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  1. brooklyn_bites

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sun May 27 2012 8:44:45
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    This forum has been a plethora of knowledge about bedbugs, thank you, but now that I am recognizing I probably have mites, and not bedbugs, I am at a loss. I have received A LOT of conflicting information about mites from various PCO's and the Internet. Could some experts chime in here?

    - Do newer moth balls do anything in helping prevent/eradicate them (inside stuff)?
    - I have found washing my clothes (and not JUST drying) has been more effective at killing them in my clothing. Is this scientifically proven, and is it necessary to add Borax or other ingredients?
    - Is it possible I have Northern fowl mites living on rodents?
    - Can rodent mite bites be felt?
    - I read Northern fowl mites can live up to 2-3 weeks w/o blood meal and Tropical rat mites 63 days. Then I was told by a PCO UP TO A YEAR. What is true?
    - I was told to move, because it would be too difficult to eradicate all rodents.
    - Moving: I was told to just spray everything down with 75% rubbing alcohol as I pack and wash all of my clothes, and I should not bring them with me, but I feel skeptical about this.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sun May 27 2012 8:49:38
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    Oh, also: Can they survive in cars?

  3. Koebner

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sun May 27 2012 9:32:12
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    Find a specialist PCO.
    Stay away from the mite sites. Especially the ratmite sites, a festival of pseudoscience & delusional parasitosis.

    There will be a specialist service you can use. Often people who really understand fowl & rodent mites are focussed on treating agricultural setups but they will be able to give you sensible advice, & even if they don't do domestic work themselves, they may be able to point you at someone who can help.

    You don't seem to have had any proper ID of your problem - do you have any samples? The FAQs on this site explain how to get samples definitively ID'd.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sun May 27 2012 23:14:46
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    I've been collecting samples. I can't get anything ID'ed til Tuesday (long weekend) (and I don't have a microscope until Wednesday or Thursday).

    I've spoken to or worked with multiple "PCO specialists". They ALL have different information on all of the questions I listed.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Mon May 28 2012 0:31:11
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    Did you catch something on the glue monitors already? Do you want to come to my office to show me? I'm in Malverne long island, 1 block from the rail.

    Forget fowl mites - if its mites, its most likely rodent mites and I have never heard of anyone moving because of them. Thats just crazy! The building would need to be over run with rodents and even then you could do simple rodent exclusion work.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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