Collembola/Springtails
Lost

Harwood Heights, IL

#47 Jan 22, 2013
I agree with the Cedarcide Shelly. We are on day 3 and I don't see a difference other than they are becoming agressive. We got 8 gallons and will use it all up. After that, we get the transport and IGR. Work is a big problem too. Wish I could quit but can't. Will come in late at night and try treating the office. But its a big office.

Body wash - I wasn't leaving on until it dried. Just left it on for a few minutes. Will do it correctly tonight and leave it on till it dries. Maybe will apply before going into the shower first.

I am using the tea tree oil, peppermint oil and cinnamon leaf in the shampoo. Scrub my head really good and leave it on a few minutes. When I comb it out I can feel all the knots from the gnats. Sometimes use a lice comb too. But a few hours after i dried my hair, the crawling starts all over again. I think I have fungus gnats. Can see little white flies come out of my hair when I go outside.

I have also been putting cats claw on my hair throughout the day and night. It stops the itching for awhile, but then it starts up again.

I use the Arbornne sp30 on my skin at night which really helps with the crawling.

Cutting out coffee is going to be really hard for me too. But will try.

Do you put anything on your hair at night to keep the bugs off? I think that's when new ones come too.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#48 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
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Hi Needpeace! We sprayed weekly for about six weeks, alternating the Transport and IGR. Hadn't seen any dead ones in over three weeks, but found a couple dead in our living room windowsill yesterday.:( My husband went back to school last week and started using his truck again. I guess he is bringing them in from the truck. Back to spraying we go. I never used the menthol crystals in his truck, so I'm wondering if maybe that was the key to truly eliminating them from my car. We used the IGR, Alpine spray, and cedarcide fogger in his truck randomly. We had used his truck to store our stuff (mostly in bags) last summer (and let it all cook in the Texas sun) when we still thought it was scabies. Ugh. Still not feeling any pin pricks inside the house, so I think it must not be many that made it inside. Lord, I hope we can all find an end to this madness.
Ugh, that is a nightmare! I'm not sure that devil I'm fighting. I'm going to have to buy a telescope

Since: Oct 12

Sydney

#49 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
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Hi Misery in AU! I believe I misspoke previously... The slivers that jump definitely sound like springtails... The burrowing, I really don't know. I did have a few straight short burrow looking things in the beginning that itched, but I never found out if we had scabies or what in the beginning. The pin prick sensations and crawling sensations were most definitely from the springtails and fungus. The pin prick feeling comes from their little forked tails sticking into your skin when they spring off of you... Most I have found are the size and color of a splinter... Though back in November, I combed one out of my hair in the shower that was the size of a pill bug!! Hope this helps someone...
Think they may definitely be part of the problem. I seem to have two sets of symptoms, one of scabies/bird mites and one of something else. Looking back on it there was a whole lot of dusty stuff flying down from the roof that fateful day... who is to say that it was one species alone that infected me? I only recall the two clear bugs I brushed off my right arm that day...

Funny you mention the feeling when the collembola spring off. I'm going to try to find one of my first posts ever here, where I said I felt 'popping' from my scalp when they hatched. Think it was back in November here on the boards...
Shelly

Longview, TX

#50 Jan 22, 2013
Lost wrote:
Work is a big problem too. Wish I could quit but can't. Will come in late at night and try treating the office. But its a big office.

Body wash - I wasn't leaving on until it dried. Just left it on for a few minutes. Will do it correctly tonight and leave it on till it dries. Maybe will apply before going into the shower first.

Do you put anything on your hair at night to keep the bugs off? I think that's when new ones come too.
Hi Lost! Do you think you could smuggle a pump sprayer into your office? Would there be anyone who would see you? Or can you complain that you're getting bitten to your employer and ask them to treat? That's such a difficult situation... I wish I had better answers...:(
Shelly

Longview, TX

#51 Jan 22, 2013
At night, I really don't have any problems anymore. It seems once we got the bugs under control in our home, the nighttime problems went away. Of course, now that I say that, those few devils that snuck back into the house will probably come after me full force. :0/ If I were you, I would shower, blow dry hair, and smother my head with the pomada de azufre sulfur cream at night. In fact, I think I'm going to start that up again to see if it will cure my scalp yeast or fungus or whatever the heck is up there. I did try adding some probiotics to my shampoo last night and left it on my head for a while... Felt good for a while... Jeez, the things you can read on the Internet. If I find an answer, I will most definitely come back and post it here. For now, this is about all I've got. :0(
Shelly

Longview, TX

#52 Jan 22, 2013
Needpeace34 wrote:
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Ugh, that is a nightmare! I'm not sure that devil I'm fighting. I'm going to have to buy a telescope
LOL!!:) You crack me up, Needpeace. I don't think you'll see any springtails in outer space with that telescope... But you just might... ;)

