Collembola/Springtails
Shelly

Tyler, TX

#67 Jan 22, 2013
Aurore wrote:
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!<quoted text>
Aurore!!! You know, I think I'm going to try the nyguard after reading reviews on it real quick... Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that info!! I may go ahead and get the Onslaught, too... And just use my Transport Mikron as a crack and crevice, as it's intended. I do worry about using such harsh chemicals in the house with a fifteen month old child, but we don't let her on the ground without shoes and one of us right there with her trying to walk. She doesn't touch anything with chemicals on it, but she is breathing the air in here...:0( After reading about the Nyguard and Onslaught, I definitely would feel better about that... So THANK you for sharing!!:)
Shelly

Tyler, TX

#68 Jan 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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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...
Oh holy hell, that is creepy!! Are you still fighting the rat mites??:(

Since: Apr 12

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#69 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
<quoted text>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.
I'm months bit free my wife is still freaked out and is not ready to stop fighting them yet. But we beat them with 4 main things other then normal bed linen and all cloths washed daily.

Ok here are the big 4 in order of importance.
1) diatom powered (good earth) on everything and in bed and in the hair.
2) linden lotions 3 to 4 full body ( in the nose and ears and linden shampoo )
3) Stromectol pills (4 or 5) pills every seven days.
4) brewer yeast

Good luck
Shelly

Tyler, TX

#70 Jan 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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I'm months bit free my wife is still freaked out and is not ready to stop fighting them yet. But we beat them with 4 main things other then normal bed linen and all cloths washed daily.
Ok here are the big 4 in order of importance.
1) diatom powered (good earth) on everything and in bed and in the hair.
2) linden lotions 3 to 4 full body ( in the nose and ears and linden shampoo )
3) Stromectol pills (4 or 5) pills every seven days.
4) brewer yeast
Good luck
Thanks for the info!! I already went through steps 1-3... What is the brewers yeast for? Teach me something!!:)

Since: Apr 12

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#71 Jan 22, 2013
Shelly wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for the info!! I already went through steps 1-3... What is the brewers yeast for? Teach me something!!:)
It changes the acidity of your blood make it taste bad to the mites. This was told to me from a doctors.
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#72 Jan 23, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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It changes the acidity of your blood make it taste bad to the mites. This was told to me from a doctors.
Very interesting! Don't think it would work for collembola, because they don't feed on blood... That's also why none of the scabies treatments (stromectol/Bactrim) worked for us either... And the Perm/Lindane only helped while it was on... But I'll definitely remember that if we end up with any blood suckers down the road...:) Thank you for sharing!:)
In UK2

London, UK

#73 Jan 23, 2013
What about using an iPhone, reading a paper book or coating hands and fingers with vasaline?
Some experiences or tests.
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#74 Jan 23, 2013
In UK2 wrote:
What about using an iPhone, reading a paper book or coating hands and fingers with vasaline?
Some experiences or tests.
Hi UK2!! I hope you are finding some relief... This post was my first on Topix, but I've lurked on here since this began last summer... I remember reading everything about your journey up until you headed back to the UK... Was very concerned about you when you disappeared. My husband and I are both veterans, and though the central Texas VA is pretty awful, have you thought about seeking help from the VA? The VA in Dallas was always very good to me... I just hate for you to lose hope and give up... I've felt like doing the same so many times through this ordeal...

As far as my iPhone goes, I found that using windex wipes on it (toss any case you may have on it), along with keeping it in a ziploc baggie for about a week with a paradichlorobenzene mothball got them out of my phone. For books, I would do the same... Ziploc gallon size with a couple of mothballs. I've also realized that some of the stinging feelings on my skin are fungus/yeast related. The hard pin pricks are the springtails springing off of you... The crawly sort of stingy feeling is fungal... Antifungals help immensely. My scalp never stung like it does now until I applied my 6th and 7th coat of permethrin. All of the Durvet, permethrin, and sulfur (plus the ivermectin and antibiotics I used) killed my skin... Still struggling with my scalp.

When I had pin pricks on the soles of my feet (wearing socks in the house), I began wearing crocs everywhere and sprayed them down multiple times a day with 91% alcohol or diluted bleach water. I also found that slathering my feet with the pomada de azufre sulfur ointment after a shower and covering with socks until the next shower (for a week straight) got rid of the problem in my feet... It also got rid of my rough heels!! If you are unable to find the sulfur ointment locally, you can also find it on amazon.

I hope things improve for you... For everyone. If there is anything I can offer for help, please let me know...
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#75 Jan 23, 2013
Also, UK2... If you are on Tricare, please try to get help at BAMC... Was stationed there previously, and it really is a great hospital!

