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brittany wrote at 2007-12-03 15:24:06
Ann,

I have also had the same problem as you for about a year.  I have consulted 3 Dermatologist, 1 Allergenist, 3 General Practioners, 3 Exterminators, and 2 County Extension Agency professionals.It is still a mystery.  The closest answer I have gotten is feline lice or feline mites, and this one came from my Vet. This has influenced every aspect of my life. As a professional counselor, I no longer have the confidence to give presentations, and am very distracted during sessions with clients.  I encourage you Mr. Saugy to please be kind.  The worst part of this ordeal has been the way medical professionals and insect consultants have treated me.  My parents exterminator has experienced this problem before, and explained that these can be present with no cats around.  He was able to help me get rid of this problem, and explained that a miticide in lieu of a pestiside must be used.




?? wrote at 2012-08-16 03:39:31
Soak your head in a bathtub with some vinegar in it -- maybe also shampoo and rinse in the tub.  Then run a lice or flea "nit" comb through your hair. Inspect the water afterward--if you have flies you may see them, or larvae or pupae (all may look like tiny specs).  I had this, not sure if they were drawn to CO2, or my having high blood sugar, or that flea eggs were in my hair (are they predators of fleas?).  Gross, I know,won't happen again but I was naive and a new dog owner...didn't know how to manage the fleas.  


Rej wrote at 2014-07-20 22:12:29
I struggled with this for 7 years. Dissolve 1cup Epsom salts in one quart warm water. Pour this on your hair after every shampoo. No more gnats or eggs.


Rej wrote at 2014-07-20 22:33:52
I struggled with this for 7 years. Dissolve 1cup Epsom salts in one quart warm water. Pour this on your hair after every shampoo. No more gnats or eggs.


Debi wrote at 2015-01-18 15:50:30
Hello Ann...I have the exact same problem...as does my doctor...who I have consulted because I dragged these insects home from my work office. Where they were literally infested with them. I went to HR because the insects were biting me and always around my head and limbs. She said they are drawn to the office because of coffee grounds, trash, sugar and creamer residue being always around. My doctor said they are drawn to ME, as well as her because of the amount of carbon dioxide we emit. Apparently it is greater than the average person. I wish I could say that I have the answer to getting rid of them or making them leave us alone but unfortunately, I don't. I just came across a shampoo called Neem, which is supposed to be an all natural repellent that I am definitely going to try. I fight back, in my home, by keeping my trash "clean" by washing/throughly rinsing food cans, keeping my sinks clean from residue, counters clean fridge clean (because they can and will get in there!), food disposer cleaned DAILY...check around the big rubber gasket covering the entry to the disposal and keep it clean. These are just a few suggestions...you can take it from there. I have been known to cry in frustration while exclaiming: "why are they coming in here?! There's noting for them to chew on but ME!!" And horrifyingly...there's the answer! Next stop: Neem. Good luck...just know that you're not crazy OR alone. God's speed.  


Debi wrote at 2015-01-18 15:50:54
Hello Ann...I have the exact same problem...as does my doctor...who I have consulted because I dragged these insects home from my work office. Where they were literally infested with them. I went to HR because the insects were biting me and always around my head and limbs. She said they are drawn to the office because of coffee grounds, trash, sugar and creamer residue being always around. My doctor said they are drawn to ME, as well as her because of the amount of carbon dioxide we emit. Apparently it is greater than the average person. I wish I could say that I have the answer to getting rid of them or making them leave us alone but unfortunately, I don't. I just came across a shampoo called Neem, which is supposed to be an all natural repellent that I am definitely going to try. I fight back, in my home, by keeping my trash "clean" by washing/throughly rinsing food cans, keeping my sinks clean from residue, counters clean fridge clean (because they can and will get in there!), food disposer cleaned DAILY...check around the big rubber gasket covering the entry to the disposal and keep it clean. These are just a few suggestions...you can take it from there. I have been known to cry in frustration while exclaiming: "why are they coming in here?! There's noting for them to chew on but ME!!" And horrifyingly...there's the answer! Next stop: Neem. Good luck...just know that you're not crazy OR alone. God's speed.  


st wrote at 2016-11-16 19:04:08
1,  Use Head and Shoulders, eucalyptus !!! ONLY

Not the two in 1



2,  use household RAID PERIODCALLY, BE SURE TO AIR OUT THE PLACE AFTER AWHILE.  


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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

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21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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