Collembola/Springtails
Lisa

Costa Mesa, CA

#507 Feb 26, 2014
Shelly wrote:
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You are way too kind...:) I only posted my experience to try and help anyone else who was in the same boat, and I truly hope it helps you in some way. It was a very frightening experience... I'm so sorry you're going through this right now. I do believe that they are attracted to us for some reason, but I'm not convinced that Lyme disease or Morgellons is the cause of that for everyone. My daughter and I were actually tested for Lyme disease through our doctors and we were negative. We didn't get tested through Igenex, but I do feel confident that we are Lyme free. Focus on what you can right now... Eliminating bugs... Take a good vitamin (Source of Life Gold is pretty good) and try to detox and eat healthy. Cut out the sugar... Take a good probiotic... Give it some time, too. Try to get some sleep, however possible. There are natural sleep aids that do help.. Valerian root is one. Praying for you!
Thank you for your kind replies and concern Charlie and Shelley... I have just stayed in this apartment for a year and a half ... the complex have lots of trees, I live at the second level and the apartment is situated in front of two huge trees which has a lot of birds, bees and other insects flying around...( the first few months I have stayed in this place, I even had a hornet's nest removed, I was a nature- lover so I did not mind... but I do mind now!!!) When I first moved in I noticed a feather at the upper side of the wall of the closet by my patio... I did not know anything about bird mites and springtails at that time... I removed the feather and I stored all my christmas and halloween decorations in that closet... when I took them out to decorate my apartment this last Christmas( especially the tall plastic christmas tree..), that was when I started getting the insect bites, needle prick and crawling sensations which was described here and other blogs for mite infestation...I hired a pest-controller ( on my own) which was experienced in bird mites control... so far they have sprayed and fumigated the apartment twice but I still have the bites at nights especially when I am in front of the television and computer, that is when I decided maybe they are springtails or a combination... but really not identified them ( I'am not interested at this time to even know...) I have been eating healthy, trying to keep my ph level alkaline before these unfortunate thing happened...

Thank you so much again for all your concerns... I will definitely update here on my progress...It is such a relief to be able to talk to you Shelley... God Bless!
Lisa

Costa Mesa, CA

#508 Feb 26, 2014
btw.. if it will be of any help... ever since I had the mite infestation, I did not have any of the scalp irritation that almost everyone mentioned here... I have been using the Matrix Biolage ( cooling mint variety) shampoo for a long time, I don't know it this is the reason why they did not infest my hair(?) but I have bites all over my upper body...I don't have any bites on my legs and thighs... I have been using Bengay for a long time to relieve my muscle pain when I go jogging or running...maybe it is the menthol/mint smell that kept them away...I have been adding tee tree oil to the Biolage shampoo which I now use also for my body until I get the Arbonne products ( this tragedy is really getting very expensive!)
Shelly

Austin, TX

#509 Feb 26, 2014
Oh my gosh, you poor thing!!:( I just had a thought... If you live on the second floor of an apartment building, I think that would make it less likely to be springtails... Unless you have mold growing somewhere inside and they could have possibly been introduced upstairs and feeding off of the mold. Springtails live in the soil and hop around from there, but to get to a second story apartment is a lot less likely than a first story apartment or house. Know what I mean? If you've found bird feathers and you live under trees, your more likely bet would be mites... Bird or rodent (squirrels have mites, too). I'm afraid you would need to take a different treatment approach with bird mites. Birdmites.org might be more helpful. I know the people who comment there say that onslaught with nyguard (mixed) is the way to go. The transport mikron and separate IGR (can't mix it in with the transport) might work, but I just checked the label for the transport and mites are not listed as a target pest. I don't know if you have small children or indoor pets, though, so that may be something you need to figure in as well. In any doubt, you can always call the folks at domyownpestcontrol.com and ask which pesticides they recommend. If you would like to ID your pests, you can use clear packing tape to gather them (some may look just like a tiny black speck on a windowsill or on top of a baseboard.. Or crawling on your skin)... But catch them one or two at a time on the tape and fold it over flat... You can take specimens to your county Ag Extension office and if they don't have a microscope there to view them, they will send them off to an entomologist to be IDed for you for free. I really hope you find your way through this soon. I'll check back soon to see if you've got questions... Hang in there!!
Lisa

Costa Mesa, CA

#510 Feb 27, 2014
Thank you again Shelly for your great advice!!!

