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My car was literally overrun with mites. My medical treatment dragged on because I was misdiagnosed, so these scabies/atypical skin mites infested my entire environment (home/car/office space). It was disgusting. I had to sterilize and save my car. This is what I did. It may seem extreme, but I refused to destroy the interior of my car by just spraying heavy cleaners, strong insecticides laced with petroleum solvents or something like benzyl benzoate, which would literally dissolve the car interior. Plus, once this mite nightmare is over, I neither wanted a daily reminder of how atypical skin mites destroyed a part of my life and permanently trashed my car, nor did I want to lose thousands of dollars of trade in value when I go to buy a new car in the future. In addition, driving a car with a trashed and ripped to shreds interior is just depressing. No thanks.

Some folk rip out their car carpets,and replace their car seats with vinyl ones out of sheer desperation. I knew this battle could get out of hand even more unless I went Old Testament on these mites. However, I really love my car. It's a nice one with leather seats. So, this is what I did. Hope this is helpful to you. Yes, it's a lot of work, but if you have the atypical mites, they just get worse untreated.
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1. Vacuum the crap out of your car. Like, a Crime Scene Unit Investigator could examine it and find not a speck of dust or DNA. Use your house vacuum...drag it outside to the driveway, and use the crevice attachments. Don't forget the trunk/rear/sun shades/sun roof shade/seat belts/under the headrests/Entertainment DVD screens/cargo areas/hatch covers/under the trunk carpet/spare tire/change trays/glove box/cup holders/cubby holes/ceiling/ jack and tire jack etc. Throw out the vacuum bag afterwards, and wipe the attachments and outside of the vacuum down with a mild bleach solution.
2. Bomb the car and trunk with your bug spray of choice WHILE the FANS are going, set on RECYCLE, not fresh air. Run the A/C on HOT. Let it sit w/ the A/C on HOT for at least a 1/2 hour. Turn car off. Spray again. Leave in sun for several hours.
3. Get it detailed by a professional, if you have the money. If you have leather seats, have them treat the leather with at least two coats of leather treatments. I do my own detailing, so this whole thing took a Saturday. Throw out your good floor mats...they aren't worth the effort to clean. Steam the carpets. Tell them to disinfect it. Say someone was sick with something they caught travelling out of the country. Replace your interior cabin air filters (I had the dealer do this).
4. repeat step 2. A/C on COLD, then HOT
5. I bought Twin XL BedBug/Dust Mite Mattress Encasements. I opened one up and draped/tucked it over the top and back of the driver's seat (I couldn't find the just the fabric, so I used what I could. I got them at walmart dot com). I duct taped the overlap in the back (NOT to the seat itself!). Be careful with the zippers...make sure they don't rub the leather if you have it. overlap as much as you can..tuck the rest.
6. Get two cheap stretchy, not fuzzy car seat covers (you will be trashing these, so go cheap). Pull one over the BedBug material, using the cheap seat cover to keep everything in place.
7. Sprinkle Borax over the first seat cover. Dust with Diatomaceous earth using a plant duster. Spray with RID...a LOT.
8. Cover the Borax and DE covered first cheap seat cover with the second cheap cover. Spray the second cover with bug spray/Borax/Tea Tree Oil solution combo (strongest you can handle). You can use a Neem solution, but I didn't. I can't stand the smell
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9. Mix a strong borax solution with a detailing solution like Armor All. Wipe down all non fabric interior trim. Two coats to protect the trim from all the insecticide sprays. Keep up with the protectant solution on your car trim, because the insecticides will ruin plastic/trim.
10. Steering Wheel. Get a cheap fabric and vinyl steering wheel cover to protect your leather steering wheel. Soak it in a strong Borax solution. Don't rinse. Let dry. Put on your leather steering wheel. Every time you drive, wipe before and after you use your car with anti-bacterial wipes and spray with either RID Lice spray, or SteriFab. DON'T use ANYTHING SLIPPERY.
