Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Enzymes (digestive)
Digestive enzymes, types of enzymes, benefits, uses, food sources, supplements.
Comment posted by Mike Alger of Ashland, NE, USA on 27 May 2022 at 0:52 5349
I’ll be 64 in June and this is the worst thing I’ve encountered in my life. I discovered my shop and house has water leaks causing mold AND I’ve been dealing with bird mites that infested my shop and moved to my house for three years. Doctors thought I was nuts or on drugs. I have leukaemia and do blood test regularly. Three bug people been out, all trying to sell me something I didn’t need or regular bug treatments. None of them drilled a hole, scraped or scooped anything. I would have spent $5000 so far to eliminate my issues. My dog and I were bothered and the hardest part of this whole ordeal is my wife says it’s in my head. Mites were in my hair, eyebrows, nose, ankles, elbows, ears. My wife helped clean and ran laundry booster if she thought about it. I found an enzyme cleaner like Kleen green will take the brown off your skin, stop itching and make black things fall off you in the sink. I’ve cleared 80% of my issues. I now know what to look for and how to treat. Watch for brown powder, black specs or dots and dust in your clothes. I enzyme spay and shake off clothes I wear, the dust turns into floating white things and when you vacuum your dirt container looks like a cotton candy machine. Dermatologist said I had nibs without one sample or looking at skin close. This is a fight of your own. I don’t say anything to friends or family, tired of the he’s nuts look. Enzyme cleaners YES, diatomaceous earth YES, constant cleaning YES, neem oil YES, tea tree body wash YES, borax YES. These are all part of my life now. Now no itching or bites 95% of the time.
Reply from David Niven Miller:
I would suggest the mould is the bigger problem and it is essential to fix all leaks and clean the mould with a chlorine bleach cleaner. Bird mites are only a possible problem if you have occupied birds nests close to the house or shop.
Comment posted by Susan of East Granby , Connecticut, USA on 14 November 2021 at 12:0 5319
I’ve been suffering since September 2019 with a large bird nest over my kitchen window they crawled through the air conditioner in my window. I was overwhelmed by what seemed like hundreds of them crawling on my legs up to my knees then all at once they started to bite at the same time. It was a complete nightmare. Only one bug inspector knew what it was after seeing 3 other inspectors. I lived in hotels for over a year. My apartment was completely infested with them, clothing, under all the carpets. I also had to get rid of a car due to them in the car. They are so microscopic until they’ve had a blood meal, either humans or birds then they turn black, still the size of a ball point pen tip.
I’ve just begun to use MSM and have noticed a slight improvement. Also I spray hypochlorous acid on everything including my skin and clothing, purchased online. It smells like bleach. I also just started to drink food grade diatomaceous earth twice a day. I am also using an enzyme cleaner. I’ve just taken Ivermectin 3 weeks straight. I’ve heard about an injection called Stromectol and waiting to hear from my Dr if I can get this injection once a month for 3 months.
Only a few people have heard about these mites. Most doctors cannot help, but only one dermatologist understands and is trying to help me. It can drive you crazy, hot humid days, rainy days are the worst. I’m going to get the limes and lemon as suggested on this site. It’s costing so much money to get rid of these things. Best to all of you.
Comment posted by Paulette of Florence, Colorado, United States on 28 August 2021 at 2:4 5311
If you are still struggling with scabies mites I had them for nearly 8 years and ran across comments claiming Kleen Green Natural Genesis makes it gets rid of them. I've been mixing the concentrate with water 1 part enzyme concentrate to 7 parts water and spraying myself 3 times a day. After a week I'm down to just a few biting during the day. I target where the biting is happening. It takes a couple days to get rid of them under your skin, but it's working really well. I am also sprinkling Borax on my mattress every day and letting it sit for awhile before vacuuming it up. Putting sheets and pillows in the dryer for an hour each day is keeping them from returning.
Reply from David Niven Miller:
Please read the Grow Youthful web pages on mites, and mite transmission. They can only live for a couple of hours in dry bedding and furniture so vacuuming and cleaning is not necessary for demodex mites.
