Collembola/Springtails
Shelly

Georgetown, TX

#588 Jun 22, 2015
wannaemgone2 wrote:
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This is so horrible i relate to what u all talking about ive gotten red specks or red dot plus somehow ran into scabies me n my dog suffering i got in some under control by cleaning makes me wonder if cured from scabies just so confuse and my dog gets bumps in her skin and on belly i bathe her twice a week plus revolution ?
Hi Wanna!
I'm so sorry you and your pup are going through this, too... Has your vet done a skin scrape on the bumps that your dog has? That may be a good starting point... You may also want to have a skin scrape done on any bites you've got with a dermatologist, as well... I wish I could offer more help, but I'm sort of at a loss right now, as well. While running from our mite problem at home, we picked up scabies from a Candlewood Suites, as well, if you can believe the luck. So we are now treating for scabies and still trying to clear these mites out of our house. Still in shock.. I wish you all the best... If I can help, just holler...
Shelly

Georgetown, TX

#589 Jun 22, 2015
Scratches wrote:
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So Shelly you have rodent and bird mites now? If so sorry to hear that. I tired the antifungal meds and they did not help. I feel these intense biting feeling but I don't see anything on my skin...then I will feel a burning sensation and see a scratch line on my hand. I'm trying the body wash from skin mites website. No one in my family feels these things but me...so confused what I am plagued with
Hi Scratches!

I'm sorry you're going through this... Have you treated for scabies already? If you've got scratches or burrows, that should probably be your first step... Have you read the ivermectin threads on topix??
wantemgone2

Kingsport, TN

#590 Jun 28, 2015
Shelly wrote:
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Hi Wanna!
I'm so sorry you and your pup are going through this, too... Has your vet done a skin scrape on the bumps that your dog has? That may be a good starting point... You may also want to have a skin scrape done on any bites you've got with a dermatologist, as well... I wish I could offer more help, but I'm sort of at a loss right now, as well. While running from our mite problem at home, we picked up scabies from a Candlewood Suites, as well, if you can believe the luck. So we are now treating for scabies and still trying to clear these mites out of our house. Still in shock.. I wish you all the best... If I can help, just holler...
Thank you yes had one skin scraping on her but at time she didn have all the bumps starteded her on no grain diet vitiamines baths on third day but everytime i took her back it was just money racket i have so far no new bumps but im getting wiggles itches or stinging havent went to derm yet caz its 45 mins away n nobody to takeme it just helps having somebody to talk to thank you how are u doing any luck?
Shelly

Georgetown, TX

#591 Jun 29, 2015
wantemgone2 wrote:
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Thank you yes had one skin scraping on her but at time she didn have all the bumps starteded her on no grain diet vitiamines baths on third day but everytime i took her back it was just money racket i have so far no new bumps but im getting wiggles itches or stinging havent went to derm yet caz its 45 mins away n nobody to takeme it just helps having somebody to talk to thank you how are u doing any luck?
I'm sorry you're struggling to figure out what is going on with the both of you... I know how confusing it all is. I hope you're able to find some relief for you and your dog soon. We are doing ok. Hoping we can get rid of the scabies soon... I do think we have gotten rid of most of the bird and rodent mites in our house with the pesticides we have used, which is a relief. Now just working on the scabies. Makes me fear ever staying in a hotel again... Good grief. Please post back on how you're doing!
wantemgone2

United States

#592 Jun 30, 2015
Shelly wrote:
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I'm sorry you're struggling to figure out what is going on with the both of you... I know how confusing it all is. I hope you're able to find some relief for you and your dog soon. We are doing ok. Hoping we can get rid of the scabies soon... I do think we have gotten rid of most of the bird and rodent mites in our house with the pesticides we have used, which is a relief. Now just working on the scabies. Makes me fear ever staying in a hotel again... Good grief. Please post back on how you're doing!
Thank you how long did you have scabies before you realized? I just know its been a mess aftr my husband passed almost 2 yrs ago but had noticed as far as the dog she was getting bumps at the end of last summer but however it let up I really have never had skin scraping on me... just docs easilily giving my permethrine 4 times but finally seen my doc the orignal one and she thinks its my lupus attacking skin.... but she was suspicious of 2 spots and said we treat when i go back on 10th it seems far as enviroment im not getting as many stinging sensations since im cleaning better but with lupus it such a struggle when you hurt i really just need when get pd a good vet thts not like others and suck out ur bank acct i guess i shud really be goggling bird mites etc to understand all of this horra story yes plz keep me posted on how ur doing did doc give u the stomectin? I finally resorted to horse paste... many blessings im praying for us all
wantemgone2

