The previous answer was all false! yes, collembola are supposed to live in soil. But they can also become human parasites. I currently have a burning rash on my back, and have collembola living in every orifice of my body. My house is infested with them, especially any textiles. It feels like any clothing I have worn becomes like electric and I get reinfected by touching laundry. It is horrible! I am going to try Cedarcide.
try St. Ivy's apricot face scrub with 2% salicylic acid. apply it in a thin layer on your arm first. if you see white jelly like balls then you will need to scrap them off with the back side of a butter knife and rince them down the drain. if you rince them while they are still on you they will absorb right back into your skin. I know because i was also affected by this infestation. I came across this cure by accident. you will have to apply this and scrape them off everyday for a few weeks. you have to cut them down and break there rebirth cycle. all your cloths should be washed in borax and soap and then stored in clear plastic bags until you use them to prevent them from being reinfected as well. hope this helps.
I have a PhD in Biology, specializing in entomology.
I have also dealt with people who come into my office thinking things are crawling on them. I have never found any evidence of human collembolan infestation, and there is no record of it in the published, scientific, peer-reviewed literature.
And, I also reiterate, Collembola are not related to mites, and only certain species of ticks carry Lyme disease. Please stop spreading fear and paranoia.
come and live in my house for a week u idiot and then give or opinion. Try driving my car (that I continually flea bomb & chemical spray) for 10mins or wearing my shoes (that I have washed in everything, sprayed with everything and even frozen for 2 weeks), putting on clothes or using a towel and being reinfested after showering - then see how u judge someone who is going through the kind of hell i have been for the past 5 months.
Anyone who has survived months of springtails in their home gets my deepest sympathy, I know how hard it is to survive when there seems to be no end in sight. When u are treated like u are crazy, when everyday involves exhausting cleaning rituals to reduce but never eliminates these pests. EDUCATE yourself so u can actually help or shut the hell up, people are here looking for help and advice because doctors fail them, what they don't need is more idiots like u saying they don't exist on humans.
With you 100%, just want it all to end and be able to hug and hold my kids without fear of passing this living hell to them.
I have photos and videos of this critter but the doctors are useless telling me it is a 'garden pest' with a slight giggle. It is not something to giggle about when I sit at night wondering how long I need to be here for my kids then I want it to end.
Stupid stupid stupid people, like you say come and live in my house then tell me I am delusional!!!
"Collembola found in scrapings from individuals diagnosed w
'Nubble' is correct. Trudy1895 is WRONG.
Dear Trudy1895, PhDorkless
You are soooo wrong! Google: "Collembola found in
scrapings from individuals diagnosed with delusory
parasitosis." 90% of these individuals were receiving
anti-psychotics related to their 'imaginary' itchings
and crawlings. Another example of shrinks misdiagnosising a malady, then prescribing the wrong
Reported in Journal of the New York Entomological
Association headquartered in the American Museum
of Natural History.
Thanks for the info. I can probably mention this to my doctor on my appointment this coming tuesday. I have been suffering from this infestation for about 3 mos. I am tired of relentless washing laundry, vacuuming, and spraying, and mopping. I need info on how to stop this buggers.
It would be useful and honest to do research on what it is that people are experiencing, rather than saying what it is not (what use is that?)! Countless people are having these issues, losing their money on exterminators and not getting any help from the medical community. This is a very life quality threatening situation for a lot of people. It is not ethical of the medical community not to have an open outlook on this type on issue.
Nubble, I agree.
I can only comment on the few people who I have seen in my office, who have come to me (an entomologist) after getting frustrated with their doctor. What I have seen are people who are under a lot of stress, who are not in the best overall health, and who don't have a huge support system in their lives.
One time, I looked at slides under the microscope for a woman who said she had captured these 'bugs', but there was nothing but flaky skin. She had recently lost her brother, battled cancer, and lost her job. She claimed that I couldn't see the bugs because my microscope must be broken (I do most of my work with the microscope).
I cannot argue with people who are irrational, and I truly wished that I could have helped her, but she did not want to believe that there was no evidence of an infestation. Yet all evidence suggested she needed someone to help her through a difficult time in her life.
If people are willing to seek out doctor after doctor, and try potentially dangerous chemicals (which might actually exacerbate the problem through dry, flaky skin, which does itch), why are people not willing to at least explore the idea of talking to a mental health professional? Mental health professionals are doctors, and can help. And if this cures your ailment, why not try?
I wish for everyone who is suffering a solution and fast recovery. It can't be easy, but please continue to seek professional, medical advice. Someone will be able to help you; you will get through this.