I took off today to see my doctor... she gave me an anti-fungal med ( I refused to take any oral med for now) and told me to transfer to another place if I can.. I got the Arbonne products and cats claw last night and used them...( kept my body dry after use of the body wash as instructed) the SPF 30 really worked, the mites were not biting and I don't have the crawling sensations up to now... the cats claw is a little messy when applied... I am still waiting for the Cots and Bond cornstarch powder that will help with the cats claw...

My pest control helped me before trap some samples of the mites and have them identified at a local Ag office but the results came out inconclusive..( it was difficult for me to do since I do not see even any black or white specks on my windowsill or cupboards... I just have the bites...)

I contracted a local shredding company today to do away with my papers so I am now scanning all my important papers and pictures in electronic file..started throwing out all my magazines, plastic and dried flowers and plant decorations..

I called domyownpestcontrol and they said that they have received numerous favorable comments from people who were successful in getting rid of the birdmites by using Onslaught and Nyguard... they gave me the appropriate mixing solution levels and to spray ( with a gallon pump spray) every 14 days if I still feel the mite activity.. so am now waiting for these products to arrive...

I also purchased DME and transport mikron ( just in case) for the cracks and crevices... Sterifab ( to spray on my bed and couches) Biokleen enzyme cleaners and the pool water cleaners for soaking and spraying my eyeglasses, combs and other personal belongings) I am still using Borax with Arm Hammer powder to soak and wash my beddings and towels every day...use the swiffer cleaner damped with ammonia for my walls, and 91% isopropyl alcohol to spray at my carpet and surroundings at night when there is mite activity...

What did you use for your computer, television and other electronics?
I want to save my bed and couches ( fake leather, thank God!). I am spraying my bed now with 91% alcohol nightly. I plan to spray them with Sterifab and encase my bed with a allergen-free mattress cover after... do you think having my bed and couches steam-cleaned would help before and after I transfer?( my apartment will allow me to transfer to another one within the complex in a month's time... by that time I hope and pray I have irradicated most of these mites with the miticides and excessive cleaning products ...)

Once again, thank you Shelly for any valuable information.. I know God will bless you a hundred fold...
Shelly

Austin, TX

#511 Feb 28, 2014
Hi Lisa! A few things... With the Arbonne body wash, you let it dry completely after scrubbing down with it, but do make sure you rinse it off before getting out of the shower. From your post, it sounded like you might not be rinsing it off.:) Another thing that was helpful to us was Crocs that we wore inside the house only. We could wash them in the shower when needed and spray them down with the 91% alcohol frequently... They also kept our feet off of the pesticides that were on the floor... Probably not something you want to absorb through your skin. About your furniture, I am not sure. We ended up throwing away just about everything we had with us in that rental house, but we did take everything to the extreme. It's really your call on what feels right to you... For our electronics, I purchased moth balls (the paradichlorobenzene ones) from Walgreens, which was the only place I could find that kind. I'd read somewhere (maybe shanspirarions blog) to use paradichlorobenzene instead of naphthalene. I bagged my laptop in a garbage bag with the mothballs for quite a while and just left it alone. Honestly, I was afraid to open it up again. For the tv, I taped up the vents with packing tape and put moth balls under the tape. A little crazy-sounding looking back, but when you're feeling pretty crazy, you try crazy things.:) We also left the tv and laptops in a bedroom that we didn't go into and had the pesticide on the floor. Thinking back, I think I also ran menthol crystals in a coffee cup warmer next to them for a while... It's pretty fuzzy, thinking back. I wasn't sleeping much at all and was very stressed from all of it. For my cell phone, I put it in a ziploc bag with a moth ball in it, as I was getting bite feelings on my fingers when using my phone without it. I removed the phone case and soaked it in bleach and then bagged it up in a ziploc for months.
I'm truly so sorry you're going through this. I know how alone it makes you feel, but as you can see from different blogs and sites like this, this sort of nightmarish thing is happening to lots of people... It really changes a person... But once you get through it, the fear does subside substantially. Just do what you can, when you can... And if you can help another person with your experience, please do. It might help lighten the load for someone else going through the same ordeal.
Lisa