Kingsport, TN

#593 Jul 4, 2015
wantemgone2 wrote:
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Thank you how long did you have scabies before you realized? I just know its been a mess aftr my husband passed almost 2 yrs ago but had noticed as far as the dog she was getting bumps at the end of last summer but however it let up I really have never had skin scraping on me... just docs easilily giving my permethrine 4 times but finally seen my doc the orignal one and she thinks its my lupus attacking skin.... but she was suspicious of 2 spots and said we treat when i go back on 10th it seems far as enviroment im not getting as many stinging sensations since im cleaning better but with lupus it such a struggle when you hurt i really just need when get pd a good vet thts not like others and suck out ur bank acct i guess i shud really be goggling bird mites etc to understand all of this horra story yes plz keep me posted on how ur doing did doc give u the stomectin? I finally resorted to horse paste... many blessings im praying for us all
watever im going thru i cnt do this no longer caz to dumb to comprehend some things and so lost two yrs is todaymy husband passed and now look
godgirl861

Saint Louis, MO

#596 Jul 12, 2015
Clover Heart wrote:
Hi everyone! My sister has been going through this nightmare for nearly two years now. I have been helping her the whole time. I work two jobs, no days off and we are broke. I have spent over$40,000 helping her. She works only 10 hours a week but is extremely worried the fungus and collembola is where she is at. She keeps following Megan's recommendations but not much has changed. We have tried everything. The micron, peroxide, borax, sulfur, medications, doctors, you name it! She is going through HELL! We think perhaps her skin type or blood type has something to do with the fact that she isn't getting rid of it as she should with following to the protocol down to the T! She has moved several times but no luck. She has thrown out everything she owns. Now she is going from hotel to hotel staying two nights at each one and changing rooms so she doesn't infect them. Been doing that for 6 weeks now. She cleans everything with alcohol before checking out. She also buys clothes everyday and cuts with scissors what she has worn and throws it the garbage. She has been extremely cautious and very meticulous when cleaning so no one gets infected. She's felt a tiny bit of relief on her legs but she has it everywhere. She moved to the same town I was 6 months after she realized it was collembola. She rented a room on the third floor, I was on the first floor. She worked a full time job then went home to deal with all the cleaning, washing with PCO, wash her hair, body and do treatment with cats claw and cots. Also used the fogger twice a day and slept on an air mattress. She had to move because she was worried about infecting people at work and me and my boyfriend even though we never visited her and she never visited us. She moved out last April and ever since I'm scared to death that the people who moved in to her apartment are infected. We share a laundry room but I stopped using it when she moved out. Into to another building to do wash She used other buildings Landry room so my boyfriend and I wouldn't get the infection. She feels crawling EVERYWHERE! We only hope that changing rooms from hotel to hotel works since the environment is not infected. She keeps doing the whole protocol from Megan's site and we hope this nightmare ends soon!!! We feel extremely sorry for those going through this!!!
WoW I was just about to try Megan's remedy. I am so disappointed now. Did you use the SPF also to repel them like the site says in conjunction with the cats claw???
amber

Mountain View, CA

#601 Jul 18, 2015
Shelly wrote:
Hi Lost! We have many springtails we've collected from our new home. They are super fast! The first one I found was while I was going through our nightly ritual of bleaching the vinyl cover on our blow up mattress (lots of fun) and saw something the size and color of a splinter jump! I sprayed it again quickly and it died... I collected it with a piece of clear packing tape and viewed it under the microscope, which had just come in a few days prior. Sure enough... Collembola... Which my mother also sent pictures to Frans or Jans something or other in Norway or somewhere who specializes in these hellacious bugs. He confirmed it. Went through trial and error with different chemicals and the cedarcide fogger, and in the end found that Transport Mikron mixed in a two gallon pump sprayer we bought at Lowe's did the trick. It canbe pretty strong if you don't mix it with the proper amount of water, though. We sprayed the Transport maybe three different times... As well as the IGR (Martin's) we purchased from Amazon. Also, for our infested cars, we sprayed the IGR all over carpet and seats and ran menthol crystals in a coffee cup on a Mr Coffee cup warmer for 24 hours or so the first time... Then as needed... Also, used TKO orange cleaner on leather seats. We've also used the cedarcide fogger in the cars, but honestly I don't think it's necessary if you do the other... It was more for my peace of mind and to use the rest of the cedarcide up... Outrageously expensive stuff. If you're trying to collect a sample of a springtail, try your windowsills. That's where I always check with packing tape to gauge how many we are dealing with still. Also, the microscope is indispensable. What looks like nothing is oftentimes springtails... Tiny little gray or black specks. If I can help in any way, please let me know. I will check back as much as I can remember to!:)
hi Shelly my name is amber my husband and I have the same problem as u do or did have either I would lobe if u could sende some pictures of what collection u have of them so I could match to some of my own these little creepy looking things are driving me nits I tried the vinegar baths its only help for a little bit until the small of he vinegar is out of ur skin the bam back
Nobody