I went to college - also for bio - I'm a real life mentally stable person- no margellons is not real and if it is it's not what random people try to say on these paranoia mongering websites, I dont know why I'm even bothering to attempt to prove myself as sane to you actually because clearly you seem to me a bit neurotic yourself. I have collembola in my hair- this is a fact- diagnosed by an *MD* specializing in environmental disease using microscopes and all!! Your medical license should be revoked. Oh yeah, you don't have one.. right. So maybe stop giving people bad, in many cases false, and demeaning feedback- instead maybe use that spare time.. idk... catching up on MEDICAL research published by various medical specialists, not just " your peers lit ". Or not! You do seem to know it all right! .. what a joke.
Please ignore everything is lady is saying everyone else and don't let her ignorance and close minded egocentricity bother you, it's her problem, don't make it yours.
I think most people would be more than happy if is were possible to decide they had imagined the whole thing, that everything was a big laugh. But it is just not a good idea to go in this direction because it is disregarding the real problem and leaving people alone and isolated. Mental health professionals can possily help with the distress caused by an infestation (if they do not jump into conclusions and say that a distressed person's symptoms are caused by distress). But the real issue can only be solved by pest control and parasitologists. All those well-meaning people talking about an imaginary problem just don't have first hand experience.
Hey trudy......the entomologists who did the NPA study did not find evidence of collembola for months.......after close re-examination the collembola were identified under intense scrutiny. get a new microscope.
forget the scrapings....give me a bowl of water with anything mentholated in it and i can make 50-100 of then come out after soaking my hands, feet or face.
I am living proof. as far as mental distress goes: I have been to PRISON...and spent YEARS in juvenile institutions. Parasites were no part of my life then.
nor was a helpless attempt to diagnose myself via researching and correlating and disregarding my symptoms. Nor was any concern of candaisis or belief in natural remedy. so save the mental health BS for the window lickers and schitzo's
I think we should take it easy on the Lady that has so many mental blockages she actually believes that through a few letters gained by complying to a corrupt educational system and getting to wear a square hat that no doubt she has no knowledge of the meaning behind, all gives her the right to judge another persons state of mind and intentions... If she is so sure it does not exist in humans then next time you are with a person that makes this statement, give them a few activated charcoal tablets and stand real close to them now!!!!
Collembola in skin scrapings, study published in the Journal of
n 2004, the National Pediculosis Association reported Collembola in skin scrapings collected from 18 of 20 research participants in its study published in the Journal of the New York Entomological Society at http://www.headlice.org/news/2004/delusory
For the second time in my life, I and my house are infected with Collembola. The first time around, they bit me viciously all over my body. They were coming out of the pores of my skin, especially my lips. I believe my son and I contracted them fm a load of mulch delivered by a company that delivered it in a dumptruck. Since no doctor (dermatologists, regular MDs, or psychiatrist) would believe me, I looked up what insecticide killed Collembolas. Found out it was Malathion. I diluted it and both my son and I poured it all over our body while in the shower. This stopped the biting, and the white slime coming out of my pores slowly went away (BUT not all away. Humid weather would bring them back out.) Now that I have them again (fm sprinkler pipes breaking over garage that leaked onto kitchen hardwood floor). I bought a flea trap and loa and behold, an old enemy, Collembola. My son visited me and he has them again too. Having pest control treat my house and will probably treat myself with Malathhion again.
Help please this is really getting the better of me, i just have to dust my clothes and i see these things flying out im trying Cedarcide Best Yet but its not really doing that much of good.
