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Invisible little demon bugs (cheylietella mites)

Updated on June 13, 2012

My horror story

I had invisible crawling sensations and stinging bites and blisters and itching. I thought for 5 weeks it was the bed bugs, but it wasn't. I and the animals were the only ones being affected by this for a while, but then they started attacking the rest of the family. Because of not knowing how to fight these insects, and after trying everything I could think of, day after day and not winning, depression and exhaustion and loss of appetite set in. Along with many sleepless nights itching to death. How was I ever going to get my family their normal lives back? These things were every where, and the worst part was you could not see them, you could only feel them. They should be called Houdini Demons, because they are very good at being invisible and attacking you non stop. But there is always hope right, a light at the end of the tunnel. YES! And slowly but surely we are crawling our way back up that tunnel. You just need the right tools to fight them and never, never ever give up. Or they will win and take over your house and your life.

Plan of attack

Weapons to use against the mites

First of all expect this to take several weeks to get rid of. There is no easy cure in just one step. If you keep at it, the mites should be gone in around 3-4 weeks. But the work has to be done every day, not just a couple of times a week. This is because the mites hatch every 7-10 days, so you're not going to know when they are hatching and when they are not.


My whole family was prescribed Permethrin cream. We applied it twice in one month. Our animals were put on Revolution a total of 3 doses for 6 weeks. The Permethrin helped my 2 sons and my husband, but the mites were still getting on me, probably because I'm a woman and have a low immune system. The mites are not completely getting off of my animals either. And the Permethrin is causing side effects to my skin so I'm not using it again. So here is what else I had done to help myself and the animals.


I take 1 garlic pill, 1 zinc pill, 1 MSM 1000 mg capsule, and 1 vitamin C tablet. I also drink 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar a day. The garlic and the MSM will kill the mites internally and on your skin. The mites had made it into my nasal area and ears, causing me to cough. Within the 1st day of taking the MSM my cough started to go away. I am also giving MSM to my animals now, dosage according to weight. Due to the mites being in their ears and nasal area also. After reading about side effects from Permethrin and other pesticides, I have decided I will no longer resort to those methods in dealing with these mites.


For my baths I now take sea salt baths and use sulfer soap. Make sure to soak in the sea salt for a little while before applying your soap. And once you apply the soap leave on your skin about 5 mins before rinsing off. I use Tea Tree oil Oranix Mint shampoo and conditioner. And once a week I use Selsun Blue. The Selsun blue has sulfer in it, so only use once a week if needed. Leave both shampoo and conditioner on your head for about 5 mins then rinse. After my bath I apply a lotion mixed with Neem Oil. The Neem Oil confuses the mites so they don't know to eat, mate or lay eggs, and usually if I get a bite it's gone within 24 hours after using the Neem. The idea here is to confuse them so they will starve to death. I mix 1 ML to 100 ML of the lotion. I have used coconut body butter and Vasoline Aloe. I use about 2 droppers full of the Neem Oil. With changing my Immune system and doing these methods I have felt no crawling or bites for about a week now. You might have to use the Neem oil for 3-4 weeks.


You should bathe your pets at least once a week. I have gotten the best results using 2 handfuls of sea salt mixed to one gallon water, and 3 ounces of lime juice and bottle guord squash. If you bathe them in the sea salt mixture don't rinse it off, just apply it like a dip. I am also using Selsun Blue on them. And I wash their bedding and blankets every other day. On days I don't wash their bedding I spray Kleen Green on them or you can spray Pinesol mixed with water on them.


To get them totally out of my laundry, we bag all dirty and clean clothes, and clothes that are stored. I use 3/4 cup Clorox Bleach with chlorine lavender scented, 1/2 cup Borax, and ALL with OXI. Hand towels and dish towels are changed every day. These mites love anything with fabric and will stay there to get back on to you and your animals.


Two things have worked the best for me so far. And that's Kleen Green and Pinesol. You can choose either route for killing them. If you choose Kleen Green make sure to mix it 1 oz to 7 oz of water. And for the Pinesol mix 1/4 cup to one gallon water. You can spray either of them on to carpets, walls, furniture, and floors, door trims, and window trims, shelves, cracks, anywhere the mites might hide. Spray every day for 3-4 weeks. This includes your bed. The mites like dark damp places so make sure to get closets too. Ventilate your house as much as you can on comfortable days of 70-75 with low humidity. This will help to dry them out. And if you have an air purifier run it with the ionizer on with windows open when ventilating your house. It makes them stick to surfaces so you can kill them. Vacuum every day for 3-4 weeks, this include hard floors. Mop hard floors every 2-3 days with the Pinesol and clean your bathrooms every 3-4 days. If you prefer not to spray your walls, you can use a swiffer mop to wash them. If you have pets, pay special attention to where they lay on the carpet, make sure to spray good there.

Most of everything is bagged in my house. Wall hangings, pictures, curtains, and I had to burn my living room furniture because of how infested it was. We are using lawn chairs. Any papers you have out, bag them. These are surface mites and will get to you anyway they can.


These mites made it into my car, so I sprayed Kleen Green in there, and made sure to vacuum once a week. Spray everywhere in your car, floors, seats, doors, ceiling, and dashboard. You can use the Pinesol also. Spray every day for 3-4 weeks. Clean your car out, don't leave any papers out anywhere or extra fabric.


