How to Get Rid of Turkey Mites

Turkey mites are actually an immature form of tick 1. They can cause itchy outbreaks on different parts of your body that seem to have nothing in common; they can break out on the back of a hand and a few hours later show up in the middle of your back. The itch is incredible and the discomfort is immense. The good news is you cannot pass turkey mites along to others, and turkey mites are relatively easy to get rid of 1.

Fill a tub with warm water and add 1/2 cup of bleach to the water. Soak in this bleach and water solution for 15 minutes. Keep as much of your body under the water as possible, especially any areas that are already red or blotchy and that itch. This will kill or weaken the turkey mites and kill many other parasites as well 1.

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Dry yourself, then apply a liberal amount of commercial lice shampoo to the affected areas and rub it in. Leave on the skin for 3 minutes and then wash it off. Dry your skin.

Apply more lice shampoo to any affected area and rub in it. Leave the shampoo on your skin and allow it to dry.

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Rub additional lice shampoo onto the affected areas and allow to dry if the first application has not cured your problem after about an hour. Your problem should be cured after allowing the second application of lice shampoo to dry completely on the affected areas.


Keep lice shampoo out of eyes. Start treatments as soon as your notice the problem.


If redness and itching get worse or simply refuse to go away even after the treatments recommended in this article, see your doctor or dermatologist.