What's Biting Me? Being Eaten by Invisible Bugs in Your Home

Updated on May 17, 2020
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I've cleaned houses and spaces professionally. Here are some of my expert tips.

Being Eaten by Invisible Bugs in Your Home
Being Eaten by Invisible Bugs in Your Home | Source

What's Biting Me? Solutions for Invisible Bugs in Your Home

Are you feeling paranoid and being driven mad by invisible biting bugs? Are you looking for immediate relief from the itching, scratching, discomfort, and rashes? Sometimes we think the bugs will go away on their own and sometimes we think we are simply imagining that they're even there, but every night you feel things crawling on you . . . on your legs, back, neck, hairline, face, and head. It never ends.

What Is Biting Me That I Can't See?

Maybe you've tried some expensive products to get rid of these invisible mites. Well let me tell you—I've seen it all: "invisible" flea infestations, bed bug infestations, and scabies infestations. Yes, it's gross, but the good news is there are ways to kill these bugs and finally have peace of mind. So what is the best way to deal with invisible biting mites? We will talk about trying the following:

Methods for Cleaning/Removing Mites

  1. Permethrin Cream or Nix
  2. Windex (Ammonia)
  3. Listerine (Bactericidal)
  4. Ivermectin
  5. Heat to Kill the Bugs on Bedding and Clothes
  6. Borax
  7. Natural Remedies
  8. Stay Healthy and Build Immunity

What is crawling on my skin?
What is crawling on my skin? | Source

Invisible Bugs That Bite and Cause Itching

The tough news is that you are either dealing with house mites or the scabies mite. Contrary to popular belief, scabies can strike households on any level—all it takes is sitting down on a piece of public furniture and suddenly these bugs are hitching a ride back into your home. The itching is INCREDIBLE. Burning, nonstop irritation. The reason these mites are so irritating is that the female will burrow/tunnel into the skin and lay eggs. It's probably the most irritating itching you can experience in your life.

The below methods will help you kill an infestation but it's always best to work with a doctor too as children and toddlers require special care and these methods may not be best for everyone.

1. Permethrin Cream or Nix

Permethrin cream kills the scabies mite and lice. Essentially, this medication/insecticide works by paralyzing and killing the adult mite and its eggs. It is reportedly safe for pregnant women and children/infants over 2 months of age, but absolutely check the product label and talk to your doctor before use. You can buy it over the counter.

To use this, simply apply it topically and leave it on for the designated amount of time. Do not over use it and keep it away from cats as it is toxic to cats. It is also toxic to aquatic life.

A Note About Permethrin Cream

Permethrin cream is toxic to cats so do not use this around your household cat or let them lick you if you have the cream on you.

Windex contains ammonia which can kill insects.
Windex contains ammonia which can kill insects. | Source

2. Windex

Windex is a general household cleaner, but it does effectively kill insects because it contains ammonia, which is deadly in high concentrations. If you are using windex heavily, you may want to purchase a respirator from Home Depot. I certainly wear one whenever I am cleaning with chemicals. I also wear disposable non-latex gloves like nitrile gloves but you can also buy reusable gloves just for cleaning.

To kill the bugs with ammonia, simply spray every surface—desk space, tables, book shelfs (use a soft, absorbant cloth just for dusting), your car, etc. If you can, get the ceilings and walls.

Caution: Never mix ammonia and bleach—this will produce toxic fumes.

Caution

Never mix ammonia (Windex) and bleach—this will produce toxic fumes.

3. Listerine (Bactericidal)

Hot water can actually make the biting worse, so some people have reported using Listerine in a spray bottle on the skin when showering. I simply used Dr. Bronner's peppermint oil and let it sit on my skin for a bit, but you may give Listerine a try, too.

The essential oils in Listerine tend to have a numbing effect. Basically, you'll want to spray it on your skin (turn off the water to save water) and let it sit on your skin for as long as you can stand (5 minutes +); don't forget to spray your feet. You will want to replenish the Listerine regularly to make sure it's still at full strength.

What are the active ingredients in Listerine?

Interestingly enough, listerine contains the essential oils thymol, methanol, and eucalyptol and methyl salicylate. This combination of ingredients kills bacteria in saliva (per clinical trials) and is, therefore, bactericidal. It is an insect deterrent as well.

Your doctor can prescribe ivermectin.
Your doctor can prescribe ivermectin. | Source

4. Ivermectin

Ivermectin is also another antiparasitic that is used in veterinary medicine and can be prescribed orally (to be taken by mouth) by a doctor. You will definitely want to see a doctor before using this medication as they will also calculate the correct dosing by weight. It also treats other internal parasites besides external infestations. This is one of the most effective treatments for sarcoptic mites (scabies).

Caution: Don't drink alcohol while on invermectin and talk to your doctor before taking any other medications.

Use heat to kill bugs. You can throw your bedding in the dryer.
Use heat to kill bugs. You can throw your bedding in the dryer. | Source

5. Use Heat to Kill the Bugs on Bedding and Clothes

Another thing that works for flea infestations and mite infestations is to kill them with heat. You have to reach a certain temperature, however, to really kill them. I would take all of my bedding and throw it in the dryer and cook it dry for 20 minutes. This really killed the mites. You can also put your bedding in huge hefty bags/trash bags and suffocate them.

Some companies offer a service where they will heat up your house to over 130 degrees and kill the mites—this can be expensive, however.

Caution: Please use extreme caution while drying out your bedding, etc. You can even throw a moist hand towel into the dryer to prevent burns and reduce fire risk. Dry bedding that gets too hot is a fire hazard.

How to "Quarantine" Infested Clothes

Whether you are dealing with mites, fleas, or bed bugs, follow this advice to prevent transference from clothing into your house:

  1. seal all dirty clothes in a plastic hefty bag (to suffocate the bugs)
  2. use bleach (when appropriate) and detergent when washing; you can also use essential oils
  3. when washing clothes, place them immediately into the washing machine and don't drag them across the machine or house—mites can escape this way
  4. get rid of the used trash bag and don't let it sit around the home as mites will likely be inside this bag (as will eggs)
  5. consider drying your clothes longer than normal

SafeRest Full Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free
SafeRest Full Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free
I purchased this both for a double-size bed and a king-size bed to protect them from liquids AND dust mites. For the price, these are great and help reduce allergies.
 

