Eric and Mike and others.
I have done this a number of times and it works well for me. I talked
about this a bit on an earlier post. See:
I use a sharp Swiss army knife and scrape hard right above the
eyebrows. I then put the scrappings on the knife into
a drop of immersion oil. I would then add a coverslip. Look near the
pieces of skin They look like tiny worms but it is
neat to see the eight legs move.
It is possible I have a bit higher infestation than some (I grew up in
East Africa), but I suspect most of us could get it.
Actually I had a student scrape while I pulled my skin tight and them
put it on a microscope that had a video on it. It is neat to wee the
eight legs waving. Good luck.
Feel free to send an e-mail or phone if you have questions.
James Mahaffy (mahaffy At dordt.edu) Phone: 712 722-6279
498 4th Ave NE
Biology Department FAX : 712
Dordt College, Sioux Center IA 51250-1697
>>> On 1/10/2007 at 10:00 PM, in message
<E20AD1E8C4BAF140A87DAF6DE5D3BD84815F69 At teal.iwunet.indwes.edu>, "Goff,
<Mike.Goff At indwes.edu> wrote:
> I have read Eric's question about finding Demodex folliculorum for
> undergraduate parasitology class. I have looked for this mite for a
> time without finding it too. Is there some secret? I have scraped my
> forehead many times and pulled eyelashes with no real results.
> I had my whole class try the scraping/ eyelash thing and no one
> anything. I have had several years experience with the light
> and normally don't have trouble finding things. Are these things
> hard to see?? Do they move at all? Mike