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Treatments That Did Not Work So Well… June 29, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Human Treatment for Collembola! @ 3:02 pm

Over the past year and half, my family has tried many different things to get rid of springtails.  We initially thought we had bird mites, so we were using tea tree oil on our bodies everyday.  Tea tree oil slows collembola down and stuns them so to speak, but it does not kill them.  That’s why you will find only temporary relief.  You can use alcohol on your skin in an emergency, and it will take the crawling and stinging sensation away, but it destroys your skin if used repeatedly.  Overall, your skin cannot be treated as a surface that can be cleaned by alcohol and cleaners.  It doesn’t work.  Trust me, I’ve tried. 🙂 

 

 

A New Mentality June 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Human Treatment for Collembola! @ 1:59 am

Sadly, once something is infested with collembola, it is not saveable.  The longer you keep something that is infested, the longer your problem as a whole will continue.  For the time being, you must adopt the attitude that everything is disposable.  It’s hard to do, but the only way my family and I found relief was to get rid of everything.  We buy most of our clothes and things from Goodwill now to save money.  I have no regrets throwing away an itchy spingtail infested pair of pants because keeping them is not worth the $2 I paid for them.

 

Further Clothes Suggestion June 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Human Treatment for Collembola! @ 1:57 am

Windex has made my clothes last a lot longer before they become uncomfortable due to collembola.  But, here are some suggestions for clothes that seem resistant to infestation.  Women, wear man-made fabric dresses.  I have a few that are a staple to my small closet.  Springtails are difficult to get out of elastic, so bras are continually a problem.  I still haven’t figured out how to solve this issue.  Men don’t seem to have a problem as much with clothes as women because they tend to be looser, but jeans are a clothing article that I cannot get to last for long.  My guess that even though guys can’t feel the collembola in their clothes, they could still be there.  Therefore, avoid jeans and heavier cotton fabric pants.  I’m still working on varying the degrees of ammonia for the windex used on laundry.  Will update later!

 

Windex Update June 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Human Treatment for Collembola! @ 2:21 am

Windex has been a wonderful help to controlling springtails.  It is fairly effective on clothes and in the house.  For clothes, soak them in the glass cleaning solution until washing and wear them soon after.  When cleaning with the solution, make sure to use liberally and get in cracks and crevices.  We have also been caulking, which has helped.  Adding ammonia to the solution will make it potent and more effective against collembola.  Good luck!  Feel free to leave me feedback!