Tips for Protecting Mattress

  • Mite-proof cover: I purchased a mite-proof mattress cover that was fairly inexpensive but works wonders. It breaths well, is definitely waterproof (my cat peed on it), and it keeps my mattresses dust-mite free. Consider this.
  • Wrapping the mattress: If you are dealing with an active infestation, you can wrap your mattress in plastic bags (cut them open with scissors and tape the seems), hose-vacuum the mattress, and flea bomb the house if you so desire.
  • Inflatable bed: If you are dealing with a really bad infestation, you may need to get rid of your mattress and use a blow-up/inflatable mattress that can be cleaned off with something like windex every other day before the mites are completely gone.
  • Wash your sheets daily: You may want to wash your sheets daily. This will prevent the mites from cycling and hatching. You can also spray your sheets with a peppermint-based essential oil blend.

You can treat your carpet with Borax, but if you have animals, you will want to use pet-friendly products.
You can treat your carpet with Borax, but if you have animals, you will want to use pet-friendly products. | Source

6. Borax

Borax is great for removing mites from carpets, shoes, and can be used in laundry. Do not use borax in laundry if you have sensitive skin. Simply sprinkle your carpet with borax (it can even be used in the car, too). After 24 hours, vacuum it up. I would not use it if you have pets that like to go on your carpet.

You can also put borax in your shoes and let it sit for 24-hours, then vacuum it out or simply wash your shoes in cold water and let them dry outside in warm weather. Baking soda is also a great alternative for households with pets or children.

Outside of the body, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil was more effective at killing the mites than traditional treatments.

— Healthline.com
Consider natural methods of pest management.
Consider natural methods of pest management. | Source

7. Natural Remedies for Invisible Insects

There are some natural remedies you can try. When diluted properly in a carrier oil, citronella, peppermint, and tea tree essential oils do well to kill insects on the skin. One such study even states that "Outside of the body, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil was more effective at killing the mites than traditional treatments." Make sure to follow any necessary safety precautions especially with children and pets. You may also want to consider the following:

1. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a unique, chalky-white powder that is made of fossilized aquatic organisms (diatoms) or phytoplankton. DE is great for killing bugs because it causes them to dry out—it absorbs the oils and fats from the insect's exoskeleton. DE is great for dust mites, too. You can sprinkle it on carpets, furniture, and bedding. Be sure to wear a dust mask.

2. MSM Cream

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural form of organic sulfur which can help to protect the skin. It contains vitamins E and ginkgo. Note that it is for topical use only. You can mix MSM cream with tea tree oil or peppermint oil and use it on the skin to kill the invisible bugs. You can also blend the MSM cream with hand lotion and a powerful essential oil (try for a 1 part MSM: 10 parts hand lotion blend or higher; essential oils should also be diluted according to instructions). This can be used all over your body.

3, Ozone Generators: What are they used for?

Ozone can be used to kill mold, get rid of second-hand smoke, and can kill bed bugs and other insects. You can buy ozone generators from various companies and for under 100 dollars and just switch them around each room. Make sure to air every room out because you should not breathe in the ozone.

4. Carpet Cleaning With Enzyme Cleaners

Some people may choose to use an enzyme cleaner in a humidifier or in a carpet-cleaning machine (for home-use or rented/commercial) to treat the carpets and control dust mites and other mights. You may consider using a good enzyme cleaner like Kleen Free. (Always read product directions.)

Practice good hygiene.
Practice good hygiene. | Source

8. Additional Tips to Stay Healthy and Build Immunity

People who deal with immunosuppression are particularly susceptible to infestations. That's why it's super important to eat well, exercise, practice good hygiene, keep stress low, take vitamins, and get your sleep. You may even want to consider changing your diet.

Candida Diets

Some people adopt a candida diet which means giving up sugar, alcohol, gluten-containing foods, high-starch vegetables, some fruit, dairy, and carb-rich vegetables. Basically avoid eating processed foods and foods that are high in sugar. Candida diets target yeast overgrowth, but it is all too common for yeast infections to encourage bacterial infections which also allow for parasites to easily affect our skin barriers.

Safety With Children and Pets

Always follow directions if you are treating your house or fogging your house. Pets are extremely sensitive to chemicals as are children. Even natural essential oils like peppermint and citronella can be toxic to pets, so if you really have to, consider sending your kids or pets away for a short period of time.

Consider having your kids stay with family or only treat the house when the kids are at school. Air the house out well after. If you have pets, consider boarding them while you have to treat the house to keep them safe (or keep them in a spare room that is carpet-less). Also be sure they are on preventatives and free of parasites—you'll want to bathe them before bringing them back into the house.

Are You Dealing With Bird Mites?

You may also want to consider whether or not what you are dealing with is from bird mites. This could be possible if you have birds in your household. Talk to your vet for animal-safe treatments. Bird mights generally don't cross-over species. You can get exposed, however, from second-hand furniture, working in areas with animals, or working with animals.

Scabies: Signs and Symptoms

You Are Not Imagining It

When you say that you feel like something is crawling on you and biting you but you don't see anything, some people may treat you like your crazy. Sadly, you're not, and they are just unaware of the reality of the situation. People who deal with mites in the household and on the body experience a drop in their quality of life.

The good news, however, is with enough resources and diligence, you can get rid of the problem once and for all. Also know that you are not alone, and many people have dealt with this trouble, too. Please share your tips and advice below and I hope this article helps.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Layne Holmes

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      sukaycooks 

      40 hours ago

      JJ, I think the mites did attach to me and went with me where I went. It's interesting to hear your story about Forever Ozone. When I ordered from the company, it took about 11 days for the package to arrive. However, one day out of the blue I received three fans arrived from Walmart. There was no note in the box, so I had no idea what they were for. I called Walmart and they gave me a name that sounded Spanish and said that guy ordered them and to just keep them. I almost gave them to Habitat for Humanity before deciding to take them to Walmart for a store credit, which is what I ended up doing. About four days later the cells arrived from Forever Ozone, and it was only then that I had understood what those fans were for. I didn't realize my order was going to come in two separate packages and that basically all I was getting was some cell that I was to hook up to a fan. I paid $300 for that!! The cells somehow how to be attached to the fans and there were some complicated instructions, so I sent them back. If I remember correctly, I lost about $60 on the deal as I had to pay shipping charges both ways and was not refunded for that.

