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Ailment: Bird mites

Remedy: Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.

Question posted by Hanginginthere of Belford , NJ , USA on 2 April 2019 at 10:55       5138

Question is for Lin Bee, of of Mesa, AZ:
I have been fighting a mite infestation for some time now and I'm seriously getting to the point that I can't do this one more day. Lin Bee can you tell me the measurements to your mixture? Has anyone had there clothes infested? I can be sitting at work and feel the activity, then see white specs coming up through my pants. My clothes are all in bins and washed with borax. I'm just at the end of my rope. The black little specs and white specs and sometimes even glitter like. No doctor or pest control officer has been helpful.

Comment posted by Lin Bee of Mesa, AZ, USA on 10 January 2019 at 3:48       5113

After reading a February 2016 post by Eve from NV on using Mustard, we put together our own treatment. We put some TTO (tea tree oil), borax and ACV (apple cider vinegar) in spray bottles and began to spray ourselves all over two times a day especially after our showers. In just two or three days we began to see an marked change in our skin and the itching began to diminish. We began to feel like we were at an end of a two year ordeal that left us thinking we would never be the same again. I cannot thank Eve enough for her post and if I could I would send her a bouquet of flowers and much more.

We continue to spray ourselves and add dry mustard from time to time when we think it is necessary. We cut out all sugars, beef and all dairy for two years to the point that we lost 10 pounds each. Now we are adding small amounts of low fat organic beef and some coconut sugar but very little of that. I do not eat cheeses as the mites love that stuff. I have yet to read about anyone deleting foods from their diet but we found that it is imperative to do so as the mites would not stop causing acne all over us. As I sit here writing this, I feel such relief and thanking my God for this blog posting site where others who suffer can tell their sad stories and post what they feel has helped or not helped.

I also want to add that essential oils such as TTO and Eucalyptus oil have been very useful. I am thankful to have my skin back and in reality my life back. We have not gone anywhere for two years because of this horrid condition. I will continue to spray my skin daily with the spray and use mustard to work with or as a deterrent to these most awful parasites. One must try to keep their immune systems up and take supplements and get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. We try to get in about 10-14 glasses a day but we live in AZ so that’s why. Most people can get by with at least 8 glasses but 10-12 is better especially in the summer months. We found a great soap on eBay called Defense that is made of TTO and Eucalyptus that really gives us a good cleansing washing off any mite faeces and dead skin that accumulates during the night and day. I don’t shower twice a day any more as my skin can’t take a lot of washing. So, one shower with daily spraying is what we do. I hope this helps someone suffering with Demodex mites infestation. There is a cure and I have just outlined it. It worked for us and it will work for you but you must do it and be faithful about it.

PS. I wanted to add why the ACV borax TTO spray works. The ACV takes the hard shell off the eggs and the borax kills the larvae. That is the magic bullet. The mustard kills the mites in 50 seconds when they come in contact with it - even mustard water. Use only powdered dry mustard not the bottled, ready-made kind. That is filled with fillers and spices that the mites may like. Buy powdered mustard and dilute it with water. Use a q tip in your ears and nose. Put the mustard water on a sponge or wash cloth to wipe down your skin in the shower and finish your shower with the ACV spray. Use Neem soap or TTO soap to wash with. You have to do this for the rest of your life to keep them away because once you have had a mite infestation, you are susceptible to them again. God bless and good luck!

Comment posted by Jon Casson of London, United Kingdom, UK on 3 March 2018 at 4:36       4950

I have had itching for about 4 months after replacing a budgie. The bird has gone but the itching remains. In my bed, I find a few small pin head size black mites? I've tried 20 or so lotions and sprays. After 6 trips my Doctors think I am mad despite pimple size bites on my upper body. My only effective treatments so far are Vicks ointment and tea tree oil diluted 50-50 with baby oil. A cortisone steroid cream makes some sleep possible. I am hoping a sunshine holiday will help. You are not alone or the only one but it is really depressing, irritating.

Comment posted by Lisa of Gothenburg, Bohuslan, Sweden on 23 September 2016 at 0:0       4275

My family had these Mites over 1 year now. We still use vacumcleaner often, but just 3 times a week now, before it was daily. Both because they are not so many mites as before but also because we are tired of all of this. We have been lucky to find one pestcontrol who try to get rid of the mites in our home. They have sprayed once a month for 6 month now. We have talked to another pestcontrol that didn't whant to help because they said the mites will die by themselves in a couple of weeks. They haven't died. We had also been to a dermatologist that thougt we were mad and crazy, and that reported us to social service, so when the mites were at worst we also had to fight to keep our children. This has been a nightmare.
We use tea tree oil in shampoo, conditioner and soap. I also have a mix of water with a few drop oil of TTO, lavender, clove, peppermint and sometimes other oils such as eucalyptus. I put it on my skin at least in morning, before night and after a shower. Before we showered every day, now we can sometimes go 1-2 days without shower. We change bedclothing every second day, before every day. We still have all our clothes and other fabrics in plastic bags. Apple cider vinegar mixed with water and TTO and clove oil is good in hair when they are getting many and very crawling in hairscalp. I let it stay in hair for 10 minuter. We always stand and take shower because the mites do bite in feet after being washed off the body. We spray chlorine mixed with water in the bathroom, that kills them. We also spray with an insecticide called Vespo in Sweden. I know it not the best but it is very difficult to get good insecticide in Sweden. In the beginning we had much more problem at night and couldn't sleep in beds so we used air mattress for about 3 month, and we wacuum cleaned it daily. We dont know if we ever get rid of them. But away on holliday for 5 weeks we only had very little on us. But when we got back home they increased, came back on us. But at least they are fewer than the beginning and we now can live more normal again. Don't give up. It may not go away, I'm starting to understand, but it can get better. And don't seek help of doctors if they begin to think you are insane. They dont know anything of this. You may stand alone in this where you are, but you're not the only one with birdmites.

