites grp on FB is using a non toxic product called Tweetmint - I order that today from amazon. She uses it on her body & hair & is getting results. I use garbage bags for my pillow - nothing is working. I am at a wits end with this BS. I agree with you Amanda - this is the worst experience I have ever had. Cant concentrate. I am a very clean person & pretty healthy as well. I try to eat non gmo & have cut my sugar intake big time. Its only been since June when I moved from my old house after 20 yrs. Been trying to figure out how this has happened. Dont know if you are on fb but I belong to a grp called Skin Mites Support Group - Many ppl post their protocol for reducing or ending this insanity, but what works for some may not work for others. This is maddening!!!!!

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        Amanda 

        6 weeks ago

        HI briteyes50 - I have all the symptoms you have...biting, pinprick stinging and burning. I have bites too. They get in my ears, nose and hair. I have moved and they came too, I have never seen them either.They don't bother anyone else in my family. Cleaning everything in my house hasn't helped at all. Do you sleep on an air mattress? I put a lot of broken down cardboard boxes on top of my box springs. and then my air mattress. If you cover a regular mattress with a plastic cover they will come right through that, and you can't use a regular pillow with a cover on it either. I have to be really careful with my clothes. Before I started using the anti itch cream and lotion, my clothes would get infested with them, once that happened I had to throw my clothes away. It doesn't matter if the weather is cold or hot and humid, they are still bad. They get on my back, legs and the top of my feet the worst. I think they get on the bottom of the feet and go up to the rest of the body. This is insane and we shouldn't just have to live with it!!!

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        Pete 

        6 weeks ago

        I just got out of my sauna and took a shower and it all went away. Whew. If you have this(whatever it is) you need to get a far-infrared sauna. You can get one for about $1000. I know its a lot of money for some people, but its the only thing I found that makes it disappear. Also I read that soaking in vinegar and kleen green helps. Peppermint essential or or tee tree oil while washing your hair.

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        briteyes50 

        6 weeks ago

        Amanda - what are yr symptoms PLS? Trying to figure out if they are the same as mine. For me I get a pinprick stinging bite & sometimes burning - I had a rash almost gone but I do have bites, they go in my nose, hair, ears, in my private parts on my face (slite burning bite) & get me on my hips & back & toes. Pretty much every where. I have worn polyester top, but they still get me- cannot see them either & they follow me where ever I go! THese suckers luv the warmth & Im in FL with 90 degree weather & still humid. Went to WY & they still got me even tho I stood outside in 30 degree weather. This is insanity!!!!!!

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        Amanda 

        6 weeks ago

        Hi PETE and everyone. Pete you have to sleep on an air mattress,if you already sleep on a air mattress ,buy a new one and make sure to put a lot of cardboard under it. Get a new 100% polyester blanket, use only that. If you need a pillow use polyester blanket for a pillow. Sleep in only underwear but not cotton underwear.I know this sounds crazy but put a few strips of duct tape on the bottom of your feet when you go to bed, this is important. Only wear flip flops as much as you can, never walk on the floor without them. I use a lot of anti itch cream but you're not supposed to, and use a lot of equate moisture care cocoa divine lotion. It is non greasy and that is the best. Get it at Walmart. Only use this and nothing else on your body. Buy rubber mats for couch and car seats, only sit on rubber mats. I usually sit on a big broken down cardboard box on my floor at home.I buy cheap rubber mats at Walmart for $1.97.Wear loose clothing. Wear sleeveless shirts as much as possible. I put anti itch cream on my back and legs and the top of my feet. I put on the anti itch cream after every shower, I dry off well before I use it. Dry off with paper towels. Wear the least clothes as possible when you can. Use a short wash cycle when you wash your clothes, hang clothes up to dry, I know this is a pain but it is better if you don't use a dryer.Shave off body hair.This is what I do and I feel a whole lot better. I can live my life feeling pretty much normal.

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        briteyes50 

        7 weeks ago

        Thank you Pete for responding! Was just wondering if yr symptoms were like mine & others (FB group I joined). The crawling sensations in one spot than moves to another (wherever its warm) the pinprick stings, as well as burning & itching. Had a rash - clearing up tho - Dr said scabies NOT - went thru the treatment he prescribed the perm cream & ivec - good for 1 day - I cannot see them but like you feel them in my hair ( I wash with Selsum Blue), my nose (which now bleeds), my ears (bleeds as well), feel them in my eyes, sometimes feel a feather like feeling around the lower part of my legs/ ankles.- I have always taken vitamins & eat healthy - I still have my tonsils & so far every organ. Hardly get sick, but when I do its pretty bad. I have heard a product called Tweetmint is helping ppl. I know I have more than 1 parasite due to scratching & combing my hair in the sink & shaking my clothes out in the sink - some are tiny black spcks other - trying to concentrate but gettin attascked rtite now

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        M Sotired 

        7 weeks ago

        Pete, you have put an amazing effort into this. I know the exhaustion you are experiencing. My symptoms are much like yours. No sores.

        I am currently taking Albendazole.

        Am about to purchase dehumidifiers.

        Might try one round of pest control.

        Will try the infra red saunas.

        Have just ordered Kleen free, Kleen green and sterifab.

        After all that, nothing left to try really. And no money left. And not much will left to keep going.

        If anyone can beat this, you can.

        I hope to read a good outcome from you soon.

        MS

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        Pete 

        7 weeks ago

        If you don't have the money for a new sauna, you can buy a used one on craigslist from about $500-1500 depending on where you live, The sauna was the only thing that made it totally disappear. I wouldn't be able to handle it without my sauna..