Please suggest what can be done to completely get rid of this menace
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I sure wish I knew exactly what to say to make the person who is reading these posts just looking for a little relief from what ever it is that is infecting them. I have been there and am still there still not knowing exactly what it is that steals all my strength and vigor. God how I wish I could do something, anything to get rid of this infernal curse because I am getting older and weaker. I am afraid of what future awaits me or rather us as I am a married man who really loves his wife and does not want to become anymore of a burden then I am already. How the tears, money and "remedies" have flowed as I have searched and tried and failed some more. Always hoping but never at an end of it. How I wish I could just go to some shrink and be told its all a delusion that none of this is real and the facts were just that way. What would be better yet would be to find a true doctor who realizes he doesn't know or seen it all yet and can keep an open mind. Who's better with asertaining all the facts then with dispensing some quick label so "his" problem could be written off and just go away. What is needed is a doctor who would have and take the time to get real answers for the patient. Not just take their money from them. I know that this doctor won't be found in just any office. It would require of him a great deal of commitment but I am convinced that in the long run such a doctor would never lack for patients and would be held in the highest esteem once word got out that there is a doctor who really listens to the patients and consequently gets results. Instead what seems to be happening is that someone of good repute gets sick goes to a doctor. The doctor does not understand the problem so the patient is sent to a specialist who does not understand either. All sorts of tests are done which reveal nothing. The specialist then begins recommending a psychiatrist consult. The patient at this point is willing to try anything to get better because the illness is destroying their lives and their getting depressed about it all. The psychiatrist sees this is so and the patient is put on some medicine. The specialist now knows this, still does not have a clue about whats going on but now can say in hushed tones to all involved, other doctors included that the patient has mental problems. Abracadabra! problem solved and not another word out of the patient will ever be taken seriously because now they have been labeled a head case. oh, incidentally did you notice there still is no real diagnosis by which the patient may get some relief for their very real symptoms? Just plenty of good old medical slander for the patient to go home with. Now the patient has less then nothing left since not even his word means anything now. To add insult to injury the patient now has to pay for being slandered. Ever hear or seen this happen to you or a loved one?
I have been battling a collembola infestation for a year and a half. Yes, they do infest humans and much of the medical community is in denial. There were six or seven people in family with symptoms, including my dog. Most doctors still told us we were delusional. First, it is impossible for a dog to be delusional, and also, for more than about four people to have the same delusion. Anyhow, we have been managing the infestation and are on our way to full recovery. I created a website detailing what our protocol it. I hope it can help someone! I would also love to hear from other sufferers! Thanks!
Oliviac26 I would love to visit your website and see what your protocol was. Currently, it is mostly the dogs that are infested and a couch. But they also occasionally get on my mother in law too... I would like to catch it before it is too far spread...
I am trying to help a friend who I am very worried about! You posted this three years ago and I am interested to know if you are 100% cured at this point and what is your website (and or protocol)? He has tried everything. He is in the south of the U.S. on a lake (the moisture is not helping) and I am wondering if anyone in cold climates has this? I am encouraging him to go somewhere in sub-zero temperatures to see if that kills them off!
As most of you know, this is eating away at his finances.
Many of these posts are old; however, IF (and I don't have the answer to this so if someone does please inform me) but, IF Collembola cannot survive in cold sub-zero temperatures....would it be possible for all sufferers on this post to pool their resources and make a plan to rent a place for a week or so that is located in sub-zero temps - somewhere VERY DRY and all meet there at the same time - each person bringing an arsenal of supplies (ie. cedarcide fogger, clove oil, windex,
sulphur ANYTHING THAT KILLS THEM and have a D-Day together??
yes ben, quite possibly. Just in case - quarantine your belongings. I got bitten from the carpet at a first aid course I did in February 2012, I drove 2 hours home from it and infested my car. Since then I have infested 3 houses and my life has been hell. My biggest problem is being reinfested from my belongings. I have tried everything and thought I had them under control until I used a towel from my linen cupboard last week and got covered in them worse than the first week I had them. I have been successful in reducing them but not eliminating them as yet. Vacuuming is a big help with my couch and carpet, Woolworths brand ant killer powder (permethrin) helps in my shoes. i read last night that they cant survive vacuum sealing bags for 3 days so I going to try this with everything today. Then apply more advantix for dogs and ivermectin for horses (doctors are useless, too arrogant to admit they might not know something, easier to say ur crazy, I'm done trying to "prove" they exist to anyone). Cleaning shower cubicle and bathroom floor everyday has helped, especially around drains. Wearing plastic gloves when handling washing, and putting plastic bags on my feet after a shower gives a little relief. Before i used the towel i would just get a few on me every now and then, I would spray them with eucalyptus and water mix. But now I have them in my hair and I can see bruises and marks under my skin everywhere. I had hundreds of them coming out of my pores when I used the advantix, especially my palms which totally disgusted me.
I completed my diploma in Fitness & Sports Massage in February but I now have no energy, the endless cleaning and hopelessness of trying to be bug free for just one day even have overtaken my life. I had been training all year to run in a marathon on 30 june but now the thought of wearing my sandshoes makes me cringe.