      Last night I dusted with furniture polish all my furniture and pictures. I also mopped the wooden floors with a slightly damp mop. Both of those things helped a lot. I did the same thing today and it has helped a lot.

      A couple of days ago, I plugged in an expensive air purifier ($425) that I bought about 17 years ago to try to fix this invisible bug biting problem. The air purifier spit out a lot of air and dust went flying everywhere in my bedroom. That night I got bitten every five or 10 minutes and didn't fall asleep until 4:30 a.m. When the bugs bite that often, it's torcher and all I can think of is suicide. Things had gotten good for a few years with only flare ups here and there until about six weeks ago when the biting bugs got fast and furious, leaving dots on my body or long red streaks or even slightly breaking the skin with my bleeding.

      I am thinking these bugs are in the dust, so if I dust with a damp cloth and pick up the bugs rather than dry dust moving them from place to place, if I do this continually each day, I will kill off the bugs and their eggs. So today is day two of that. After doing that last night, I slept so well! I also just bought a Skybasic wireless digital microscope on Amazon that is supposed to arrive next week. I hope then maybe I'll be able to see something. Thus far, I've never seen these invisible bugs even with my 10X magnifying glass.

      I will keep you all posted of my progress. I hope I can write about it each day so we can see how the dusting with a damp cloth goes. I have been wiping the kitchen counters with cleanser and sweeping and mopping the kitchen each night for years, so the bugs are not because of a dirty kitchen. But I have not been good about dusting until now.

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      JJ 

      2 days ago

      I also put the Vaseline along my hair line as a barrier at night to keep ones in my hair from crawling down and biting, use a lice comb with tea tree oil in your hair to remove those. You can feel them trying and can either wipe it right away or in morning.

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      JJ 

      2 days ago

      Solano I did that with cheap Vaseline from dollar store and could then feel them and used a plastic spoon to scrape them off! That was a winner for me too!! It’s hard to sleep all lubed up so the DE from head to toe either trapped them in or not allow other to bite! Also a winner! Thank you

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      Solano 

      3 days ago

      Everyone, pls also use baby oil on ur skin and hair. The super oily type. U will then see black specks appearing within 5 mins. Leave the oil on for 30 mins or more and then either wipe it off or wash it off.

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      JJ 

      3 days ago

      Hi everyone!! I am happy to report after 3 nights of totally rubbing in DE into every crevice and pore that it has greatly reduced them off of me. Before this I could take a wet wipe and wipe my shin or my tummy, or chest and would pull off a bunch of tiny tiny black specs and fuzzy hairs. But now I have one spot in mid back that is hard for anyone to reach, that is where I use a spoon to rub anything in, and where I have most. I ordered my food grade DE from Amazon, It was about $8.

      When I ordered the “ozone generator” from forever ozone the picture of the bedroom unit did not look at all like what I received. I received a small black metal fan with the ozone adapter attached to the front of it. I contact Mike the owner and he said they were out of stock and that was just as good if not better. So I figured he’s the expert and he made Sure to at least send me out something. I also received a timer seperate in its box, and the ozone plate that I had to plug into the front of the fan. I did my car with it parked outside on the curb ran an extension cord to the car, it was late at night so temp and humidity was low while running with ac on recurrulate (as instructions read) ran it for 15 mins then unplugged from the house and let it sit for 45 mins, I could smell it when I got close and it’s a strange gas smell. I wore a mask when I finally opened and rolled windows down to air it out. It definitely helped!! I will do another in one week. There are many ozone companies out there to choose from if you didn’t like what Forever Ozone sent to you. But definitely give it a try, it will give some relief and like BB said if it’s really infested it will take a few treatments. Sukaycooks do you think that maybe the bites are coming from ones that are attached to you? That’s what I thought too, everywhere I went I was getting attacked when I realized they were on me crawling down from my hair and biting or finding warm spots such as privates. When I put tea tree oil down there it was only temp relief, I was really infested realizing now after my few DE treatments. Also the mites will get immune to one treatment, so if your using the same bug spray every time, it won’t affect them like initially. Try using spray deodar this, it leaves a powdery barrier on skin and they don’t like the aluminum in the spray. It will kill and even repel them and lasts as long as the deodar turns lasts.

      I have to say I’m so happy to have this page, so communicate with others who are expired conf same thing! Love reading others stories but wishing I could offer that one thing like awh found something that works. I read the bird/rodent mites only live 63 days away from their host and I think it’s wrong or I’m nearing that time, knowing they lay eggs and reproduce in cotton clothing and In furniture. I would not wish this on anyone. I also am the only one attacked in my household, they are loyal to one victim sadly for us!!

      Hope everyone has a good night tonight even though it’s full moon, praying we all get some rest. I miss my sleep so much!

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      BB 

      4 days ago

      Sukaycooks, my forever ozone unit came completely put together. I just had to plug in to start. Sorry you had a bad experience.

      With my experience using the ozone, I noticed an improvement after the first time. It keeps getting better with use.

      I keep the dehumidifier running and the furnace fan blowing at the same time using the unit. This helps to circulate the ozone. Dont give up on the ozone, keep using it. I think I read that you can use it multiple times a day if your infestation is really bad.

      I can not imagine being infested for 20 years. I hope you will find a solution soon that will end your nightmare.