11. Repeat for passenger seat. Modify the approach for your rear seats or MiniVan/SUV cabin. I'd use a FullXL or a Queen mite proof cover for the bench seats, cutting a slit for seat belt/child seat anchor points, and tape around the slits.
12. Test all seat belts/child seat anchors, and make sure the extra covers don't impede their safety functions. Make sure all the airbags are not covered.
13. Sprinkle Borax and FleaBuster powders all over the carpets, under the seats, etc. Brush the powders deeply into the carpet.
14. Dust the carpets with DE. Lightly brush into the carpets (keep the doors wide open, wear a mask).
15. Buy cheap plastic floor mats. Get long ones that cover all the carpet you can...use two in each spot if you have to. Spray them with a strong Borax/Tea Tree Oil solution. Make sure the doubled floor mats won't interfere w/ the pedals
16. I drive a stick, so I just kept a box of non-Latex Nitrile gloves in the glove box, and I put a fresh purple glove over the gear shift knob each time I drove. It cracked me up, to be honest ;-)).
17. I got a stack of cheap Twin Fitted cotton sheets, and put a freshly hot washed and hot dried sheet over the cheap stretchy seat covers each time I drove. When I laundered the car sheets, I put borax in the rinse water, so they dried with borax already in the fabric. I kept fresh ones in zip locks in the car, so I could unziplock a fresh car seat sheet every time I got in. I gloved up and bagged each used sheet, and then bagged the used sheets until I made a washer load of three or four.
18. I vacuumed and steamed the carpets, and cheap seat covers, ceiling and surfaces every other day when my infestation was truly awful (obviously, if I took mass transit, I'd skip a few days, just spraying w/ Borax solution and RID). Now I'm down to once a week. Every time I vacuumed, I'd lay down another layer of Borax, FleaBusters and DE, and would spray a strong Borax solution on all surfaces. Don't forget to clean the windows of overspray.
19. Every time I would get in and out of my car during errands, I'd hit the covered steering wheel and car seat with a spray of alcohol and Tea Tree Oil.
20. I am leaving the covers/steering wheel cover/cheap floor mats until the spring. I figure whatever bug I miss, the cold New York winter will finish. I'm slacking off after the New Year, TFG.
21. In the car, I keep a kit of: clean sheets (bagged in ziplocks); plastic containers of: anti bacterial wipes, window cleaning detailing cloths, ArmorAll cloths and Baby Wipes; an emergency change of clothes from the skin out (in big ziplock, just in case); Tea Tree Oil cleansing pads from Desert Essence; a pump of alcohol gel on the driver's door; box of Nitrile gloves (in a ziplock) in glove box, along with the usual road side emergency kit (which I bagged in a huge ziplock so nothing could hide in it).
21. Yes, it was exhausting, but my car still looks awesome, and is bug freakin free. I, on the other hand, not so much the awesome...sighs.
Yes, it's a sick amount of work in the beginning...but you will have a car that will survive this War Against M-F'ng Mites!!!
Good Luck Everybody! Hope this gives you some ideas on how to save your car, and to not give up. Keep Fighting these Mites...THEY WILL DIE!!!
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This is a list of products I used to reclaim my car from these M-F'ng Scabies/Atypical Skin Mites. Hope this is helpful. The first day giving my car a Silkwood Shower was a huge amount of work, but things started to get easier pretty fast after that (quick vac/dust w/Borax/FleaBusters/spray, etc)...plus it beat the hell out of sitting in New York City/Long Island traffic and being bitten and tortured by mites. It was horrible, and now it's not... so for me, the work was worth all the time. In addition, like I said, I love my car and it still looks awesome, and has not lost a penny of re-sale value. I posted all the Car Detailing info that worked for me, as the Environmental Cleaning posts for the home from everyone here really helped me with eliminating most of the mites in my house. So, I figured I'd post what I did for my car. Hope it helps someone! Thank God for this Forum...Death to Scabies!!! Good Luck!

