Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)

Remedy: Diatomaceous earth / silicon

Diatomaceous earth, soluble silicon. Food sources. Supplements.

Comment posted by DavidM of Perth, WA, Australia on 3 March 2020 at 12:59       5209

Reply to tmom of Boston, MA, USA on 1 March 2020:
You can read the web page on MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) by clicking on Ailments & Remedies at the top of the screen, then Remedies.
Also, if you go back to Ailments & Remedies, and click on Mites, you can see our readers comments on using MSM.

Comment posted by tmom of Boston, MA, USA on 1 March 2020 at 22:40       5208

I have been struggling with mite infestation since late spring 2019. I may have made a bad situation worse by aggressively treating my eyes and driving them to my scalp. Then I took biotin supplements and gave them a feeding frenzy and didn’t understand what was happening right away. I noted abatement when I got my hair colored for a few weeks. Then the scalp crawl started. My hair loss was conspicuous and noticeable by July. I stopped the biotin and it helped, but by December 2019 I was a mess. January 2020 I used diatomaceous earth and dusted it onto my scalp and left it overnight. It made big difference but you need to do it regular to break their life cycle. That was my mistake. My dermatologist thinks I am crazy and diagnosed female hair loss. In Feb 2020 I used a lice treatment rinse and they went crazy active 3 days later - must have been the eggs hatching. I should have done back-to-back treatment. I loaded my scalp with DE last Friday and noted almost immediately the movement stopped. Plan to wash the DE out today BUT have noted crawl sensation on ears, neck so maybe I am just moving them around.

What is the MSM product people are referring to? Thank you to all.


Comment posted by David Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 2 September 2019 at 14:41       5178

In reply to Churchmouse of Conway, Arkansas, comment number 5176:
These insects are not demodex mites. There is a chance they may be bird mites. It would be helpful if you could get them identified. Do your neighbours have the same infestation?

Comment posted by Churchmouse of Conway, Arkansas, USA on 2 September 2019 at 14:23       5176

I am 73 years old, and have never had bugs before. About a month ago I heard a slight noise at my bedroom window. I had my window raised about two inches so I looked and thousands of what I now know to be mites were coming in. I immediately got my bug spray, it did nothing, they just kept coming. They looked black or dark brown, and about the size of a period "." I've tried all kinds of sprays, Vets Best has done some good but it's a contact spray so unless I get it directly on them, nothing. As they mature the get bigger and turn white. I now have a full blown infestation. They have taken over my house, garage, my little dog, and me. I've been searching the internet for information, Grow Youthful is the best site I've seen! More info here than all the other sites I've visited. Yesterday another million started coming in again, I've closed my windows but they're so small they are still pouring in. I ordered some food grade diatomaceous earth (DE), will arrive today. I know nothing about DE. I'm going to caulk my windows and hopefully get some relief. I've thrown away several items from my pantry, such as crackers, chips,and boxed food. Loss of food, sprays, shampoos and creams have taken a toll on finances, and it's absolutely driving me crazy! The itching and crawling makes it very difficult to go about daily life. I don't sleep much and have absolutely no energy, these little bastards have taken over my life. Thank you so much for this blog, it's my go to for info! I'll keep you posted and will be on here daily. God bless you and the others fighting this battle.

Comment posted by Melaine M of Highlands Ranch, CO, USA on 26 June 2018 at 12:53       5031

I do want to say Diatomaceous Earth is only effective on your skin or around the home when using it dry. People stop mixing it with liquids. It is designed to dry out pest’s exoskeletons and eats and rubs away at their exterior. Always use it dry, wetting it at all voids its purpose!

I used food grade diatomaceous earth on my skin three times a day putting it on with a powder puff or big cosmetic makeup brush. Be careful not to get it in the eyes or breathe in the dust.

There was a big improvement in a few days but I used it for a few weeks to be darn certain they were gone. I washed towels and bedding in hot water every day and vacuumed floors. I sprinkled mattresses, couches, car seats in vehicles carpets and bedding with DE and left it down for 2-3 days.


Comment posted by Me of Downey, California , USA on 23 May 2018 at 23:20       5012

Diatomaceous earth is the only thing that has worked for me but it has not been a 100% cure. I apply it all over my head and body. I’m still struggling and depressed.

