Asked on Apr 30, 2017

How do you treat the Oak Mite Bug ? Get rid of the things !!!

Jka10139579Loretta RootNatalia


Spring brought the bugs out ,yet again. I thought it was Shingles, itch, Not attractive. Dr said No was Oak Mites. We live in country setting with trees, bushes and grass. Winter was death toll there. I look like I have a skin disorder and itch my back on corner of walls I pass. Driving me nuts. HELP
4 answers
  • Natalia
    on Apr 30, 2017

    "Oak mites are tiny, microscopic insects that live and hatch in oak trees and feed on small midget fly larvae. The bite from an oak mite can create large, red welts on humans, and are sometimes misdiagnosed as chigger bites. The oak mites aren't intentionally biting us, but as they drop from trees, or are carried to your yard by the wind, humans inadvertently become hosts.
    Here are some quick tips to help prevent bites from oak mites:
    • Wear long sleeves and a hat while working outside. Because the mites fall from trees or are carried by wind, the most suceptible place to be bitten is your head, neck, and upper body.
    • Because the oak mites will stay on your body for several hours, immediately take a shower and wash your clothes after working in the yard.
    • No products exist that will completely get rid of Oak Mites from your trees and yard. Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer can be used with your garden hose to spray affected trees and yard areas, killing hatched mites that come in direct contact with the spray. Unhatched mites are not affected, so you may need to apply this treatment numerous times over the fall. Given the large number of mites in the air and trees, spraying will minimize mites but will not likely eliminate the threat. Because there isn't a product that will kill the mites before they hatch, the mites won't disappear until the second hard freeze of the year.
    Bites from oak mites will often take a few hours to appear. Once a welt appears, DON'T SCRATCH IT. Scratching will only open the welt and increase chances of an infection. Treat the welts with anti-histamine lotion or anti-itch cream and leave it alone. The welt may stay on your body for several weeks. As always, visit a doctor if the welts become painful or don't get better." ~from Ace website
  • Loretta Root
    on May 1, 2017

    My go-to treatment for chiggers is to put 1/4 cup of bleach in a tub of water and soak for a few minutes. Not certain if it will work on oak mites, but worth a try if it gets too annoying.
  • Jka10139579
    on May 1, 2017

    What is a good patio flower, in a pot, that gets full sun most of day?
  • Jka10139579
    on May 1, 2017

    Is that good for the body and the orifices there are?
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