Flea Like Insect

by Carol
(Winston-Salem, NC)

Since the end of July of 2011, I have been plagued by some sort of flea like insect which crawls all over my body, into my hair, ears, nose and actually into my mouth.


They attach themselves onto my clothes and linen and even after washing in hot laundromat water will not be removed before quite a few washings.


I have been storing my clothes in zip lock bags to protect them and would like help eliminating these bugs from my body and my home.


I have tried to capture this insect and examined it under the microscope to my horror. The stages seem to begin with little specks that I collect on little alcohol pads.


Stages:

  1. Little things crawling on my face down from my hair, trying to get into my ear, when swatted with a small alcohol pad, looks sort of oval but not completely round, has kind of jell like off yellow body, more transparent like.


  2. Still crawling, now it bites, when captured now appears to have longer body. The ones caught after biting appears to be the same insect now with a much longer body and red line going through it's body which looks like the digestive system and the blood going through it looks like a long line going through it's body, some has multiple red lines going through it's body but appears reddish to the naked eye.


  3. I found three larger black dots, like pepper grain on the side of my bed where I put Vaseline to prevent them from crawling up all the way to get to me. When viewed under the microscope I was horrified to see the same insect, now looking more like a flea, but with lots of the little lines or hairlike tentacles all over it's body and could be described as a little hair flea.



I don't know what kind of insect this is, but it sure scares me to know that such a monstrous thing is living on my body and biting into me. Especially when it gets into the ear and creates the most excruciating pain when it starts to bite.



It's hard to get them out. I try spraying alcohol into my ear. Alcohol seems to kill them on contact. And I noticed that tea tree oil on my hair seems to keep them away from my head.








Hi Carol,

I know you said that these seem to be a flea like insect, but I wonder if you have considered bedbugs. Are you only getting bitten at night?


Another thought is body lice, which sounds more like the description of your different "stages."


I know that the idea of body lice horrifies people, but it doesn't mean you are dirty or anything like that anymore. These days you can easily pick up unpleasant parasites at hotels, restaurants, and other common locations.


You said you have captured some of these bugs. It would be great if you could take them to your local cooperative extension or similar place to have them looked at and identified.


Once you know for certain what it is that is biting you, it will be easier for you to find the best way to get rid of them.


It's a good sign that you have found that tea tree oil helps keep them away from you and that alcohol kills them too.


Essential oils like tea tree, lavender, neem, etc., are good choices when trying to get rid of body lice and other parasites. Put some in your bath water and even mix with some olive or coconut oil and apply directly to your skin, hair, and scalp. (You'll need to wash the hair with a dish-washing liquid that has a degreaser - like Dawn - or rinse with vinegar to cut the oil).



You definitely have to be diligent to clean your clothes and linens well to get rid of a body lice infestation, but hopefully you'll be able to get rid of these flea like insects, whatever they may be.


To your good health!
Angie

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Jun 25, 2012
flea
by: cloud

yes, i have infected this kind of flea in Guatemala.please tell me how to rid off this flea.

Jun 25, 2012
Flea Like Insect
by: Angie

Hi Cloud,

Do you still live in Guatemala, or were you just there on a visit. The reason I ask is because I'm trying to determine what resources you may have access to in your area.

Are you getting bitten all over or only in certain places? All day or just at night? Can you see the bugs or just feel them?

You can try some of the suggestions above regarding soaking in a bath with tea tree oil or clove oil, etc.

If you live in the US or one of the other countries where Herbal Fiberblend is available, I'd suggest you use it for an internal cleanse. I've found it works great in making the body an unfriendly environment for a wide range of internal and external parasites.


Jul 08, 2012
flea
by: cloud

Thank you much for your reply. i am in China now, i traveled to Guatemala last year, infected with the local flea, the flea with me came back to Beijing,i have used pesticide many times, could not killed all of them. In the winter, flea became very smaller, became parasites, parasitic on skin, estimated parasitic in the hair follicle, i could not see the adult flea on my skin or in my home, only see very tiniest bit black spots or something like small eggs on my skin sometimes, erythema and urticaria appears on my body any place every day ,the day and night.Unfortunately, my mother 84 years old, was also infected, every night she were feeling itching, could not sleep well, only be confused for a few hours, more and more weakened, my heart extremely ashamed!

I have taken the ivermectin 2 times, this medicine is effective, but stop the medicine, the skin damaged like before.Ivermectin have big side effects, the doctor said I can't eat any more.i have used sulfur ointment, crotamiton, Stemona tincture, only a little or some inhibition, cannot kill insects.

