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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:05 AM
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Eeeww! What the Hell are these things?! Microscopic red bugs in the tub...
Noticed mostly around the drain at first. They seem to be coming from cracks in the caulk and between tiles.
Bleach doesn't seem to affect them much. (Gave me a migraine)
Since I pretty much subscribe to that "no fly is immune to a hammer" approach, there's been lots of squashing by hand.

They aren't ants.
They're less than 1 millimeter in diameter.
This isn't a matter of bug bites (so far?), just the willies. x(

Does anyone have any idea what they are, or how to get rid of them?
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:08 AM
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1. where do you live???
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:08 AM
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3. SF Bay Area
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:08 AM
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2. Aphids?
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 01:09 AM by impeachdubya
If that's the case, not sure what they're doing in your bathtub, but they should be harmless.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:10 AM
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8. I wish they were aphids, since I know they're harmless little guys.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:09 AM
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4. Clover Mites
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:11 AM
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12. There is clover around.
But do they like to inhabit bathtubs?
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:34 AM
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38. if you have mold or mildew, apparently yes.
or as the web link said, "leave off mold or mildew." :P ahh, homophonic ambiguity... :7
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:41 AM
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41. It's a damp area. Lots of fog.
Mildew around some windows right now. Time for some early spring cleaning.
The tub is pretty much spotless. But behind the caulk and tile could be another story entirely. ... Eeeww. What a thought.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:44 AM
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42. This is a gross question, but
when you squish them, do they leave a red stain? If so, that would be typical of the Clover Mite.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:03 AM
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52. Yes.
They leave little tiny squash marks of red. Do clover mites move very quickly?
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:21 AM
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60. Yes, like little spiders.
Here's a description. If the chemicals don't work, this says to vacuum them. Other things I read about them say they are actually a spring/fall pest, and they like cooler temps, which would make sense for where you are.

The warmer weather has brought out tiny 'red bugs' in homes. These minute creatures are clover mites. These insect relatives (they are closely related to spiders and ticks) are about the size of a 'pinhead' and are reddish or rust -colored. When viewed under a microscope (you might be able to tell with a hand lens), you can see the first pair of legs are quite long.

These mites are usually found in lawns where they feed on the sap of grass, clover, and other plants. Despite this feeding, they do not injure grass. Last fall, some clover mites moved from lawns to homes to spend the winter in protected cracks and spaces. As spring arrives, clover mites that are in or near buildings often enter homes, sometimes in large numbers. Due to their small size, they can easily move into buildings through small spaces in the foundation and around ground level windows. You are most likely to find clover mites on the sunny south side of buildings.

Although they can be quite annoying, clover mites are harmless to people and animals. Once clover mites are found in your home the simplest way to get rid of them is to remove them with a vacuum or to wipe them up carefully with a damp cloth. You do need to be careful because clover mites can stain fabric and other materials if crushed.

To prevent clover mites in the long term, cultivate the soil around your home in a band of 18 to 24 inches. This helps deter clover mites. You can plant flowers in that area but don't space them so close that clover mites can use them as a bridge across the soil. Landscape rock or wood chips are not effective barriers. As a last resort, you can treat the foundation of the house with an registered pesticide (dicofol , chlorpyrifos , or diazinon).

http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/YGLNews/YGLN...
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:35 AM
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64. Very helpful info.
Thank you for posting that! It's great to know what these things are. It makes sense that they'd be in this area at this time.

:thumbsup:
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:34 AM
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37. Sure sounds like Clover Mites --here's a pic
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 01:35 AM by Emit
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:09 AM
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5. Chiggers maybe?
Ewww bugs!

We don't have chiggers in Alaska, but I've seen them when I was down in Florida lots of times.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:32 AM
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36. I hope not.
:(
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amitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:09 AM
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6. In my experience, tiny tiny red bugs are usually mites.
:shrug: I only run into them outside in the summer, though. They're more or less harmless.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:35 AM
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39. Thanks. I really appreciate hearing the word "harmless".
;)

VERY tiny. Some seem only visible through the loupe. I'll check out mites on the 'net.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:10 AM
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7. Where do you live/what state/temp/humidity? You must be in the
south somewhere for bugs to even live.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:15 AM
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20. Not in the South.
SF Bay Area.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 03:23 AM
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69. Maybe they like the fog.
It acts like insulation in winter months. Inland gets much colder.

