Please note: Below I incorporated the input of many sufferers -- not all of whom are professionals with educated knowledge on this topic. Some of the treatment protocols they are following carry extensives risks to their health and well-being and should not be followed, as they are resorting to the use of toxic and volatile chemicals. I listed them as a matter of completeness. Use common sense - try with something inexpensive and hopefully it will work. From what sufferers have shared, the most inexpensive items were usually the most effective. If your critters don't respond to any of the below - you may be suffering from morgellons disease.
Baking Soda: One visitor recommends baking soda to stop the bug ("the burner bug" even - but slower on that one). He dusted around his home and his car with baking soda and found that it's too dry for anything to live. He also puts baking soda into his shoes. He uses a duster that is available at all Ace Hardware stores. After dusting, he rubs it into any crevices. He states that he has been without bugs for some time now and he looks "like a normal citizen again." However, he mentions that he still "gets bit" as he picks up bugs from park, old trucks , docks, etc . But he is able to get rid of them quickly at home with the baking soda . He also washes everything in Arm & Hammer Powdered Laundry Detergent; and if necessary, takes a bath in the Arm & Hammer Powdered Laundry Detergent (1 cup per tub weekly). It kills all the bugs & stops the itch.
Carpeting and down in sofas, pillows and comforters provide an optimal breeding environment for mites and the only way to get rid of these critters may be to remove any carpeting and articles containing down, and then treat the environment. Even new items may be infested, if companies are not scrupulous about removing mites from the feathers and down they use in manufacturing, or items are stored in infested warehouses.
Diatomaceous Earth is great at killing mites, including bed bugs. One web visitor reports: "We came home from vacation with bedbugs, which are darn near impossible to kill, but DE stopped them in their tracks!" Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. Diatomite is an effective insecticide, due to its physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects' exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. It is most commonly used in lieu of boric acid, and can be used to help control and eventually eliminate a cockroach infestation. Disadvantages of using diatomaceous earth for pest control include the health risk to humans and the harm it does to many beneficial insects, including predatory beetles and bugs and many detritivores.
The absorbent qualities of diatomite can result in a significant drying of the hands, if handled without gloves. The sharpness of this version of the material makes it dangerous to breathe and a dust mask is recommended when working with it. Amorphous silica can cause dusty lungs, but does not carry the same degree of risk as crystalline silica.
Vikane Gas: "I got my house and cars tented with Vikane gas. It stopped the mites that were in my attic getting into my air ducts and spreading the mites everywhere. [We] were shocked how easily these mites can spread. [We] went through all the treatments Permethrin 5%, Ivermectin, etc… with no relief until the Vikane gas."(Comment by web visitor)
[GreenAndHealthy Note: Vikane is a strong toxic gas that is harmful to humans, pets and plants. No living beings should be in the house during the fumigation process. Heavily watering the plants outside the house that are right by the wall that will be fumigated will reduce the damage as the water keeps the gas away from the plants' roots. The instructions of the fumigators should be carefully followed.]
Speeding up the healing process: " I would always get two bites and they would crater and take a month to heal. I found that if you garden hose or shower your bite off as soon as possible with water using a good jet of water it flushes the poison out. I can now reduce the healing time to a week or less just by washing the bite with plenty of water (under 5 min). Nothing else I found comes close to reducing the healing time." (Comment by web visitor)
Roach Prufe: Sufferers from bird mites found this inexpensive product that is available at most stores to be effective against biting mites of just about any kind. Some people who have fought these little critters for years were able to eradicate them using this product. However, caution is advised around pets and children. But always minimize exposure. I usually favor natural pest controls -- however, if you have tried everything and nothing worked - and provided you follow the necessary safety precautions - this may be a product for you to try.
- Please make sure not to breathe it in. Either remember to hold your breath and walk away when you need to breathe or use a respirator.
Rita provided the following info about how they used it: "We puffed this powder everywhere, beds and all. At night we stopped using all oil on our skin and only mix up our 2 cups Epsom salt and add 2 tablespoons of the Roach Prufe to the one pint of water. We shake this all together and pour that over us each night. After we dry off with the blow drier we "puff" the powder into our hair and that's it. The things are gone. Nothing I have ever used has worked like this. This power has worked in a week." (Please note: close contact with such a pesticide may carry serious health risks - please discuss with your physician.)
