Invisible Biting Mites and Black Mold

It’s black mould spores. It absolutely is. You breathe them in, they breed in your digestive system, and get in your blood. The spores give you small mosquito-bite-like welts and crawling, pinprick sensations. The fungus changes your body into a fungus and yeast brewery. It makes you attractive to whatever opportunistic springtails, mites, or gnats happen to be passing by.

I didn’t believe it at first. Then I read a blog in which the author described finding toxic mould in her humidifier, and I thought: "But I don’t have a humidifier, or even air conditioning! My house seems dry as a bone." But as the various remedies and daily bleachings/launderings had no effect, I thought it might be worthwhile having a hunt. And lo, on the bottom of the fridge (which has a dodgy door that doesn’t always shut properly) was a layer of black/dark green mould.

My symptoms started in April (we’re in France so that’s the start of the warmer weather): tiny, pinprick sensations while in different areas around the house. In our bed and on sofas there was dust that felt like itching powder. Red welts appeared here and there after a night’s sleep, usually on the inside of arms, armpits, stomach, groin, back of knees. For a couple of weeks I had terrible bite marks around my chin and mouth. I also felt these annoying crawling sensations on my rear end whenever I sat on the sofa or on upholstered/wooden/rattan chairs and while in bed at night.

What really flummoxed me was how quickly I would feel crawling when I sat on a chair. How could anything get through my clothing to feel right up against my skin so fast? I can’t imagine a worm/nematode moving so swiftly, or even a springtail (don’t they move by jumping?) – it has to be a dust-mite type thing that likes fungal/yeasty skin, or perhaps a spore (but, euch, can they crawl with intent?! Yikes.) Whatever it was definitely wanted to be in my private parts or anywhere else it was moist and warm.

Getting Rid of Mold in My Home

  • Note: Be careful not to disturb the mold itself until the specialists arrive. Also, try to avoid fluctuations in temperature or humidity in the affected area. The last thing you want is more spores being released into your home.
  • For cleaning other areas, I found natural detergent from the organic shop to be far more effective that bleach on the floors. The bottle I bought had clove, eucalyptus and pine essential oils in. It smelled so much better than horrible bleach. It was almost a pleasure to mop!
  • I wrapped the mattresses in plastic sheeting and taped it up. I also put the pillows in plastic bags, taping them shut too. Luckily we have removable covers on the sofa, so I bagged up the cushions and put the covers back over them.
  • I regularly rubbed down surfaces with a bleachy damp cloth (esp windowsills, aiming at snaffling a few springtails)
  • Put worn clothing into two binbags to be washed—one dark (to soak in ammonia first) and one light (to soak in bleach). The pre-soaks had good results on my crawly trousers, but it never lasted, as they’d become infected from car/office/wherever within a day. I found a large plastic bucket really helped here, to create an ordered system in the bath/washroom and free up the bath.
  • I also closed the bedroom doors at night because the cats would come and sleep on our beds and I could literally feel the mites/spores hopping off them and on to me.
  • I stayed away from the sofas as much as possible, also kept iPad/iPhone/laptop activity to a minimum, especially in bed, as this attracted the flying things.

Mold in the bathroom.
Mold in the bathroom.

Getting Rid of Mold in My Body

Some of the things I tried that seemed to work:

  • Teaspoon of colloidal silver three times a day (wow, the die-off symptoms were mindblowing – two days of migraine-like headaches kicked in on Day 3 and two revolting hives appeared on one thigh. Something disgusting was definitely dying in my stomach.)
  • Teaspoon of turmeric powder each night (moving on to a mixture of turmeric, cinnamon and clove) swilled about in some water and knocked back with great stoicism
  • Fermented cabbage juice: half a glass twice a day (easy to make yourself)
  • No alcohol (well, I couldn’t quite manage that of course, and paid for it the following two days with a spike in symptoms)
  • I also took a multivitamin tablet every night, along with a B vitamin complex tablet and capsule of powdered Apple Cidre Vinegar (knocking back a mouthful of the liquid would probably be more powerful though)
  • I drank herbal teas. Pau D’arco and a floral blend that promised to treat candida
  • I ate well: fish, green veg, plenty of water
  • I took a daily "spore-be-gone" capsule (ordered from Amazon) with lunch each day
  • Colloidal silver, cabbage juice and clove oil (on the skin) were the clinchers, though. Possibly also the turmeric/spices (hard to know as I was doing everything at once). I really felt my body chemistry change

On my skin, I used:

  • Organic coconut oil
  • Garnier 7-day body moisturiser with L-Bifidus (curiously, the same thing that fights candida in your gut)
  • Clove essential oil: a drop or two added to moisturiser before bed kept the biting/crawling at bay amazingly well.