Bed Bug/Mite Mattress Encasements (Fabric, not vinyl...you can't leave leather sealed in vinyl for months....it will ruin leather seats. If you have fabric car seats, then the vinyl should be fine)
"Aller-Ease Durable Bed Bug microfiber mattress covers allow you to enjoy high allergen barriers and waterproof protection night after night". About 40bucks
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aller-Ease-Durable-...


Wagner 905 On-Demand Power Steamer. About 80bucks. This thing is a BEAST. Be Aware, it gets Biblically HOT, so don't melt your car trim/plastics.( I love it...it sends mites straight to HELL)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I618NY/r...


Hot Shot Bed Bug/Mite Spray, Purple can. Couple of bucks at grocery store
http://www.hotshotbrand.com/ProductCategories...

RIDŽ Home Lice Control Spray, Grocery store or CVS. Couple of bucks
http://www.ridlice.com/elimination-step3.html


Pronto Kill Bedbugs And Dust Mites Spray kill bedbugs and dust mites where they hide. Many hardwares store in NYC Metro area. About six bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014F5EVK/r...


Natural Finish Detailer Protectant. Local Automotive Store like PepBoys, Hardware Stores like Lowes or HomeDepot or maybe grocery store. Price Varies
http://www.armorall.com/products/view_product...


Lexol Leather Products. Automotive Stores. Price Varies. The Lexol website gives you a quick tutoriol on their products. Good info if you are new to detailing your leather car seats.
Lexol-pH Cleaner
Lexol Conditioner
http://www.lexol.com/auto.html


Borax:
Twenty Mule Team. Grocery Stores. Price varies.
http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Dial-Corporation-Borax-...



Diatomaceous Earth 12oz shaker. About 11bucks. A lot cheaper if you buy in bulk.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00127Q860/r...


Tea Tree Oil, 16oz. About 45bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MGR37U/r...


Fleabusters Rx for Fleas Plus Borate Powder. About 30bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MS6Q2Q/r...


The Pest Pistol is useful for applying dry powder to small areas around the home. About 10bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SW52CE/r...



Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Pads. About 5-8bucks
http://www.amazon.com/Facial-Cleansing-Pads-N...
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Car Cleaning Tips:
My car was literally overrun with mites. My medical treatment dragged on because I was misdiagnosed, so these scabies/atypical skin mites infested my entire environment (home/car/office space). It was disgusting. I had to sterilize and save my car. This is what I did. It may seem extreme, but I refused to destroy the interior of my car by just spraying heavy cleaners, strong insecticides laced with petroleum solvents or something like benzyl benzoate, which would literally dissolve the car interior. Plus, once this mite nightmare is over, I neither wanted a daily reminder of how atypical skin mites destroyed a part of my life and permanently trashed my car, nor did I want to lose thousands of dollars of trade in value when I go to buy a new car in the future. In addition, driving a car with a trashed and ripped to shreds interior is just depressing. No thanks.
