Frequently Asked Questions

How Mites Choose a Host and Why They Chose You.

Having a family member or friend with parasitic mites can be confusing. The affected person claims to be infested, yet the mites are not visible and there are often no physical signs. Here are some questions and answers that may help.

If she/he has mites, why can’t you see them? Why don’t we have specimens?

Bird mites are notoriously hard to catch. They are the size of the point of a pin, translucent, and quick moving. The glue traps used for mites don’t have pheromones, like moth traps do, so they don’t attract mites. Mites respond strongly to pheromones, so it would be a big improvement if mite traps were baited with pheromones.

Researchers working with scavenger face mites (which we all have) developed a way of capturing mite DNA from human skin using strong glue. Then they sequence the DNA to find the species. If this method starts being used for parasitic mites, it will become easier to help people with bird mites.

If my family member has mites, why are there no bite marks?

When a mite ingests living blood, the blood mounts an immune response from inside the mite’s gut. When any parasite ingests blood, it leaves behind proteins in the host. Mites have evolved to leave behind a protein that suppresses the immune system of the host, so the mite won’t be attacked by its food. One effect of immunosuppression is that bite marks are less pronounced (or nonexistent) when a host has been bitten by mites for months.

If one family member has mites, why don’t other people in the family have them?

Agricultural bulletins advise farmers who think their flock may have mites to take several chickens to the veterinarian. This is because there is a big variation in the level of infestation of different individuals. The tendency to choose just one chicken is adaptive for mites, who cluster on one bird in a flock and bleed it to the point where it is a stationary meal.

There is no reason mites infesting a human family would behave differently than they do when they choose a favorite chicken.

My doctor/pesticide professional/farm club teacher says chicken mites don’t bite people, and/or can’t reproduce on human blood. Is that true?

An article published in a 1958 science journal documented finding human blood cells in mite intestines. The only way those cells got there is for “bird mites” to feed on human blood. It is surprising that misinformation about mites has persisted for decades.

Leading mite experts acknowledge that what we call “bird mites” can reproduce when they feed on human blood. These mites can adapt to a variety of species.

Our house has already been treated for mites. Why does my family member still claim to get bitten?

Farmers know how hard it is to get rid of mites in a chicken coop. Sometimes the only way is to burn it to the ground, and then treat the dirt where the coop stood. Treatment isn’t easy in a human home, either.

Mites rapidly evolve resistance to pesticides. In addition, mites can hide inside books, wood paneling, etc., during pest treatment. Pest control professionals realize there is no test to prove that a building no longer has mites. As a result, a pest control company typically will refuse to represent in writing that the mites in a treated building are gone. The most accurate way to check the effectiveness of pest control efforts is to treat a home and then see if a susceptible person is still bitten.

How do you get rid of mites and how long does it take?

The key to getting rid of mites is to kill them faster than they can reproduce. And because the host and the environment are co-infested, both must be addressed at the same time.

Killing mites involves:

  • Frequent and thorough cleaning of the body and the dwelling
  • Use of pyrethrins and other pesticides on the dwelling

Lowering mites’ reproductive rate involves:

  • Using growth hormones on the dwelling that prevent sexual maturation of mites
  • Eliminating mite hiding places (carpeting in home and car; clutter; long hair on the body)
  • Maintaining a cool, dry environment (use of dehumidifiers in all rooms is recommended)

Every situation is different and there is no exact timeline. Having family support for the work involved can speed up the process.

Is there a diagnostic test for mites? How about a treatment?

Research is being conducted on a nucleic acid test that would indicate a current infestation, but the test is still in development.

As for a treatment: researchers are developing a poultry vaccine that would boost the ability of the bird’s immune system to combat parasitic mites. It would be possible to develop a similar vaccine for humans.

When chicken mites are diagnosed in a coop, the coop and the chickens are treated at the same time. Some doctors prescribe Ivermectin to people with chicken mites. Just as with chickens and chicken coop, ivermectin treatment of a person should be coordinated with treating the family home.

Mites are supposed to be ectoparasites that live outside the body. My family member claims mites bite her/him inside her/his nose and ears. How is that possible?

We call bird mites ectoparasites. But mites are attracted to warmth and moisture. And there is no dividing line stopping a mite from crawling into a body cavity.

