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#1    Bonecrusher

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

I just wanted to see how my fellow UMr's would handle an infestation of these tiny arachnoids...

Our idea is to spray everything with a special substance called Protector P,then suck the life out of the carpets and floors with a vacuum cleaner.We also took some advice on board about using a dryer instead of draping our clothes over doors and other various hanging places.Because Ty is such a scratchademic we feel the dust mites are causing a reaction with the yeast allergies on his fur.But we wouldn't have dust mites in the first place if it wasn't for dead skin cells peeling off in the first place.And you can't really avoid that unless you wrap yourself in a Tyrek suit.Until then dust mites are here to stay.

It dosn't really matter if some of the alternative solutions are nonsensencial.

Edited by Medium Brown, 21 February 2013 - 10:58 AM.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

Ugh, I hate these little things.

So...ugh.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

What's Ty? Why do you feel the dust mites are to blame (ie, did your Vet tell you this?). One can lower the level of dust mites in the environment but it's just about impossible to eradicate them (unless you want to live in a computer clean room).

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:53 PM

View PostLilly, on 21 February 2013 - 11:38 AM, said:

What's Ty? Why do you feel the dust mites are to blame (ie, did your Vet tell you this?). One can lower the level of dust mites in the environment but it's just about impossible to eradicate them (unless you want to live in a computer clean room).
It's not a what,it's a who.
In fact it's not even a who because at least a dozen posters know about Ty.
If you look at the penultimate page of the Pets Gallery you'll even see a picture of him.
In fact I took a brief absence from this forum because of him.
This fact is well demonstrated in a thread explaining my reasons for having a break.
I don't exactly know all the comings and goings in this forum but I've posted about Ty at least 25 times.
It's when you said "what" anybody would think I've got a cybernetic dog living with us.
Last time I checked they don't have a tendency of getting allergies to yeast.
He's a brindle boxer called Tyson who's flesh and blood not metal.
I'm frankly surprised somebody with a corgi in her avatar would be unaware.

Btw you could be right about these dust mites not totally going away.
Tbh it dosn't really matter now despite my good mood.

Edited by Medium Brown, 21 February 2013 - 06:03 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

I had no idea what Ty was either, I just assumed a furry pet of some sort.

But anywho, dust mites.... Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, use a HEPA vacuum. Wetmop hard floors regularly. Use microfiber cloths when dusting because they pick up better. Get rid of feather pillows, comforters, jackets, ect- feathers are a fave breeding ground for dust mites. Keep the humidity in your house below 35%, mites don't like it dry. If you can find it, get a mite resistant cover or bed for your dogs fave lounging spot.
If you aren't allergic to it, try eucalyptus oil as a less chemical killer. This is usually noted to add to your wash, but it may be used as a spray too. Wintergreen is supposed to be a decent spray for mites too.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were dustmite-free for quite a while in the early 50's!

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

View Postealdwita, on 21 February 2013 - 08:19 PM, said:

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were dustmite-free for quite a while in the early 50's!

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Erm, do you have any other solutions which may not take the kitchen sink with it?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

View Postrashore, on 21 February 2013 - 07:59 PM, said:

I had no idea what Ty was either, I just assumed a furry pet of some sort....

Thanks, I didn't know either.

My question, "What's Ty?" was only an attempt to find out if Ty was a dog, cat, guinea pig, bunny, whatever. I never thought that Ty could possibly be 'robo-pet'.

Oh, and the dog in my avatar is a Collie (not a Corgi). Also, I'm a certified Vet Tech and thought I could possibly help.

I'll go away now...perhaps the mood of the thread will improve with my absence.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

I didn't know what Ty was either.

Rashore gave good advice for reducing dust mites in your home.

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

View PostLilly, on 21 February 2013 - 08:32 PM, said:



Thanks, I didn't know either.

My question, "What's Ty?" was only an attempt to find out if Ty was a dog, cat, guinea pig, bunny, whatever. I never thought that Ty could possibly be 'robo-pet'.

Oh, and the dog in my avatar is a Collie (not a Corgi). Also, I'm a certified Vet Tech and thought I could possibly help.

I'll go away now...perhaps the mood of the thread will improve with my absence.
It's more or less my sisters fault  so I'm speaking on her behalf.
She's happy with Rashore's advice but wasn't when Ty was called a " what".
However we have been doing completely the opposite with the heating.
I should have known about the Eucalyptus Oil considering my future ambition of whittling gum bark.
We are just doing the best we can for Ty because we don't want these mites to thrive.
So I'm sorry for going off the rails.
I'm afraid we've got quite a few of those mite harbouring blankets.
And I didn't realise you had to use a specialised vacuum cleaner.
Btw I realise that your dog  wasnt a corgi so that was a bit naff.
It's even more naff than me implying you think I've got a Tomagoutchi.
I think the mood will improve now but I can't promise there won't be any more nuclear explosions.

Edited by Medium Brown, 22 February 2013 - 03:38 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

FYI: When a person inquires about another person's pet proper English is as follows: "What (kind of animal) is your pet?" or " What is Fluffy, a cat, dog or bunny?". One does not (in English) phrase it is as follows: "Who is your pet?" nor would one say "Who is Fluffy, a cat, dog or bunny?".

The insult you're seeing simply does not exist.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

View PostLilly, on 22 February 2013 - 03:38 PM, said:

FYI: When a person inquires about another person's pet proper English is as follows: "What (kind of animal) is your pet?" or " What is Fluffy, a cat, dog or bunny?". One does not (in English) phrase it is as follows: "Who is your pet?" nor would one say "Who is Fluffy, a cat, dog or bunny?".

The insult you're seeing simply does not exist.
It's my fault for humanising dogs.

Tbh it's a common fallacy when it comes to man's best friend.

When your trying to recognise a fellow person you don't say " What is that person?"

However it's something I do need to address in further posts.

Edited by Medium Brown, 22 February 2013 - 03:57 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

View PostMedium Brown, on 22 February 2013 - 03:56 PM, said:

When your trying to recognise a fellow person you don't say " What is that person?"


Not universally true. I distinctly recall my reaction on seeing Nikki Minaj for the first time....."What the hell is that?"  Posted Image

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

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Not universally true. I distinctly recall my reaction on seeing Nikki Minaj for the first time....."What the hell is that?"  Posted Image
Yeah! She's a wretched looking creature!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

You can delay the normal balding process of aging if you control these things.  It doesn't help with pattern baldness but it helps a lot with the thinning business.  I use to use Listerine, but found that a splash of rubbing alcohol a couple times a day is about as good (although it has a drying effect that you may want to offset other ways).  Vinegar is another thing that seems to work.

My understanding is that the mites cause a minor skin inflammation that eventually does in the follicle, but there's all sorts of theories.  I just testify it works: I'm almost 70 and have a full head of hair, unlike my brothers.





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