Ailment: Bird mites
Remedy: Bird and nest cleanup
Comment posted by Tina of Brookfield, NH, USA on 25 August 2018 at 6:41 5066
Last year I had a terrible bird mite infestation in a wall tent and cabin. I ended up throwing out most of my belongings and moving with my cat to another location. The mites were not bothering my husband after the initial exposure. Of course right away we got rid of the nests. We treated the cabin with diatomaceous earth. This summer I have sat in the cabin and the mites seem to be gone.
Comment posted by Itchy scratchy of Dunedin, NZ, New Zealand on 22 November 2017 at 19:6 4840
I am so grateful I found this site and comments that are exactly like my experience! I have been living under par health wise for 1-2 years. Our latest results for children and me have all come back with auto immune disease, relapsing fever, encephalitis. I conducted a thorough search of our home and found evidence of bed bugs, but fell into dismay when I eradicated them only to be left with the skin crawling sensation and constant exhaustion. I’m sending skin scrapings to a lab for correct identification. It is clear to me that we are dealing with some sort of mite infestation. We are on day 20 of our intensive cleaning routine and our lives have been altered dramatically. My partner had success with Navratna oil I got from an Indian market shop, mostly used in Nepal for long hair cleanliness and meditation. It had a most beneficial effect on the scratches and to calm the skin. But it didn’t seem to aid our children. After what I saw coming out of my skin I couldn’t believe my children had nothing in their skin, so we all went to the doctor. Our regime is we bathe the entire family twice daily in an Epsom salt bath then we dry and apply coconut oil and stand with it in for up to 20mins. The children had no results from this and we only got results with pyrethrum cream. I feel very conflicted using this though. We leave it on all night, and then shower and wash the next day, then when we apply moisturiser coconut oil, and end up with a wipe away of tiny black things! They could almost be mistaken for tiny fluff bits from a towel, but they are not! The crawling sensation is almost driving me mad, I will be looking into enzyme sprays and am so grateful to read these comments as I feel at least some psychological relief, like I have avenues to follow up. I will also go looking for bird’s nests tomorrow! It is not clear to me where we are on this journey or how long we have been on it, but I am just so glad to be looking at it with other human beings... even if it is via internet. Thank you thank you for sharing your unfortunate experience.
Comment posted by Lynn Roberts of Zachary, LA, USA on 6 July 2017 at 15:4 4673
Find the birds nest source, then start cleanup. If you don't find the source the cleaning doesn't help.
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 30 June 2015 at 19:44 3542
Reply to Karl Sachsenheimer of Sylva, NC
You CAN recover from and prevent a bird mite infection. The key is to clean up the source of bird mites, usually a nearby infected nest. See Bird Mites on the main Ailments & remedies menu for details of how they infect humans, symptoms, and how to prevent and recover from the infection.
Comment posted by Karl Sachsenheimer of Sylva, NC, USA on 30 June 2015 at 11:11 3539
I have rid myself of mites by leaving my environment for weeks... Came back and had them within 10 hours. You people don't have Demodex mites - you have bird mites. They cannot be killed. The chance of getting rid of them is 0-4 out of 10. Try INTERNAL borax treatment. Its your only other option. It works but read how to use it on this website. On the plus side, your hair and skin will be AWESOME!