We have our beds encased in protective bed bug mattress and pillow covers. And we had to cover our box springs with this also because the mites were inside of the box springs. I would suggest you also get carpet tape and put it on the legs of your bed so they cannot crawl up from the floor and have your bed pulled away from the wall. When I first started my treatment my bedding was washed every 2 days. I can now go up to 4-5 days. When washing your bedding this is the time to spray the mattress and pillows so they can dry before you put sheets back onto bed. On the days your not washing bedding, make the bed so that the top blanket is covering everything including pillows and just spray the top blanket that day. Make sure to spray the headboard and foot boards to bed and side boards also every day. If you have a fan in your room I suggest not using it until you know the mites are under control. We ran a fan at night and they were getting on to me that way because of floating in the air. It's week 4 of treatment and we can now run the fan again. I keep all doors to the bedrooms closed at all times so no mites can float in there. And I spray the door trims to keep them from crawling thru cracks into them. Also keep pets out of bedrooms if you have them. You need to get rest to fight these mites, so the quicker you can get them out of your bedroom the better off you'll be. Within 2 weeks of treatment they were totally out of our bedrooms.


If you have dogs the mites will be in your yard area also. You can spread Organic Diamataceous earth powder out there once a week for 3-4 weeks.


Having these mites and not knowing what they were at first, drove me absolutely batty. We did have bed bugs at the same time and at first I thought that is what was crawling on me that was invisible. But after doing research on bed bugs, these things had a totally different behavior pattern than the bed bugs. They are out during the day and night. They were so bad in our carpets, that I could feel them jump onto my legs and crawl up my feet. Just walking 10 ft from my bathroom to my bedroom I had 10 on each foot, and they burrowed under my toe nails. They would hang onto my toes in shower and stay on my skin. I had 2 of them try to crawl into my eyes in bed one night. I had gotten so sick, and depressed I could not even eat and was exhausted trying to fight them every day with bed bug tactics, which were not working of course. I lost over 20 lbs in 5 weeks. So I made sure to go to the doctor got put on the medicine and then started to feel better. I even got medicine to help me sleep at night so that I could get some rest to be able to fight against them the next day. So make sure to take care of yourself, get rest and eat well. The mites will usually attack you more when you are at your weakest. Try to get some relaxation or entertainment, you need to enjoy yourself while going thru this so you don't lose your mind. And talk to people who are going thru what your going thru, you need to vent and relieve some stress, and realize your not alone in this fight. There are thousands of people going thru this, and no one has found a cure for it yet. The things I have done I believe are the closest cure so far.


By doing all of these things together it has been almost 4 weeks and the mites are almost totally gone, from the house, yard, car, us and the animals. So if you're going through the same thing, I would suggest you make a plan of attack to wage war like I did. And make sure to do everything all at the same time, treatment of yourselves, house, car and yard, or you'll just keep re-infesting yourselves and never get rid of them. I even plan on leaving clothes and other things bagged for an additional 3-4 weeks to make sure they are gone. Their average life cycle is about 21-35 days. Hatching every 7-10 days. But some people suggest they can live up to 63 days. So I'm not taking any chances. I am going to make sure they are totally gone. And when I do open bags to re-introduce things to our home, I will make sure it outside where I can spray it first. One thing I did notice was when these things were really bad in our home, just to walk in a room you could feel them land on you, or you would feel itchy. It's a nice feeling now in our home, every room has lost that itchy feeling because of all the hard work.

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      Bellalb 6 months ago

      I have been dealing with this for over a year or longer. I can't take anymore. I've done everything, nothing works

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      Teresa 11 months ago

      I have been living this hell for 4 years. It seems they only attack my animals and myself, so the others say it's imagination and do nothing to help get rid of them. I have tried everything in the market and that I can think of to no avail. Of ciyese, no matter how hard I fight, if they don't do anything it's a no win situation. I am at my wit's end. Financially unable to leave, I just don't know how much longer I can fight them and my husband and mother. You vacuum the room and before you can get to the other side they're all over where you just finished. When you fight them, that's when they attack you the worse. If they bite you and go to remove that one, you'll get bute by 5 others in different locations to attract your attention away from the original one. They are very loyal to each other and rush to their defense. You have to give them credit for that. I'm finding that's not something we humans do so easily. I envy them that. I no longer have dreams for the future I know what tomorrow will bring. More if today. The only dream I allow myself is of finding out what they are, how to kill them and of having the privilege of being the one to wipe them off the face of the planet while administering as much pain as possible and still manage to get the job done!!

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      moe 18 months ago

      what did you do for the nasal and ears as well as eyes

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      2 years ago

      I thought mine are larvae of moths? How do you know?

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      Donna 2 years ago

      How are you doing now? Did you actually get rid of them because every time I think I have they start up.There is definately a 2 week period where they start up again. I guess new ones hatching.

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      reeree504 4 years ago

      I thank you ever so much, I am a mother of a 3,2, nd 4 mth old, I have been fighting these demons for 4yrs,and these past 6months have been help on earth. It seems like I'm the only in my household being affected with bumps, hives, losing hair, itching non-stop, not eating, and stremely sleep deprived. Thank you so much, just when I was giving up, I found this!!