The famous chinese writer Eileen Chang in her later years was the flea distress, her description and I suffered much alike.

Beijing is hot now, the insect is very active, it want become adult flea go out from my skin. when i washed my hair with vinegar, i have found a few very small flea in the vinegar, appear small leg and tentacles under the microscope. my skin appears red swelling and big urticaria, i have go to some hospitals, doctors can not help me, they never heard of this disease.I was in despair.Have you heard of this flea and disease? please help me, please tell me the herbaceous plants which could help me.

Jul 09, 2012
Getting Rid of Parasites or Flea Like Insect
by: Angie from allaboutparasites.com

Dear Cloud,

So sorry to hear you've been battling this flea like insect for so long (and your dear mother) without getting rid of it completely.


Since you're in China, I don't think you'll be able to get the Herbal Fiberblend that I suggested above, so let's consider some alternatives that you MAY be able to locate.


First, I would suggest that you don't keep using the Ivermectin, etc., since it isn't working. It's probably just making matters worse at this point by adding more toxins to your body.


You can take a look at the list of herbs in Herbal Fiberblend and then see what you can find locally. Although, let me suggest that you focus on these three:

  • Black Walnut Hull
  • Wormwood
  • Clove


These three in combination cover the various stages of over 100 different parasites.(According the research by Dr. Hulda Clark)


She also suggests that you take ornithine and arginine (amino acids) while you are using these herbs to help keep you from having detoxing symptoms and enable you to sleep better at night. (Ornithine at bedtime and arginine in the morning)


Okay, that's one option. Here's another...


Do you have any paw paw (paypaya) fruit in your area? If you can get your hands on papaya seeds, you and your mom could take a teaspoon of them per day for a couple of weeks to cleanse internally for parasites. (Smash them or chew them.)


Of course, those options are for internal cleansing - which IS important and necessary if you really want to get rid of this problem.


Now, here are a few suggestions for external treatment. If you can, soak in a bath with sea salt (or epsom salts). You can add some organic apple cider vinegar OR essential oils (neem, lavender, or clove).


You could also make up a mixture of coconut oil or olive oil and essential oil to rub on the skin where you are having the worst effects.


Do let me know if this helps and also if you have any further questions.


Sorry I can't specifically identify these bugs for you, but very difficult to do online and with no photos. This should cover a lot of different types so give it a try.

Jul 12, 2012
flea
by: cloud

Thank you very much for your reply, i have some pictures of insect, but how could i send this to you?

Jul 13, 2012
Sharing Photos of Flea Like Insect
by: Angie from allaboutparasites.com

Hi Cloud,

If you don't mind your photos being live on the site so others can see them too (and possibly help identify them), you can use this form to upload up to 4 photos and tell what you know about them.


If you don't want them to be live on the site, you can email them to me at angie (at) allaboutparasites (dot) com.


I can't guarantee that I'll be able to identify your pest from the photos, but I can try.


Blessings,
Angie

Jul 29, 2012
Bewildered and miserable condition NEW
by: Anonymous

The black string like crawly was a manifestation of my immune system in response inflammation that this horrible unkillable,undesirable itchy. I actually sprayed my skin with insecticide!! Dont do this it did not work. Are they Whips? From pinworms or stronglitifed? Whatever I also thought I was toxic from wormwood which is part of Dr.Clarks cleanse.I isolate How can you be around people when you have streaming flowing hairs from your nostrils the corners of both eyes and coming out of my mouth once they have wrapped around my teeth? Fetid breath and body odor and this film? Is this bile oozing slime coming out of my pores. I feel so gross nasty and wonder am I dying from this?

Jul 29, 2012
Don't Give Up In Despair NEW
by: Angie from allaboutparasites.com

Sorry to hear you are having so much trouble and not getting relief. Are you located in the US? If so, why not try the Daily Essentials Pack - which includes the Herbal Fiberblend (for cleansing), the AIMega (natural anti-inflammatory), and the BarleyLife (nutritional support and pH balance).

Based on your comments, it sounds like you really nee all three, as well as some probiotics (like Florafood).

If you ARE in the US, you can order them here but if you live somewhere else, let me know where and I'll see if we can manage to get them to you.

I hate to hear of your isolation and despair. That's no way to live, and I'm hoping this will provide you some light at the end of the tunnel.

Blessings,
Angie

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