Below is some information by the FDA about this product.
“ROACH PRUFE®...the only insecticide that had shown 100% control.”
After over 10 years in preparation, under the direction of the Food and Drug Administration, Ecology and Management of Food-Industry Pests has just been released. A large segment of this 600-page hardbound reference manual sites 212 university and other scientific studies, dealing with the worst pest of all--the cockroach.
Comparative Tests . . .
"In field experiments comparing (a) straight boric acid powder screened to eliminate lumps, (b) proprietary boric acid formulations, and (c) a wide array of organic insecticides that include those most commonly used by PCOs (Pest Control Operators), one of the boric acid powder formulations (Roach Prufe®) gave long-term results superior to those from other boric acid formulations, straight boric acid, and the organic insecticides. It's superiority was evident one week after treatment, and in three months it was the only insecticide that had shown 100% control.
Previous field tests had confirmed that additives to give the original Roach Prufe formulation a light bluish color and a bitter taste (to reduce the chance of the powder being eaten by small children) had serendipitously increased its effectiveness as a blatticide (roach insecticide). An increase in boric acid's inherent electrostatic charge, accompanied during the manufacturing process, probably added still more to the effectiveness of the Roach Prufe formulation."
-U.S. Food and Drug
The inexpensive Gold Bond Triple Medicated Body Powder with Menthol available at just about any drug store in the United States (do make sure it's the one with Menthol) - seems to keep these mites off our bofdies. Apply all over your skin - especially on your calves, ankles, and feet.
- Minor cuts and sunburn
- Insect bites
- Scrapes and minor burns
- Rashes and minor skin irritations
- Dries the oozing of poison ivy, oak and sumac
For children under 2 years - consult with doctor first.
Active Ingredients: Contains: Menthol (0.8%) (Anti-Itch), Zinc Oxide 0.5% (Skin Protectant)
Inactive Ingredients: Talc, Acacia, Eucalyptol, Methyl Salicylate, Salicylic Acid, Thymol, Zinc Stearate
Melaleuca antibacterial hand soap with tea tree oil: Sharon describes her own experience: "For years I have been using Melaleuca antibacterial hand soap with tea tree oil. Now I am overrun with mites and only my hands see unaffected. One night I woke with the feeling that an egg was cracking on my head and then the feeling of teeny tiny critters crawling alll over my face, hair and even in my eyes. I got in the shower and washed head to foot with the Melaleuca hand soap. You have to be careful of your eyes. It actually killed some of the mites and gave me some peace. Of course it didn't kill the eggs. " (GreenAndHealthy: Please refer to relevant research about Melaleuca)
Paw paw, paw-paw, or papaw, locally referred to as prairie banana, Indiana (Hoosier) banana, Kentucky banana, Michigan banana, and Ozark banana. The twigs of this fruit tree are the source of annonaceous acetogenins which are being used in the development of anti-cancer drugs and botanical pesticides (including headl ice). A naturopath recommended PawPaw capsules to a patient with a parasitic infection on her skin. One can purchase it in capsule form at larger health food / nutrition source. Alternatively, Nature's Sunshine (1-800-223-8225.). (Always discuss applicability and doses with your own naturopath). The naturopath recommended that the capsules be emptied into a natural shampoo and mixed up; secondly spread it all over the body, from head to toe; thirdly, leave it in for about 10 minutes and shower it off. The biting mite sufferer reported that this stopped the crawling feeling, but a lot of black specks started emerging from her skin and she got lesions. The naturopath stated that patients can expect things to get worse before they get better while the parasites are being expelled. However, patients report that after this treatment the parasites appear to be gone. Re-infection does occur until the environment is cleared of these parasites. So it's important to treat both the body as well as the environment in combination (please refer to the below for strategies).
Hydrogen Peroxide: Patients report that hyrdrogen peroxide is effective in healing lesions caused by biting mites.