      Take Care

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      sukaycooks 

      4 days ago

      Yesterday the bites were nearly zero after I dusted all the baseboards with soap and water. Today the bites came often, just as I thought I had solved this problem. Kleen Free and DE did nothing to solve the problem. I ordered the ozone treatment from Forever Ozone, but it took 10 days to arrive, and by then the mites had gone after I had done a fog bomb. I sent the ozone treatments back and a few days later the mites were back. I may buy an ozone treatment from another company. Out of the blue, I received 3 fans from Walmart and told them I never ordered them. Only a week later would I discover that the fans were part of my treatment from Forever Ozone. Things came piecemeal and there was nothing in the package that the fans came in explaining to me that this was to be used for the treatment. Yes, it has really been 20 years since I've been fighting these bites. It is now 4:30 a.m. and I have not been able to sleep because of all the bites. A bite comes about every 5 or 10 minutes, and it is torcher. I keep getting up and putting on bug spray, which has worked in the past but is not working tonight. Then I put on the Permethrin my doctor ordered for me after seeing the marks left behind from the bites. I have a $500 air purifier and just installed a $2,000 whole-house dehumidifier but I am still getting bitten. I bought a $400 steam machine nearly 20 years ago online, but it is a cruddy machine and spits out water. My roommate is not getting bitten, but I have shown her the bite marks on me. I am so glad she is not feeling any bites as I need a roommate. This has cost me thousands of dollars and I'm still fighting. Some days/nights, like tonight, I feel suicidal as I don't know what to do and feel as if I am being eaten alive. Even in my home office where all I have is a desk and a bookcase with doors on it and a chair, I get bitten. I get bitten in the bathroom where there is no furniture at all. I don't understand this and am glad there is a place we can come and share what has worked for us. Listerine and tea tree oil have not worked for me.

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      BB 

      5 days ago

      By the way, I just want to thank everyone posting. Any suggestions are welcome. I hope that if only one suggestion out of the 100's suggested, might work for an individua, totally worth tyring. With all of the different types of mites, what works on one doesnt work on others. By everyone suggestions and what works and doesnt work, It HELPS. Just knowing that others are trying to defeat this, gives you confidence that you are not crazy.

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      BB 

      5 days ago

      Good morning to all. My head is finally feeling pretty good. I am going to try the DE and see if that knocks it out completely. Where do I buy the food grade DE? Is it in the garden section?

      JJ, I have been dealing with this since March, but didnt realize what was happeing until April. I went to a derm in March and thought it was Ezcema. Grr....

      Any way, when this first started, yes the private parts were very attacked. Fortunately, I after the 1st month, very little activity there. A little tea tree on the between the butt crack has helped stopping them crawl there. I am sure this TMI but if you put a drop on the front and back of a fem pad, it also stops them in that area.

      The full moon definately makes them more active. Fri night, I was thinking, WTF as I was having a good break through, and Fri night came and was bit everywhere again.

      I can not say enough for the 1/3 cup bleach in a tub of water and soaking. This helps so much.

      I did an ozone treatment to the living area on Saturday, and I had a good day Saturday and Sunday.

      I noticed my dog starting to scratch again, so today or tomorrow he will be getting a lime dip again.

      JJ, if you have a garage, leave the windows down and do the ozone treatment. We have a large garage around 1000 ish sf ft so we did a 2 hour treatment. We taped the entrance door from the garage/house and treated when we went to bed. Actually forgot about it, so we treated 2 days in a row. After the treatment, Never had an issue again in either vehicle. After I have been treating my bedroom, the nights and bits are I am afraid to say, but I am not having a problem now that I have tossed the mattress pad. Fingers Crossed. I am going to give a treatment this week for preventative measures. The dog sleeps in between the living and dining area and I think he is a reason, we are still battling this. I just dont have the heart to give him up and let him suffer. We will defeat this...

      As soon as I get the DE, I will post my results. Take care, BB

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      JJ 

      5 days ago

      I’m sorry to take up the feed...but wanted to share I tried dry food grade DE on my feet last night and then decided to just rub it in everywhere head to toe! I then slept with no clothes. It REALLY helped!!! I felt a few trying to crawl but they couldn’t and hope it kills them!! The only thing is I sprinkled it in my hair and omg it made me look like Albert Einstein! My hair was so dry and frizzy in the morning after washing! I did a oil treatment and wrapped it up in a bun all day. I’ll be trying the DE all over again tonight

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      JJ 

      5 days ago

      Oh my gosh Sukaycooks 20 years?!!! Do you think you brought them with you when you moved? Or it’s just one of those things? I’m in this 3 months and can’t even imagine 20 years. I spend most waking minute thinking about them and how I want them off of me and what next treatment I want to do, or can’t wait to change my clothes and jump in a bath. I’m considering moving and don’t want to bring them with me!! I believe they are apart of this house and I have been the only one who’s gotten infested and attacked. My 49 year old male roommate had a wife and 2 sons living here a year before and none of them got it like this. Shoot he never knew what it was!! So I’m thinking me and this house don’t live well together lol.... I’m waiting for my Kleen Free solution to be delivered and will take a bath in it if I have to, hope it works and gets rid of these so that I don’t take them with me....

      20 years is a long time, I’ve some really bad bad days and nights and would lose my sanity if I did this for 20 years! But it makes me think of all the times that I felt something crawling but never seen anything and paid it no attention, did I have a house mite crawling on me?! Maybe it’s just this 2020 year and season bc we are all home and rodents are worse this year. So many variables.

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      sukaycooks 

      6 days ago

      I have been suffering from invisible bug bites for more than 20 years. I moved because of it and then got bitten in my new place. What I have learned is that the best solution is to clean the home thoroughly. I notice that I get bitten when my roommate leaves any crumbs on the kitchen counter. I thoroughly wipe down the counters, sweep and mop the kitchen floor every night. But recently even doing that I was getting bitten badly. No treatments worked. Then one night I thoroughly cleaned with dish soap and water the baseboards and that made a huge difference. So I am now going to start cleaning them thoroughly every month. I tried all the treatments I could fine and found that nothing works like thoroughly cleaning with cleanser. Don't just dust with a dry cloth or mop. Make sure they are damp with some sort of cleanser.