The detox diet I followed:

  • Cutting out carbs, sugar and yeast helped enormously. It doesn't have to be forever, just until you get the mold-induced "candida" in your stomach under control. (Long-term exposure to toxic mold leads to chemical imbalances and yeast overgrowth.)
  • Cut down alcohol consumption.
  • Plenty of green vegetables, fish, and chicken.
  • Bulgar wheat is a good (if uninspiring) alternative to pasta, rice, and bread.
  • Plenty of garlic and spices.
  • Lots of liquid, preferably something antifungal, such as Pau D'arco tea.


  • Apple cider vinegar capsules.
  • Spore-be-gone capsules.
  • Neem capsules.
  • Coconut oil capsules.
  • Fermented cabbage juice.
  • Lemon juice and baking soda.
  • Turmeric powder (one teaspoon a day).
  • B Vitamins.
  • Vitamin C.

For the kids:

  • Grapefruit seed extract in liquid form (easier to sneak into their fruit juice).
  • MSM powder mixed in with juices.
  • Colloidal silver, also mixed with drinks (I put a bit in the cat's water too).
  • Sweet multivitamins.

In the bath:

  • Apple cider vinegar (one cup).
  • Baking soda is also good.
  • MSM powder.
  • Clove essential oil.

And on the mold itself:

  • White vinegar and clove oil
  • Again, be careful not to disturb the mold itself until the specialists arrive.

How Mold Spreads

At first the crawling and bites were the worst part. But in late September, after I had blitzed the house in a bleach-cleaning frenzy (it was also around the time the weather got cooler and drier), I felt invisible, midge-like things flying at my face at night. It was difficult to sleep. My young kids would wake up, unsettled by the itching, and I’d lie awake for the rest of the night, my mind reeling and roiling, feeling like I was under attack by thousands of miniscule dust-like insects, some flying, some crawling.

My car became infested, and also my chair at work. At the height of the affliction, I would start to feel them "waking up" in my trousers (usually in the seams, or where they were tightest around my stomach), crawling around in my nether regions for a while, and then sort of "evanescing" upwards, until by late afternoon they were crawling on my face and hair, and flying into my eyes.

There was definitely something physical there. I remember the occasional colleague swatting at their face when they came to talk to me, or blinking something out of their eye all of a sudden. But whatever it was, it was nearly impossible to make out. I did notice the odd tiny hair or particle of dust floating off me with more propulsion than you’d expect from a bit of hair or dust. It was usually in the corner of my vision, and would sort of ping off lazily and float away.

Anyway, long story short: After almost seven months, we located the mould, cleaned it off with vinegar, and that night, for the first time in ages, my family and I all slept through until morning. Not a whimper from the dogs, who usually yelped and barked between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. (when the spores and fungus-eating mites were most active). I lay in my bed, just somehow knowing that it was over, that I wasn’t going to feel any more symptoms.

The next day in the kitchen I felt some stirrings in my freshly cleaned trousers as I sat on a wooden chair, but it was hugely subdued compared with what I’d felt before. It struck me that naturally, there would still be mould spores around the house and undoubtedly it would take time before my family’s bodies could detoxify enough to stop attracting the bugs (if there even were bugs).

I was the member of the family being most attacked. So, for about a fortnight leading up to the mould revelation I had put myself on a strict anti-candida diet, cutting out carbs and sugar. I felt and looked so much better. Now, my symptoms are occasional and faint. For the past two nights my bed has been an oasis of tranquil inactivity. Now it's focused in one of my children's bedrooms and also that of my partner. I'm hoping it's down to straggler spores, but I'm ready to tear up the floorboards to look for more mould, if the symptoms continue.

Final Thoughts

Anyway, that’s where I am so far. I think I’ve cracked it, although will expect a slow and bumpy road to total recovery. Now I'm focusing on detoxing the family innards, with supplements, veg-heavy meals, probiotic yoghurts, a bit of fermented cabbage juice snuck into the kids' apple juice. I read somewhere that grapefruit seed extract is good for this kind of detox, so I'll try that too.

My partner is still feeling crawling in his bed (which I vacated weeks ago to make myself a test subject in my own bedroom/lab) and I’m still feeling a much subdued version at my desk. So we'll see.

I’ll let you know if this turns out to be a blind alley. But in the meantime, have hope, all ye in peril on this sea of madness. Be strong, be kind to yourselves, try to get out of the house and distract yourselves with the good things in life. But, most importantly, find that mould!

Comments 9 comments

pamela griffi 10 days ago


SarahD 7 weeks ago

It must be mould spores - as its only happening at night & bird mite or similar would be constant - but it seems to be invisible.. and at night -no bites during the day !!!

Agree with story 2 months ago

WOW, this happen to me as well and it is mold spores, I kept complaining and complaining, bug expert came out and told me to see a doctor, I was not crazy, it was every where, job, car, home, garge. I spent over $1000 trying to get rid of what I thought was mites or fleas.

But the only thing that was different, was any a paper or plastic I had became infested immediately, I could not touch it, it burned or I could feel that crawling, and always on my private parts.

