Demodex mites not only affect pets; they can also affect humans on the scalp, face and eyelashes. Symptoms of demodex mites range from scabies, enlarged pores on the face, dandruff and itchiness of the scalp, redness, dryness and flaking on the eyelashes as well as thinning hair, rosasea and inflammation of afflicted areas. The reason why it is difficult to get rid of demodex mites is because they are often misdiagnosed-many skin conditions are rather similar to mites. Also, these tiny mites can stay hidden inside cracks and crevices on the clothing and in our environment; as a result, they keep coming back to re-infect the patient and his/her family members. Today we will discuss top home remedies to get rid of demodex mites in the house and on the scalp an eyelashes:
Borax powder is the best remedy to get rid of demodex mites around the house. Sprinkle Borax powder on all surfaces, under the furniture and on the carpet and rugs. Leave it on for 30 minutes before vacuuming. Vacuum the entire house thoroughly. Repeat this process all over after 3 days. You can also use diluted borax powder to bathe. To a bucket of water, add a cup of Borax and use it for washing the scalp and body-make sure you protect your eyes with goggles. Repeat this remedy two to three times a week. This is a wonderful remedy to get rid of demodex mites from the face and scalp.
2. Essential oils
The best essential oils for demodex mites on the eyelash are Tea tree oil, Peppermint oil, Lemon oil and oil of Oregano. Dilute any of these oils and use it for bathing. You can also use Tea tree oil to scrub infected eyelids. The efficacy of Tea tree oil in treating eyelid demodex mange has even been reported in Pubmed article. Shampoos and cleansers with peppermint oil or tea tree oil can also be used for washing hair and skin. Apply these to affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing clean-do not dry the body with a towel and let the product form a thin layer on the skin.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Add a cupful of organic apple cider vinegar to your bathwater. Soak in it for 20 minutes and also use diluted ACV to cleanse the scalp. This remedy clears demodex infection from the body, face and scalp and also improves their overall health.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
This is another powerful remedy to get rid of demodex mites in the house. Wash and scrub all surfaces with diluted peroxide. You can also bathe with it.
5. Wash all infested items
It is very important to wash clothes, jewelry, and other items in hot water. Mites prefer cotton clothes in dark colors but as a precaution, you must wash every clothing item you possess in hottest setting of the washer and dryer. You can also add Borax to your washing machine to clean the clothes well and get rid of mites.
6. Treat pets with lime sulfur dip
Pets are often responsible for demodex mites in humans. Shampoo your pet with antifungal and antibacterial (or any vet approved flea shampoo). If possible, use Lime Sulfur dip to bathe all pets in your household. Also use vet-approved spot treatment to prevent mites. Bathe your dog once a week for 3-6 weeks until all mites are gone. If your pet is itchy, use an oatmeal shampoo to stop the itch. For very itchy pets, use stretch clothes to prevent them from scratching their skin. This is very important to prevent secondary infections.
7. Diatomaceous earth powder
Sprinkle food grade diatomaceous powder all over the floors, bed, pillows and furniture. Avoid sleeping in the treated room as DE powder can be harmful to human lungs if inhaled. Next day, vacuum all surfaces and wash all treated linen in hot water and detergent. Repeat treatment after 3 days to get rid of demodex mites in house.
8. Neem oil
Neem is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory product that can kill parasites quckly. Apply neem oil mixed with a bit of coconut oil all over the body, eyelids and scalp. Leave it on overnight, then rinse clean the next morning. Repeat this remedy bi-weekly.
This is a smelly yet an effective remedy to get rid of demodex mites quickly all around the house. Use diluted bleach to disinfect all surfaces in the house. Some people also actually bathe in diluted bleach solution. Washing color-safe infested clothes in bleach can also kill the mites and prevent a re-infestation.
10. Coconut oil
Coconut oil for demodex mites in humans and pets is a safe remedy to get rid of scabies and other related symptoms. Massage the scalp, eyelids and entire body with warm coconut oil. Leave the oil on for few hours before bathing with Borax or bleach solution. You can also take coconut oil internally as it is anti-inflammatory, antifungal and anti-parasitic. It also strengthens the immunity and helps your body fight mites from the inside.
11. Dietary changes
Many people with recurrent demodex mites have seen good results with dietary changes. It helps to keep the diet more alkaline (fruits and vegetables) and avoid acidic foods like red meat, caffeine, sugar etc. Taking herbal supplements like Golden Seal, Echinacea and Green tea extracts can help improve immune function and strengthen the body from inside.
We hope these remedies for Demodex mites in humans and pets help you.