Are mite infestations becoming more common?

There are several reasons why mite infestations may be increasingly common.

  • Mites reproduce rapidly and are evolving resistance to pesticides.
  • The popularity of backyard poultry raised by non-farmers who lack pest management skills may lead to more mites (and bed bugs) in our cities and towns.
  • Global warming could also make it easier for these heat-loving organisms to spread.

What can our family do to help?

Keep an open mind. Your family member cannot prove she/he has mites, and you cannot prove she/he does not have mites. If your loved one does have an infestation, saying the person has a psychological problem will add to the heavy burden of getting rid of these vermin. Imagine being in their shoes.

Your family member may get lucky and capture a specimen tomorrow. Or they may never have that good fortune. Either way, this is a person you love and respect. Trust them to let you know the kind of help they need.

 

30 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Instead of spending all of the energy and money changing the external environment, how about changing the host’s (us) internal environment enough that the mites don’t see you as an opportune hose…

    • Hello David,

      Because these parasitic mites co-infest the host and the environment, a coordinated approach that works with both the host environment and the external environment seems most effective. If you have ideas about improving the host side of the equation, I’d be interested in hearing them.

      Best wishes,
      Jane

  2. Hello all. I don’t think I have(had?) the dreaded ‘red mite’, but either the tropical or northern fowl from nesting pigeons on an AC unit (I’m resident in The Bahamas). I’ve been on the rampage against the critters from the end of August – disposed of quite a few items, followed the cleaning, laundry, bin, trash routine and even moved, though I didn’t try a PCO in the new place, nor was I in a position to get rid of my car (shampooed and tried to treat it daily however). My skin, at least, has taken a beating for sure. I still get the random crawling sensation and tiny little bumps that could be bites. How long does it take before you know you’ve hit ‘normal’ again? I have really good hours/days and sometimes I’m just a wreck. I feel like I will simply never know, especially as upon inspection of every black speck, I see no movement but I’m still feeling something.

    Definitely looking forward to the publication of the book!

    • Hello DW — Sorry to hear of the challenges you are facing.

      Unfortunately there is no guaranteed time frame, and there are many complicating factors, including the climate where you live (low temp and low humidity are best), how much stuff you own, whether you have rugs/curtains, how many people are affected, etc.

      The simpler you can make your life, the better.

      And if the time between bites is lengthening, that’s a good sign.

      Check out the Protocols on here, keep throwing away everything you can, and best of luck!

  3. Hi Jane,

    I have read your book and other relevant literature and wonder why it is recommended that one washes clothes with hot water if the mites are resistant to extreme temperatures. Would warm water not work just as well?

    • Hello,
      And thank you for asking an excellent question!
      It is very true that mites can survive a wide temperature range. In my family, we found this out the hard way when we tried structural pasteurization as a way to kill parasitic mites in our house. It just didn’t work. Rather grim chapter about that in my book.
      So, as you say, why use hot water to do laundry? Especially when it is so hard on clothes.
      The problem here, as in so many matters relating to ending an infestation, is that there are almost no controlled experiments. Since this public health challenge officially doesn’t exist, there is almost no real controlled research. We are all just trying stuff until the mites die. Even after killing mine off, it is still hard to know which combination of the zillions of things I tried really did the trick.
      All I can tell you is, it seemed like laundry washed in hot water had fewer mites. But I was changing a lot of things at any given time. So I really don’t know what did what.
      Sorry for such a pathetic answer, but it is what it is.
      If I were in your shoes, I’d use hot water.
      Best of luck and please keep in touch.
      Jane

  4. I have been infested for over a year. They have spread to my entire bodyan I can nnot get a Dr. to take this serious an do tests. How can I get help?