Question posted by Audrey Kelley of Las Vegas, NV, USA on 1 November 2017 at 6:20 4811
These mites that have been my nightmare since April. They may not be Demodex. An army of them appeared on my bathroom window sill, so I immediately wiped them off. They were black in color. A week later, 14 ugly itchy sores appeared on my body. I treated them with multi-purpose enzyme liquid and tea tree oil. My body is now healed, but they moved into my mouth. Despite rinses with hydrogen peroxide and Listerine, I'm still spitting dozens into the sink, I can see some present in my sputum. I am 90 years old, caring for my Alzheimer's stricken husband. Even our doctor doesn't have any answers. I am at the end of my rope.
Question posted by Desperate in New Jersey of South Jersey, NJ, USA on 30 August 2017 at 4:15 4729
My problems started a little over 3 years ago. I had my horses at home and both horses had starlings that made nests above their light fixture in the barn. Each stall had a nest that had chicks stay there over the years. I think after reading what everyone has said perhaps it is bird mites that I have. My hair has fallen out in patches and is not growing back. Has anyone had mites and lost their hair? Mine used to be fine and straight now what’s left is curly. It's affecting my teeth. My skin has what looks like sunspots or spider veins all over it. My joints are killing me. It's hard to believe this is all from a mite or parasite of some sort. Any suggestions?
Comment posted by PB1000 of Knoxville, TN, USA on 12 August 2017 at 12:57 4706
Stay away from bird nests and keep them away from your home. Don’t even stand underneath them. They can be infested with parasitic mites that will plague you for years. Professional exterminators did not help me. Doctors either told me I was under a lot of stress and imagining the infestation or they avoided me in order to not become infected themselves.
It seems that some people do not get bitten by them, even though their home is infested with them. Those of us who do get bitten are plagued by one of humanity’s least talked about and worst parasite infections. They are worst at night. They embed themselves in bedding, cottons, downs and feathers, carpeting and upholstery.
Liquid enzymes are the only way to kill parasitic bird mites. At the time of this writing I am in my tenth month of treatment. I suffered for 2 years with bird mites until I discovered multi-purpose enzyme cleaner. It is in concentrate form and cost about $50 per 128oz bottle. It was the only thing that worked for me. I have my own spray bottles throughout the home and a running cool air vaporizer in every room filled with a diluted solution of water and at least 1/4 cup of the enzymes. Run the vaporizers 24/7 at low setting and spray the rooms at least once a day and especially every evening after dusk, and before I go to bed for the evening. Vacuum the carpets daily during this treatment.
Comment posted by Elodie of Aix, Vaucluse, France on 24 October 2016 at 21:27 4326
Has anyone tried enzyme cleaners? There are three enzyme cleaners I know of: Kleen Green, Kleen Free, and Nature's Eradicator. They are chemical free and contain purified water, natural enzyme cleaners including protease, lipase, cellulase and amylase. I bought the ready to use formula last week and have sprayed it on everything: bed, dog, my body, hair, floor everywhere and everything. Too early to say but it does give me relief. The great thing is that it is not toxic to my cats. So hard to find something natural or chemical that has some impact but is not going to leave your cats sick or worse. I'm going to buy the concentrate to use in the bath. Buying from the USA and living in France I paid more for the postage than the product! But it does have an instant calming effect. Any itch at night, keep it by the bedside spray yourself and then sleep, bliss. Am really hoping that by the time I have finished the next lot then I will have it under control, both for our dog and me. By the way, these pests do not seem to find my husband or daughter edible! - why? I rub, clean, shower and still they prefer me and my dog!
Comment posted by RusKar of Houston, Texas, USA on 20 October 2016 at 23:37 4327
Enzyme cleaners saved my sanity!! For over a year I have been dealing with invisible biting, crawling, itching somethings. Every day I cleaned the house with everything from bleach to hydrogen peroxide. Every day I vacuumed. Had extermination after extermination. I spent hours washing clothing and cleaning everything. Several doctors said it was some kind of mite but could not help any further. After trying borax, clove oil, tea tree oil, garlic, hydrogen peroxide and diatomaceous earth with varying degrees of success, I discovered enzyme cleaners and decided to try them. Within 2 weeks I notice a huge difference!! I use the solution with my steam mop. I spray it all over, let it sit for 15 minutes and then spray again and run over everything with the steam mop. My polished wood hardwood floors are shining and clean and it has not damaged my furniture. I also spray over everything - shoes, bags, bedding, everywhere. I use it in my washing machine, and pre-treat dirty clothing waiting in the laundry basket for the next wash. I also treat my car by spraying inside every day and leaving the windows a little open to air dry. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and things really are getting back to normal. I am going to keep up this ritual for a few more months but it looks like a permanent end is in sight.