Comment posted by Eve of Carson City, NV, USA on 4 February 2016 at 16:48       3889

I have suffered from these things since 2011. I have spent thousands of dollars to no avail. This is what I have found to help a little. First, these things are in your home and they usually live closer to the floors so vacuum real often and I use my carpet cleaner and use 1 cup of ammonia in each tank of cleaner and HOT! Second I have found that using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, undiluted and put a spray head on the bottle and spray from ceiling, walls, bedding, pillows, clothing, carpets, wall boards, anything don t spray on your furniture because of the finishes. I do this about 30 mins before I go to bed. Spray every room and if you can close each room off, more the better, including bathroom. I also use ammonia in the same manner but I do dilute it 1 cup of ammonia to 2.5-3 cups of water and use that as a spray.

For the body I have used powered mustard and put a tsp in shampoo and body wash. You have to use this daily and gradually you will feel the mites fewer and fewer biting you. I have had them in my eyelashes, ears, nose, mouth and it has been a 24/7 battle. I also use 70% rubbing alcohol and use it as a spray. I keep a bottle of TTO diluted 50/50 with a carrier oil, used several oils and they all seem to work about the same although coconut has a lot of other things in it that might be best. I smear this on my face and scalp at night I use the cheapest body wash, shampoo from Dollar Tree or 99cent stores with the TTO. It was so bad that I had to use the TTO treatment on my eyelids about 6- 8 times a day. I found that if I wash my face, eyes, eyebrows with antibacterial soap that works about as good, I even use rubbing alcohol on a Qtip on the edges of my eyelids, and you certainly feel those things kicking, they buried their heads in the follicles and their butts are up in the air and it feels like little electric currents when the alcohol hits them. This is very dangerous because you can damage the cornea of the eye so unless a dr shows you how to do it, be very careful but it works quicker than the TTO application. I also use saline solution to wash my eye out, the OTC is too expensive for the amount I have had to use so I make my own: boil 2 cups of water with 1.5 tsp of salt, be sure the salt is dissolved well. I was buying as many as 5-8 bottles of this stuff a week so saved the containers and use them to use the home made solution in. Also, when finishing my shower I spray my body with the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide while my body is still damp. It will sting but that is because it is killing the mites and it stops the itching. You may have some pimples for a few days but if you keep spraying the HP will dry them up.

The Hydrogen Peroxide has been my helper, plus the powered mustard. I also put 1 tsp of it in body lotion and when they bite or itch at night I will dab a bit on the spot. The dry mustard is 1 heaping tsp of dry mustard with just enough water to make a paste, let it set 10 mins to activate and then put it in your shampoo or body wash so I usually use at least 2 tsp of it to make enough paste for both hair and body.

Hope this is some help, each person reacts so differently from you or me, just don t give in to it!

Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 8 November 2015 at 9:7       3717

Reply to Kimberly of Anderson, Indiana:
Please read the link to Bird mites on the Grow Youthful website.
In Ailments & Remedies on the main menu at the top of every page, there are links to Bird mites and other types of mites. Click on the links to read about the mites, rather than going to Comments.

Question posted by Kimberly of Anderson, Indiana (IN), USA on 8 November 2015 at 7:24       3715

Hello I am a 41 year old woman who just rented a new old house, built in the 1940s. My family and I stayed there for one week and have to go stay with family because of the weird tickling feeling some of us had while being there. It would feel like things are crawling on our faces, noses inside and out. My symptoms were the worst. We have been out of the house for five days now and no one is still experiencing symptoms but me. My scalp is the worst with the tickling and itching sensation also my nose is tickling and my face. My body symptoms have improved.
I have had two pest control companies out and have had no findings. Next I'm planning to see a dermatologist. Could this be a skin mite? Someone please help. I am miserable! Beside that we left the house and haven't been back, and don't have any of our belongings.
Please tell me how do you diagnose mites? Can you see them? I have called two pest companies and neither could find anything but fleas. But I have tickling and itching all over my head, face, ears, and back of my neck. I have just a few bites. I am so afraid to hug my kids and not being able to touch them is killing me. Please help.

Comment posted by Marty of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 13 September 2015 at 18:14       3637

Thank you all for posting comments. Your tips helped me to get rid of mites I caught from pigeons nesting in our roof at work. It took a long time to (self) diagnose my problem and even longer to get rid of them. Doctors had no idea what to do with me, so I started my research on 'Dr Google'. What worked for me: tea tree oil baths with clove oil and lavender oil (daily), the apple cider vinegar mixture for hair I found in one of the comments posted (worked very well), coconut oil for hair and body (applied overnight) and plenty of sunshine!!! That really killed them off. Burning my skin in Australian sun! If I could, I would post photo of my neck when at my worst. Similar photo of someone's bites I found on google helped me to diagnose my problem. Good luck those who are suffering, thank you to all who posted comments and thank God for this website!