    • Dear Lorie,
      A year is a long time to battle this. You must be exhausted. So sorry for your trouble, and for the lack of help you are receiving. Please write back and let me know roughly where you are located, in case I or others on this site know of resources local to you. In some cases, there are knowledgeable pest control operators and/or local entomologists who can help. The difficult reality is, however, that for most folks with parasitic mites, we must solve the problem largely on our own. Please look at the protocols on this site and start with the least time consuming and least toxic options, such as running dehumidifiers in your home. You might also check out the Skin Mites Support Group on Facebook. There are many folks on there sharing ideas — but again, please use your best judgement and begin with the safest strategies.
      Please write again and let me know how you are doing.
      All the best,
      Jane

  5. I just found your website and we are currently living through this nightmare hell! I really wish I would’ve found this 7 months ago. 7 month of chasing our tails and from the beginning I kept trying to tell my family and medical doctors that I thought it was bird mites but all they thought I was some crazy whacked out drug addict. Even took several test along the way just to prove to them that I wasn’t! They even tried to commit me to the psych ward! I was in total hell! I finally took matters into my own hands and by trial and error we thought we had it under control. That was until the cold came. We are currently in the process of removing all our insulation in our attics and home and replacing EVERYTHING. We have nearly thrown everything away also!

    We had three sparrows that were dead in our yard that came back positive for West Nile Virus. We found three abandon nest around our house, one in the attic, one in a light, and one between a wall in the house that we didn’t even know there was no inside wall. The people who owned the home before us remodeled the bathroom, instead of removing the window and putting insulation and sheet rock they just put a plastic shower shell. That is where we started feeling the worst when this started! We were loosing our minds, we ripped our entire house to the frame! Our neighbor didn’t care for his property, he had overgrowth as tall as his house, we found rotten old furniture under the overgrowth that was harboring mosquitoes like crazy. Those mosquitoes are West Nile carrying mosquitoes we found out from our local heath department. Which the birds than got sick and when they died the nest were abandoned and what happens! MITES! They come looking for food! I can’t imagine we are the only ones having issues

    I’m waiting for a local Veterinarian to get back to me because she had made a statement that stuck in the back of my head and I think we could bring awareness to this! There is definitely not enough information out there on this nor education. And the medical field is way lacking on help! So thank you for this website and I can’t wait to start your book tonight!

    • Hello Melissa,
      Very sorry to hear of all the challenges you and your family have been facing with ectoparasites. The combination of dealing with mites, and coping with professionals who are anything but helpful, is so very difficult. Bravo to you for believing in yourself and your experience. It sounds like you have done a lot of good work to control your infestation. I hope the protocols and other information on this site are helpful, and glad to hear you’re reading the book – hope it will help as well with eradicating this scourge from your household.
      You didn’t mention your location, but please consider using dehumidifiers, especially if you are in an area with high humidity. Mites are less successful at surviving and mating when their exterior surfaces are dried out. And dehumidifiers are very little work, as well as non-toxic — two big advantages.
      In your dealings with professionals, you may find it helpful to share an article by David George et al. that is mentioned elsewhere on this website:
      https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-015-0768-7
      The authors ask the question, “Should the Poultry Mite Dermanyssus gallinae be of wider concern for veterinary and medical science?” and answer with a resounding yes. Because this article is written by a group of entomologists who are expert in acarology (the study of mites), it carries more weight with other professionals than reports of infestation by affected lay people.
      In a larger sense, the solution to this dilemma will involve breaking through the denial of professionals and enlisting their assistance in developing effective diagnostics and treatment. This kind of change is on the horizon, but we are not there yet. In the meantime, each person and family affected by mites must educate ourselves and become our own scientists.
      Wishing you all the best in your continued efforts. Stay strong, remain connected, and keep fighting. Please write again and let me know how it goes.
      Take care,
      Jane

      • Hi Jane,

        We live in Milan, IL. The area is called Big Island (Rock Island County if you want to Google to see where it is). The Mississippi River, Rock River, and Hennipen Canal come together basically in my back yard. With the backwaters and floodwaters you can imagine the amount of bugs we get! This year was the worst year for mosquitoes in all the years we have lived out here.

        We do currently run dehumidifiers. We thought we had the issue under control until the cold came, what we didn’t know was they needed another host and somewhere we had or have one. We have found signs of mice so we have set traps and pretty much have thrown everything we own away. I had an expert come in Friday, waiting to hear what his samples consist of.

        One thing I can’t seem to find answers for us we have a sand point well. Can this stuff get into our well or septic system? We have had the water tested but we are going to have another water test done since our local health Dept did the first want, we want to see what a third party results are compared to the health dept, we are also going to have an air quality and soil sample done just as precautionaries.. I thought I saw somewhere in your site or FB page about septic: do you have any experience in this area?

