The Mite Menace
As a follow-up to my story in dealing with skin parasites in Strange Occurrence of Skin Parasites, I have learned that mite (Acariasis) infestation is becoming a growing problem and that many people are suffering from them across the country. For the most part, wild birds and mice nesting somewhere are responsible for infesting people’s homes; in the news, there have been reported cases where people have been hospitalized or properties abandoned because of the growing menace.
If you click on the highlighted subject below it will take you to the link.
Medications can be used for infections but not in all cases. I do know one person who has found them helpful.
Merck has a listing of medications to use.
In my research, I found some scientific publications where essential oils were used or tested on various arthropods.
Manuka & Tea Tree Oil
Chamomile Extract and EO on ticks & mites (see full publication)
Recently, Macchioni et al. (2004) showed the antagonistic activity of chamomile (Matricaria chamomile) flowers’ extract against mite Psoroptes caniculi. In the present study, we examined the acaricidal potential of the extract obtained from the flowers of chamomile (M. chamomile) against the females of Rhipicephalus annulatus to elucidate its ability as a cattle fever tick biocontrol agent.
Chamomile Mite Abstract
Arcaricidal properties of decoctions, infusions and macerates of dried flower heads of camomile, Matricaria chamomilla L. (Asterales: Asteraceae) were tested in vitro against the mite Psoroptes cuniculi Delafond (Parasitiformes: Psoroptidae). This mite species is responsible for otoacariasis in domestic animals. Mites were exposed to the extracts for 24, 48 or 72 h. All the extracts tested showed highly significant acaricidal activity when compared with controls. Among them, a decoction of 10% was the only formulation which gave 100% activity at all the three observations times.
Chenopodium on mites
Pine Essential Oil
Tea Tree, Lavender & Lemon EOs on Lice & Dust Mites
Plant Oils tested on mites
Mint & Peppermint Study on Mites
Zoonatic infestations from pets can also be a possible source for a problem. Making sure that your pets are clean and regularly dewormed will help tremendously. It is my understanding that house birds and cats carry the largest amount of parasites. In my next post, I’ll discuss this subject along with offering some tips or links to help combat parasites or arthropod problem.
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