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      JJ 

      6 days ago

      BB I know exactly that feeling with them attacking hands and feet, that long sharp stinging pain is when I think they burrow. I also get this vibration sensation or a muscle spasm. I then try to find it and use a wet wipe to wipe it off. My feet this weekend got really attacked, they have been swollen all week. Some days I feel like hundreds are on me, to other days I also feel like I’m on the cusp of getting rid of this. It is not going to happen over night, it is definitely a process. This week has been particularly rough on me. The lack of sleep gets to me. I want to cry some nights out of frustration and exhaustion.

      BB, With your success of using the ozone generator I order one from Forever Ozone also. I actually was thinking about trying it in my car tomorrow. I feel like I get crawling and biting when I’m in the car for more than 30 mins. I can’t wait to try in my bedroom. I have removed myself from my room for over a month now and have been sleeping down stairs until I Eradicated the rodent problem. I think I brought them downstairs to the couch with just the ones on me. But it’s a leather sofa and easy to spray and clean. Most the time I can get ok sleep with crawling and biting just within the first couple hours (yes hours) of laying down and relaxing. They become more active at night and that moment your heart rate changes. I also get more activity after I eat a meal.

      BUT.... I wanted to share a new technique, so I heard Arrid Extra Dry (men’s deodorant) works to repel and even kills mites, I had to try it, It also helped me SO much with spraying the inside of my clothes before putting on and on my feet before putting shoes on. The laundry is a huge struggle for me. I will feel like I’m almost rid of them I get reattached all Over again when I put clothes that I’ve washed in hot water/bleach/borax, and dried twice on hottest heat, then ironed. I’ve even tried microwaving under garments and cotton shirts before wearing. It helped just a little bit a huge difference and use caution with that.

      Solano, I am going to try the DE in my hair tonight also. I think they crawl down from my Scalp at night and bite my body. They particularly head down south to my rear, which is the most uncomfortable feeling! Good luck with this one too BB.

      Good luck to all and keep posting your process and what hasn’t helped for you all. It’s therapeutic to know we are not alone! :)

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      Solano 

      6 days ago

      Hi BB, I have been reading your posts. Pls try food grade DE. Shake the powder on your head and also put it on your sole. Then wash it off the next day. You will sleep through the whole nite wifout much issue.

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      BB 

      8 days ago

      By the way, I have used apple cider vinegar and I think the mites actually like it. The activity was wild crazy after use. I used a whole bottle in the bath tub and will never do this again.

      Witch hazel takes the itch away and reduces the bumps and rash if present. I use this as a wipe all over and also on my face. I also squirt this in my hair if I am having activitiy.

      White vinegar with epsom salt in a spray bottle helps to dry mites on/in skin. I dont use this regularly as it is very drying to the skin. But I do often spray my feet after shower or bath as it seems to help.

      Two Benedryl tablets at night help me sleep all night. It makes you drowsy and lessens the sensations. You do wake groggy, but after the first cup of coffee, it has worn off.

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      BB 

      9 days ago

      I have an ozone generator, Forever Ozone, and have done 4 treatments to multiple rooms. I have a two story house and my 1st floor consists of liviing, dinette, kitchen, bath, and laundry. Openish floor plan. Meaning kitchen, living, and dining are open. I leave all doors open. I purchase 7000 mhz (i think) which greatly treats 700 sq ft. My lower level is around 900 sq ft and it works just fine. I installed my unit on a step stool so it is about 3 feet off the floor. I have 8' ceilings, so if you have vaulted or cathedral ceilings, you might need a stronger unit. I do the shock treatment leaving the unit run 2 hours, then house untouched for another hour, then aired out with windows open for about another hour before I return to living in the house. After the 2 hours treamtment and hour untouched, I enter to open windows and leave again. It is about 4 hours out of the house. I work at home so the time out is a pain, but well worth it. The ozone generator has made such a huge difference in my living area. The only other area I have regularly treated is my bedroom with adjoining bath. I hour treatment, 1 hour unoccupied, and 1 hour aired out. This is on the second story so when I open the windows, I am fine being inside the house on the lower level. I have also treated the spare bedroom once. I have been treating the living area and my bedroom at least once a week. Sometimes 5 days apart. I raise my mattress from my box spring by have a couple boxes between the two when I shock treat. This is to ensure anything between the box spring and mattress are killed. I just removed the mattress cover, not a fully encased one, and threw away. I dont think the ozone was getting between the cover and the mattress and I was still having minimal bites at night. I just purchase a new one to put on will see if it makes a difference.

      The mites biting me in these areas has greatly lessened. Overall mites have reduced, but I am still trying to rid from my body.

      I believe, JJ an I have the same mite from the description. They do burrow in your skin and also are on the outside of your skin. My head, hands, and feet are the favorite areas now, however, when this first started, my face was the target (Mouth and nose). They quickly move to the rest of your body. I would say I had at least 200 raised bumps, plus rash, over most parts of my body. The crawling and biting is greatly reduced. Some days no bites. Crawling does occur, but is much less. They are extremely difficult to rid from clothes. I was everything with at least 1 to 2 cups vinegar, borax, and liquid detergent. Extra rinse cycle. It takes care of some, but many still survive. It seems impossible, but they do. I also use the lint roller on my body and on the inside of my clothes. This helps, but it is not perfect.

      I have found some hand lotions and my homemade hand sanitizer, rubbing alcholol& Aloe sunburn gel mixed together, draws the mites out also. I had many in my hands and now there are very few to none at times. Still struggling with the feet as I think they burrow deep. This is where the very sharp and long painful pricks/bites occur and I believe it is the depth they are burrowing.

      As far as my head, I rotate shampoos and conditioners, which tea tree oil is added. I dont add the tea tree to the bottle, but to the handfull before putting on your head. And I also, put shampoo and/or conditioner on dry scalp. Let it sit. I usually do this when bathing so sits on at least 40 minutes, however, I will do this about 10 minutes if I shower. Head N shoulders, Menthol, Suave Coconut, and OXG mint and tea tree. All rotated routinely.

      Some days, I feel like I am on the cusp of defeating this, to having a day or two knock me down and out again. Unfortunately, it is a long battle with no immediate cure.

