scabies immune to freezing?

scabies immune to freezing?

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this is bull

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Jun 4, 2008
i tried putting my clothes in the freezer overnight. woke up, tried on a shirt and felt scabies. does freezing cold kill them? if so how long?
jammer

Manchester, UK

#2 Jun 4, 2008
Hiya ive had 4 separate cases of scabies now over my life due to my work and have got rid of them everytime. you cant "feel" scabies on your clothes its purely a psychological response.

At night you can get the crawling feeling but you cant put some clothes on and feel the scabies on them if you can i'd suggest its not scabies.

As for freezing ive heard it works but i wouldnt bother just wash things normally and rotate 2-3 sets of cloths each week. Then swap to a new 2-3 sets that way evertytime you swap sets your new ones will have been hanging for weeks and will be free.
Welty

AOL

#3 Jun 11, 2008
If a mite was placed on an ice tray, bare, freezing would kill it. But some items could take much longer, like shoes, because mites are more insulated in the protective layers and survive longer. Sam tried this, and said not to trust anything right away. I think things like his glasses he thought freezing worked well for. A shirt that is folded up has several layers and it could insulate the mites. Their waxy coats (exoskeletons) may make them pretty hardy to cold compared to us and they don't require much air. They mostly hate heat or drying. Note: Some frogs can be frozen for months and live afterward, they hibernate in nature in frozen mud.
Diana

Dawson Creek, Canada

#4 Feb 4, 2011
Freezing makes sense, but only if you're leaving the item in for 72 hours - apparently the mites can't survive without a host after 72 hours. This would be good for shoes, boots, clothing, and other items that can't be washed in hot water or be put in a hot dryer.
Canuckette

Hamilton, Canada

#5 Feb 5, 2011
Diana wrote:
Freezing makes sense, but only if you're leaving the item in for 72 hours - apparently the mites can't survive without a host after 72 hours. This would be good for shoes, boots, clothing, and other items that can't be washed in hot water or be put in a hot dryer.
Apparently some bird mites survive freezing. That has led me to think that what I have is bird mites.

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