:shrug:
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:10 AM
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9. Hey, before you do anything else real chemical, try dr. bronners soap.
Peppermint.

Makes an astoundingly effective insecticide.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:12 AM
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14. I have a bar of it in the tub. They seem to like it.
:(
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:14 AM
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17. Weird. I've never come across an insect that the liquid kind wont kill.
It's gotta be peppermint, though. Something about the peppermint oil. The bar may not have the same effect. I put some of the liquid in a spray bottle with water, and when ants come in the house, it pretty much kills em instantly.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:16 AM
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22. I have a bottle of peppermint oil. I could try that.
That's interesting about the ants. It *is* magic soap, after all. :)
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:22 AM
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27. Yeah, I can't remember where I first read about it..
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:28 AM
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33. Thank you!
I have peppermint soap, peppermint oil, and garlic. Also teatree oil.
One way or another, I'll get rid of those little creeps yet! ;)
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 06:29 AM
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81. Interesting!
I was just smearing peppermint oil around the caulk, when I saw one of these critters walking in the tub. I took the Q-tip and drew a circle of peppermint oil around him. He went in circles for a number of minutes, but wouldn't cross the line.
That worked very well! :)
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:10 AM
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10. Spider mite?
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:14 AM
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16. That's the general body shape.
I've been looking at them under a 10x loope trying to identify them.
Are they that small?
Do they like bathtubs/showers?
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 08:02 AM
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83. Yup
They are that small. They are harmless though.
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:14 AM
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18. Oh gross Richard!
That's one ugly bug!
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:18 AM
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23. And they're TINY!!!
I went to look at one under the loupe and found that there was another with him that I hadn't seen.

:scared:
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Nostradammit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:27 AM
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32. Those are really good with lemon butter -
hard to open, however.
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Daphne08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 05:44 AM
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78. Ewwwwww. Nasty-looking.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 05:05 PM
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88. That's what it sounds like to me. n/t
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:11 AM
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11. I used to see little red-dot bugs in VA
you're scaring me now, since I'm now in the bay area! :scared:
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:44 AM
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65. Well it sounds like they're probably harmless. Just annoying.
Welcome to the Bay Area! :hi:
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:11 AM
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13. Spray the area with bleach water... Careful if you have pets
If you can lave it on for a while, it might super-clean the area and kill the bugs at the same time. :)
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:20 AM
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25. I was so freaked out that I used straight bleach.
I may have rinsed it off too soon. I still ended up with a migraine, and the bugs are still around.
Hearty little creeps.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 03:28 AM
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71. You may have put me off of easter eggs permanently.
x(
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:13 AM
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15. That ain't nuthin'!
I got bit by a spider last night and I have huge cockroaches EVERYWHERE, and thousands of tiny flies that won't go away! ... that's just the stuff I can see! :scared:
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:18 AM
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24. Ack!! Cockroaches???
I HATE cockroaches!! x(

If I happen to dream about them tonight, it's all your fault Swamp Rat!
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:23 AM
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29. Yes, large flying roaches
and there are everywhere in my house... I just killed two more!

I'm more worried about getting bitten by a spider again. :(

And the damn air outside is almost unbreatheable! They must be burning more refuse at the dump tonight, including dead animals and such.

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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 04:05 AM
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73. osage orange or hedge apple......my dad said it was the best thing
against cockroaches......I don't remember them as a kid......one year driving down to OK from IA we found some on the ground and took them with us b/c they were so odd looking....and my dad was so pleased

http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?p=osage+orange&fr=ieas...
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 04:56 PM
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87. Spiders ought to help your roach problem.
My parents had roaches when I was a kid. My brother and I used to feed them to the spiders that lived in back of the toilet.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:22 AM
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28. !!!
:scared: :hug:

So you're sayin' I don't have it so bad? ;)
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:25 AM
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31. Well, it's all relative I suppose.
;) :hug:

At least I'm back in my house and it's not too moldy. :)
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:55 AM
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47. You're back in your home! YAY!!!
:bounce:

What excellent news! You can get rid of whatever mold is there. At least you're home!!!
:toast: :woohoo: :toast: :bounce: :woohoo: :toast:
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mahina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 03:24 AM
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70. Here's something you'll like then...
Here in Honolulu we have those too, we call em B-52s, the flying cockroaches. So one day I saw one and all I had around was simple green. Guess what? When you squirt em with simple green they die really fast. Easier to hit them, plus they don't scram like when you come after them with a slipper.