Georgetown, TX

#603 Jul 19, 2015
amber wrote:
<quoted text> hi Shelly my name is amber my husband and I have the same problem as u do or did have either I would lobe if u could sende some pictures of what collection u have of them so I could match to some of my own these little creepy looking things are driving me nits I tried the vinegar baths its only help for a little bit until the small of he vinegar is out of ur skin the bam back
Hi Amber! I'm sorry you and your husband are going through this... I hope you aren't suffering as much as we did the first time around. Springtails tend to live where there is moisture and/or mold, so if that (springtails) is what you guys are dealing with, you have to address those issues first. If you can afford it, a microscope is really a necessity... You really need to know for sure what type of insect(s) you are dealing with and proceed from there. If you start at the beginning of this thread, you'll find what worked for us, but the microscope is essential. I truly hope you aren't dealing with springtails because they are very hard to eliminate. To find pictures of them (I've since deleted those photos, as I'd like to try to forget about the experience), but you can find photos online by googling "collembola pictures" or "springtail pictures"...
Bobbi123

New Braunfels, TX

#604 Jul 20, 2015
Is anyone else having success with Shelly's treatment? I'm about to buy the chemicals and throw stuff out. I can probably follow the stopskinmites up to a certain point. I'm concerned about work. Anyone have tips for clearing the workplace or did you guys quit? I cannot afford that ! Especially with some of the costs involved in this....I think she lived off credit until she was healthy.
Shelly

Georgetown, TX

#606 Jul 20, 2015
Bobbi123 wrote:
Is anyone else having success with Shelly's treatment? I'm about to buy the chemicals and throw stuff out. I can probably follow the stopskinmites up to a certain point. I'm concerned about work. Anyone have tips for clearing the workplace or did you guys quit? I cannot afford that ! Especially with some of the costs involved in this....I think she lived off credit until she was healthy.
PS -- About work, if you can get away with treating your work area, you could try staying late and use a spray bottle with the pesticide diluted to the proper ratio and treat at your desk or workspace... If that's not feasible, I'm not sure what to do. That is what my mother did, as she ended up with the mites and springtails from visiting us the weekend the attic was opened and the house became infested. Just use your judgment and common sense here. Good luck!!
Shelly

Georgetown, TX

#607 Jul 20, 2015
I meant to say that I recommend using an IGR with a fast knock down pesticide... You'll need to either read the label or ask the pros from DMOPC as to which pesticide can be tank mixed with an IGR, as some cannot. I believe Transport Mikron would not work with an IGR mixed in, so we had to spray the IGR separately. Just wanted to clarify...

Since: Jul 15

Round Rock, TX

#608 Jul 22, 2015
Shelly wrote:
I meant to say that I recommend using an IGR with a fast knock down pesticide... You'll need to either read the label or ask the pros from DMOPC as to which pesticide can be tank mixed with an IGR, as some cannot. I believe Transport Mikron would not work with an IGR mixed in, so we had to spray the IGR separately. Just wanted to clarify...
Thank you Shelly! I keep trying to reply to you and it won't let me. I also tried to message you but I'm not sure you that you have an account or maybe you have the settings off..... I bought a dehumidifier for my tiny apartment and I stopped getting attacked and I can sleep now. Of course I have infested my car and office at work :( So I know these mites are airborne and love moisture in the air. I spent $300 but I can sleep without medication. I can still feel them bite me of course they are still there, but I'm not being attacked as aggressively at home. I keep them off me in bed with medicated foot powder and or DE. Obviously I feel that they attached to me when my immune system was low; and they were probably in my ears first. I had three ear infections and was on antibiotics for months. Gross!!!! I'm happily waiting my online order of chemicals to kill these pests. Right now I'm just using Windex around the house.

Shelly do you have any suggestions for decontamination of seat belts and car seats? Unfortunately I have cloth seats; right now my seat is covered in a trash bag . Its very sexy haha... Can I spray that with Lysol, Windex, or rubbing alcohol? I can get them professionally cleaned but I feel bad that I might contaminate someone else.
forppetessake

Los Angeles, CA

#611 Jul 24, 2015
marylandscabies wrote:
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Did u get overreacting-I
Ivermectin is the best medication and most effective -we are three sister who have had mites for 7 months -our father just passed away with scabies(mites) we had all the symptoms u described -did she use ivermectin -If not -get some and look up ICUs protocol
Someone on this post told someoneelse they are overeacting. For some ppl ivermectin is the holy grail but not all This is not one size fits all and some things work for diffrnt ppl and some thi gs DON'T so lets please not invalidate eachother since we already have no support from majority of docs

Since: Dec 14

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#612 Jul 24, 2015
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Shelly

Georgetown, TX

#613 Jul 25, 2015
So it's ok to tell people to inject themselves with horse meds, but it's not ok to recommend a pesticide for an infestation of a home? Ok then. Well, I won't be returning. Good luck to anyone dealing with this crap.

