This mite just be what's itching you

This mite just be what's itching you

There are 43 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 15, 2007, titled This mite just be what's itching you. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The mystery nibblers have interrupted a pool party in Bolingbrook and picnics at Ravinia.

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#1 Aug 15, 2007
Could there be a connection between the cicadas and the itch mite? Seems to be the same areas of infestation.

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 15, 2007
I wonder why nobody has noticed the link with this and cicadas. You say in the article that Nebraska had this same problem in a full blown outbreak in 2004. THEY HAD CICADAS IN 2004!! Obiviously there is some link!! We had TONS of cicadas in Elmhurst and I don't know too many people that aren't itching!

New York, NY

#3 Aug 15, 2007
Jamie wrote:
Could there be a connection between the cicadas and the itch mite? Seems to be the same areas of infestation.
The mites actually feed on maggots that fall from oak trees, and there is an overwhelmind abundance of these fly larvae this year, probably because their most common predators had plenty of food, i.e. cicadas. I don't think cicadas can be attributed to the presence of the mites, but it can accound for the abundance of the mite's food, and the the speed of their reproduction.

Downers Grove, IL

#4 Aug 15, 2007
Add some cases in Glen Ellyn - we are in an area that was inundated with cicadas this year. We got our bites from working in the backyard. If we have bites and assuming the mites were on our clothes, can our homes be infested with these mites??

New York, NY

#5 Aug 15, 2007
I believe they could be in your homes, however I think they have a very short life cycle. You should probably do some research. I just found out the cicadas were a source of food for the mites as well.

Pleasanton, CA

#6 Aug 15, 2007
They are also in Westmont!

La Grange Park, IL

#7 Aug 16, 2007
My daughter received these about a month ago. We think she recieved them from West Chicago Pool. Now my husband is recovering from an extreme infection that had to be lacerated at the emergency room last week as a result of these bites. Now my one son has signs. We are in Lisle, however we are members of Brookfield Zoo that was crawling with cicadas.

Glen Ellyn, IL

#8 Aug 16, 2007
I live in Westmont, and I got bitten up quite a bit last Friday. And I just got bitten again this morning, it's not pleasant .

United States

#9 Aug 16, 2007
I live in Michigam and was up noth in mIchigan and was "attached"...back, shlouders, arms. next. What a pain, it has been 3 weeks now for me.

Woodridge, IL

#10 Aug 16, 2007
I don't know what I have, itch mite, scabies, oak leaf gall mite, cicada mite, harvest mite... Tuesday, August 7th, my forehead and eye itched. The next day, half of my forehead was covered by a mass of redness with tiny nodules; my eyes were swollen and hardly opened; behind my ears was red with broken skin; along my jaw and under my L breast were round mounds in irregular rows. I began Benedryl and was able to sleep. The next day I was given a cortisone shot and prednisone. My symptoms debated, only to begin a resurgence on August 16th. I have sprayed my bedroom and some of the regularly used rooms with an insect spray and isolated laundry that I have no time to handle in closed plastic bags. If it has an incubation period and is living underneath my skin, I probably was infested over July 1st in Iowa. I resist scratching, but the bite goes on.

United States

#11 Aug 27, 2007
I am on my second round of itch mites and have found that covering the reddened areas with NuSkin helps the itch tremenously. The area is still red, but the itching is lessened. What a pain! I never thought I would say this, but I can't wait until the first frost.
Dee in Westmont

Hinsdale, IL

#12 Sep 10, 2007
I have had two serious bouts of these bites. Finally I found something that really cuts the itch - Preparation H. Weird, but true. I used to work with a vet in TX who used Prep H on certain skin conditions for pets. Seems no one really knows why it works, but it's safe and effective. Now if someone could find something that repelled these mites THAT would be a miracle.

“*Bump* for Options.”

Since: May 07


#13 Sep 13, 2007
So what exactly does an itch mite look like? A fly?
Mary in Downers Grove IL

Saint Joseph, MI

#14 Sep 19, 2007
I'm on my third bite and yes there were plenty of cicadas in my area this summer.. Even if officials can't yet say for sure that the mites are related to cicadas, I think it is safe to make the correlation! I did make the mistake of squeezing one of mine several times and clear liquid came out of it (MMM!) and it appeared to go down a bit but then it seemed to get worse from squeezing it.. for my current mite bite, I do not plan on squeezing it. Benadryl ointment that comes in the mini toothpaste tube seems to help. My itching hasn't been bad. My mother always told me that the less you scratch a bite, the less it will itch and I am finding that to be true for these mite bites.
Joe Hevezi

Elkhart, IN

#15 Jan 30, 2008
Yes, we had plenty of cicadas in Shorewood Forest in 2007. I had these bites twice and didn't realize it came from the cicada mite until I read about it somewhere. I treated them with drawing salve containing antibiotic (black salve) then using calamine lotion to dry it up after the salve removed the redness. The calamine stops the itching.
Joe Hevezi

Elkhart, IN

#16 Jan 30, 2008
I should have also said we had all of Lake Michigan's seagulls living here all summer until the cicadas ran out. All our boat covers & roof on houses had their droppings until the rains came. My neighbor had cicada eating wasps trying to make nests along their driveway edges but not mine nor his neighbor. His is much more exposed to the sun and maybe has more sand for the wasps to dig into. They would tunnel forward and back out with sand pushed by their rear legs. They are very large with striped abdomins, almost look like the cicada. They have a new child so we had to eliminate the wasps. They would come after you if you bothered them and just getting too close to their dig bothered them.
I used to pick up the back yard cicada and wait for the seagulls to fly overhead and throw the cicada up and watch a seagull catch and eat them. The seagulls would also fly into the upper parts of the trees to get them. Fun to watch.


#17 Jan 30, 2008
Try Benedryl spray and dab it on the bites. Instant itch relief.

Dayton, OH

#18 Aug 28, 2008
I find this so interesting as we are battling these same itchy bites in northern Cincinnati right now. We had the full blown cicadas in June!


#19 Aug 28, 2008
Try Benedryl spray!

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Sep 2, 2008
Does anyone have a recommendation for getting rid of these pests. They seem to be in the house?

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