Diet: Sufferers report that a strict diet has been of enormous help in relieving the sypmtoms. The foods to avoid are dairy products, sugar (includng alcohol) and white flour. Dairy products cause your body to produce mucus which is responsible for producing mucus that creates a damp internal environment that these parasites thrive in. It is recommended to eat more alkalizing foods and exercise daily to enhance your immunesystem.
No more bugs, but the itching doesn't stop? The following may be the reason: Dr. Nicolau Maués - a professor at the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Rio de Janeiro, who is a veterinarian and a holder of a PhD in entomology (specifically mites) - was able to help one desperate couple who continued to suffer from "crawling sensations" even after they had taken extreme measures to eradicate any bugs. He explained to the couple that, in reality, they were no longer colonized by bird mites. According to him, the problem was that their immune systems had developed an allergic reaction to any kind of mites or other micro-pests. There are always plenty of little creatures in our environment and on us, and we normally never feel them. But having been exposed to a mite infestation in the past, the couple became super-sensitized to all mites and micro-ants, producing welts and rashes on contact with any of these entities that normally don't affect healthy individuals. The professor referred the couple to an allergy specialist, Dr Oscarina Ezequiel, in Juiz de Fora, MG, who ordered some exams to check their allergy levels. She advised thatm that this condition was not contagious.The solution was to desensitize themselves and to get their immune systems off of hyperdrive.This was accomplished with two anti-allergy medicines: Allegra every morning and Hydroxizine at bedtime for 2 months.
Mites that Attack Humans - Information about mites that attack humans and products available to fight them
Fluorescent Lights: Patients report that fluorescent light increase the "crawling" and "biting" attacks. Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, RIET-1 Industrial Toxicologist/IH and Doctor of Integrative Medicine, stated to a patient that 60 watt light bulbs provides the best frequency in which to produce disease. Therefore, she strongly recommended against the use of 60 watt lights in your environment for any reason. Bird owners already know the benefits of full-spectrum lighting - which also offers immense health benefits for us.
CedarCide works great as a body repellant (do not use around small animals or pet birds).
Soak Your Clothes & Linens! Rita also recommends: "[O]ne other thing that seems to make a great difference in the 'things' getting on our skin and that is soaking everything article of clothing that touches the skin, even sheets and blankets at least over night before washing them. It doesn't seem to matter if you use salt or anything else ...just plan water seems to work just fine. Just make sure that the clothing and bedding is completely submerged under the water for at least over night and then wash if possible in 2 cups of Clorox. I use empty Clorox bottles filled with water to weigh the clothing down. Seems these 'things' don't have snorkels." Rita
Vasoline: One long-term sufferer provides the following input / advice: "We have sort of noticed something about this weird mite. Where ever we have large hair follicles, eye lashes, eye brows, hair on the scalp and between the legs there seems to be hundreds just laying down in to the hair follicles just waiting. The way we are having to deal with this is putting one layer of Vaseline over the area. Come back in about an hour and wipe the area clean and reapply Vaseline again. It has taken days to get our eye lashes clear of the things. We are still fighting the ones on our scalp. They seem to hate the Vaseline and they come out of the hair follicle, out onto the hair shaft and we can wipe them off. This has to be done 6 to 7 times a day. Our skin is completely clear. No bites and no rashes. What we are dealing with is what ever stage is down in the hair follicles. It's horrible. They [sufferers] will need to have very little around them and while they are home just keep working with their skin until they go to bed. I just don't see any other way. Until something is found that will completely kill the things they will be stuck with them because they seem to have different stages. I have my doubts about ever completely getting rid of the things but at least its in a livable condition right now."