        I don’t know if it’s a mind over matter thing but I feel like they get in the food I have in the house too. I’ve thrown entire meals away because I would see pieces of food “walk” away and I couldn’t bring myself to feed that stuff to my family.. I have a cast iron pan that I use everyday, it was my grandmothers and its old. Somedays I feel like they are in there too.

        I really think my family and I are on the right path with the right people. I finally shared my experience on FB and the response was incredible. I have several friends who now have read your book and they so much want to help bring this to light in our area.

        Thank you again!

        • Hello Melissa, it sounds like you and your family are having a really tough time of it. Unfortunately many of the challenges you’re experiencing are quite different from what my family went through — and as a result, you may have quite different organisms than we had, and the advice on this website may not be that helpful. For example, the arthropods we had did much better in hot weather, and it sounds like yours do better in cold.
          Your best bet is probably to find an exterminator in your area with an entomologist onsite, who can identify any organisms the company captures. You may also have some kind of county or state Vector Department, but you’ll need to look online to see about that.
          wishing you all the best, and if you are able to identify your species (could be more than one), please let me know.
          Take care,
          Jane

      • Jane,

        If you happen to get this three times I’m sorry, I’ve wrote it out and it has said it posted but it has been a few days and has not shown up.

        We live in Milan, IL, if you Google Map Big Island, Milan, IL Rock Island County you will see that Mississippi River, Rock River, and Hennepin Canal come together basically in my back yard! So we have LOTS of bugs and critters that come around. We constantly run dehumidifiers and they barely keep up some days but they seem to be helping.

        Since my last post we have learned so much more! We found that they will find another host and they did, mice in the attics. We have two attics in our house and both have burrowing tunnels and signs of mice. We are starting to see a light at the end of this but we still have a ways to go and still a lot of work to do. Last night was the first night I had decent sleep and today was the first day I felt like they weren’t in my hair after I showered. So we must be making progress.

        We also did a timeline leading up to this, we do believe that we have had this infestation for years and never knew it. Almost three years ago my boyfriend broke out in welts and, every one of the welts was like it was in the hair follicle , he is a machinist by trade and a hobbyist gardener so who knows what he gets into being outside all the time. Doctor told him it was Poison Ivy and I told him to find a new doctor, because Poison Ivy doesn’t do that. He got a second opinion and they said it could be from the oils from the machines at work. It was not long after our dog mysteriously couldn’t walk one day that I started having the problems not long after that. My boyfriend would’ve just went on with life and wore long sleeve shirts had I not gotten this stuff but I’m not one to just live with this. I refuse to live the rest of my life miserable and feel like I always have bugs on me. So it’s going to be a process to fully rid of this but we are no where near done with getting rid of them nor learning about them.

        I thought I read somewhere that you had bought a house with a septic. We have a shallow sand point well and septic system. We can’t seem to find anything about mites Do you have any information? I don’t know much about parasites but I’ve read several places that mold spores and mites could go together, maybe once the spores are stirred up it can stir the mites up. We have a reservoir tank with a plastic bladder in it for our well, I’m afraid that it could have mold or mites in it. We have had our water tested but the county health dept did it and they are the same people who refuse to return our phone calls and emails. We are going to have a third party test it a second time just as a security precaution.

        I’m meeting with a local veterinarian on Saturday who has sent our case on to people who are boarded in Public Health and have backgrounds in zoonotic diseases. I’m hoping for a breakthrough from this hell because the medical field in my area needs some serious education on zoonotic diseases. One would think since we have the Mississippi River running right here by and all of nasty things that exist in it we would have medical doctors where who do that kind of research or know about this stuff! Since I’m not a animal I did have to not give my cat his prevention medication this month so she could do testing on him and the poor guy is showing signs of something. I’m pretty excited to hear what she has to say and what she finds. Hoping between her and the expert from Friday we can bring this full circle, receive medical attention, and then educate our community!

        One last thing, when you went through this did you ever feel like they were in your food? Like strange things would happen? I find the strangest stuff in my oven and under my stove. I can put hamburger in my cast iron on low and come back to a line of grease on the stove from the opposite side of the stove. I’m going to be honest I haven’t been able to fully get through your book because not only am I trying to rid this every waking moment, I work full time, and I have two children. I don’t have enough hours in the day to do all that and fight mites it seems like!

