Available now: Year of the Mite!

Available now: Year of the Mite!

All it took was a few baby chicks and a carpeted floor, and soon Jane Ishka, a San Francisco Bay Area homesteader, literally felt her skin crawling. She–and her house, her car, and all of her belongings–had been infested by the red poultry mite, Dermanyssus gallinae. Driven from her home and bed by the biting and itching, Jane used her scientific background to figure out what was wrong, and most importantly, how to fix it.

Told as a scientific detective story, “Year of the Mite” begins with a handful of adorable chicks moved temporarily into the family room. Jane’s mother had always warned her not to touch bird’s nests, and soon her arms were blotchy with bites. Borax, mite traps, diatomaceous earth… none of the usual remedies did anything. More research convinced her that, contrary to what was taught in 4-H, bird mites could infest people, and that they were terribly hard to get rid of once established. It took her a year to figure out a combination of treatments that worked, and it is this long and itchy story that she shares with readers, including the stresses on her family life brought about by the ongoing infestation and the drastic steps necessary to cure it.

A great read for fans of science, for aspiring homesteaders, and especially for those who have had their own encounters with nearly invisible infestations.

 

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8 Responses to “Available now: Year of the Mite!”

  1. Larry Hager says:

    Is this book available yet?

  2. Jane Ishka says:

    Book Launch Party for Year of the Mite, June 9, 2016:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/136991326696999/

    • Author signatures in your books usually mean only that someone was prepared to stand in line at a bookshop for somewhere between a few minutes and a few hours in order for a brief encounter with celebrity; or to pay lots of money for a book to somebody else who was. Either way, it’s merely a symptom of having way too much time and/or money on your hands. The cult of authorship is one of the more irrational manifestations of the whole mad publishing business, and the sooner it is dismantled the better.

  3. Morris Stevens says:

    how do you get doctors anyone to listen to you..for me that is the worst thing about all this..I lost everything because of a microscopic insect. I am a pest control professional but I was no match for mites

  4. Morris Stevens says:

    how do you get doctors anyone to listen to you..for me that is the worst thing about all this..I lost everything because of a microscopic insect. I am a pest control professional but I was no match for mites. have been infested for over a year now.. finally after several visits to several doctors, ,,there sending me to Stafford ,,the best hospital in California. . well see how smart these smart doctors are. ..I’m hoping to get some closure…and get busy with lawsuits…no one has listened yet…even after positive identification from them living under my skin and on everything I ever owned…still afflicted…

  5. bro39 says:

    Why this problem is ignored is beyond me. This has been a recent problem to our environment as a whole. I can’t ever remember the population of wildlife being infested with bugs. Now everywhere I look I see animals with some type of mange.

    My problem a tenant above that keeps vermin as pets. Even though her own children are bitten by these bugs, she basically tells them to suck it up.

    Inspectors and doctors have limited knowledge. It can be very debilitating. This can be “germ warfare”


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