Some folk rip out their car carpets,and replace their car seats with vinyl ones out of sheer desperation. I knew this battle could get out of hand even more unless I went Old Testament on these mites. However, I really love my car. It's a nice one with leather seats. So, this is what I did. Hope this is helpful to you. Yes, it's a lot of work, but if you have the atypical mites, they just get worse untreated.
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1. Vacuum the crap out of your car. Like, a Crime Scene Unit Investigator could examine it and find not a speck of dust or DNA. Use your house vacuum...drag it outside to the driveway, and use the crevice attachments. Don't forget the trunk/rear/sun shades/sun roof shade/seat belts/under the headrests/Entertainment DVD screens/cargo areas/hatch covers/under the trunk carpet/spare tire/change trays/glove box/cup holders/cubby holes/ceiling/ jack and tire jack etc. Throw out the vacuum bag afterwards, and wipe the attachments and outside of the vacuum down with a mild bleach solution.
2. Bomb the car and trunk with your bug spray of choice WHILE the FANS are going, set on RECYCLE, not fresh air. Run the A/C on HOT. Let it sit w/ the A/C on HOT for at least a 1/2 hour. Turn car off. Spray again. Leave in sun for several hours.
3. Get it detailed by a professional, if you have the money. If you have leather seats, have them treat the leather with at least two coats of leather treatments. I do my own detailing, so this whole thing took a Saturday. Throw out your good floor mats...they aren't worth the effort to clean. Steam the carpets. Tell them to disinfect it. Say someone was sick with something they caught travelling out of the country. Replace your interior cabin air filters (I had the dealer do this).
4. repeat step 2. A/C on COLD, then HOT
5. I bought Twin XL BedBug/Dust Mite Mattress Encasements. I opened one up and draped/tucked it over the top and back of the driver's seat (I couldn't find the just the fabric, so I used what I could. I got them at walmart dot com). I duct taped the overlap in the back (NOT to the seat itself!). Be careful with the zippers...make sure they don't rub the leather if you have it. overlap as much as you can..tuck the rest.
6. Get two cheap stretchy, not fuzzy car seat covers (you will be trashing these, so go cheap). Pull one over the BedBug material, using the cheap seat cover to keep everything in place.
7. Sprinkle Borax over the first seat cover. Dust with Diatomaceous earth using a plant duster. Spray with RID...a LOT.
8. Cover the Borax and DE covered first cheap seat cover with the second cheap cover. Spray the second cover with bug spray/Borax/Tea Tree Oil solution combo (strongest you can handle). You can use a Neem solution, but I didn't. I can't stand the smell
In other words you freaked out and way over did it.
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In other words you freaked out and way over did it? For sure. Longest posts I have ever seen to be so ridiculous.
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In other words you freaked out and way over did it? For sure. Longest posts I have ever seen to be so ridiculous.
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In other words you freaked out and way over did it? For sure. Longest posts I have ever seen to be so ridiculous.