        Sincerely,

        Melissa

        • Hello Again Melissa,
          Very sorry to have taken so long to respond to both your emails.
          I hope that by now you’ve gotten an identification of the species involved and some relief through a pest control service.
          Again, their behavior is quite different than we experienced, and since I’m not an entomologist, I’m not able to advise about this.
          Will say that in regard to septic tanks: My understanding is not all types of cleaning fluid can be used, which will require some careful planning about what to use.
          Please let me know how it goes.
          All the best,
          Jane

  6. I am just now infested, less than 3 weeks. Throwing everything out. Do you know of anyone infesting the workplace? I am considering quiting my job so as to not put them at further risk. I do bodywork.

    • Hello DA,
      Great that you recognize the issue so soon after being infested. If you hit it hard and hit it early, you minimize the chances both of longterm impact for you, and of transmitting the problem in the workplace.
      I had a significant infestation and kept working. As far as I know, the extent of transmission at work was two colleagues being bitten once each. This even though my office was carpeted. I did use a dehumidifier in the office and vacuumed my room every day.
      However, your situation is somewhat different because you do bodywork. Unfortunately this is one of many areas that needs to be studied and has not received adequate study, because there is so much denial about the existence of this problem.
      So unfortunately I can’t advise you. You can certainly lower the risk of transmission by rigorous protocols. You will need to use your judgment, including monitoring people you work with for signs of a problem.
      Please let me know how you decide to handle this, and how it goes.
      Best wishes,
      Jane

  7. Hi Jane, I have been infested going on five years. I have tried everything–I live in a wood-floored apt. and sleep on a table. I clean everyday, spray my floors and surfaces, alternating with an IGR and spinosad. I tried spending a few months changing locations everyday and wearing new clothes. I shaved my head, got rid of everything I own, changed my diet, quit my job (now working from home). Every 12 hours I put a different topical on my body, and most mornings I will get at least 20 to come to the surface. Sometimes, I spend an hour and wipe off a hundred. I have a BS in biology, and I have good eyesight (I can see the mites). Within the first year, my body developed some kind of resistance to the bites, and now I don’t feel any bug bites–not even other species, like mosquito. I just see the bumps. And they go away really fast. Anyway, I’d like to contribute my story. I would give anything for an immunization. I contracted these in WY. I had a mice infestation, and a few months after I got rid of those, I was attacked by these mites. I’ve never sent the specimen to be identified so I’m not sure what species I’ve got. I guess I was in denial. I don’t know that it really matters though–these have evolved to live off me and on me. I just bought your book. Your book is the first day of hope I’ve had in years. Are you still conducting research? Is there someone who is? I would gladly be an experiment for treatments!

  8. Hi Jane,
    I have been dealing with bird mites for 7 years. I naively brought an abandoned bird nest into my house because I love nature. A few weeks later I was getting bites all over and woke up with them crawling all over me and out of my ears and nose. I can’t see them and have tried everything: moved twice, retired from my job, got rid of my car, etc. Main thing to understand is that they are on and in you, as well as the environment. Went to 8 different doctors who basically said I was delusional. I discovered the bird mite website which helped me understand what i was dealing with. After using many chemical pesticides that did not work, decided to go all natural with Kleen green, vinegar, alcohol, and various herbal blends as washes. I am having some success with a combo of witch hazel (not the bottled kind but a homemade decoction from the bark and leaves), wormwood, neem and mugwort. Now, the crawling and bites are down, but they are still infesting me. Progress is very slow. I did get skin samples with tape and sent them to UC Davis entomology dept. and they confirmed the existence of the bird mites but said they could not have infested/colonized me! The medical/scientific community knows nothing about this and will not go against the standard response of “delusional parasitosis” or Morgellon’s disease. I have some Ivermectin pills but am afraid to take them as I am unsure of the correct dosage without a doctor’s oversight. I take regular hot saunas and that has helped a lot. These critters are survivalists and I expect it will take at least another year before I can get rid of them, if ever. I am now 71 and just hoping I can survive them. I too have a degree in biology, and have studied herbalism.
    Thanks for your site and info.