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        Pete 

        7 weeks ago

        To Briteyes50

        It fees like bugs crawling on my legs and feet, my stomach makes noises sometimes, im tired all the time. Im just exhausted from this and litterly spend all my free time trying to beat it.. Im not even sure what I have, but I know its not all in my head, because it seems like it only gets on me at the same places where I sit in my house and my cubicle at work and my car. I also make $100k per year so have the money to treat it if I could find out what it was. Everywhere else Im fine. I do have allergies to dust mites, so maybe that's what it is.. I am getting better though. Today I had a pedicure and I have been soaking in Epson salt baths and soaking my feet in vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Also putting tea tree oil in my hair when I shower. Also doing are low sugar diet and doing the candida diet and taking lots of supplements. and collidial silver and doing a sauna everyday. After I do my sauna it all goes away. If you have the money for a far infrared sauna, buy one. it goes right away after I sit my sauna for 30 min. or join the ymca and sit in the sauna and hot tub there. Its not that bad in my house. Its when I go to work where there is carpet everywhere and then it feels like bugs crawling in my shoes about 30 min after I get to my cubicle.. and then I start to itch a lot. When I get home I put my clothes in the laundry and take a sauna. Im still learning about it. I think there are a lot of people that have it, but they don't want to say anything to anyone because its not something you can tell people about, if you know what I mean.. Anyway I read that magnets help, I ordered some today and should get them Tuesday. Not sure if it will help, but willing to try anything to get better. Right now I have no social life..Not sure if its Morgellons or what. Try soaking in borax or Epson salts to see if that helps. I don't know all the answers...I think its a new disease and doctors don't know anything about it or are unwilling to talk about because there maybe no cure or are told not to talk about it. I don't get sores or anything like that like some people with Morgellons do, so Im not sure that is what it is. There is no test for what we have, so who knows. Ive been dealing with this for 1 1/2 years and have spent thousands of dollars and am still not cured, but its better that what it was. I initially thought they were mites, but since I can't see them and have tried everything to kill mites and I can still feel them on me im not sure what it is. I just don't know. something is attracting them to me. Im still searching for the answers. I'll let you know if the magnets work.. Goodluck!

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        briteyes50 

        7 weeks ago

        PETE: What were yr symptoms?? Where do you get magnets colloidal silver (what magnets???) lilliewidener - what were yr symptoms!!!! These things follow you wherever you go! I am at a wits end - its driving me crazy - they go in my hair, eyes, eyebrows, face EVERY where on my body!!! PLS COMMENT!!

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        lilliewidener99@gmail.com 

        7 weeks ago

        I finally found out what we are dealing with, it's a moth. Trust me and go get yourselves a pack of moth balls, it's a blessing, they all just die and nothing else on this Earth kills them trust me just do it and see if you don't feel like a new person in a week's time I had them forever and now they are completely gone!

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        Pete 

        7 weeks ago

        Im not sure that the guy in the link in my last post can be trusted. ive read that some people have sent him money and they never received anything. But I read that magnets and colloidal silver and soaking in Borax in the tub..works for Morgellons.

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        Pete 

        7 weeks ago

        I just read about gmo foods + morgellons disease and this is what I might have. I just don't know yet. I do know when I go to work with the carpet everywhere it gets really bad. I come home and sit in my sauna for 30 min and the itchy, crawling feeling goes away and I feel good again...I'm still going to do the low sugar/candida diet for 30 days to see of I get better. If not I might be screwed. I read about Morgellons before and didn't think that's what it was because it felt just like bugs on me, but now after reading about it, this may be what I have...I believe its an allergy to gmo foods which make fibers feel like bugs. I'm still researching this so I will keep you posted. If you've tried everything and still have the itchy crawling feelings on you this also may be what you have...All I know is it sucks big time. I've already spent thousands of dollars and im just sick of it. now i'm not sure I will be able to cure myself.

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        Abugslife 

        7 weeks ago

        Ok so last night i sprayed doterra cinnamon oil all over the windows and just checking to traps. The traps had about 3 springtails yeaterday. They now have about 10 each. Ok so heres the kicker. My grandmother, who we spend a lot of time with, started to have the same problem as us, around the same time! She also has seen a few drs and they keep telling her the same thing...allergies. BS! So i went today to check the glue traps i put down in her apartment two days ago.....drumroll...........SPRINGTAILS! I just cant wrap my head around this. Im starting to spiral again. Its the only thing i keep gathering, yet am supposed to believe they "dont bite". Lord help me! I wish we could upload pics on this page so i can show you. They are like a quarter of a grain of sand to the naked eye. Just barely visable, but the scope makes them SO clear. Going to spray more cinn tonight. Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend! Prayers and lots of wine :)

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        kimrossroth 

        7 weeks ago

        I have found that using 1cup Heinz white vinegar mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon green Dawn antibacterial dish soap. I also added 2 drops of black food coloring-seem to be attracted to black for some reason. I put this in disposable plastic containers and set them in areas of the house where I feel them. There will be a film if these invisible things collecting on the top of the solution after setting for awhile. For some reason they love the stuff. I don’t leave home without the solution either.

        Taking hydroxazine for itching. Dermatologist said my iron level was low which can contribute to itching; hormones were off also and I am immunocompromised. This is not an easy road but it will get better!

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        Itgetsbetter 

        7 weeks ago

        Has anyone tried a smoke bomb in all the rooms in the house for mites? I would prefer organic smoke bomb but whatever has worked. I read in another post, if it kills spiders it should kill mites since they are in the same family.

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        Tara Chamblin 

        7 weeks ago

        I am a diabetic type 1 and the only one that seems to be affected. Being my immune system is compromised your article really registered bcuz yes my boyfriend and family think im crazy. And i suppose i wouldnt even be complaining but for the biting. And especially after ive cleaned. So i so appreciate your story bcuz even i was thinking i was crazy. Thank you so much. I have bookmarked your article just bcuz.

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