Hi Jeannie/No Name,

Yes, I completely freaked out. The list of things that failed was much longer. The initial clean was about a 6 hour day (including dry time/air out time, when I stepped away to multitask). After the first few weeks of extreme cleaning (1/2 hour every other day, 10 minutes each drive time to switch sheets/spray Tea Tree Oil/Borax and/or RID), I down graded to the once a week clean which took about a 1/2 hour. I was fine with that. I thought I was clear on that.

As I stated, I did not take how badly things could get seriously enough (I believed the conventional medical wisdom). You were fortunate, in this unlucky world of scabies/atypical skin mites, that you found a path to cure your family without having to have to resort to something like the Car Decontamination Cycle I posted.

I read some of your posts (under the "I'm Cured" thread, when you were using the "The Cure" nickname), and that's great you were able to resolve your mite infestation without going to these extreme measures. You did, however, throw out your vacuum bag and vacuum HEPA filter every time you vacuumed your large home during your infestation (as you posted under my "HEPA vacuum bag" thread). That would have been approx.$10-15/day in vacuuming costs w/o the cost of electricity and your time. That's $300-450/month in vacuum bags and vacuum HEPA filters that you decided to spend. That's a lot of money. I didn't judge you and say that was a ridiculous idea...rather, I wish I had done that right away once I realized I had some kind of bug thing. It's all relevant, Jeannie. Good luck to you now that you are cured. Keep Vacuuming!
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The previous poster made a valid criticism. That Car Cleaning sequence was a long post (which is why I didn't just drop into someone else's thread, read if you want, click out if you don't), and in her opinion, my approach to eliminating an overwhelming and pervasive mite infestation in my car smacks of delusional obsessiveness. If I was posting in a "ilovemycar dot com" auto detailing forum, then no doubt my post would be rightly judged as barking mad, and you'd think I was probably watching the night sky for the CIA Black Helicopters Spraying Extraterrestrial Bugs (with tinfoil on my head to "stop the voices"). Within the context of a web forum dedicated to help fellow Scabies/Skin Mites, particularly those of us who have been smited by these hellishly hardy mites, the post does serve a legitimate purpose, if only as a cautionary tale. To flog a dead horse harder, I should have gone Old Testament on these mites from the very beginning, If I had, I would not have had such a dismal Fall 2010.
On a lighter note, the 3-4 weeks when I had to take the mite war to the extreme levels when I finally acknowledged that whatever mite I was infested with lived much longer than the "72 hours off the host" that conventional medical know-how stated, went pretty quickly. Between all the cleaning, laundering, going to work, repeat, falling to bed exhausted and going unconcious for three hours, repeat, there is no time to slack off, because the goal of taking your life back gets closer and closer (and that was an achievable goal, once I became resolute and took charge of this mess). After the month of battling these things, on the positive side, I'm headed into 2011 with an immaculate house and a beautiful, show-room ready car, and I am putting the horrible Fall2010 behind me.
Take whatever approach that works for you. I just posted what worked for me. I wanted to be cured and done with these dreadful mites. My car is now clean of mites, and that was my goal. Another poster in the "I'm Cured" and "Mee Too" threads had to throw out all of her living room furniture, beds, give up her family pets and spent a month plus basically cleaning and not sleeping to get her house clean of mites. What young Mom can afford to throw so many things away? My heart goes out to her. I don't think her approach was extreme at all. I wish I had been like her in the early stages of this mess.
Obviously, anyone who has an fairly quickly resolved infestation of mites would not dream of such an excessive approach to sterilizing their automotive environment in the process of complete mite eradication. Quite frankly, I would hope that anyone who had a quickly resolved mite infection would not be on this forum. I was not so lucky.
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If you are not familiar with Automotive Detailing, here's a quick definition. It's much more than just driving your car though the Car Wash once a month (ask any NasCar Dad to explain...). I find detailing my car relaxing, and I do the big clean/wax about 4-5 times a year. The stakes were much higher with this mite eradication war, so I took it to the highest level, and I succeeded.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_detailing
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Auto detailing (UK: Car valeting), is the performance of an extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. Besides improving appearance, detailing helps to preserve resale value of a car.
Today, the United States may have more than 50,000 detailers in operation. Some are franchisees of national auto detailing chains. Many have no actual business address, instead working as mobile operators or in vacant parking lots.[1] Detailing/valeting can be practiced for personal satisfaction, and it is also performed to prepare a car for car shows that feature the appearance of cars."
The Scabies Silkwood Shower Sequence I posted took longer to write than it did to execute. After spending a sunny Fall Saturday doing the epic detailing/seat covering, things went pretty fast.

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Hi Freakin'
It is easy for me to understand you going 'Silkwood' on your car. I think that the various different mites / scabies / collembolla that we have all experienced are different in how they infest the environment, so perhaps that is why some people would think your approach to be over the top...don't let it get you down, though, as this will be helpful to some people.
In my case I had to finally get rid of my car. I had it detailed twice with the hottest steam possible, sprayed everything you can imagine and kept a jar of menthol crystals on the dashboard in the hot sun for days on end...none of that worked. The thing that worked the best was dry A&H detergent and buhach on the carpets, dry baking soda sifted on and into the fabric upholstery and constant wet wipes on the steering wheel. Even with the improvements made I got rid of it...by the time I realized the infestation in my apartment, house and body the car was too far gone and I was worse when I had to drive it. SO...I understand totally.
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You are frightening people more than anything. Freak. Do not assume anything about others experiences. In other words you did not wish to vacuum your vehicle on a regular basis?

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Is it easier to call people names when you don't identify yourself?