Ps. seriously considering sending pieces of the towel to the 7 doctors that I have visited
We've gotten rid of all cotton products because the "arthropod" or Collembula (we haven't positively identified them yet) bite us when we use anything made from cotton. When you shower, you can dry off with a piece of paper towel, then use a hair dryer for the rest. Never go barefoot, but use thongs so you can wash the mites/Collombula down the drain. Use bleach to wash out the bathroom because they can survive the soap and water. As for our bodies: The Collombula or mites hatch from midnight to 6 a.m. and drive us crazy. If you buy dry mustard powder and mix 1 1/2 tsp. of dry mustard plus 1 1/2 tsp. cold water into a paste; then let it set for 10 min. Then prepare 2 oz. of body lotion and add the dry mustard mixture. After your shower, put this lotion plus mustard mixture all over your body. Do the mixture treatment to your scalp but use a conditioner instead of the lotion. Put a shower cap on and leave it on as you try to sleep. I never know if I will get a full night or be up every 2 hours, re-applying the lotion plus mustard mixture. The mustard kills the mites or Collumbola or dermadex mites, etc.
They infested our apartment in the beginning, about 6 months ago and my husband and I were bitten ferociously: He had 50+ bites in 2 neat lines on one arm. I had 40+ bites in 2 neat lines on the mid-section of my body. His bites were so bad he went to the ER and was in hospital for 2 days on antibiotics.
Here's what you need to do to lessen the horrible stress: Throw out your beds and get an air mattress. Throw out your pillows and get air vinyl pillows. Throw out ALL of your clothes, shoes, rugs, furniture, books, and papers. It's very drastic and emotional to do this, but you are eliminating these disgusting things from your environment. Then get a commercial fogger and go to cedarcide.com and fog every 72 hours. We had bird mites from an A/C system so we threw out the A/C in our window, closed the window and got an inside A/C portable. Our morning and evening shower rituals are time-consuming, but we do it. I was down to one outfit that I was wearing and I saturated it with cedar oil. It was made of rayon/spandex/polyester so I could keep it. Underpants are spandex. No wool. All polyester fabrics. No towels. No cotton sheets. We bought satin (at Amazon.com, good prices, check it out). We had very old closets (100 years) so we re-painted them to lock in any of the !**@! that were hiding there. You have to be willing to say good-bye to your material possessions. It's truly drastic and horrible. Also, I tried Ivermectin for a month. That helped. I went to arrogant, ignorant dermatologists also. Forget these idiots. The hatchings have decreased, but we have to fog because every time there's a hatching (mostly from my scalp or soles of my feet), I re-infest the apartment. It's a financially brutal awakening. I don't visit anyone's home or go to a hotel because the hatchings are still coming from my scalp. Also, they crawl into the nostrils and eyes because they are looking for moistness. I rinse my eyes with Boric acid and it kills them. I tear tiny pieces of kleenex and soak it in Boric acid and then plug up my nose. That kills them. That's how I sleep: On an air mattress, with a shower cap on my head; covered in dry mustard and lotion or conditioner on the scalp; on an air mattress with a few satin sheets. It's quite a picture. We bought a microscope and are taking pictures of my scalp. Pepper-like, salt-like specks are in various places in the apartment, but they are not mites. In the original "real" pillows we used to have, after fogging with the cedar oil and using the dry mustard plus lotion on our bodies, in the morning, there were hundreds of tiny black pepper-like specks all in lines (very military-like) on the inside of the pillow, coming through. So this is what bit us and infested our home and caused us thousands of dollars of damage. No moronic doctor is going to tell me this is a "delusion" because our pillows were infested and they were in lines just like the large bites we originally sustained on our bodies (probably from the adult "things.") We are not getting bitten anymore, but we have the hatchings and the occasionally "crawlies" to contend with. Every now and then, I get a few small bites from clothing (I bought a few dresses to switch off with that are of Spandex or synthetic fiber) that the "things" didn't die in. Every night, I soak my day's clothes in the bathroom sink in some of the cedar oil product plus soap or add Borax to the wash. We wash the satin sheets every other day. The days we don't wash, we spritz the sheets heavily with the cedar oil product. We also use medicated powder on our genitals because "they" like moist areas, as I said. So they will usually leave you alone there if you powder yourself well.