Since: Oct 12

Sydney

#53 Jan 22, 2013
Lost wrote:
Do you put anything on your hair at night to keep the bugs off? I think that's when new ones come too.
I now use 96% surgical alcohol poured on the scalp, along with perm cream and a dog flea spray with perm in it for good measure. Think any regimen should include a good mix as that's whats cutting mine down substantially.
Shelly

Longview, TX

#54 Jan 22, 2013
misery_in_au wrote:
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Think they may definitely be part of the problem. I seem to have two sets of symptoms, one of scabies/bird mites and one of something else. Looking back on it there was a whole lot of dusty stuff flying down from the roof that fateful day... who is to say that it was one species alone that infected me? I only recall the two clear bugs I brushed off my right arm that day...
Funny you mention the feeling when the collembola spring off. I'm going to try to find one of my first posts ever here, where I said I felt 'popping' from my scalp when they hatched. Think it was back in November here on the boards...
Yes!! Definitely the popping off the head... My family member who got infected with us first brought this up before we knew it was springtails... Then I started paying closer attention, and I saw a couple leap from my head.

Also, some species of collembola are clear-ish... If I can find the pictures of those again, I will try to direct you to the pics...

Since: Oct 12

Sydney

#55 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
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LOL!!:) You crack me up, Needpeace. I don't think you'll see any springtails in outer space with that telescope... But you just might... ;)
LOL funny. A bit of merriment amongst the angst. Goodonya needpeace, best laugh I've had in ages.(yeah I know you can laugh at yourself ;)

Since: Oct 12

Sydney

#56 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
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Yes!! Definitely the popping off the head... My family member who got infected with us first brought this up before we knew it was springtails... Then I started paying closer attention, and I saw a couple leap from my head.
Also, some species of collembola are clear-ish... If I can find the pictures of those again, I will try to direct you to the pics...
thanx for looking. I'm going to try to find that old post as that's when the popping was at its worst.
Shelly

Longview, TX

#57 Jan 22, 2013
Well, I don't know if I'll get in trouble for posting this, but this looks like a great collection of collembola photos...

http://www.stevehopkin.co.uk/collembolagaller...

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#58 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
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LOL!!:) You crack me up, Needpeace. I don't think you'll see any springtails in outer space with that telescope... But you just might... ;)
Lmao!! I meant microscope lol

Langoliers

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#59 Jan 22, 2013
Here is a picture of one I found in my cats bed. It's a very good picture.

http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s536/Lang...

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#60 Jan 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
Here is a picture of one I found in my cats bed. It's a very good picture.
http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s536/Lang...
What is that stoo gross looking. Make me sick thinking that could be on me :-(
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#61 Jan 22, 2013
I used Onslaught and Nylar when I lived in another house. Right before my divorce I used it and it did a major knockdown. However I moved and he kept the Onslaught. Do it my self said Onslaught can be used in carpets but Transport Mikron can't' I also read where Nyguard maybe better for these critters than Martins Nylar so I'm going to try it. Cost so much to fight these things!
Shelly wrote:
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Hi Aurore! Have you ever tried the Onslaught? Any ideas if it works?

Langoliers

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#62 Jan 22, 2013
Needpeace34 wrote:
<quoted text>What is that stoo gross looking. Make me sick thinking that could be on me :-(
I believe it is a tropic rat mite.
They get in your hair your nose your eyes. They lay their eggs on your hair and when they hatch they chew your Hair off you loose a lot of hair.
Shelly

Longview, TX

#63 Jan 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
Here is a picture of one I found in my cats bed. It's a very good picture.
http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s536/Lang...
Oh yeah!! Good grief, I hate these things... What's your story, Langoliers? Have you found your way out of it yet? Are you dealing with a bad infestation or do they not affect you? I'm always curious what works for others... Always hoping to learn something from someone with experience... If I'm too prying, just say so.:) I won't mind.
Shelly

Longview, TX

#64 Jan 22, 2013
Needpeace34 wrote:
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Lmao!! I meant microscope lol
LOLOL!!:) I was hoping you wouldn't take offense...:)
Shelly

Longview, TX

#65 Jan 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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I believe it is a tropic rat mite.
They get in your hair your nose your eyes. They lay their eggs on your hair and when they hatch they chew your Hair off you loose a lot of hair.
Do you have any better pics of it? From the side, it really looks springtail-ish to me... The head looks a little messed up though...??

Langoliers

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#66 Jan 22, 2013
Needpeace34 wrote:
<quoted text>What is that stoo gross looking. Make me sick thinking that could be on me :-(
Sorry wrong bug this is a Collembora
that came from my cats bed. Blood filled

Here is the rat mite that was eating me up.

http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s536/Lang...

http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s536/Lang...

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