      As to the bug bombs, I have had no luck with these either. The Ozone generator has made a huge difference. I have not tried DE and I have not thrown everything away. I have reduced items and have decluttered, put throws and pillows in garbage bags sealed for storage. I vacuum everyday, dust and mop weekly. I no longer spray my furniture as it is not infected.

      Keep posting good and bad treatments to hopefully help others.

      Take Care

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      Morgan 

      9 days ago

      I’ve been bite by something all day for almost a week and suspected fleas or mites, I’ve bought hot shot non toxic bed bug spray that kills other bugs as well and glue traps of all types along with Diatomaceous Earth and to not a single one is working, any suggestions?

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      NF 

      9 days ago

      JJ thanks for the advice will purchase the lice shampoo and I have some tea tree oil...I am using a soap much like dawn in my hair right now and that has stopped the biting also will put borax in my shoes.. I think that this started after I went out for dinner, outside and later sat on a public bench. Could I have picked up this mite (bug) in this way? How long will the nightmare last? I do not see any evidence of black pepper sized mites or any evidence at all of these mites(bugs) on clothing or bedding or chairs or on me. Also does the ozone generator work on an open floor plan? I have many questions...praying for a cure! Thank youl

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      JJ 

      9 days ago

      NF, that is how mine started at my head then moved down to my back and few bites on legs. I would start by purchasing lice shampoo from your local drug store, one that contains Permethrin. That helps kill the mites. You apply to hair/scalp dry, and do the same to your back of neck and shoulders. Apply and let stand in affected areas for 10 mins then wash out. I also started tea tree oil immediately and it killed the eggs or larvae left in my scalp. I used pure tea tree oil (can also be found at local drug store) but it can be strong, it is recommended to dilute with water or coconut oil. It will sooth the itch and will tingle a bit. You can also use Apple cider vinegar for the itch.

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      NF 

      9 days ago

      I am being bitten now for 2 weeks on my head, back of neck shoulders and some on legs. Itchy and driving me nuts..have applied

      food grade Diatomaceous Earth as a paste to every area of my body that has been bitten..Still not gone what now?

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      JJ 

      9 days ago

      Also... Listerine (use blue one) will repel them but not kill them. Windex with ammonia didn’t work alone for me, but might for others. I used sulfur ointment with caution it can burn skin, and sulfur bar soap in shower. The only way to rid them is to get them off you and out your house!Vacuum every day or night before bed, sprinkle borax first and let sit for 30 mins or more, and dust more than regular.. You can also microwave clothing in 15 sec intervals, use caution. They get in shoes and back on your body, put shoes in a bag and throw in freezer overnight, make sure to tap them out before wearing again!

      Neem oil and Clove Oil will help get them out from hiding in your skin and you can then wipe them off without using harmful chemicals or creams.

      Thank goodness for this website! I’ll check back after trying other remedies. Good luck everyone!

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      JJ 

      9 days ago

      I agree BB, the dermatologist or medical professionals should know more about this and how to treat it. The first time I went to urgent care I had zero visible bites because the mites are so microscopic small, but after a month I at dyed showing bites on my back. That’s when I went to the dermatologist and they prescribed Permethrin and then oral

      Medication called “Ivermectin”, although the cream kills the mites on top of the skin it does not kill the ones hiding in the skin. The permethrin cream dried out my skin so bad that it scanned and looked like scabies but still not scabies. I use a lint roller on my skin to get dry skin and mites off top of my skin. The oral medication was take 3 pills once a week for 2 weeks. I feel like it’s just not strong enough to kill them but it was a start.

      I have been just as desperate for answers and solutions!! This is the worst thing I’ve ever dealt with, affecting my sleep and that affects my attention/focus at work. I am the only one who has been attacked in my home, I have a 49 male roommate and my 13 year old daughter.

      I just had the exterminator out and paid to fog both bedrooms (mine and my daughters) it worked but once the fog dried I have dead mites everywhere! On furniture on walls on everything. I have completely removed myself from the bedroom hoping to get them off of me so I don’t get them worse.

      I have been doing more research and found a few other remedies from others, actually reviews on Amazon under Kleen Green solution. I ordered this solution for priority delivery! The claims are this used persistently with vacuuming and dusting has eliminated most all mites from others bodies and homes. The product is organic and safe to use on everything including our bodies and animals. Check out Amazon Kleen Green or Kleen Free and read reviews. Another reviewer offered suggestions of using Dawn blue dish soap in a bath and soak for 20 mins. But also try Neem essential oil! It will draw the ones out from under the skin! I used a wet cotton pad with water and put 4-5 drops on cotton and wipe an small area of skin at a time, I started from feet up to knees, you will feel them coming out and even see bumps or red spots (those eventually go away after you get the mites put). Then after about 10 mins Of applying Neem wipe with a new clean wet cotton pad! You will see them! Feels so good to see those suckers off you! Repeat all over in affected areas!

      These things are crazy!! I’m left very small pepper specs and with the hair fuzz looking mites, I feel them spinning and light vibration when they come out of my skin or into contact with my skin. Natural Genesis website shows pictures under microscope and offers more explanations on these fuzz mites!!! The fuzz mites won’t wash out of clothes either, that’s frustrating! I can feel my sheets crawling as they are trying to crawl back onto you. I’m so happy to share any and all info! I will post updates on the Kleen Green solution and going to try a Dawn bath tonight and then doing a Neem oil treatment also!

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      BB 

      2 weeks ago

      JJ, wow you actually found a dermatologist or doctor that was of some help. Ive been to both and am told it is not a mite or bug living on me. Maybe hives, eczema, allergies but never would it be a bug!. Well there are absolutely no bed bugs and this mite is living on and in me... It is not scabies and I believe it to be a rodent mite also..

      If you actually get a cure from one of the doctors, please post what the prescription was so that "we" can beg and plead for the same treatment.

      I thought my head was getting better and no seems to be breaking out, biting, and itching again. So... I am now soaking my scalp in conditioner with tea tree oil added. (on 3 hours), I will wash out and take my bleach bath soaking my head also. (Damaged hair but what can you do?)