Little known fact.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 04:15 AM
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75. HA!
B-52s :D

Yes, I discovered by accident that Simple Green kills them the same way. I'm pretty good with a flip flop too. ;)

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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 03:49 PM
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85. Hairspray works well too... especially on scary spiders
and it even smells good... Anything that clogs up their breathing mechanism.
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Daphne08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 05:48 AM
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79. You must live in Louisiana.
I was born and raised there, and I've seen roaches the size of mice!

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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 06:11 AM
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80. Way'at Daphne08!!
:hi: Yep. Dey get dat big here in N'walins! :D



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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:14 AM
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19. I hate to say it, but Raid will probably work pretty good.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:05 AM
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54. I can't use Raid.
I'm too chemical sensitive. The bleach messed me up for two days. :(
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:16 AM
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21. Borax, baby
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 01:16 AM by blogslut
The stuff eats their waxy exoskeletons. You can get it at almost any grocery store and it's relatively safe for pets and humans.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:32 AM
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35. I'll look for it.
I used to use Borax. It's a great product.

How should I use it for bugs? Do you just dump the powder around where you see them?
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:46 AM
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44. That's what I would do.
Pour it around the drain, along the edges, near the walls. Probably even around the base of your toilet. When it comes to killing bugs, Borax rules. I mix it with sugar, put it in an old dish soap container and "spray" it around doorways and windows to keep the ants away in summer. It whacks fleas too.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:50 AM
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46. Excellent!
They're getting smacked tonight with peppermint oil and more boiling water. Tomorrow will be Borax.

:thumbsup:
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:55 AM
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48. mind you
Death is not instantaneous. They walk through the stuff. It gets on their bodies. Their bodies dry up. Then they die.

Good luck :)
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:01 AM
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51. Thanks
I'll be patient for the desired results. ;)
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:14 AM
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57. Did you use Borax or boric acid?
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 02:14 AM by NYC
In New York, we use boric acid for roaches. Clogs their intestines or something, so they die relatively soon but not immediately.

Borax is just for laundry here.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:24 AM
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61. I used Borax for cleaning.
I'll try it for these critters too.
How do you use boric acid? Is it very harsh to be around?
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:31 AM
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Boric acid is not harsh.
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 02:46 AM by NYC
It is a white powder. I think it has no odor. (I don't remember ever noticing any.)

You spread it where they are likely to walk (not around pets). It is good for 3 months or 6 months, then you have to spread new boric acid.

I think humans use it for eye wash, and I have heard that people use small doses for stomach aches, but I wonder if they are supposed to or not. THEY ARE NOT.

It is safe to be around, as long as you don't eat it. CORRECTION BELOW It isn't is poison. CORRECTION BELOW You cannot leave it where pets can get it. If you don't have pets, don't hesitate to spread it all over.

You can buy it at the drug store.

Borax contains boron, and I imagine boric acid does, too.

Apparently, it is poison. (Though I don't consider table salt poison, so I'm not sure what they are talking about.)

Read this:
It can be used as an antiseptic only for minor burns or cuts and is sometimes used in dressings or salves or is applied in a very dilute solution as an eye wash. It is poisonous if taken internally or inhaled, although it is generally not considered to be much more toxic than table salt (based on its mammal LD50 rating of 2660mg/kg body mass).

Re bug killing:
...especially in the case of cockroaches, the boric acid in the form of a powder is applied to areas frequented by the insects. The lightweight particles cling to the legs of the insects and eventually cause fatal chemical burns.

Doesn't work the way I thought. Sounds disgusting.

Anyway, for yourself, think of it this way. You wouldn't eat powdered laundry detergent because it would poison you, but you are not afraid to handle it. Boric acid is no more threatening than that. Keep it away from pets.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:48 AM
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67. I'll look into it too. Thanks!
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:31 AM
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62. Borax
While Boric acid and Borax, are not exactly the same, both kill the creepy crawlies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boric_acid

I have some boric acid that I got from the pharmacy dept. of my grocery store. Still haven't used it yet.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:34 AM
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63. That's good to know.
Boric acid is probably cheaper. It doesn't have the fancy packaging of Borax. On the other hand, you can't use it on your laundry.

