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Black Pepper Mites mistaken for Bedbugs

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  1. Tim Osman

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Jan 7 2013 21:41:11
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    We have bedbugs in our building, which is essentially a 2-dimensional problem (floors and some walls if the place is set up right), so I was perplexed when these "invisible bedbugs" started biting me at my computer station, biting my butt at the kitchen table (non-cloth chairs), & biting me in every room, including my bed.

    I went nuts! I tossed out most of my furniture and bedding and walled my electronics behind airtight plastic sheeting. They still kept biting me! I had to wear insect repellent 24/7!

    I soon discovered that the bites were similar, but NOT the same. Unlike bedbug bites which are red and itch for a week if untreated, these bites were red and burned for a couple of hours if untreated; these bites also clumped together like water blisters and lost their redness in a couple of hours. (Both bites can be treated with a paste made of bentonite (hydrated clay) and baking soda.)

    After numerous online searches, I finally discovered what these "invisible bedbugs" were. More importantly, I discovered how to kill these black pepper mites. Since I'm not crazy about insecticides, I tried various ineffective "green" enzyme products first before purchasing an insecticide with the chemical pyrethrin (not permethrin used for bedbugs; that just makes them angry). It was a fogger called Dr. Doom. I wore a clear plastic garbage bag over my head and fogged the crap out my apartment. It took 2 foggings to eradicate the mites; I had to fog my keyboard and place it in a plastic bag overnight.

    For the first time in months, I didn't have to wear Deep Woods Off to bed.
    I love the smell of pyrethrin in the morning:)

  2. jeanlouis234

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Jan 7 2013 23:49:21
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    could you see the mites?

    I'm having a similar issue

  3. LAWoman

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sat Mar 16 2013 22:01:21
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    Although I cringe at the mental image of you with a plastic bag over your head fogging your apartment with pesticides I do have to give you a thumbs up for killing the mites. Did you ever see the mites or how did you discover what they were? Just curious.


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