      I think the dog and I keep contaminating each other. Trying to break this cycle but... It makes me sad, but I may have to give up the dog in order to achieve this cure. He is great for about 2 days after the sulfur dip, then starts the itching and biting again.

      By the way, I contacted the vet and simply stated to me, that dog mites will not infect humans. Not only is the human medical field ill advised, so is the veternary field. I dont understand how the medical professionals never contract this nightmare. I dont wish this on anyone, but I do wish someone with the ability to try various medical treatments would have to find the cure and make it known to the rest of the world! Maybe the suffering would not be so long!

      This is not my 1st round, unfortunately, this started differently than the 1st time I had this (5 yrs ago) and I have been battling this for sure since March 2020 and I suspect earlier.This battle has been much less severe than the 1st time, but it is still hell!

      I feel like i am on the cusp of beating this, to having issues all over again.

      The ozone generator has taken care of most of the mites in the environment, but I cant seem to dispell them completely from my body. Will keep fighting to rid these creatures.

      Please to ALL... Post your success and not success so it might help others.

      Take Care

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      Cali 

      2 weeks ago

      Epsom salt with vinegar bath or squirt bottle, you will thank me later!

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      JJ 

      2 weeks ago

      I’m going on 2 months of pepper mites, been to doctor and dermatologist and none of them have seen this on humans. Just my luck! They first infested my mattress/bedroom from rats outside my window in a tree! Mites laid eggs in my scalp, I started tea tree oil 100% not diluted in my scalp every night before bed and spot treatment throughout the day and that killed the eggs to where my scalp started shedding and got most of the mites but they don’t die from just tea tree oil, I didn’t start getting body bites for about 4 weeks, now my Whole back, my sides, behind my knees and my boobs are all biten up.

      I was prescribed Permethrin cream, apply head to toe every night before bed and helped kill most of them, and stop the crawling after about 30-45 mins of absorbing. Dermatologist prescribed oral medication take once a week for 2 weeks didn’t seem to really help. Now I have little tiny pepper mites left and what looks like lint, both crawl toward Warm places, my armpits, my anus for warmth, so uncomfortable!

      Clothing got infested, couldn't wear anything more than once without changing every 8-10 hours. After wearing clothes or using towels and bedding, I put it in a garage bag and seal it right and left them die 5-7 days before washing, I learnt that the hard way just by washing doesn’t get rid of them and your getting attacked all over again!

      I’m going to start taking food grade DE and grape seed extract, heard great things! I also purchase a ozone generator I’m going to try to shock treat my house. Vacuum every night! And dust. This getting rid of them won’t happen over night! It’s a process. I am better today than I was a month ago but still bothered by them! I hope everyone can find what works for you, this has been a struggle with sleepless nights and sleeping in my car some nights just to get away. If you can remove yourself from the room/house, go stay at hotel or somewhere it helps! I found the source, had exterminator out to fog my 2 bedrooms and catching the rodents. It is a process and a miserable one for me!! Good luck everyone!

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      BB 

      2 weeks ago

      So updates...

      did the lime sulfur dip on the dog again (friday). Yes it is def helping. I will do this again on Wed and re-evaluate then, if he needs it again. Still little scratching an biting on underside of belly. I dont think I got the dip good enough in that area.

      The ozone house treatment is working awesome. I can sit and not feel bites or crawling. I still vacuum daily, mop weekly, and launder daily, wear item only once. Sheets/blanket changed about every 4 days.

      I am going to go buy a new set of sheets and mattress cover as I think they are infected. I have very little bites at night, but want to see if the unused pieces are of help.

      I am still taking 2 tabs of benedryl at night, although, I tried 2 nights without to see if I could sleep through the night. I made it mostly through the night, although I woke around 4AM with a slight crawl sensation. With benedryl I can sleep through the night. It makes me groggy in the morning which wears off with the 1st cup of coffee.

      My daily baths of either bleach in the bath (1/3 cup) and other days epsom salt baths have reduced the mites greatly. The bleach I think helps the most, but I dont do more then 3 days in a row as it is drying to the skin and damaging the hair. I am rinsing after all baths and washing out shampoo when soaking in the tub. I have minimal crawls unless I have a piece of clothing that is not rid of the mites, and then as soon as I change, it usually takes care of it. The bites are now many days none, to some days maybe five. My head is much better and some days great, other days itchy. My scalp soars are 99% gone.

      I am still taking a multivitamin, msm, garlic, cranberry with vitamin C, and tummeric. I am not sure if any of these are helping or not, but I think they are good for the body anyway.

      I dont know when I will be 100% rid of the mites, but I can now function almost normal a great deal of the time.

      For those who can afford $120, and are still struggling, I recommend the ozone generator. I feel this has made a huge difference in my environment.

      I have now done the living area 3 times, my bedroom 3 times, guest room once, garage 2times. The cars were in the garage with windows down. The cars are no longer infected!

      I will continue doing the ozone treatment weekly until I am certain I am free of the mites. I am going to do monthly after for preventative measures.

      Take Care BB

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      Laua Nagata-Soto 

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you sooo very much. I am currenttly going thru a very bad infestation of this invisable bug. I have had blood work done and they say theres nothing wrong, yet I have all the symptoms you've described. My daughter and my aunts home have also picked them up too. My Aunt went to the Dr. and was told she had an infedtion ( didnt say what kind ) my daughter was told she might have staff,we are waiting for her blood work. I have been using anti-fungal cream on the bites and it is working for now. It is extremely sad the way people make me feel as if I am crazy because they are not being bit. I see them in places I visit like friends homes and even 2 different hotels I recently visited ( to get a break from the madness ) Why is it that most people are not bothered by these pests ?? Thank you for all your help. I pray I can get my happy life back.

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      BB 

      3 weeks ago

      What a shame this site has changed... Not sure if anyone visits this site anymore... But...

      The lime sulfur dip for the dog worked wonders for two days. It says can repeat every 5 days as needed. So will be repeating on friday and do ozone in the main part of the house on the same day. This has helped immensely.