Costa Mesa, CA

#512 Feb 28, 2014
Thank you so much Shelly... I truly appreciate your concern, your suggestions and tips are helping me a lot, although this thing is taking a toll on me now, having to work full time too...My apartment's PCO took some samples again today to identify the mites. The Onslaught I ordered came today but I still could not spray since it has been raining here for the past 2 days...for sure Shelly, I will come back to this blog to share my experiences and give support here... no one should feel alone fighting this great ordeal... I wish more blessings to come your way Shelly... I keep you and your family in my prayers... God bless!
bugkiller

Austin, TX

#513 Mar 6, 2014
I had 2000 lbs of decaying leaf matter and wood mulch in my yard, finally cleared it out but by the time I realized what I had it was too late everything was infected (a word I use a lot now) if you don't think they're in your skin get some blue star ointment from the drugstore rub that on and watch them come out (the ointment and dirt from pores cover them and you can actually see them) this is what I've been doing for my body as I have become the host calcium bentonite clay (a must) internally and topically mixed with coconut oils and essential oils peppermint (a must)/ eucalyptus. Zeolite detox powder if you can afford it. Alkalizer drops to change my p.h.. cranberry extract and concentrate with niacin to bring the benzoic acid (1 of the only things that kills them refer to blue star ointment) to my skin. sulfur8 shampoo and sulfer soap help but sting. I would suggest a peppermint soap and purge internally. Also any green foods and no sugars or starches. As for environment..still working on that. Must find the source/ nest or anything you do will be a waste. DO NOT BUY CEDAR OIL unless you are almost rid of them cause it will not help. Try save as much money as possible and force yourself to sleep or you will not be able to think your way out of this. I talked to a chemist the other day who said mixing pyrethrin (not permethrin) with propyrinol biutoxide will create a killing effect 10-100 x's more than pyrethrin alone. We found it at a feed store. Call every feed store around you or order it fast. He said mix at higher concentrates if really infested. We are spraying it on yard and house today I will get back with results. For clothes soak in big tubs (home depot $8) with water and pool perfect. Six capfuls for every couple loads for 24 hrs then wash. Be sure to mix the water and pool perfect before adding the clothes. You can find it at pool stores but amazon is much cheaper. Will let you know how it goes. Goodbye
Desperate4cure

United States

#514 Mar 6, 2014
bugkiller wrote:
I had 2000 lbs of decaying leaf matter and wood mulch in my yard, finally cleared it out but by the time I realized what I had it was too late everything was infected (a word I use a lot now) if you don't think they're in your skin get some blue star ointment from the drugstore rub that on and watch them come out (the ointment and dirt from pores cover them and you can actually see them) this is what I've been doing for my body as I have become the host calcium bentonite clay (a must) internally and topically mixed with coconut oils and essential oils peppermint (a must)/ eucalyptus. Zeolite detox powder if you can afford it. Alkalizer drops to change my p.h.. cranberry extract and concentrate with niacin to bring the benzoic acid (1 of the only things that kills them refer to blue star ointment) to my skin. sulfur8 shampoo and sulfer soap help but sting. I would suggest a peppermint soap and purge internally. Also any green foods and no sugars or starches. As for environment..still working on that. Must find the source/ nest or anything you do will be a waste. DO NOT BUY CEDAR OIL unless you are almost rid of them cause it will not help. Try save as much money as possible and force yourself to sleep or you will not be able to think your way out of this. I talked to a chemist the other day who said mixing pyrethrin (not permethrin) with propyrinol biutoxide will create a killing effect 10-100 x's more than pyrethrin alone. We found it at a feed store. Call every feed store around you or order it fast. He said mix at higher concentrates if really infested. We are spraying it on yard and house today I will get back with results. For clothes soak in big tubs (home depot $8) with water and pool perfect. Six capfuls for every couple loads for 24 hrs then wash. Be sure to mix the water and pool perfect before adding the clothes. You can find it at pool stores but amazon is much cheaper. Will let you know how it goes. Goodbye
What are your symptoms. I was infected with a patient that had scabies. I have been treating for months on end with permethrin, ivermectin, sulphur, eurax, tea tree, benzyl benzoate. You name it vid used it on a daily basis too. I have black specs, paper like cuts, crawling biting and now this little jumping feeling on my skin. Not sure what to make of all of this. What are the symptoms of collembola infestation and how do you get rid of them???????? Please any info would be of great help. This is ruining my life!
bugkiller

