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HELP....How to get rid of bird mites on scalp?

Asked by MooCows (3195points) October 27th, 2016

My scalp is itching like crazy and I can feel
some bits on it. I also have some bites on the
back of my neck. I deal with meat chickens
so I am afraid that is probably what it is but
I cannot find a cure on line. Please help!

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

What I did was cut my hair down to the scalp so they don’t have a habitat to thrive with. I didn’t have mites I had fungus. I still have it but not as bad.

Pandora's avatar

Try apple cider vinegar. It’s pretty good for about anything. Mix it with water about ⅓ water and the rest apple cider vinegar and pour it on your scalp, and then use a plastic shower cap and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then shampoo it off. While you wait, you can heat up some towels and wrap it over the plastic shower cap. Do this part for at least 15 minutes.
I know it works pretty well for some mites but I’m not sure about bird mites. I use that or vinegar for my dogs when they have mite problems. Seems to resolve the problem pretty well.

cazzie's avatar

They don’t live on humans it seems. Not like lice. Try spraying something like a solution with lemongrass or citronella essential oil in it on your hair and clothes so the are less inclined to come in contact with you. Some one has written cedar oil and tea tree oil works. Good luck. I’m scratching in sympathy.

si3tech's avatar

@MooCows Have you found any “cure/resolution” to this apparent maddening situation?

MooCows's avatar

Went to MD today and he says chicken mites and gave me Permethrin cream
to put on head to toe for 12 hours then do it again in 7 days. Thing is mite
symptoms can be felt several weeks to a month after final treatment and
one partner can get well from them using the cream but it might not work
for the other partner so there is risk of being reinfected. If I can stand for 10
minutes in 50c or 122F container they will all die!

MooCows's avatar

Sooooo who gets to take care of the 250 meat chickens
we got the mites from? Rock, Sissors. Paper?

snowberry's avatar

P Allen Smith has a show on Public TV. His show today was on keeping chickens naturally. I immediately thought of you. He says to put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in each gallon of water to improve their immune system. Do this 2–3 times a week. To prevent lice, put a clove of garlic in their water. You can also use minced or garlic powder.

Oh, and I’m thinking that if you eat a lot of garlic it will discourage the bugs you have on your body too. Here’s that link.

cazzie's avatar

@snowberry she has 250 meat chickens. This isn’t some cute backyard operation. It’s a factory farm, most likely in a shed and these chickens probably don’t even see the sky their whole lives.

snowberry's avatar

I know. That’s why I posted it. She wanted to get rid of the mites/lice on herself and her chickens and hasn’t had much success. What a horrible way to live!

If garlic discourages mites and lice in chickens, it should do the same for her. Yeah, that might make her smell like garlic, but if it works, it’s worth a try. After all, she got ‘em from the chickens from in the first place. Nobody else here has posted anything else that’s worked!

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