      I am still struggling with the mites in the hair! Last night I used the lice hair repel spray and add tea tree oil and witch hazel. I sprayed my entire head and rubbed into the scalp. After it dried, I sprayed vinegar with epsom salt and rubbed into the scalp. It really helped. I didnt have any head bites and much less crawling. Everytime I feel a crawl, I spray the lice hair repel with TTO &WH and rub. I have not showered out hair yet. I pray this is knocking the count down and maybe will be done in this area soon.

      I am still fighting and hope to end this nightmare soon!

      Please post any helps or cures.

      Take Care

      BB

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      BB 

      4 weeks ago

      So did the ozone treatment yesterday to the main living areas, Living,Kitchen,Dinette,Bath,Laundry.... Yep for sure this has knocked down the mites in this area. Last night not a crawl or bite. I just did the ozone treatment in my bedroom and I expect the same good results.

      After the ozone treatment protocol, I soaked my feet in a bucket with lots of epsom salt covered with white vinegar. I soaked for close to an hour. I am pretty sure it pulled a lot of mites out. (black specs floating and at the bottom.) I followed by the hand cream on the feet. Much less crawling and biting..(Not perfect but much better). I am going to do the same tonight before my bath..

      I made a spray bottle with epsom salt vinegar mix and sprayed my entire body and poured the same solution over my head and let it air dry. It was a dry film residue left overnight. Pretty sure this helped as I didnt have the head or back crawls or biting anywhere that I have been dealing with.

      Today, I lotioned my feet before socks on and I have had some crawling and biting in the feet. As long as the lotion is making it tough for them to survive, I will deal with the angry mites...

      I think I have these critters on the way out and hope to report soon!

      Take care,

      BB

      PS since my post about the Ozone Generator is gone, the company is Forever Ozone. The unit I bought was about 120... Not fancy but definately works! This company was very helpful in instructions as to what to do and for how long for mite shock treatment. It took about a week from time of order to receiving the unit. Definately worth trying for the amount of $. and I can report, in my case, it has made a HUGE difference.

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      BB 

      4 weeks ago

      Not sure what happened to all the prior post, recent and old.

      To bad they disappeared because some were very helpful.

      I will be starting the second round of ozone treatment today. I believe it has done much for the reduction of the mites in the house. Unfortunately, I am still battling the mites on me/in my skin. And also on my dog. I am ordering a sulfur lime dip for the dog today and will post results shortly.

      I am still taking bleach baths (1/3 cup in a tub of water) alternating with epsom salt baths every couple of days. I tried a new epsom salt, citrus, with drops of lavendar, cedarwood, and clove essential oils. This helped immensely, however, as with the other epsom salts, I think you have to keep changing things up as the mites adapt.

      I have found a hand lotion with silicone blends, Natrashield with slicone Blend, which has definately drawn out mites. Dont believe its a cure, but hopefully reducing the amount of mites to someday achieve elimiation.

      Keep switching the creams, lotions, soaks, shampoos, because what is working, will probably stop working. I will keep posting good and bad results in hope to maybe help some one else.

      Take care,BB

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      Al 

      4 weeks ago

      What happened to all the other comments. I was getting some good info that was very helpful. Is there a way to get these other comments to read.

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      Frances Dowling 

      5 weeks ago

      How do I know exactly what kind of bug it is? It all started when I put my window A/C in. We were thinking it was the "noseeums" coming in from outside. The bite looks like mosquitos and itches the same way. So very annoying!

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      sukaycooks 

      5 weeks ago

      I have had this problem of getting bitten by invisible bugs for more than 20 years. Sometimes it feels as if something has taken a sharp bite into me with sharp teeth. Other times, it feels like a sting. Sometimes I feel a little bite and it just gets worse within a second. The reaction on my skin is different in different places. I've had bumps on my butt, nearly 3-inch lines that look like dashes on my breasts and small red lines or blotches when I get bitten elsewhere. I moved to a new home, and this brand newly built home soon had the same problems. I then got it under control for about four years, and about 3 weeks ago the problem returned. I am at a loss as to what to do. I just spent $2,000 on a whole-house dehumidifier, and I am still constantly being bitten. I can't sleep because of these bites.

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      Dave 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you for the information. I am presently suffering from mites and don't know how in the world I got them. I have tried all such as alcohol, RID, medicated shampoos and have not been successful in making a dent. I wash my sheets and night clothes every morning and have encasement covers for my pillows, mattress and Box spring and it helps but not enough. Sometimes when I walk on the carpet, I feel a sharp sting on my upper back or calf and wonder if it is mites or lice. I vacuum every day and try to keep things apart.

      I have asked the Dr. to please prescribe some medicated cream to kill these insects and am awaiting her answer. I haven't had a good night sleep in a month. I am embarrassed to tell people my problem for fear they may think that I don't have good hygiene. Thanks for the information.

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      MR 

      2 months ago

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      Suffering Bites 

      4 months ago

      I've been dealing with biting mites since 2014, going on 6 years. I've tried just about every solution offered. Windex, diatamacious earth, lavender oil, baking soda, cedar oil, natural genesis and nothing has been effective. They become immune. I've treated my home from floor to ceiling, sealed window sills, caulked and covered and covered crevices and still they are a scourge. I'm getting bitten right now as I'm typing this and even with the cedar oil I JUST sprayed. I used so much windex trying to kill them my carpet now has a blue tint. I NEED help! Any suggestions that actually work will be greatly appreciated.

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      Shar 

      4 months ago

      Thx. for the info. .

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      Wanda Bland 

      6 months ago

      Thank you for this article as my doctors are not listening and now I have hope to rid these horrible creators.

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      Layne Holmes 

      9 months ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Dora, thank you for the read. I generally like to go for all natural remedies. I do think sometimes that infestations can get so bad we have to resort to other means. Hopefully, people can start with the natural stuff first and then move on until they have to call a professional. Take care.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful article. Thanks for researching and compiling this list. It usually cost hundreds of dollars for professionals to rid the house of pesticides.

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