Since: Apr 12

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#76 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
<quoted text>Very interesting! Don't think it would work for collembola, because they don't feed on blood... That's also why none of the scabies treatments (stromectol/Bactrim) worked for us either... And the Perm/Lindane only helped while it was on... But I'll definitely remember that if we end up with any blood suckers down the road...:) Thank you for sharing!:)
What you need is DE food grade and buy the duster with it so you can lay down a light dusting of diatom powder on everything in a couple of weeks they and their eggs will all be killed. It drys them out. And it not poisonous.

Since: Apr 12

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#77 Jan 23, 2013
In UK2 wrote:
What about using an iPhone, reading a paper book or coating hands and fingers with vasaline?
Some experiences or tests.
We found that wiping your phone and hands down with Hydrogen Peroxide
Seems to keep them clean and free of bugs.
Lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#78 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly, you used mothballs to clean the phone and papers. Do you think if I put my clean clothes in a garment bag and added moth balls, it would keep them safe? I have been putting all clean clothes in black garbage bags which is a real pain cause I can't see what's in the bag. So I was thinking of garment bags to hang in the closet but was afraid the bugs would still get in. Maybe adding moth balls to the bag will help?
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#79 Jan 23, 2013
Lost wrote:
Shelly, you used mothballs to clean the phone and papers. Do you think if I put my clean clothes in a garment bag and added moth balls, it would keep them safe? I have been putting all clean clothes in black garbage bags which is a real pain cause I can't see what's in the bag. So I was thinking of garment bags to hang in the closet but was afraid the bugs would still get in. Maybe adding moth balls to the bag will help?
I really don't know, Lost... The moth balls are strong, but it seems like they need to be pretty concentrated in the bag with whatever you put them. I did dump a box of them on the floor of our spare bedroom closet floor to try and get them out of the few Army dress uniforms we kept... But to be honest, I don't know if it worked or not. I've been afraid to open that closet since... I do spray pesticide in there, too, but not on the uniforms (hoping they will jump off the clothes onto the floor).

We do use Kleen Green in the washer with my daughter's clothes because she reacts badly to the ammonia and borax... And I THINK it works because she doesn't seem to be breaking out in any bumpy rashes anymore... But it's close to $100 a gallon, too. Some people have said that dry cleaning works, but we haven't tried it. I guess the only thing you can really do is soak your clothes in the hottest temperature possible (you may want to crank up the heat on your water heater) with A&H powdered detergent, Borax, and ammonia. Any clothes that you feel itchy in after washing like this, you could bag separately and try again. I did have a few pairs of stretchy kind of pajama pants that I always seemed to itch in the same places while wearing... Seemed like I just couldn't get them clear with washing.... So I gave up and trashed them. We've lost almost everything we had with us in that house... Stuff just doesn't seem as important after dealing with these bugs, so we do tend to toss a lot of it.

Wish I had better answers for you... But I definitely sympathize with you... If I can think of anything else, I will definitely let ya know..
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#80 Jan 23, 2013
Also, most mothballs that you find will have the active ingredient napthalene... I found some at Walgreens that had the paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient (the were in weird little individual packets that you don't open)... I read about these on the shanspirations blog... I don't remember why they said not to use the napthalene ones, but it stuck with me for some reason. They are also available on amazon. I do know they got the bugs out of my phone... I would always feel the pin pricks while using it... And I haven't since then. Hope this helps a bit...

Since: Apr 12

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#81 Jan 23, 2013
Lost wrote:
Shelly, you used mothballs to clean the phone and papers. Do you think if I put my clean clothes in a garment bag and added moth balls, it would keep them safe? I have been putting all clean clothes in black garbage bags which is a real pain cause I can't see what's in the bag. So I was thinking of garment bags to hang in the closet but was afraid the bugs would still get in. Maybe adding moth balls to the bag will help?
You can keep the in the dresser if you use a duster with DE put a piece in and dust it then the next piece same thing.
I light layer of dust will kill any bug even larger bugs. Flys, cockroaches, ants and of course mites. It really works.
(Buy the food grade you can find it at the same price as the non food grade)
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#82 Jan 23, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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You can keep the in the dresser if you use a duster with DE put a piece in and dust it then the next piece same thing.
I light layer of dust will kill any bug even larger bugs. Flys, cockroaches, ants and of course mites. It really works.
(Buy the food grade you can find it at the same price as the non food grade)
Hiya! Did the DE get rid of your springtails, too? I found that it just killed my vacuum and ruined my carpet...:0/ Seems like it didn't do much for our springtails... Does help clean out the guts if you mix it into a drink...:0) Of course, I'm referring only to the white food grade kind...

