Don'tscrew around with mites. They'll make you regret getting into snakes all together if you give them a foothold. I've used everything under the stars including(vinegar and oils). Till i found Black Knight and used that which you don't need to worry about getting near the head that much(still not a good idea). If you wanna keep your sanity and kill mites use Black Knight. If you wanna be like monitor boy and bath a large well lubricated snake bemy guest but don't say no one warned you.