Comment posted by Julie of Richmond, Maryland, USA on 22 September 2016 at 0:9 4328
I had invisible biting bugs for over two years. The bugs mostly targeted me but occasionally bit my husband as well. We tried steam cleaning the carpets, I vacuumed every day, and washed all our clothes and towels and bedding every couple of days but it was exhausting and didn't make much of a difference. Tea tree oil was the most successful but did not completely stop the problem. I sprinkled borax and diatomaceous earth on the carpets, floors and furniture, but it did nothing but make it hard to breathe and clog up the vacuum. Two different exterminator companies each made a couple of visits and took samples but could not find any evidence of bugs. I concluded that the bugs had to be microscopic and found the discussions here. My dermatologist confirmed the bug bites but said they didn't look like scabies. He just gave me a steroid cream for the bites. I wasn t getting proper sleep at night from the biting, and it was starting to affect my work.
When I got the enzyme cleaners I sprayed the bed, couch, carpets and washed laundry with it. I felt relief in the places I sprayed, and could feel my laundered clothes were bug free. But this relief only seemed to last for an hour or so before I would get bites again. It seemed they were everywhere or somehow able to enter the apartment again. I started to be very diligent about our bug cleaning regimen. Whenever I felt biting, I would immediately change my clothes, spray them, and put them in the laundry basket to be washed later. If I was bitten on a seat, carpet or place, I would immediately soak the area with my hand spray. Same procedure if I was bitten while in bed - change the sheet or pillow case. I sprayed our car's seats, carpets, everything. In the first three months I used six 128 oz enzyme concentrate bottles. The biting slowly decreased, and I went down to one bottle a month. After 6 months, I only needed one or two spot sprays on my clothing or skin each day.
Another thing I did was get a birds nest in the eaves removed. This may have been the source I don't know.
After nine months of using the cleaning enzymes, this nightmare is over.
Comment posted by D. Stewart of Beauly, Highland, UK on 14 January 2016 at 19:24 3829
I self-diagnosed as having demodex mites about six weeks ago. For three months my complexion had been deteriorating, with deep, never healing spots on my chin and around my nose. Prior to this outbreak, my dog had contracted some kind of mite and had a very red raw expansive rash which I treated using an enzyme dog shampoo, available online. The mites are destroyed by the enzymes in the shampoo - they weaken the shell of the mite and cause it to die. My dog's treatment took four weeks to clear it completely. However, as I mentioned before, I found myself suffering with pimples that never healed not longer after my dog was infected. I did not have a rash like him he also had several deep, infected spots, but I don't lick and chew my spots either! I contacted enzyme supplier who assured me my mites could be eradicated just as my dog's had by using this shampoo. I followed their instructions which they will give you should you buy their product, and for five weeks I have been using it and I feel there is some success! The process is very long and time consuming, entailing me washing my face six times a day with the shampoo, spraying my body and hair, spraying pillows, etc., but I now have only two very small spots. It seems that over time the shampoo dries the spots and makes it an uninhabitable place for the mites. However, unlike TTO, the shampoo does not dry out the uninfected areas, so my skin is not in a bad state at all. However, for the past week, because the spots had cleared, my regime slipped, and last night I felt for the first time in a month the crawling sensation, and a small spot has formed. So, I will be back to washing and spraying six times a day. From what I have read it is best to treat these little monsters for 90 days. They can never be totally eradicated because they live on us naturally, but when our immune systems are down they can take hold and get the better of us. I am also boosting my diet with folic acid, Vitamin D, and Chlorella. I was previously diagnosed anaemic, so I know my system was compromised. Good luck to anyone suffering and fighting these things.