Heat: The following works for another sufferer, which works well for families, especially with pets: "[W]e are having good success with heating our home once a week. This was the second heating, our house reached temperatures ranging from 145-160F for over 7 hours. It cost us $150 to hire two propane heaters which were 150 btu's each, this also included the cost of hiring the 170 pound tanks and propane. We rented them at Tates. There is a significant decline in biting, and crawling. Also the red lines beneath the skin are only occurring every few days instead of multiple lines on all of us daily. Also no one has developed new rashes, and the animals are scratching less. Ray's windex and listerine protocol has really really helped us as well. I started using windex in my car at first, and realized that constantly spraying it every time we excited the vehicle completely stopped the biting in there. Also one night after I made the bed with fresh sheets and had cleaned off the viynal, I still was horribly bitten, so I got out of bed and sprayed down the outside of my PJ's and my sheets with windex - I felt nothing for the rest of the night so I definately know Windex kills these. It is completely amazing. My family also bathes and showers twice a day with listerine, we are also using the ivermectin and the other things that Ray has suggested. So I am really thankful that his story has been included on your site, as these common grocery store products have helped so very much - where very expensive enzyme products, and other mite products have failed us completely. There is only one other product that I believe is helping, it is called Paraclear, and is produced by a company called health walk. These pills are also bringing us one step closer to riding our home, bodies, and lives of these awful things. We have only been suffering with this plague for 4 months, but I am confident it will have an end." Paraclear is made by HealthWalk and contains: Black Walnut Hull Extract, Wormwood Absinthum Wormwood Annua, Pomegranate Seed, Garlic Oil, Ginger Root and Rhisome Clove Oil - Manufactured For: Hema Tek, Inc. 877-255-4703
Steam Cleaning: Another sufferer recommends steam cleaning everything at at least 240-260 degrees. Hospitals are using these type of steam cleaners to sterilize hospitals, elderly care facilities, etc. You can get a good deal on one of these steamers at a medical supply house.
Entomologists at N.C. State came up with a treatment plan that finally worked. Professionals doused all the floors of the house with a different kind of pesticide, used a chemical bomb on the entire second floor and attic, then sprayed an enzyme cleaner over everything. People and animals need to be removed for at least two weeks. These mites need blood to reproduce. Adult mites are only a half-millimeter long. They are white until they feed on blood, then appear red. They commonly infest bedrooms and bathrooms and are most active at night.
www.stopskinmites.com - Stop Skin Mites
Bill ([email protected]) suggests the following:
Dawn soap 1 cup in 4 to 5 cups of water stops them dead. I use a leave blower pointed at the mist from a Chapin® garden pump sprayer, I blow the mist on everything and they all stop. Probably stuck in the muck. I know it suffocates ants, termites, spiders from testing it on them. I blow it in the heat vents under fridge, crawl spaces, ceilings in the car. They stop. It works well and is cheap. I wet vac it up after a few hrs.
For my skin, sulfur 1 teaspoon & 10 teaspoon of hand creme for 15 days, I take breaks 3 days on 3 day no creme 3 on 3 off 3 on ,3 off, 3 on and the mite was gone. Sulfur kills mites & heals skin. It dries out the skin. So I then pour on the baby oil and leave it on and take 1 hr baths to rehydrate
MSM CAPSULES (15) 1000mg mixed with 15 teasp of hand creme:it is a type of sulfur. It invigorates the skin and helps so much
And the one of the biggest helps I found was cowboy boots I never got bit again after wearing them, I put Tanctin foot powder in them.
The following message is from Trisha R. Springstead RN:
Please be very careful with using Pyrethines and Sevin Dust [active ingredient: Carbaryl (1-napthyl N-methylcarbamate)]. It is toxic. The plan is to use NO PESTICIDES. Please clean with Steam, Organic Cleaners.- look at the back of your shampoo and Skin Care bottles - if it has mineral oils or propyls - these are petroleum based. Please stay away from petroleum based products, Bleach and Ammonia. Use Borax* to Clean Carpets. Get you and your pets on Nutrasilver. NEVER, NEVER USE any fragrance oils, they attract mites and organisms. (Be VERY cautious when using Borax [sodium borate], which can also cause serious health problems, including death.)
Here is another vector borne site - it is coming from Iraq: www.iraqinfections.org. Also get on the miraclemineral in order to PH your body. The toxins in everyday products are making them come back worse. Any warm blooded animal can get this. Dr Kolb and I believe that it is carried by Warm Blooded Animals.
Boost your immune system with EpiCor 500 mgs every day.
Do Not WASTE YOUR monies on Dermatologists - they won\'t believe you and will put you through sheer horror. Susan Kolb in Atlanta has been seeing this now and extracting fibers and organisms from patients. She is working the closest with the CDC on this of anyone I know. She had a 5 person task force in her office 6 weeks ago and gave a very lengthly presentation.