To ignorant people around the world. If you hold an MD, PHD or practice in the medical profession and you believe that comebolla do not infest humans (especially recently in the last few years),you are hurting the well being of the people in which you took an oath to help. You are not only horribly worng but you are also responsible for the mental anguish that you cause because of your lack of research. If I see, hear or witness in anyway another Doctor or Entomologist say that human infestations of Collembolla (spring tail, snow flea etc) dose not exist, I will blacklist you in the online hall of shame. old dog that doesn't learn new trick needs to retire. This is real and it is truly an epidemic. Borax your carpets and keep them dry as possible and your temperature below 70 degrees and these populations of mites and so fourth will be minimal to none (no hatching cuz the eggs are bulletproof. I leave the tv on (not the computer cuz they infest keyboards from falling out of your hair where they can be found in devastating numbers) and the lamp as well when I oops on the climate control and create the right conditions for population explosion(it happens). They are attracted to the heat and light. So let them gather and hang from the lamp shade like little ornaments as they will do this naturally. Then light em up!! Literally!! and wait for the next time it gets occupied and repeat. You must use a fogger and do it early in the infestation process. All clothes need to be washed with borax and detergent (oxygenated preferred) on hot as hell fire setting and repeat a cycle or to to be sure, especially if washing bed clothes or sheets etc. Most important is preventing reinfection but it is bound to happen so the goal is to get everyone on board and keep infestation eruptions at a minimal. I suggest you move to another location if this is not possible. Domethican Earth powder (mispelled i know) and neem oil work best on the outside perimeter (a must if you live in a basement). Now I want everyone to know that there are people who are not going to believe you and you must be strong. This is the hardest part.people believing you... I am a medical professional and I always believe my patient when there in distress or at least have them get a second opinion. Anything else is a violation of medical ethics and I for one would not care to seek treatment from an ignorant fool anyway. Old school docs will be disgraced by their colleagues so OLD SCHOOL DOCS NEED TO BE CAREFUL! Good day people
Why is this so difficult to get rid of this collembella.
Been to many many websites the symptoms you describe are similar to morgellons but also read some information about beetles they fly feed on hair & live in plaster (every notice lil bumps on the walls, they nest there) They even lay eggs on metal. They eat wood. They love heat hot water nor the dryer kills them. They are worse than bed bugs. Not sure if the spring tails spread the fungus or they come to feed on it or both. The beetles come to eat the springtails. Been living with this nightmare. Beetles thrive on us breathing. Tried everything nothing had gotten rid of them. Notice they insert fine like hairs into me that aren't my hairs. Between researching this, morgellons & beetles not sure which it is .. wish someone could identify what the heck is happening b/c we all have the same exact symptoms & the cdc nor the medical community will acknowledge it. Then I think even if they do not like they can cure it either. Its def a nightmare & it's def worldwide. Hope this comes to light.
Why is this so difficult to get rid of collembella.
Been to many many websites the symptoms you describe are similar to morgellons but also read some information about beetles they fly (ever see them in the lamps) feed on hair, fur, fibers, plastic & live in plaster (every notice lil bumps on the walls, they nest there) They even lay eggs on metal. They eat wood, plastic & plaster. Actually hear them swarm but can't always see them but the lil broken like leaves all over the place. Black speckled dots, crawling sensations, sores, tiny spongy type wormy thingies. They love heat hot water nor the dryer kills them. They are worse than bed bugs. Not sure if the spring tails spread the fungus or they come to feed on it or both. The beetles come to eat the springtails. Been living with this nightmare. Beetles thrive on us breathing. Tried everything nothing had gotten rid of them. Notice they insert fine like hairs into me that aren't my hairs. Between researching this, morgellons & beetles not sure which it is .. wish someone could identify what the heck is happening b/c we all have the same exact symptoms & the cdc nor the medical community will acknowledge it. Then I think even if they do its not like they can cure it either. Its def a nightmare & it's def worldwide. My life 4ever changed for the worse, was put away for being delusional, ya ok check out the trail marks on my body & the sores. The problem is entomologist cant identify them b/c it is actually a fungus so I read a blood test does work (like how they test for lyme), but idk. Hope this comes to light.
Morgellons is the presense of collembola (the insect) PLUS the presense of pseudomonas putida (the genetically modified bacterium that caollembola love to feed on) and bacilis subtilis (the naturally occurring "good bacteria" in your gut that mutates when your immune system is compromised).
The hairs you think collembola is inserting into your body are actually fibers produced by the bacilis. You have Morgellon's Disease. I do too.
DDT would probably get rid of virtually any small
insect infestation. One of the reasons we're having
new infestations by old arthropod enemies like lice,
bedbugs, collembola, mosquitos, etc...that wreck
havoc with human health and comfort is that the
miracle drug---DDT---was outlawed via junk science.
But, rich people with some scientific knowledge
have smuggled DDT into US from countries that think
we're Eco-Wacko for our ban, haven't outlawed it,
sell it to licensed citizens who then sell it
---at a premium---to rich people in US who use it in their homes, etc...Some of these rich people being
the same people who helped legislate and outlaw DDT.