Fur Mites -- How long do the eggs stick around?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Mar 15, 2002 10:19 pm


Okay, I imagine it´s time I admitted I´m a fraud. I´m unsure if my pigs have ever had mange mites (but they shouldn´t now) and I don´t even know if my treatment to get rid of fur mites is working or not. At least that´s what I think they are.

What I want to know (Teresa, maybe you can tell me your experiences) is how the darn things go away. What I have are cocoon like eggs stuck on the hair shafts and the hair is strange, stiff and kind of sticks together. Since what I see are the eggs and only the emerged bugs would be killed by the topical ivermectin I´ve been using, I don´t know if it is working or not. How long does it take before they go away? I´ve been cutting off some of the hair -- it is really nasty.

If anyone has battled these things (a picture is on Guinea Lynx of Nina´s fur mites), I´d like to know what you used and how long it took before it looked like there were no more eggs.

It´s one thing to read about it and another to try to get rid of it.

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Oh, this is what they look like:

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lisam

Post   » Fri Mar 15, 2002 11:11 pm


Wow. So those are what the eggs for fur mites look like? They look just like the nits (eggs) of human lice.

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 4:44 am


When I treated my girls with Advantage it took about a month for the "casings" to be gone. The vet said they would go when the hair fell out. He was right. I was concerned that they were still nits after about 2 weeks so the vet looked at some of them under the scope and said they were just empty casings. Slowly, but surely, they fell off. I suppose you could pick or srape them off, but I just waited. Gross, I know.

Kara

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 4:45 am


Lynx... they like like lice to me. Look just like the lice nits and casings my girls had.

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 4:47 am


Have you tried Advantage?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 7:20 am


They are pretty large and visible to the naked eye. I never saw a bug. Some of the parasites I´ve read about I have never had -- Teresa had some of these and thought they were fur mites. The very first guinea pig I had that came from the pet store was covered with lice. You could see them moving in the fur and around the eyes. You can´t see a thing on my pigs (they have been treated with ivermectin). I guess this means I´ll just have to wait for them to go away. Pretty nasty looking though (the picture doesn´t show how the hair texture actually changes -- Kitten has a small area with some and the hair looks brownish).

I haven´t used Advantage because the ivermectin ought to work (and that´s what I have). And I don´t see any bugs at all, just the casings.

It is almost like moths have set up home in their fur.

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 2:32 pm


Poor piggie! When my girls had lice, I only saw moving things on one of them. What your pig has looks very odd.

Hey, Teresa is my mite Goddess! She thought Penny had them MONTHS before I actually decided everything else had been ruled out. I treated for mites and she was a new piggie in 2 weeks!

Have you given her a bath? I used Hexadene shampoo. That seemed to help A LOT. I hate all these "vermin" all the pigs get. It makes me think all the people who have pigs and have NO idea about these things and the pigs suffer a lifetime of pain.

Kara

Evangeline

Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 7:39 pm


Lynx-
One of my rescues came in covered with these things. I did Ivermectin orally and they went away within the first week.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Mar 16, 2002 9:51 pm


Really? These look like casings -- they aren´t bugs and don´t move. So they went away that fast, eh? I sure wish these did (I even put tiny droplets on the fur back there -- part of the standard topical dose I was giving).

Evangeline

Post   » Mon Mar 18, 2002 8:40 am


Well, you don´t have to believe me, but that´s my experience. I only had the problem once, though, so maybe it´s a fluke.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Mar 18, 2002 8:57 am


I do think it´s hard to positively identify something from a pic like I put up (get size, etc.). And if they were lice casings, I´m thinking they would be smaller. These are fairly noticeable.

The "really" was an "oh-that´s-good-to-hear" kind of really.

J-LPigcard

Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 8:17 pm


One of my girls was heavily louse-infested when I first got her. She had truckloads of those casings on her that persisted for a couple of months, at least, even after the lice were eradicated. It seems the eggshells are pasted onto the hairs to stay, until the hair falls out, and the shell with it. I tried using the louse egg comb that you can get in drugstores, but I lost patience with them, since there were so many eggs, and they tended to cause a pulling sensation on the poor pig, anyway. The combs do seem to work, though, if you want to try one. I think they only cost a couple of dollars at Wal-Mart.

J-LPigcard

Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 8:19 pm


Oh, one more thing--what lens did you use to photograph those nasties? That´s a really good picture.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 8:26 pm


No lense. Just a digital camera with a macro. Olympus 3030 (my birthday/Christmas present last year). I had to send it in for an adjustment since the memory cards were no longer working (nothing wrong with the cards). The key is lots of light. It is difficult to take dark subjects. I think I adjusted the sharpness on the pic after I took it so it would be easier to see.

So it looks like lice to you? Next time I find these (after they fall off), I´ll have to look real hard for the bugs. Both fur mites and lice are visible to the naked eye (I´ll have to get out a magnifying glass as my close-up vision is getting worse).

kleenmama
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Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 8:29 pm


Those don´t like the kinds of lice my pigs used to have. They were wormy little things. That picture gives me the willies every time I look at it. Yuck!
I have a question. I had a black boar that had little reddish brown things on the ends if his hairs, all by his rear end. What were those?

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 8:33 pm


They aren´t the lice themselves, but the casings (cocoons or whatever they make for the larva to grow in before they hatch). So you never saw these things?

kleenmama
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Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 9:05 pm


Never seen those before in my life. I´ve seen crawlie lice, but never seen those casings. Maybe mine were a different kind of lice?

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 9:46 pm


I originally thought they were fur mites, also known as static lice in England (but they are really mites). Maybe I will stick with the mite theory.

kleenmama
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Post   » Wed Mar 20, 2002 9:53 pm


I have no idea. But they are really really gross. I have to scroll really fast past the picture or I get goose bumps. Weird, I can watch open heart surgery but those eggs gross me out!

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cmtigger

Post   » Thu Mar 21, 2002 1:48 am


The fur mites that i have seen were different- but I admit that I didn´t look to close. They were not my pigs, and I was afraid that if I got it on myself, I would pass it to my animals.

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