Please help!

butala butala at pacbell.net
Thu Mar 18 19:58:30 EST 1999



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I am desperate. After 2 days of netsurfing, I finally found this NG.  I

am really reaching out, because I don't know what to do or who to see.

For about a year, I have had what I thought were insects of some type

living and breeding in my garage where I spend a lot of my time working

with my record collection. At first these pests were simply annoying.

Barely visible, they attacked me as soon as I entered the garage

concentrating on the hair on my head and in and around the ears. After

several days, the problem seemed to stop, but again would surface in

about a week. I dismissed it as being perhaps common gnats, aphids or

other garden pests. As time progressed, the problem increased. It was

also very disconcerting to me that my family members  were seemingly

unnafected(thank goodness!). The problem was isolated in my garage for

about 10 months, and I learned to live with it in spite of my efforts to

control the situation with malathion and other pesticides. In addition

to being attracted to my ears, they began to enter my body through my

mouth and nose. I would retrieve them (some) by blowing my nose.  They

are almost invisible to the naked eye, but I have learned to distinguish

the several stages which now reside in my body and continue to plague me

as follows...



a.) Very tiny (almost invisible) white in color. shaped like a "V". This

I believe is the airborn stage as it enters my body through ears, eyes

and mucous membranes. Seems to be very smart as it targets these areas

with great accuracy and success. Absolutely relentless. Very seldom  are

they visible at this stage, but I see them after they die.

Unfortunately, they are undescernable at this stage, and resemble a very

tiny ash with no body or wings and desintegrate when touched. (Also

retrieved from my hair with the use of a fine tooth comb.) I feel them

on my face and ears.Feels like a tiny fleck of fiberglass has landed,

and then moves to these areas, quickly and accurately. They have now

invaded my lungs to the extent that my ease of breath is impaired and I

begin to wheeze and cough. I get temporary relief by blowing my nose and

expelling mucous from my lungs. They are barely visible in the body

fluids, but nonetheless present. 

b.) At this stage, they resemble a single grain of finely ground coffee

(in shape, size and color) These are also present throughout the garage

on countertops, washer & dryer, (etc.) and are also combed from my hair

and retrieved (and collected) from my bathrom sink. They have now

invaded all areas of my house including the bedroom, where I have

recently discovered at least one more stage. 

(c.) Resembles a very tiny spider mite, or perhaps a flea. They vary in

color (from beige to red) A body is discernable, as well as legs or a

"fuzz" around the body perimeter, and are also retrieved from my hair,

but mostly found on my white counters and bathroom floors. Also found

recently, and with more frequency are  tiny (yet larger) oval shaped

discs. Very similar to a small sesame seed. These are often found

(retrieved and collected) in places where our domestic cat has been.

Lately, I have collected as many as six (6) of these in the morning

where the cat slept the previous night.  However, I'm not convinced they

are related, as this has a been only a very recent find compared to the

others which have been present for about a year. 



Could these creatures have come from a young parrot (smuggled from

Mexico) who lived caged in the garage for about 6 months, but has since

flown the coup?  Or might they be similar to book fleas that may have

resided inside of records (and records and jackets) that I receive from

around the world and are kept inside the garage? Two exterminating

companies have treated both the garage and house. I provided their

entomologists with samples of the various stages. They say:  "They look

like something, but we can't identify it", nor can we effectively treat

it. (Probably because of their strict policies.)I live in an upscale

neighborhood in the L.A. suberbs. We are not "clean fanatics" as we have

2 kids. But we do take pride in our home and work very hard to keep it

clean.In the interest of not consuming too much of your time, I will

spare you with the ill affects and poor quality of life I live as a

result of this problem (unless you are so inclined to inquire.) As you

have probably surmised by now, I am either desperate and/or crazy. I

assure you, that my wits are about me and I'm not the latter. I'm also

very persistent and not easily defeated. However, I am also embarrassed

by the situation. I know that I can ill afford to procrastinate a visit

to the doctor, but I would still like to avoid it. I must consider my

health and my family's best interest, not to mention being responsible

for spreading an epidemic of some kind, as it has already increased to a

level which has become intolerabale. Thank You for your time. Any help,

comments and suggestions you may have would be very welcome and

appreciated.



Sincerely:

Keith



butala at pacbell.net



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