Thanks for the information.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:20 AM
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26. Pour boiling water on them, and wash them down the drain.
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 01:21 AM by NYC
They sound like mites that are usually on plants, but when there are too many of them, they leave the plants. They could have crawled up your drain.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:24 AM
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30. I dumped two pots of boiling water into and around the edge of the tub
tonight. Maybe I should keep doing that.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:56 AM
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49. Keep doing it.
If they are coming up the drain, you need to keep washing them back.

Someone once got mites on 3 or 4 indoor geraniums. She didn't notice it until they had spread everywhere. They were even crawling out her doorbell on the front door. (Hers were going out, not coming in.)

If these are coming inside, they must have overrun the plants they were living on. Assume it is a major assault, and keep up the battle. Bugs do come up drains, so I assume that's why they are in the bathtub.

I wonder if adding salt to the water will help. For sluggish drains, you should pour salt and boiling water. Maybe you should take this opportunity to clear your drain while you are battling the invasion. (Also clear out the dead mites in the drain after you drown them.)

Good luck.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:09 AM
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55. I'll keep up the boiling water. The drain moves pretty well, but the
thought of having a bunch of bugs living down there is beyond gross. I may add a few things to the water. ;)
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 04:54 AM
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76. Be careful there.... remember Stephen King's "It". n/t
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 05:04 AM
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77. Fortunately, I've never seen or read Stephen King's work.
Real life can be scary enough. :hide:
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:09 AM
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56. dupe delete
Edited on Tue Mar-14-06 02:10 AM by nicknameless
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:29 AM
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34. Get a picture and submit it to www.whatsthatbug.com
A sample:

Running MItes
(02/02/2005) Help, what's this bug?
Hello,
Weve been battling this bug with our Pest Control people, but nothing seems to get rid of them. They are very, very little reddish bugs that appear in my bathtub, bathroom floor, windowsill, and sink. If you smash one, it will leave a red blood stain. In the mornings is when they seem to be out the most. I attached a picture and its not a good one, but its the best I could get since they were so small. I live in SC now, but I also saw these bugs on rocks while growing up in PA, although the ones in PA were a lot brighter of a red color. From what I could see, I think they have 4 legs and 2 long antennae. I couldnt find a picture of a Running Mite that looks like this bug or else thats what Id say these are. They dont seem to be biting and I only itch when I think about them. Any help would be grateful.
Thanks,
Chuck

Hi Chuck,
You do have Running Mites and you don't have to worry about being bitten or itching.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:47 AM
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45. Wow. Thanks.
That sounds like them.
They don't move slowly, they move like spiders.
I just checked Google images. They look just like that, except maybe a little less red.
That could be it.
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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:41 AM
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40. If you live in an Apartment setting....
and they are spider mites.....

Well, if your into it, ya might want to chat with the neighbors as they may be the "phat" hookup....

:evilgrin: :smoke: :spank:
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:00 AM
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50. Consensus seems to point to mites. Photos look like these critters too.
I've just got to get to work cleaning them out of here.

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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:16 AM
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59. LOL....
:popcorn:
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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:15 AM
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58. LOL....
:popcorn:
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 01:44 AM
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43. "Get in my belly!"
Bed bugs are creepy. Had them in SE Asia. Freak and tweek, all night long.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:04 AM
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53. I hope not.
I'm hoping they're just mites.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 02:47 AM
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66. Clover Mites
I had them in my place years ago. x(

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2095.html
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 03:05 AM
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68. I don't have them in large numbers that some seem to.
It sounds like they can really overrun people's yards and homes. How awful.
What did you do to get rid of them?


BTW, I finally got to see a video clip of that fundy woman you used to have in your signature. Oh. My. :scared:
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 03:38 AM
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72. They may be Republican hatchlings...
best to call in an exorcist.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 04:10 AM
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74. I lost sleep over the thought of chiggers one night.
If they're rethugs, I may as well just move. ... then burn the place down. x(
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 06:32 AM
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82. Best to burn down the house!
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 08:04 AM
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84. The are spider mites...as kids we used to squash em on our fingers
and run into the house asking for bandaids...

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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 05:33 PM
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89. Ha!
Too funny. :D
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riona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 04:50 PM
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86.  a palmolive liquid perimeter
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-14-06 05:34 PM
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90. Thanks
I'll add that suggestion to my arsenal. :)
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