Since: Apr 12

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#83 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
Also, most mothballs that you find will have the active ingredient napthalene... I found some at Walgreens that had the paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient (the were in weird little individual packets that you don't open)... I read about these on the shanspirations blog... I don't remember why they said not to use the napthalene ones, but it stuck with me for some reason. They are also available on amazon. I do know they got the bugs out of my phone... I would always feel the pin pricks while using it... And I haven't since then. Hope this helps a bit...
Diatomaceous earth has many different uses for the home and garden and even in your family. There are several different types that exist but the ideal product for your home is food grade DE because it is completely non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Many household products are harmful to the environment, your family and especially your garden where you probably are eating the fruits of your labor. This is why diatomaceous earth is such a great product because you can eliminate those harmful chemicals from your home. Diatomaceous earth is a revolution in creating a chemical free and healthy home. If you are still skeptical take a look at what many people are saying it can be used for in your home.

A natural deodorizer for garbage cupboard or refrigerators
Kitty litter supplement for extra absorbency and odor control
Soft scrub cleaner because of its abrasive properties
Oil stain remover in garages and driveways
Stain remover for carpets
Polishes metal when made into a paste
* De-wormer for pets and livestock
* Dietary supplement for healthier pets and livestock
Grain and food storage protection from moisture
This product can be used for many more things around the home but these are some of the more popular general uses that have surfaced since an increased interest in food grade diatomaceous earth.

The other main use for this product has been human consumption. Many people have found that the benefits that livestock and pets enjoy from consuming this product also have effect on humans. This is something that has been tried by individuals around the country and have given only glowing reviews of how it has affected their health. Diatomaceous earth is made available for human consumption in other parts of the world such as Europe and China but the FDA in the United States has not approved its use for human consumption only animal consumption. Because of this, diatomaceous earth cannot be sold as a dietary supplement in the United States without disclaimers that you consume it at your own risk. Also keep in mind that the health benefits suggested on this website are from people who have personal experience with this product. Nothing on this website is intended to replace the opinions of qualified physicians and other healthcare professionals. As stated above the FDA has not evaluated diatomaceous earth for human consumption and it is not intended to cure, treat or prevent any diseases or health conditions. If you have any special circumstances such as pregnancy, nursing, or any health condition, it is recommended you consult a physician before taking this as a dietary supplement.*
Lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#84 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
Also, most mothballs that you find will have the active ingredient napthalene... I found some at Walgreens that had the paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient (the were in weird little individual packets that you don't open)... I read about these on the shanspirations blog... I don't remember why they said not to use the napthalene ones, but it stuck with me for some reason. They are also available on amazon. I do know they got the bugs out of my phone... I would always feel the pin pricks while using it... And I haven't since then. Hope this helps a bit...
Were you bagging your clothes after you washed them? Do you still bag them?
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#85 Jan 23, 2013
Lost wrote:
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Were you bagging your clothes after you washed them? Do you still bag them?
Absolutely! We still do... After fighting these devils for so long, I think we will have to probably go at least a month straight without finding one single dead one before we stop (we were over three weeks free of them when we found those couple of bugs)... I've found that the Member's Mark drawstring trash bags from Sam's Club are the best bang for the buck (13 gallon white ones are easiest to see through when trying to locate a certain item). You can really stuff them with clothes without fear of them ripping like some other brands do. What we do that helps is separating our clothes as they come out of the dryer into our own bags... So when we need something to wear, we just go to our bag.

Since we did find two dead ones recently, we are ordering the two chemicals suggested by Aurore in a previous post to try soon. Onslaught and Nyguard from domyownpestcontrol... After reading reviews on these two pesticides, I'm thinking it may be a better option for all over indoor control. Also, since we have been using the Transport Mikron and Martin's IGR for so long, it's probably a good idea to switch things up in case a few are resistant now. The Transport and Martin's were definitely game changers for us. I just worry about those few that are popping up recently.

Don't want to get our stuff out of storage until they are completely gone for a while. Looks like we will be living out of trash bags, too, for a while longer...:0/

Since: Apr 12

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#86 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
<quoted text>Hiya! Did the DE get rid of your springtails, too? I found that it just killed my vacuum and ruined my carpet...:0/ Seems like it didn't do much for our springtails... Does help clean out the guts if you mix it into a drink...:0) Of course, I'm referring only to the white food grade kind...
That's why you need a duster to put down lightly it takes very little to cover a room. They claim it's good to eat one spoon full a day is very good for you.
It's a colin cleaner.

It killed all of our spring tails, flys, Asian beetles and the mites.

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