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Saturday, July 07, 2012

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When I moved from Illinois to South Carolina, I was not aware that I was entering a world of Prehistoric Insects until I found one in my pajama drawer!

Because of the warm southern climate here, an outdoor insect like the "Palmetto Bug" a giant flying roach can survive all winter indoors or outdoors.

This bug is unpredictable. I was sitting in a dark theater watching the first minutes of a suspense movie, "The Box" starring Nichole Kidman. It was a scary movie but not nearly as scary as the shadow of a flying Palmetto Bug that flew through the theater and landed on the dark corner at the top of the movie screen.

You could not help but notice it. In the projector's light, the shadow of the bug had been magnified 100 times it's size!!

Once the bug landed, it set in the dark corner for a long time. Folks had started to relax and were trying to watch the movie.

As the movie's plot started to unfold, the music turned eery and the actors were showing anxiety and fear. The teenage girls sitting in the first few rows also started to get anxious.

Lord help us, the bug started moving again. It walked out onto the screen and made an entrance as if it were a paid actor.

It flew a couple of feet off the screen and grew bigger and bigger as it flew into the light from the projector.

The monster shadow did seem to be flying towards the teens before the bug landed back in the dark corner.

Unbeknown to what was happening inside the theater, the girls' dates came in from the Concession Stand with their mega large tub of popcorn and their drinks.

As if with perfect timing, the bug flew off the screen again. It started flying towards the girls just as the guys were trying to sit down.

The girls screaming and with arms flaying, jumped up from their seats trying to get away, knocking the popcorn up out of his hands, up into the air and over the seat!

There was chaos in that theater until that bug was no longer visible.

Even before this incident in the theater, the incident with my pajama drawer, seriously had me hoping that the Deep South would have a couple of long deep winter freezes of 40* to 60* below zero and deep freeze Palmetto Bugs into extinction like the "Wooly Mammoths" were frozen during the "Ice Age".

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And as much as I dislike Palmetto Bugs, they don't bite and they are fairly harmless.

But there is another, a far more aggressive prehistoric insect that I have complete disdain for, the so called "Demon Mite".

Demon Mites, a cousin to the Dust Mite that can be found in any home, usually lives outdoors nesting in the Spanish Moss hanging from the beautiful old oak trees here.

Years ago, Spanish Moss was used as stuffing for mattresses. The term, "Don't let the bed bugs bite" is said to have come from this practice.

Like Head Lice, Demon Mites lay their eggs in your hair. But unlike Head Lice, they burrow beneath the skin, eat your hair roots and causes hair loss.

Because mites are tiny microscopic insects, they are invisible to the naked eye. You can feel them crawling on you and feel the sharp bite as they burrow under your skin, but you can not see them.

Because they are so tiny, their presence may go unnoticed until it is too late to prevent an infestation problem.

Mites breed as fast as fleas. Just one adult can breed as many as a hundred new mites in a matter of days. And unchecked, this can start a major infestation in your carpets in less than two weeks.

Unnoticed, this little monster can travel from house to house on shoes, in book bags, purses and on clothes. It jumps off inside the car, on the school bus, in a hotel, your home and at work.

Recently, I had an unexpected encounter with this predator insect in a public place of business. At first, I felt something crawling on my arm but I did not see anything.

Then something started biting me. I slapped at it but I still could not see anything until several hours later patches on my arm started turning red.

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I went to the Pharmacy as soon as I could to get some antiseptic and anti bacterial cream for the bites.

One of the employees there, who is also a friend recognized that I had been bitten by mites.

She knew what I was going through and was very kind to me!!

She has kids in grade school and has a lot of knowledge and experience in combating insect infestations.

She advised me to act quickly and be consistent to prevent these mites from getting inside and setting up a homestead in my house!!

Use the products persistently several times a week until no mites are present for two or more weeks because eggs will hatch every 8 days.

She walked me to the shelf to get the products needed to treat the bites and explained to me how to use the right products that will successfully control Predator Insects.

I acted immediately.

1. First, I sprayed the carpet in my car with Bedbug & Dust Mite Spray as soon as I got out of it and before I went into the house. Spray and vacuum the car as often as needed.

2. Then I put the clothes that I was wearing in a plastic bag for a week to kill any bugs or eggs that may have gotten on them. I washed them at the laundromat to wash them.

3. I treated my home with a carpet powder for killing fleas and vacuum everyday to prevent any infestation.

4. I sprayed the bedding with Bedbug & Dust Mite spray and put it in plastic bags for a week.

5. Until the threat is over, I put my pillows in the dryer for 30 minutes everyday.

6. I spray myself with Deep Woods Off and I spray my bags and any luggage I am carrying with Bedbug and Dust Mite Spray before going back into known danger zones or while traveling and staying in hotels.

7. I treated my hair with an all natural Australian Tree Tea Oil. Put a small amount on the scalp and hair for 15 minutes. Comb through the hair with a fine tooth comb to make sure that nothing nested in my hair.

8. Then I used Dawn dish washing soap to wash it out of my hair.

* There is an over the counter product called "Rid" that is very effective if you are worried about bugs getting in your hair too. It is well known and effective.

* "Dust Mite & Bedbug" is available at Wal-Mart in the Pharmacy. "Bedlum" is a Bed Bug Spray that you can also find on the internet.

This kind friend gave me great advice and everything is going very well.

Please share one of your funny or crazy adventures if you like.
I would love to hear about it!!


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    Sounds like Beaufort to me.
    2463 days ago
    Now I feel like I have the crawlys ha


    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Dr Oz Show Fans Team

    2481 days ago
    Here in the Caribbean we have some pretty unusual bugs but I know I can't top your experience emoticon , Have a great bug free weekend. All the best.
    2481 days ago
    How horrible!
    Your theatre write up was scary enough... but the Demon Mites info is terrifying.

    Last week we both had bites across the kidneys and I did remove bed sheets, did the vacuuming etc.

    Thanks for sharing!
    2481 days ago
    Oh, my goodness! I am not squeamish about bugs as a rule although the mere mention of lice and ticks makes me start itching. Those bugs you wrote about creep me out, so glad we don't have them here. Ick. Bless your heart.
    2481 days ago
    I didn't know about the demon mites. Yikes and creepy. I hope you got rid of them. I'm hoping to move to NC or SC in a few years, so I'll keep that info in mind.


    2481 days ago
    V - thanks for this - I live in NC & so I completely understand your SC issue as I vacation & visit in SC a lot. I do have to say that the theater incident made me giggle, but then your being bitten by the mites made my head itch!

    Welcome to the South - land of palm trees, beaches and bugs!!! Enjoy!

    2481 days ago
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