In other words...get a grip.
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FreakinBiteMe wrote:
The previous poster made a valid criticism. That Car Cleaning sequence was a long post (which is why I didn't just drop into someone else's thread, read if you want, click out if you don't), and in her opinion, my approach to eliminating an overwhelming and pervasive mite infestation in my car smacks of delusional obsessiveness. If I was posting in a "ilovemycar dot com" auto detailing forum, then no doubt my post would be rightly judged as barking mad, and you'd think I was probably watching the night sky for the CIA Black Helicopters Spraying Extraterrestrial Bugs (with tinfoil on my head to "stop the voices"). Within the context of a web forum dedicated to help fellow Scabies/Skin Mites, particularly those of us who have been smited by these hellishly hardy mites, the post does serve a legitimate purpose, if only as a cautionary tale. To flog a dead horse harder, I should have gone Old Testament on these mites from the very beginning, If I had, I would not have had such a dismal Fall 2010.
On a lighter note, the 3-4 weeks when I had to take the mite war to the extreme levels when I finally acknowledged that whatever mite I was infested with lived much longer than the "72 hours off the host" that conventional medical know-how stated, went pretty quickly. Between all the cleaning, laundering, going to work, repeat, falling to bed exhausted and going unconcious for three hours, repeat, there is no time to slack off, because the goal of taking your life back gets closer and closer (and that was an achievable goal, once I became resolute and took charge of this mess). After the month of battling these things, on the positive side, I'm headed into 2011 with an immaculate house and a beautiful, show-room ready car, and I am putting the horrible Fall2010 behind me.
Take whatever approach that works for you. I just posted what worked for me. I wanted to be cured and done with these dreadful mites. My car is now clean of mites, and that was my goal. Another poster in the "I'm Cured" and "Mee Too" threads had to throw out all of her living room furniture, beds, give up her family pets and spent a month plus basically cleaning and not sleeping to get her house clean of mites. What young Mom can afford to throw so many things away? My heart goes out to her. I don't think her approach was extreme at all. I wish I had been like her in the early stages of this mess.
Obviously, anyone who has an fairly quickly resolved infestation of mites would not dream of such an excessive approach to sterilizing their automotive environment in the process of complete mite eradication. Quite frankly, I would hope that anyone who had a quickly resolved mite infection would not be on this forum. I was not so lucky.
Hi its MEE TOO (AMY) I did throw away everything and I know it was extreme. I really did freak out. I think everyone reacts differently I figured people thought I was crazy but in my mind I was thinking that I wasnt gonna give the mites a chance. I was so afraid of getting reinfested. I was so emotional that I think people probably just didnt want to tell me I was crazy, and not everyone can afford to throw stuff away. I am still without living room furniture and I will probably get me a leather living room suite now instead of cloth. I know I will get everything back in time. My thoughts on this is I wish we could all help each other instead of putting each other down. Im not getting in the middle of anything cause if anything Im trying to make peace. I Love everyone on here and we all have our different views and different cures. So everyone makeup and make this forum a better forum for new people for the new year!
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Is it easier to call people names when you don't identify yourself?
In other words...get a grip.
I suppose your real name is armed and fabulous?
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Armed, and full of yourself? No one has addressed you here. NOSEY? Unless I address you by "name", buzz off detergent lady.
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Not sorry for the double post.
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How many people have wasted time and money; and trashed their skin before you realized that your advice was just a guess,and a longshot. And then, turned out to be incorrect-bathing in laundry detergent could escalate the skin damage to the point of a lawsuit. You did MANY harm with your fly-by-night advice. and, you are still misleading people who need REAL HELP. You are not qualified to do my laundry. The only good advice I have heard from you is by telling people to go to a REAL DOC? Do you even care that through your "guessing game advice" that you are putting people in the poorhouse buying things that will NEVER cure them? What about the damage to their skin? Are you willing to reimburse them in any way, or are you just playing? Yeah, I said LAWSUIT-now would you like to reveal YOUR identity? I am sure that there are many who would like a reimbursement from doctor laundry detergent. These people on here deserve much better advice than the crap I am seeing on here. It should be against the LAW.
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FreakinBiteMe wrote:
This is a list of products I used to reclaim my car from these M-F'ng Scabies/Atypical Skin Mites. Hope this is helpful. The first day giving my car a Silkwood Shower was a huge amount of work, but things started to get easier pretty fast after that (quick vac/dust w/Borax/FleaBusters/spray, etc)...plus it beat the hell out of sitting in New York City/Long Island traffic and being bitten and tortured by mites. It was horrible, and now it's not... so for me, the work was worth all the time. In addition, like I said, I love my car and it still looks awesome, and has not lost a penny of re-sale value. I posted all the Car Detailing info that worked for me, as the Environmental Cleaning posts for the home from everyone here really helped me with eliminating most of the mites in my house. So, I figured I'd post what I did for my car. Hope it helps someone! Thank God for this Forum...Death to Scabies!!! Good Luck!
Bed Bug/Mite Mattress Encasements (Fabric, not vinyl...you can't leave leather sealed in vinyl for months....it will ruin leather seats. If you have fabric car seats, then the vinyl should be fine)
"Aller-Ease Durable Bed Bug microfiber mattress covers allow you to enjoy high allergen barriers and waterproof protection night after night". About 40bucks
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aller-Ease-Durable-...
Wagner 905 On-Demand Power Steamer. About 80bucks. This thing is a BEAST. Be Aware, it gets Biblically HOT, so don't melt your car trim/plastics.( I love it...it sends mites straight to HELL)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I618NY/r...
Hot Shot Bed Bug/Mite Spray, Purple can. Couple of bucks at grocery store
http://www.hotshotbrand.com/ProductCategories...
RIDŽ Home Lice Control Spray, Grocery store or CVS. Couple of bucks
http://www.ridlice.com/elimination-step3.html
Pronto Kill Bedbugs And Dust Mites Spray kill bedbugs and dust mites where they hide. Many hardwares store in NYC Metro area. About six bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014F5EVK/r...
Natural Finish Detailer Protectant. Local Automotive Store like PepBoys, Hardware Stores like Lowes or HomeDepot or maybe grocery store. Price Varies
http://www.armorall.com/products/view_product...
Lexol Leather Products. Automotive Stores. Price Varies. The Lexol website gives you a quick tutoriol on their products. Good info if you are new to detailing your leather car seats.
Lexol-pH Cleaner
Lexol Conditioner
http://www.lexol.com/auto.html
Borax:
Twenty Mule Team. Grocery Stores. Price varies.
http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Dial-Corporation-Borax-...
Diatomaceous Earth 12oz shaker. About 11bucks. A lot cheaper if you buy in bulk.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00127Q860/r...
Tea Tree Oil, 16oz. About 45bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MGR37U/r...
Fleabusters Rx for Fleas Plus Borate Powder. About 30bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MS6Q2Q/r...
The Pest Pistol is useful for applying dry powder to small areas around the home. About 10bucks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SW52CE/r...
Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Pads.
Yes, I said something here, in hopes of preventing ANYONE from spending all of their time and money on something that is so unneccessary. The health department will gladly give excellent free advice about how to vacuum up the mites and wipe down the environment. It is alot of WORK, and there is nothing in this world that can be sprayed or poured-out to replace the vacuuming. You can do this at a carwash. No extra expense. I will not sit by and just LET people go through this without saying something. How do you think the vacuum works so well? It SUCKS.
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Yes, I said something here. If I could save ANYONE the time and EXPENSE of these unneccesary products then I am not concerned about doing that. The public health department will give free ACCURATE advice on how to vacuum the mites from the environment, and wipe things down. This is alot of WORK, and there is nothing on this earth that can be sprayed or poured out to get out of doing the WORK. It is the proven method. You can vacuum your vehicles at a carwash at no extra expense. Why do you think that the vacuuming works so well? It SUCKS. Some may need extra help with these things due to their own circumstances, but it is the best and most cost effective way. I really don't give a flying flip if one of the "regular" einsteins on here does not like the truth. We are telling it like it is to try and give professional, accurate, proven advice. The others can rant and rave all they want, who cares? Not us. These are peoples lives you are toying with.
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Darn timing issues on the posting is very disruptive and confusing. But I am determined to let the newcomers read the truth, and decide for themselves. I do not require an insignificant comment from the regulars-can it for a while, and let someone else try to help. What is your problem with that? What? No Glory?
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I suppose it is easier to judge an intelligent response anonymously than to wise -up. Don't pay any attention to the judging game going on here folks. It is just the know-it-alls playing hide and seek. They are pissed because they have been contradicted-THANK GOD, and I don't know why I waited so long. I know, I know-now ready, set, go!- hit the judging buttons-weasels.

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