Austin, TX

#515 Mar 6, 2014
Actually scratch the pool perfect I just tried on a pair of pants soaked two days in the stuff and it was still crawling with them. If I get a laundry solution I'll let you know...
Despite. 4 cure. You get crawling jumping itchy sensations that won't quit it gets worse at night cause the collembola are more active at night. Little infected bumps aren't bites I think they're an allergic reaction to the stuff these things secrete. Try the blue star ointment if little black specs come out of you that's probably what you have. These things can jump four feet so don't open any windows or doors on first floor because that's how they come in
regina

Malone, NY

#516 Mar 9, 2014
Shelly wrote:
Tried posting what has worked for us on a blog for collembola, but apparently the blogger refuses to approve my post... Whatever. So for anyone who is suffering from a collembola/springtail infestation, here is what works for the environment... Transport Mikron. You can buy it online from domyownpestcontrol... Mix 1.25 oz per gallon of water in a pump sprayer... Maybe $15 for the pump sprayer. We also used Martin's IGR every other week. One day, Transport... Exactly one week later, IGR... Repeat each a few times to be sure. Transport is a crack and crevice treatment, but we found it very effective when sprayed on all flooring, baseboards, windowsills, and inside lower cabinets. We lost nearly $30k during this nightmare, and if this bit of information saves someone else from doing the same, that's all I want. God only knows why a blogger who is going through the same thing would refuse to approve my post... Ammonia and borax in the wash... Blow up mattress... Arbonne body wash and the Salux Japanese wash cloths help. So do nystatin pills. Good luck!
so glad to hear some advice , lost all beds , livingroom furniture, carpets and haven't lived in my house in 3 months. now they r at my best friends house. don't know if I should cry, scream or check myself into a nut house ( kidding with the last one, but its driving me crazy. spent over $3000 s0 far.
regina

Malone, NY

#517 Mar 9, 2014
so glad to hear some advice. lost beds , livingroom furniture, all carpets, etc. pest control doesn't have a clue. doctors said it was scabies ... not ! I have been racking my brains for 4 months. I made CO2 bedbug traps using yeast and sugar, to trap them so I could finut what they were. look up recipe on youtube.
bugkiller

White Oak, TX

#518 Mar 9, 2014
Yeah I just removed all carpets mattress and couches, cloth furniture it literally can't be saved once infested because they crawl down into carpet pad furniture and come out later. And think they're water bugs and all the pesticide are mostly water, so no matter if you run a dehumidifier you are feeding their environment. After spraying over five gallons of pesticides in my place my stuff was toxic anyway. To get them off your body try a two dollar bar of been soap it has worked best for me better that detox and detox baths, although baking soda and alfalfa baths for one hour help essential oils and detox clay help, no sugar diet and protein enzymes to break them down in your system but seriously been soap get wet in shower turn water of and lather up head to toe rubbing into skin for five minutes then rinse. Takes the bacteria they eat off skin and cleanse them out deep and rub up the pheromone they leave to label you as host. Same for dogs. The laundry, hmm. I just ordered a product called extreme cleen check allstop.com it is used in hospitals to kill bedbugs in sheets and is supposed to break down the bugs and the eggs, I'll keep you updated. Sorry about losing all your stuff, you are not crazy. Ddont worth about what other people think do what you have to do for you. Go to goodwill, and I suggest getting white sheets/ underwear shirts so you can bleach them in the wash thanks bye
bugkiller

White Oak, TX

#519 Mar 9, 2014
*neem soap sorry autotype
bugkiller

White Oak, TX

#520 Mar 9, 2014
I got the neem soap at an Indian grocery store. Look it up it is an ancient "ayurvedic" practice to rid the skin of parasites.
Lisa