    • Hello Nancy,
      Bravo for the steps you have taken to contain (and hopefully soon eliminate) your infestation.
      It is great that you got species confirmation from UC Davis. As you probably know, in California the strongest miticides can’t legally be used absent a mite species ID.
      And yet that pushback about human infestation. I suggest you send your contact at UC Davis a copy of David George’s article in Parasites & Vectors, “Should the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae be of wider concern for veterinary and medical science?”
      https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-015-0768-7
      Written by a group of entomologists, it raises the question to which we know the answer is a resounding, yes.
      I hope you’ll find some helpful additions to your regimen in the protocols on this site. In particular, running dehumidifiers and desiccating the damned things is an easy and non-toxic approach. Please consider your car as a fomite as well, and take a look at Jeeps or a Honda Element (two alternatives without upholstery or carpeting).
      You are smart to be careful about Ivermectin, which is a low dose of a pesticide. If you wanted, you could likely find dosage info on the FDA website or from other sources. But other approaches to skin care, like frequent swimming in a chlorinated pool, may have less risk.
      Wishing you quick progress to a complete recovery. Please let me know how it goes.
      All the best,
      Jane

      • Jane,
        I got your book, and have just read part of it so far, but our similarities are amazing. At first, I contacted pest company who sprayed miticides, which did not work. I remember reading about mite sufferers and thinking “it can’t get that bad” then it did. I fled my house after the first month of bites when they were just everywhere and I could feel them land on me the moment I walked in the door. I stayed at my daughter’s house the first night and in the middle of the night they were all over me, which is when I realized they were in and on me as well as in the house. Then I stayed in hotels for a week, and rented an apt. near my demanding job as director of arts nonprofit. My office was infested, I set off bombs there and in my house and car but that did nothing but make them mad. I used stuff like RID weekly, showered at least three X day…had to get up in the night to shower them off. Within a month, the apt. was infested badly. Meanwhile, I got a hazmat suit to go into my house to retrieve things I needed and set off bug bombs. After not living there for 6 weeks, they calmed down a bit, so I went back there on weekends, keeping the apt. for 6 month lease and juggling which place was more infested. I finally retired from the job two years into this ordeal, and got the house ready to sell, and left town (I’m in Seattle) for a trip to California spas. Used everything I could find to try to get rid of them…permethrin, antibiotics (really screwed me up), borax solutions, Ozone emitters, h2o2, a million things. Moved again and junked car, bought used car, which of course was quickly infested. Discovered saunas four years ago, and joined health club and now swim 3x week for an hour each time, then 1/2 hour sauna (170-190 degrees). Also decided to go all natural at that point since pesticides did not work, so using herbs, tinctures, essential oils, etc. Herbal parasite cleanses helped with internal stuff.
        This month is my 7 year anniversary with the mites. The numbers are way down, but they are still in and on me. The bites/sores I have are actually mite nests. If I scratch them or try to dig out the stuff in them, mites attack my face, mainly head to my nose and ears. I saw in one of your sources that those with immunosuppressed skin issues are more susceptible. I have psoriasis, and my skin grows crusty over the bites. In fact, when this first happened I went to my long time dermatologist who told me it was just more aggressive psoriasis and it was impossible for me to have mites. The contact at UC Davis was 3 years ago; I was just so glad to have confirmation that the mites existed!
        Few people believe me, and the worst part of this is the TABOO nature of it. I have been trying to write about this aspect, and applaud your outspoken take on it. It is so easy to almost believe you are insane when you go through this, especially for an Irish-used to be Catholic girl. I am trying to live my life while I deal with it. It is a waiting game, with mite numbers going down slowly. It is much better than it was, but still awful and some of the horrors are really hard to write about…mites oozing out of my pores, clicking sounds they make in the middle of the night, the new moon and full moon frenzies, etc. Thanks so much for your book and resources, and for listening! Can’t wait to read about how you got rid of them…
        Best,
        Nancy

        • Hello Nancy,
          I’m so sorry to hear of your very long battle with infestation. I hope some of the protocols in the book or this website might help you to get rid of the bug completely.
          Yes it is amazing how many similarities there are between stories: the incredulity about how bad the experience can get, the difficulty obtaining help from professionals, the need to take treatment into one’s own hands, the many experiments on one’s own skin, the challenges communicating with unaffected persons. I suspect that much of this will change once people with parasitic mites start getting DNA evidence of infestation — the professional denial will likely shift when more data is available (unless the experts are too invested in non-fact-based hypotheses).
          You have taught yourself a lot, and it’s paying off over time. May you soon find full resolution.
          Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes.
          All best wishes,
          Jane