Since: Jul 15

New Braunfels, TX

#614 Jul 25, 2015
Shelly wrote:
So it's ok to tell people to inject themselves with horse meds, but it's not ok to recommend a pesticide for an infestation of a home? Ok then. Well, I won't be returning. Good luck to anyone dealing with this crap.
Shelly thank you for your help! I hope you don't listen to some people that are trying to be counterproductive. Please if you have an account message me and I will give u my email address. As a young woman it's hard to get people to believe your going through this and you and others in this forum have really helped me feel not crazy and given me hope.

Since: Jul 15

Saint Louis, MO

#615 Jul 26, 2015
Riverliver wrote:
<quoted text> AS others have said invermactin for scabies has worked and I put on topically also get cedar fogger and try that but make sure you don't have mold or water problem first found out I had crack in bathtub that probably started the insanity with some fungus that attracts bugs ...your not crazy and don't give up I recommend no sugar as that seems to attract them also to you...DE earth works but messy and cedar oil is expensive but has cleared my environment a lot am trying transport next always the best riverliverr
Hows your condition ok please help
HeartbreakingMom

Yorba Linda, CA

#617 Aug 19, 2015
Shelly wrote:
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Hi Scratches and Wanna... We were pretty much clear of the springtails when I originally posted this back in 2013. We had a few stragglers still but the chemical took care of them. The main thing that helped, though, was getting on a prescription antifungal for a few months. Initially, I went to a minor emergency clinic on abusy Friday night and told the PA that I had a fungal problem with my scalp... That I'd had it before and I needed antifungals. That got me a month of them, i believe. Then I found a PA who was willing to help me and she gave me another couple of months of a different antifungal. All of the treatments that I tried off of the internet wrecked my skin and scalp and I still felt immense crawling... No doubt, it was a fungal infection... And the springtails were hanging out in my hair because of that (I actually combed one out of my hair in the shower). Anyhoo, I realize now it was mites as well as springtails in the beginning. We've got rat mites and bird mites in a house we bought a few months ago. I wish you all the luck in fighting these things. If I can help in any way, I'm here... Trying to figure out how to get these MFers off of me and my daughter.
Shelly: I need help to get rid of my 2 and 6 year old. Don't know if antifungal prescription will help. How did you get rid of it on your kids? My 2 year old is constantly crying at night. I've been using tea tree oil his hair and body but don't seem to work. Now his ears and nose are infected too. Did you peroxide for your kids? Is it safe for my 2 year old? Did you have to wash/clean bedding every day? it's so hard for me to keep up with this when I have to work full time and come home to take care of the little ones and myself. I'm just so happy to hear that you are cured from springtails/collemboela. I really don't know what we got but we itch from scalp to bottom and only see red dots on us and sometimes, nothing. I do know for sure that my car has a lot of dust flying out whenever I open the door though. Please help if you can.... Praying every day for a miracle to get our lives back. Thanks.
HeartbreakingMom

Yorba Linda, CA

#618 Aug 20, 2015
HeartbreakingMom wrote:
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Shelly: I need help to get rid of my 2 and 6 year old. Don't know if antifungal prescription will help. How did you get rid of it on your kids? My 2 year old is constantly crying at night. I've been using tea tree oil his hair and body but don't seem to work. Now his ears and nose are infected too. Did you peroxide for your kids? Is it safe for my 2 year old? Did you have to wash/clean bedding every day? it's so hard for me to keep up with this when I have to work full time and come home to take care of the little ones and myself. I'm just so happy to hear that you are cured from springtails/collemboela. I really don't know what we got but we itch from scalp to bottom and only see red dots on us and sometimes, nothing. I do know for sure that my car has a lot of dust flying out whenever I open the door though. Please help if you can.... Praying every day for a miracle to get our lives back. Thanks.
oops.. meant to get rid of the springtails off my kids and not to get rid of my kids.... Anyone has any input on what to use for the kids? Which arbonne body wash should I get for all of us? There are so many out there and so expensive. I don't even know how many I can afford before I can even get rid of this..
Shelly: You are my only hope. Hope you can help me....when you said your husband's stuff was infested, did it affect your items? I don't know how to get my elderly parents that live with me to do this together because they don't seem to be bothered. Really appreciate any inputs out there..

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