Comment posted by Susan of Paradise, California, USA on 16 May 2018 at 20:39       5002

When I lived in Colorado Springs about 8 years ago we had the mites that come from birds. Everyone thought we were crazy because they couldn’t see them. People would come over and have to leave in a hurry. We were constantly cleaning but we still had a problem for months on end. My brother in law said to try diatomaceous earth that is natural and made from shells. We put the powder everywhere and let it sit all day and we sprayed it too in all areas where we couldn’t put powder and washed our clothes with some of the powder and spray and bagged them after so they wouldn’t get reinfected. Then we showered and by the next day they were mostly gone. We vacuumed up the powder and did it all over again and by the third day they were gone for good! I haven’t had a problem with them since then.

Comment posted by Eva of Carson City, NV, USA on 28 September 2017 at 5:38       4775

I totally agree with several of the comments about Clove Oil, which I am just starting to use and take internally. I have suffered from these mites since 2012. Now both of my feet are the sizes of footballs. I have used hydrogen peroxide 3% to spray on my feet, it helps but really stings due to so many applications. I won’t stop using it but hopefully clove oil will be my saviour. Due to 2 knee replacements it is almost impossible for me to be able to get up out of the tub so I have only done showers since 2003 and now with the feet like they are, I purchases a plastic container from Walmart that is just wide enough for two, used to be skinny feet, and deep enough to almost reach my knees. I fill it with as much hot water as I can stand with one cup of HP 3% and 1 cup of Borax, soak in this as long as the water stays hot to warm. Good ole credit cards! You’ve heard stories on how to use them for dozen of things, well I use one to scrape my feet and legs with it after my soak and you sure see a lot of stuff that comes off on the card. I’m going to mix up a mixture of the clove oil with some other oils to put on my feet and legs after the soak and scrape. Here I am, just turned 90 and never had a bug in my life and this is what NV has given me. Never had a bug in Texas and hope I can get back there before my time is up!

Blessings to all of you who have offered your cures. It’s hard to keep your sanity but don t give up. I could wring the necks of a million so called doctors for not going to a medical school who taught about these things!

One thing I would caution anyone who has an old vacuum cleaner with a fan, please be careful if you are using diatomaceous earth powder on your carpets. This stuff is wonderful but don’t use it if your vac has a fan, it will clog up the fan and break it. This happened twice to me before the repair man suggested I stop using DE or not to use that particular vacuum. Each time I used the vac to clean up DE it cost me over $200.00. That kind of money sure could have helped me to buy Clove and other oils for my blasted critters.


Comment posted by Ms. PK of Los Angeles, CA, USA on 1 August 2017 at 1:39       4698

I was reading all your posts. I have been diagnosed with PRP Pityriasis Rupra Pilaris and have been suffering for over 2 years. It has spread from the top of my head to my feet. It is getting better after using vaseline, organic coconut oil and other natural oils on my skin. I never thought about mites until my dog came down with it and I started reading about the symptoms. I am convinced this is what I have. Scaling of the scalp, hair loss, redness and flaking especially around the ears, cheeks, eyelids and eyebrows.
One thing I would like to say is I see some of you guys are making a paste of the diatomaceous earth or using it in your bath. DE become inactive when wet. It must be used as a dry powder to kill insects. Just thought I would throw that out there to you. Also, mites cannot live without being on their host for longer than 24 hours... so no need to try to treat your whole house. I am thankful I found this site. I have used DE for many years, food grade ONLY, never use the other type as I understand it can cause cancer! Never thinking I was carrying bugs! Thanks to everyone! And Good Luck!

Question posted by Sharon Lee Rose of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA on 22 June 2017 at 4:21       4656

I have Hep C and I thought it is related to that. Symptoms started 6 weeks ago. Right around time I started to use pesticides to exterminate cockroaches. After extreme extermination thinking bed bugs, fleas, mites, etc I got crawling, itching mostly at night, my dogs too. Did everything in the book, vacuum bagged almost everything, got rid of bedding, use white sheets to see everything, change daily, wash, soak, borax, ammonia, bleach, etc. No help. Distressed called health department they told me about Diatomaceous earth. Used it got rid of all cockroaches, other pests, itching, white stuff that falls from my body, the black pepper in my bed. I made paste from pest brand DE and poured watered DE in my hair, then paste all over and let dry. Slept in it. I finally slept all night two nights. I saw my doctor today told him this and he said the red dot where the black one came out yesterday looked like a bug bite. Figured. Will do another paste and as soon as food grade DE I have ordered arrives. I will let you know my results. Must be contagious. Lady I work with says she is starting to itch at night. Must be in her head too. Thing about doctors, if they weren't taught it then it doesn't exist.

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