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tomsjule 06-08-2009 01:23 PM

insect pests in the home that bite
this is not a household repair -maybe someone can direct me to a site where I can get some help. This seems like such a little thing compared to what many people are dealing with. I am sustaining little red bites on my face, neck, hairline and in my hair -low, back of neck. I have never felt or seen ANYTHING! They don't itch, are not clustered; but last weeks to months. They will heal over, break open, fester, heal over, break open. I have been told about "no see ums". That they can lay eggs under your skin [yuk-panic] and live in your house or could they be fleas from a cat [long since gone from the house]? No one else has the problem including my husband whom I sleep with every nite. I have set off 5 insect killing bombs, sprayed 5 cans of Raid; washed, cleaned, torn everything apart. I have used up 6 little pillows of cat flea medicine into my hairline, etc. Still
getting bitten. I am an R.N. healthy in every way and am not mental but will soon be there if I can't get to the bottom of this. Have seen a Dermatolgist twice help. Spoken with 2 vets, tried the internet....
This has been going on-on and off- for 3 years. Mostly in the spring, I beleive. I live in MN, have wintered in Texas on the coast for 8 winters.

Chemist1961 06-08-2009 06:12 PM

Get some teatree oil and mix it in with your shampoo 1 Tsp at a time. Use daily and mix with shower gel as well but Keep it out of your ees

Chemist1961 06-08-2009 06:13 PM

And add it to your laundry....

DangerMouse 06-08-2009 06:27 PM

ok, but what kind of critter do you think it is, Chemist?


Chemist1961 06-08-2009 06:37 PM

DM , I have no clue. You could also try posting under Pest Control and see what comes back. But I will tell you Tea Tree Oil is very good for scalp and skin problems, natural antiseptic properties...
I have read it is also good for head lice and can be used with laundry for bed bugs.... so just taking a stab. I say get to the health food store and fight nature with nature, cheaper than the dermotologist too. The winterring in Texas could be something is brought back from there....or it could just be coincidental as it is not affecting the husband

DangerMouse 06-08-2009 06:44 PM

hmm, i thought bedbugs as well, at first, but she's inspected, cleaned, etc... and besides, why would hubby not be getting bit? she just tastes better? maybe she's just that sweet? Po)
maybe it's mange mites? sounds like a mystery, for sure...
neem oil may be of some help here as well? couldn't hurt....
fels naptha soap too....


DangerMouse 06-08-2009 06:46 PM

texas has chiggers, right?


Chemist1961 06-08-2009 06:54 PM

Buddy I get frostbite and mosquito bites, too far north, I don't know about chiggers:laughing:

DangerMouse 06-08-2009 07:30 PM

me too, but ya never know... the wife flew to louisiana a while back and got pretty bit up like she describes.


Blondesense 06-09-2009 08:19 AM

After living in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri I am getting to know chiggers fairly well. They tend to bite along the waistband and under socks etc, where clothing is tight. And from what I have researched in the past, don't live or reproduce in the house.
With bites around the head and scalp I would tend to think head lice or bed bugs. From what I understand bed bugs are very resistant to insecticides.

Chemist1961 06-09-2009 11:12 AM

A couple of times over the past few years my wife has wakened up with bites on her ankles. She often sleeps with her feet sticking out from the side of the sheets, but the number of bites was the mystery. We thought mosquitos but never figured it out, does one return to the scene over and over and keep biting , both feet. We have screens on the windows. I on the other hand burrow into the sheets. I GUESS MY FEET SMELL BAD, they never touched me, we couldn`t figure out if this was sand fleas from outside work or what so we ripped the MBR apart, washed the linens with Tea Tree Oil and detergent and vacuumed the matress, walls , bed rails, everywhere and all was good. Still suggest the TEA Tre Oil for laundry and personal use especially with the scalp issue. Sounds like something nesting in long hair and guessing the hubby has short to no hair...

tomsjule 06-09-2009 06:14 PM

Insect pests
Huge thanks for the comments & help. Needless to say, I am very frustrated by this whole thing, I am using to tackleing problems and solving them. Where do I buy tea tree oil?

Bed bugs, God what a horrible thought. I know a gal from the Childrens Hospital Guild that I belong to, her husband travels a lot, they live in a million $$ house in a swanky gated community.....he brought home bed bugs from these 5 star hotels. They have spend $10,000.00 getting rid of them, honest to God. She was bit up and down her arms and legs, and there was a lot of droppings seen in their bedroom, they did not bite her husband. An entomoligist [sp?] diagnosed the situation, I presume they had to provide a bug. We have torn everything apart twice & I have been doing detective duty ala "Caddy Shack" fervor....absolutely can not find any droppings, I have found some tiny insects that I can only see with my magniflying glass & some things that look like could be eggs. I am using flea and lice shampoo at this time. Brush and fine comb my hair every morning and shake out on white paper to look for whatever. Betadine solution bobby pinned into my scalp does cause healing and bites seem to decrease. [I am retired ...40 years...surgical nurse] Any kind of ointment [and beleive me I have tried them all] eccascerbates the bites like really crazy. I have looked behind pictures, drapes, baseboards..nothing! I think I will have to find an entomologist to look at this little tiny dead redish bugs...probably the common ant that stuck to my foot or something. Thanks again, appreciate the input.

DangerMouse 06-09-2009 06:31 PM

ok, since you're dealing with an unknown, let's try a broadscope approach. go to your local health food store and buy some diatomaceous earth (it's just comet or ajax cleanser without chemicals or perfumes) and some dried basil. powder the basil and mix it with the powdered ocean critters and sprinkle liberally around the bed, on the bed, under the bed, etc. basil is a good natural repellent and diatomaceous earth dries up and kills mites, spiders, fleas, ticks, etc. it's a bit messy, but the next step is borax.... you may have mites that DO burrow under your skin, and DO lay eggs. dogs and cats get them mainly, (mange) but i guess they can get people too. to cure my dog, i mixed 2 parts water to one part hydrogen peroxide, and added "20 mule team borax" laundry additive until it was saturated and would dissolve no more borax. i bathed the dog, then poured the mixture over him up to his head, avoiding his eyes. did not rinse, did not towel dry. just let it dry on him. the results were nearly immediate. he stopped biting and in a few days the hair was growing back. after spending bigbux at the vet for shots and pills that did nothing, it was nice to find a real cure.


DangerMouse 06-09-2009 06:40 PM

still sounds like bedbugs to me though.... but they're about the size of an apple seed....?
check in the creases where your matress is sewn together, during the day they hide there and inside the matress if they can get in.
and as in the case of headlice, they have nothing to do with how clean you keep your place or body.
filthy people can live their whole lives and never see them..... but they can infest hospitals.....
social stigma only helps them to spread. people are embarrased to get them taken care of and in the meantime, they're reproducing and infesting others.


Chemist1961 06-09-2009 07:09 PM

Tea Tree Oil can be found in the natural remedy section in many grocery stores now, probably walmart and for sure a natural health food store. It is a common ingredient in a lot of "Aussie" Shampoos , but you can buy a bulk bottle and mix your own with shampoo, shower gel and laundry detergent. Should be less than $10. Soothing and cooling.

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