Are scabies attracted to moderate heat?

Are scabies attracted to moderate heat?

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misterbee

Brandon, Canada

#1 Nov 15, 2011
I'm a new sufferer and, I believe, have been diagnosed within a month of infection, so I'm doing anything and everything I can to avoid progressing to the state of suffering a lot of unfortunate folk seem to end up at.

I've read that, with your bed mattress in particular, mites that have fallen from your body will return to you at night as your body heat will attract them as a potential host for feeding and breeding.

I was wondering if anybody had information on how active the mites are and how far they will travel to find a host. The reason I'm wondering is I've considered whether it would be a beneficial strategy to have an isolated heat source while I'm away from my bedroom to draw the mites into a particular spot, and away from the mattress and areas I am exposed to.

With a mite have a lifespan of only a few days away from a host, would it not be slightly practical to have a heater running in the far corner of your bedroom, directing heat away from the bed, 24/7 ?

It would kill a few at least, and every mite counts, no?
Samoa6

San Diego, CA

#2 Nov 15, 2011
they do not fall off onto your bed. they live under your skin. you need to treat with permethrin cream, twice. they are more active around heat, such as by the computer.

Since: Apr 11

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#3 Nov 16, 2011
misterbee wrote:
I'm a new sufferer and, I believe, have been diagnosed within a month of infection, so I'm doing anything and everything I can to avoid progressing to the state of suffering a lot of unfortunate folk seem to end up at.
I've read that, with your bed mattress in particular, mites that have fallen from your body will return to you at night as your body heat will attract them as a potential host for feeding and breeding.
I was wondering if anybody had information on how active the mites are and how far they will travel to find a host. The reason I'm wondering is I've considered whether it would be a beneficial strategy to have an isolated heat source while I'm away from my bedroom to draw the mites into a particular spot, and away from the mattress and areas I am exposed to.
With a mite have a lifespan of only a few days away from a host, would it not be slightly practical to have a heater running in the far corner of your bedroom, directing heat away from the bed, 24/7 ?
It would kill a few at least, and every mite counts, no?
I dont believe they are wanderers. Their only aim is to reproduce and they need your skin to do that.
bondo

Virgin Islands, U.S.

#6 Jun 26, 2014
I use a garment steamer on things I can't soak in 120 F water. I use straight clorox on them then jump in the shower. It makes them back out of the skin. I don't suggest average person using straight bleach as they might be burnt.I can handle it.. Then I learned on the net, a guy uses 3 parts water to 1 part clorox ,(which isn't pure 100 % bleach) and sprays it on himself AFTER the shower and LETS IT DRY. Goes to bed and showers in am with a moisturizing soap.Before I spray the pure clorox,I wash in dish soap to really clean the pores. You don't want oil blocking your bombs. Then spray the clorox on my whole body except genitals ,eyes and sensitive area. It won't damage but it may be painful open wounds. Clorox is the best disinfectant known to man and kills any thing .After I shower,I towel dry,spray down pure, wait as long as I can stand it,(5 minutes) then jump in hot shower and dish wash shower the bugs off. I see them on the tub.He then sprays the 3 to 1 solution and leaves it. Says its as if swimming in a pool with too much chlorine.A few days of this and if you cleaned surroundings well,you will win. I used Pewrmithrin cream before. It cost me 120.00 and wasn't enough for 2 doses.If you don't heat all the clothes ,carpets, drawers,EVERYTHING,they'll be back, Its a royal 2 day pain cleaning the house but the upside is, you did one hell of a spring cleaning and its a good feeing.Good luck,be ready to rinse fast if you start hurting. Do a little area of a known buggy spot 1st as a test to watch the critters raise up from the bleach. Your bodies antibodies eat up the buried carcass
scabies fighter

Miami, FL

#7 Jun 26, 2014
I doubt a separate heat source would do anything, what they're looking for is skin. you're correct about them falling off into your bed, that's why it's recommended to wash bedding frequently. a mattress cover would help a lot, along with pillow covers.
Perkyskabes

France

#9 Dec 25, 2015
misterbee wrote:
I've read that, with your bed mattress in particular, mites that have fallen from your body will return to you at night as your body heat will attract them as a potential host for feeding and breeding.
I was wondering if anybody had information on how active the mites are and how far they will travel to find a host. The reason I'm wondering is I've considered whether it would be a beneficial strategy to have an isolated heat source while I'm away from my bedroom to draw the mites into a particular spot, and away from the mattress and areas I am exposed to.
With a mite have a lifespan of only a few days away from a host, would it not be slightly practical to have a heater running in the far corner of your bedroom, directing heat away from the bed, 24/7 ?
It would kill a few at least, and every mite counts, no?
If scabies have chosen you as their host, they will stay, reproduce, and thrive on you. And you have to fight them tooth and nail, or they will infest your entire body and subsequently, your body will infest other hosts, too. Scabies mites are a success story. Unfortunately!

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