Greg Vigil - MorgellonsUSA - suggests the following:
I've probably spent about that much in my lifetime dealing with this disease. I don't have any symptoms anymore, but I have permanent neurological and endocrine damage.
This is what got rid of this for me. Yes, you need drugs:
- Septra DS for long term, 1-2 years, followed with occasional sporadic short term 10 day treatments afterwards. (2-3 per day consistent)
- Albendazole, 28 day treatments, 14 days off. Repeat, (followed up to 7 times.) Occasional sporadic monthly short term afterwards. (400 mgs. x 2 perDay)
- Diflucan during days and times when not taking Albendazole. Up to 800mgs. per day for first 14 days, then as needed.
- Large amounts of Silver, 8 oz. bottles of 22ppm or greater, Nutra Silver is too weak, 6 Tablespoons per day for 3 months. Followed with 1 bottle in 2 days, per month.
- Artemesinin 100% Pure, 100 mg. Caps is good for Babesia, but not Morgellons. 1,000 to 11,000 mgs. per day for 3 months. (If you only want to rub some on your skin then just give it up)
- NOTE: Rubbing lotion and soaking in a bath ONLY is not going to make you well. Morgellons and Lyme often mixed, with other co-infections will survive your whole lifetime if you want to play games with it. Morgellons calls for heavy hitters, not tooth picks.
Ears & Nose: If mites are hiding in your ears, Rita suggests wiping your ears with a Qtip dipped into betadine solution, which she says keeps them out of your ears. Cedarside put into the ears and nose seems to work also.
Randy Yaskal provides the following input:
- This is my second remission. I used antifungals, antiparasitics and antibiotics in the first stage and Equimax for the final stages on open wounds.
One of the few doctors who are working with such patients described that these bugs appear to have a preference for vascular (veiny) people, which makes sense as veins close to the surface provide easy access to their food source. He warned that scented shampoos and soaps actually contain scent pheromones that attract these bugs. He recommends only to use "fragrance-free" soaps and shampoos. He said that not only do fragrance-free products stop them from being attracted to us, but they also help to wash away the scent trails that these things leave on our bodies.
Another web visitor suggested:
"Mycodex House Spray is the only spray that worked in my house for Mites & fleas, I got mine from my vet but you can find it online. If you must use chemicals please don\'t waste your time with other things I tried it all even commercial brands and an exterminator & nothing else worked only the Micodex. I also spray windex inside my windows and around the doors on the outside. Works well. We also had springtails @ the only thing that kept them away was cleaning the floors with windex until we finally found and fixed the leak that was attracting them."
Treatment of Infected Squirrels / Wildlife:
Many people have infected wildlife near their homes and feel helpless as they watch them suffer. Some have been proactive and treated wildlife successfully using Ivermectin. One web visitor described that after this treatment regiment, the sores healed and hair was growing back.
The following recommendation is made a veterinarian: "The target dosage for squirrels would be: 0.2 mg/kg ivermectin, assuming the average squirrel weighs 0.5 kg. I would be very wary of horse ivermectin, as the concentration is probably quite high. Best to treat once every 7 days over 3 weeks and then stop. The ivermectin has some residual effect, and then you'll avoid toxicity. If it recurs in a few weeks' time, start the once weekly regime for 3 weeks again."
NOTE: It is important to discuss any treatment protocol with a qualified veterinarian. Your County Vet may be able to help free of charge.
NOTE: GreenAndHealthy.Info cannot and will not guarentee the safety or effectiveness of the recommendations or products. These have been recommended by web visitors.
Environmental Controls: Environmental control is perhaps even more essential than bodily control: Carpets, bedding, clothing, even shoes, can serve as resting, breeding, feeding, and staging areas for these organisms.
There are lots of options to disperse the scents of the essential oils.
- http://birdmites.org/ - Great info and forum for sufferers to share information and experiences
- Online discussion group, http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/birdmitesorg/
- Diary of a Parasite Sufferer
- National Unidentified Skin Parasite Association
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