Collembola/Springtails
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#87 Jan 23, 2013
One more thought before I head to bed... An Amazon Prime membership can be invaluable during something like this.$79 a year for free 2 day shipping on any item with the "Prime" logo on it... In the beginning of this madness, I would at times pay $15 for two day shipping for an item that I felt I needed right that moment to help with this fight. Didn't even occur to me to get the membership... There are other perks, too... Also, if you live overseas, I've heard of people using their Prime membership and getting items within five days in the middle east... Definitely something to look into if you haven't yet...

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#88 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
One more thought before I head to bed... An Amazon Prime membership can be invaluable during something like this.$79 a year for free 2 day shipping on any item with the "Prime" logo on it... In the beginning of this madness, I would at times pay $15 for two day shipping for an item that I felt I needed right that moment to help with this fight. Didn't even occur to me to get the membership... There are other perks, too... Also, if you live overseas, I've heard of people using their Prime membership and getting items within five days in the middle east... Definitely something to look into if you haven't yet...
Good point. Thanks.
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#89 Jan 23, 2013
Thats exactly what I'm going to do too! The people at Do it my self said the Transport Mikron gives a big knockdown to pest (hopefully it will work on these demons) and then I figure I can spray the nyguard and onslaught in carpet. Worth a try! Thank you for sharing about Transport Mikron because I had never heard of that!
Shelly wrote:
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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

United States

#90 Jan 24, 2013
Aurore wrote:
Thats exactly what I'm going to do too! The people at Do it my self said the Transport Mikron gives a big knockdown to pest (hopefully it will work on these demons) and then I figure I can spray the nyguard and onslaught in carpet. Worth a try! Thank you for sharing about Transport Mikron because I had never heard of that!<quoted text>
You bet!! Big Thanks to you, too!!:)
Shelly

United States

#91 Jan 24, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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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.
Thanks for the info on DE! Guess I went overboard on it... We tried a little hand held duster in the beginning, but I guess it wasn't a very good one... So we gave up and spread too much of it, leading to disaster.:0/ Very good information, though! Thank you for sharing!
misery_in_au

Wentworthville, Australia

#92 Jan 25, 2013
Bumping this for Shelly.
Still treating. Some improvement since finding 96% alcohol.
Shelly

Tyler, TX

#93 Jan 25, 2013
Thanks, MIA! How is everything going? I'm kind of in freak out mode... Noticing a rashy area creeping up on my daughter and a couple of itchy spots showing up on me... Guess I should stop reading on Topix.... And paying such close attention to everything. This shite gives me anxiety.:(
lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#94 Jan 28, 2013
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#95 Jan 28, 2013
how is your daughter Shelly?
Shelly wrote:
Thanks, MIA! How is everything going? I'm kind of in freak out mode... Noticing a rashy area creeping up on my daughter and a couple of itchy spots showing up on me... Guess I should stop reading on Topix.... And paying such close attention to everything. This shite gives me anxiety.:(
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#96 Jan 28, 2013
How is your daughter Shelly????
Shelly

United States

#97 Jan 29, 2013
lost wrote:
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Hi Lost! We had some problems with the cedarcide in my car, too... Just got them fixed. If you have kids or pets, please be careful with the Transport. I just got my cat in to the vet yesterday... The vet is trying to save him.:( My other cat is fine, but I think the chemicals we sprayed on the floor were too much for him... The vet said some cats react to pyrethroids, while others don't. You may want to try the Onslaught with the Nyguard, as Aurore suggested after calling up domyownpestcontrol. Maybe Transport as a crack and crevice? It is kinda pricey... But a little really goes a long way. I would definitely spray the Nyguard or the Martins IGR in your cars and then try the menthol crystals in a coffee cup... On a cup warmer. It really does seem to help. Hope you find some relief soon!
Shelly

United States

#98 Jan 29, 2013
Aurore wrote:
How is your daughter Shelly????
Hi Aurore! Thank you for asking... Was pretty freaked out this weekend after looking at her boogies... Looked very similar to the pictures I found of fungus gnat larvae... But looked more into it and realized it was club shaped fungal spores... Looks identical to alternaria. Getting her into a pediatric allergist this afternoon and an ENT very soon. Still very worried about her, but hoping this allergist will run some tests and figure it out. Also, got my mysterious mite sample into the County Ag extension... Waiting to see if they can ID it. Still pretty freaked about that.

How are you doing?
Shelly

United States

#99 Jan 29, 2013
lost wrote:
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Hi again, Lost! I'm sorry... Looked back and realized I didn't answer your questions. I'm worried about my suggestion to use the Transport as an all over spray now... It is for cracks and crevices only, and it very strong, so it might not be wise to spray it everywhere... Especially if you have kids or pets. If you're to the point where I was a couple of months ago, you won't care and are willing to try anything... But please really think about these things. If I had known my cat would have liver problems because of it, I would have found an alternative. I just don't want anyone to be harmed...

For the Martin's IGR, I mixed one ounce to one gallon of water in a 2 gallon pump sprayer from Lowe's... Sprayed a light mist on all flooring, baseboards, and inside lower cabinets.... Under refrigerator and along sides. You don't want to have puddles on your floors, but you do want an even coverage of the chemical. I also opened up all windows as I went and sprayed inside the metal ledge of the windows. Make sure you turn on all fans, open all windows, and turn your heat or -A/C to the ON position, instead of Auto. This should help recycle your inside air, as well. If you live where it's super cold right now or if there's snow on the ground, you might not be able to do this... It's really your call... We did leave windows open and vacate while it was cold.. Just kept heater running on high with windows open to help air out/dry out. Since these bugs thrive in moisture, a good dehumidifier may be a good idea, too. We don't run ours all the time... Usually after we spray and whenever it feels slightly muggy... For the Transport, we did the same routine on alternating weeks. If you go with the Nyguard and Onslaught instead, these two can be mixed together in the same tank, so no need to spray them separately.