Costa Mesa, CA

#521 Mar 10, 2014
regina wrote:
<quoted text> so glad to hear some advice , lost all beds , livingroom furniture, carpets and haven't lived in my house in 3 months. now they r at my best friends house. don't know if I should cry, scream or check myself into a nut house ( kidding with the last one, but its driving me crazy. spent over $3000 s0 far.
I may end giving up on my furniture, clothings and other belongings too... could this be covered by house or renter's insurance??? I plan to inquire tomorrow... The management of the apartment where I live does not want to release me of my lease now (maybe they have realized the extent of the cost and damage that this infestation would incur) I will be inquiring tomorrow too... anyway, the pest control of the apartment has not also identified the mites... they have been looking for bed bugs and fleas but could not find any... they have looked at the bites on my back and upper chest and also agreed that they are bites from bird mites but have not sprayed or fogged my apartment, so I am just doing it myself... spraying the carpets qand floors with Onslaught and Nyguard ( right now every 2 days) spraying my walls and low ceilings with Orange TKO or Kleene Green, my bed nightly with 91% alcohol or Sterifab... currently also heating menthol crystals in my room near my computer... My car has also been infested so I have sprayed the carpets weekly with Onslaught and Nyguard, the cracks and crevices with Cy-Kick, the seats.roof, dashboards daily with sterifab and Orange TKO alternately... Diatomaceous earth came last Saturday so I will apply it on thce cracks and crevices of my apartment tomorrow... All these crazy things we do just to decrease the mite activity and bitings but still I could feel them crawl and bite me at night...people say this may take years... I don't think I will last 1 more month....
Kelly

Belleville, NJ

#522 Mar 10, 2014
Shelly: I've bad this going on for over a year now. They look black sometimes but if u turn them a different way then they r white??? They bite me n my dog. I've been treated for fleas n bed bugs n the whole gammet. I bleach down all my bedding everynight. I threw away a whole 6k leather living room set n my bedroom set in a set of panic. Thinking it was bed bugs. Now I have no furniture. I walk around my home with work boots n I wear a hooded swet shirt to bed n to walk around my house. My hair is in a big ball of weeds I can't get through cause it just falls out so I try to be careful with it. Pls. Dr. Tell me I'm clean. No scabies. No lice. The pest people won't spray anymore!! It's like we go e out of out minds!!!
bugkiller

United States

#525 Mar 21, 2014
Here's what has helped me. Neem 100% from amazon ($10)4 oz. Mixed with one gallon of denatured alcohol (home depot $15) in sprayer on all surfaces, under furniture, on walls four feet up. I rented an ozone machine from tool supply one week. Ozone my car at an auto detailing shop for $45 bucks (after vacuum) lifesaver. Ozone each room individually at least eight hour and blast the whole house) but take out all the trash paper and other loose things out your house before. Clothes - take to laundry mat in big machines extra hot dryers. Borax (a lot) ammonia ( a lot) and any oxy detergent, dry extra long. Some blankets and pillows are untreatable. Body - neem oil 2-4 oz.(From Indian store or amazon) Dr bronner's liquid peppermint soap (6-8 oz) in hot water bathe one hour two days in a row. If it is an emergency you can take one bleach bath (one cup bleach). 20-30 minutes. Diet - no sugars. Daily detox blend caps from walgreens ($34.99). I have been researching skin parasite cures it this has everything you need to detox. You can take way more than the suggested dose. I just took a bath in Dr. Watkins menthol & camphor soak. It was very relaxing and healing. Oh stay dry and Gold's menthol talcum powder (green bottle) after bath. Some side notes - keep the lights off in the back of your house or near windows especially at night. Keep toilet bowls closed. Pour bleach in toilet bowls when you spray. Keep dirty and clean clothes bagged up. Keep your head up cause I thought this was gonna be the end of me but I got it cleared up 95% in two months.
bugkiller

San Antonio, TX

#526 Mar 23, 2014
I keep getting reinfested from certain things, but neem oil in 91% alcohol rubbed on with a rag instead of a shower helped A LOT
lola

New Paltz, NY

#527 Mar 23, 2014
bugkiller wrote:
I keep getting reinfested from certain things, but neem oil in 91% alcohol rubbed on with a rag instead of a shower helped A LOT
How much neem to how much alcohol?
Thanks
bugkiller

San Antonio, TX

#528 Mar 23, 2014
About two ounces neem oil and six ounces alcohol rub in really good.

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