I ended up throwing away every thing and just bagging my clothes, I kept complaining to landlord something was wrong. I had throw away all electronics as well.

After moving out of the apartment, it was relief, but I did have in car and office. I started reading, I had several leaks from the apartment above with air condition, so I believe the mold was in the ceiling above me, I saw I little black mold and showed land lord, they just sprayed painted whole ceiling.

I always wonder why, restoration was always cleaning out ceiling of some of the the other apartments. Now we know, mold.

Now living in a new place, I brought the spores, but bought, lysol spray and to air filters. And will get total steam carpet cleaning.

The person, talking about mites, wrong. In my home I was the only one complaining the whole time. Others in home, just slept. When at work, some people sit right down in chairs no problem, but others would sit down and jump right back up.

I will spray my files at work with lysol and bought an air filter for office. All I know, was bug experts said there was no bugs. I lived in my apartment for 4 years and for 4 years, people above me apartments would leak into my apartment. My last year there, I just suffered.

So if you a crawling sensation, and cannot see anything, search your house for mold. Because, mold spreads the spores and then you feel like something is biting you, have welps like bites. and feel like something is crawling on you, but you cannot see it at all.

ClintFromNYtoVA 2 months ago

After eliminating the possibility of a mite infestation and determining I had inhaled alternaria mold I was getting the same crawly stinging sensation. I began a course of Fluconazole and eventually added Doxycicline to convert the Fluconazole from fungistatic to fungicidal as per an NIH study. By the time I added 100 mg of Doxy I was up to 30o mg Flu both AM and PM taking it at the same time on an empty stomach. The first 5 days of doxy were uncomfortable but then became tolerable. Secondary infections from long term exposure were cleared by the doxy. There was a course of 11 days of 100 mg itaconazole which preceded Fluconazole which cleared up my left eye bio film. Prior to that the doctor prescribed a 14 day course of terbinifine which had some effect on a posterior muscle behind the eye an hour after taking. But the terbinafine did not clear it and antifungal creams did little. A second course of 15 days high dose terbinafine was prescribed by the doctor. It stopped responding and got worse on day 8. I determined it must be systemic. I plan to continue the Fluconaxole / doxy regimen for 1 month after symptoms are gone which will be in one week. Many molds exist as dimorphic and cause yeast infections in the body. Luckily I live in a land where obtaining these medications are not difficult.

Pestil 3 months ago

Triclosan powder will help treat your body and home to eliminate these mites. Find it on ebay

Richard Snyder 3 months ago

read David Bourke's story for the answer. (I've been thru it all myself, my problem is different as I have parrots)


shar57 13 months ago

I see post r old, but i want re educate and help u all if youve not figured this out yet. Its NOT MOLD SPORES on yiur face that you r feeling. Its not the spores that are causing red bumps.

Black can make you very very sick.

But what she is describing is a mite.

This has tp be treated in certain ways or your whole house will become infested. The strange thung is, not all family members get bit. These mites are so tiny, some people cant see them.

They kften get misdiagnosed as scabies. Ankther type of mite.

Go to TOPIX, anf type in skin mite, or bird mites and start reading.

After reading the horror stories there,

Just google bird mites.

There Re thoisands of people that have this. Drs are no help. They will tell you yiu are crazy.

Just keep reading

If this sounda like what she has, your kind kf on your own.

Often times mold and skin mites, bird mites, mouse mites, what ever animal they started from may be seen where there is mold.

But it ISN'T spores that are biting people.

This is becoming an epidemic, yet neither the CDC nor doctors are taking rhis seriously. Some sites say bird mites can transfer to humans other sites say they can.

Well somethung is. There cant be this many crazy people having the same symptoms.

Obvioise place to start.

Look for bird nest in your eves of house or branches or attic. Same with mice and squirrels.

Also google this:

"Urge the CDC to take action against surging unexplained disease "

Start reading the stories there.

Bird mites or even scabies doesn't mean yiur dirty.

People are getting these from upscale hotels rooms, teying on clothes when sbopping, other family members, airplane seat.

All it takes it try on clothes or sit where an infested person was, ti transfer to anither person just that easily.

Poison dont work most of the time.

If you decide this is what you have, keep reading and trying the different treatments people have posted.

Some people are calling this MORGELLONS, its not. They are gettung the aymptoms confused.

Good luck all take care.

Please educate your doctors.

Dianne shore 15 months ago

Omg my daughter is going through the same in a rental. It has been happening for a few months now thought it was dust mites got pest guy to come but he could not see anything as there is mould on bathroom walls but he did it look there thank u as my daughter is going mad

tammiewalker51 17 months ago

The spores an mites have to loosee hair my fingers hurt all the time ive had shingles, cellulites , terribe anxiety atacks my family thinks im crazy, my work place thinks on drugs im gonna loose my job im broje from not workin those mean mites bite me all the time I think yhey are gonna kill me a doctor told me I need t


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