        • Hello Nancy,
          I hope by now you are getting some relief from your infestation, and I hope the mite protocols here and in the book were helpful.
          Keep up the good work! It does get better.
          Thanks for your kind words, and please let me know how it goes.
          Best wishes,
          Jane

          • Hi Jane,
            Finished your book, which left me hopeful. I am envious that you were able to get rid of them! I do remember a time in the first year or so, before they really dug in, (literally), when that may have been possible. At that time I had a long ferry commute to work and felt really trapped by the whole thing. I did use a dehumidifier in my house then, but did not notice much change because there were so many of them…I figure I have dealt with billions of them over the years. Anyway, I got the dehumidifier out from storage and have been using it regularly and it seems to be working!! The other new thing I am doing is adding cayenne pepper to the herbal wash with neem, witch hazel bark, quassia, wormwood, mugwort and essential oils, and maybe that is helping too. After so long, I am amazed that something is working. I have heard that the “seven year itch” really did come from scabies/mite lore, so this may be my lucky year. Thanks so much for all of your research and for speaking out about this curse.

  9. Just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it.. I been going through this mite infestation for about 6 months. now. I have to say its better than it was but we still have them. I’m the only one in the house it seems to bother. We are having all the insulation removed in our attic, fogged and walls dusted . I hope and pray it helps. I have my clothes in Ziploc bags. I have done most of all the things you have done. The strange thing is my bedroom seems to be ok. We never wear dirty clothes in there only straight from shower. I use eucalyptus oil in diffuser every night. Its the only place I can rest. I can’t sit on my living room furniture and we already threw one away. We bought this house little over a year ago. It had bird nest on the front porch and we also found dead mice in insulation under the floor. What can you do about the mites that has buried in your furniture and clothes. I have threw away almost all clothes, bedding and furniture. I’m constantly looking at stuff under microscope. Any advise sure would help. Thank you just for listening. Sheila

    • Hello Sheila,
      Very sorry to hear of your problems with infestation. Glad you are getting some relief with the Eucalyptus oil. It is one of several oils that have been shown to be toxic to mites. I hope that some of the other ideas in the book protocols are useful as you fight the infestation.
      By the way, I’ve read in a mite textbook that parasitic mites do often choose a favorite host from the group where they are living. Chicken farmers are advised to take more than one chicken to the veterinarian when they suspect an infestation, because some are likely much more infested than others. People seem to be the same way.
      The more you throw out the better, and of course if you have any animal vectors still in your house (such as rodents), they need to be eliminated.
      Best of luck to you and your family. Please let me know how it goes.
      Take care,
      Jane

  10. Hi Jane,
    Is it possible for an infestation to occur after one bird (Starling) was stuck in our dryer vent/dryer hose for a little overy a day? We had someone get the bird out, but did not know if it had mites on it or not. Can the mites have been shaken off into our dryer and if so, would they be able to thrive or reproduce even if the bird is gone? We did not see any mites so far, but I’m still being cautious and not doing any laundry at the moment. Can a single bird within our home cause an infestation? And how long would it take for the mites to seek a new host? We are staying cautious and sleeping on bottom floor (laundry is upstairs). So far there are no symptoms, but I’m afraid it may be too soon to tell. It’s only been a few days since the bird was removed. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hello Rachel,
      This is the first time I’ve heard from someone who does not have (and has not experienced) a mite infestation. I wonder how you heard about bird mites?
      We all know that prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is very true when it comes to parasitic mites. I’d suggest you clean the inside of your dryer very thoroughly, and also clean your laundry room thoroughly. Did you have the vent/hose replaced when the bird was removed? If not, you’ll need to clean that thoroughly as well.
      For extra assurance, you could run a dehumidifier in your laundry room.
      After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your laundry room, it wouldn’t hurt to vacuum the upstairs as well.
      And you won’t see mites… they are really tiny.
      Best of luck to you and your family,
      Jane

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