If you go with the Transport, be sure to spray around the perimeter of your home as well. I sprayed inside all weep holes to keep bugs out of there, as well as about two feet up all around the house and a few feet away from the house on the grass. Sprayed all window ledges, as well. You just want to create a barrier that kills bugs before they can enter your home, as well. This spring, we will also be treating our yard with Bifen granules from domyownpestcontrol... And probably spraying the yard to keep springtails and any other bugs from hitching a ride into the house. Hope this helps, lady...
Shelly

United States

#100 Jan 29, 2013
One more thing... The nystatin pills were great... Temporarily. Went to see my PA yesterday and she was willing to prescribe terbinafine, which should be effective against candida (if that's the problem) or this fungus I've IDed in my daughter's nose, which i suspect is whats growing on my scalp (springtails are known to spread and feed on fungus... I also read that they spread some sort of nasty plant fungus... But that nobody really knows which one... This Alternaria IS a plant fungus that can affect humans... So who knows?)

Cross your fingers for me... I'll let you all know if the terbinafine works or not... And what they decide to treat my daughter with...
Shelly

United States

#101 Jan 29, 2013
lost wrote:
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Lost!! One more thing... Have you received your microscope yet??:)
misery_in_au

Sydney, Australia

#102 Jan 29, 2013
Shelly wrote:
Thanks, MIA! How is everything going? I'm kind of in freak out mode... Noticing a rashy area creeping up on my daughter and a couple of itchy spots showing up on me... Guess I should stop reading on Topix.... And paying such close attention to everything. This shite gives me anxiety.:(
Gosh Shelly, you've been busy. Relieved to hear (well as relieved as you can be) that its not gnat eggs but something else a bit less irritating for your little girl... still its a worry anyway. All kids are a worry. No matter the age ;)
Things going ok here, still treating, getting better since I got onto 96% alcohol, really dries those suckers areas up. It actually smells kinda nice too, very crisp and clean smell. Also treating face and skin with another product high in alcohol, Bonne Belle 10-0-6, works surprisingly well on legs too. Amazing what we will try. And another two tubes perm tonight at chemist, takes the total up somewhere over ... well I hate to think. Luckily I'm one of those with absolutely no reaction to it skin-wise or otherwise.
lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#103 Jan 29, 2013
Thank you Shelly for the info on the chemicals. Will order the Nyguard and Onslaught. Don't want to take a chance with the Transport with my dog. She is already acting strange and shakes her head a lot. I have been spraying her with cedarcide to try to keep the bugs off her. Not sure if it is working.

Plant fungus. Funny you should say that. We have these white flakey things appearing everywhere. Counters and floating in the air. I had a mold specialist look at them and he said it was a plant like cell. I always thought it was a fungus, so it must be a plant fungus. Spread by the Collembola? Probably.

My scalp is getting worse it seems. The sulphur cream you used - you left it on overnight in your hair? So your hair was kinda wet then? In Megan's stopskinmites blog she said the fungus thrives on moisture and to keep your hair dry. So I was afraid to use the sulphur cream overnight. Did you have any problems going to bed with wet hair? Did it make the fungus worse?

Hope your daughter gets better really quick. It's bad enough that we have to suffer thru this but I hate to see the children suffer too. Can only imagine what you are going thru worrying about your daughter too. Will say a prayer for her.
lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#104 Jan 29, 2013
Yes, rec'd the microscope. Sent the pics to an Entomologist. He said one looked like a larvae but the others he couldn't tell because the pics were not very focused. Thought the others were debris. No way. Not debris. Looks like bugs to me. Going to get samples off the window ledge with tape like you suggested and try looking at those. Not sure if I have mites or collembola, or both. thinks its both.
lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#105 Jan 29, 2013
Need to ask everyone this. I feel like I am a leper. Don't want to go by anyone's home because I'm afraid they will catch this. Don't want to have anyone by my house for the same reason. My Dad is in the hospital at 88 yrs old and I can't even see him because I don't want him to catch this. Are all of you like this too? Do you not go anywhere or see anyone because they might catch it? It's bad enough at work when I see people scratch when they are by me. Went to the doctor yesterday and she scratched the entire time. So, this means we can't go anywhere or have anyone over until it is cleared up? Which could be never??? I am so lost..........

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#106 Jan 29, 2013
lost wrote:
Need to ask everyone this. I feel like I am a leper. Don't want to go by anyone's home because I'm afraid they will catch this. Don't want to have anyone by my house for the same reason. My Dad is in the hospital at 88 yrs old and I can't even see him because I don't want him to catch this. Are all of you like this too? Do you not go anywhere or see anyone because they might catch it? It's bad enough at work when I see people scratch when they are by me. Went to the doctor yesterday and she scratched the entire time. So, this means we can't go anywhere or have anyone over until it is cleared up? Which could be never??? I am so lost..........
Well one person on here once claimed he didn't care anymore to kind of quote him.

I tired of Doctors treating me like I'm nuts. I'm done, I don't care who I infect maybe if there is a massive break out then they ( The Doctors ) will start taking this more seriously.

Again I want to stress this is not me.
But I can understand his feelings.

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