Got a weird itch on your head. Got bed bugs in the house. If you put two and two together, can bed bugs live in your hair?
People tend to ask this a lot. That’s because bed bugs can be seen crawling around almost anywhere, on your skin, on the floor and even on your head. So it makes sense to think that they can take up residence in your hair.
If this happens to you, don’t panic. Here’s what’s you should know.
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If they make their way into your head, bed bugs can temporarily stay in your hair.
Bed bugs can’t live on your head for too long
Can bed bugs live in your hair? No. But that they can temporarily stay there until they find a safer place to be in.
Bed bugs can hide in your hair for a few hours (or even days), but they can’t stand being there for a long period of time. Part of the reason is that they don’t have the body parts to latch on to your scalp and hair. They’re not like head lice that have claw-like limbs that can expertly cling into a person’s hair.
According to Bed Bugs Supply, bed bugs have special front claws that still need to be set in a specific way, right before these bugs suck out blood. Setting those claws is hard enough to do without being barraged by hair strands. This is why you mostly see bed bug bites on skin that has barely any visible hair on it.
So if you feel tingly and itchy all over your scalp, there’s a good chance that the source of all the discomfort may be lice or fleas, not bed bugs.
But they can still feed on your scalp
Don’t get us wrong. Bed bugs can still bite you even if they’re on your head.
These insects will stop at nothing if they’re hungry. So they can still crawl onto your scalp and suck blood from that region of your body.
How do you get rid of bed bugs hiding in your hair?
So what do you do if you have bed bugs currently hiding in your hair? It’s obvious that you can’t wait around until they scurry off to find a home.
Here are some tips that might be able to help you with your bug problem.
- The best way to counter a bed bug problem is to destroy the source first. Treat your house first before focusing on your hair.
- Take a shower more often.
- Use lice shampoo to get rid of the bed bugs.
- Use hot water when bathing.
- Go to a sauna house. The steam kills off these insects.
- Use a fine-toothed comb to get them out of your hair.
- Rub cedar oil onto your scalp. Cedar oil is deadly for bed bugs. This may irritate your scalp a bit, so use anti-itching creams and products after the treatment.
- You can also use 91% solution rubbing alcohol instead of oils.
- Suffocate the bugs with an oil-and-cap treatment. Rub some oil into your hair, and cover your head with a shower cap for a good 6-8 hours. Insects breathe through their skin. The oil will cover them and deprive them of air until they all die off.
- If you wear a weave or a wig, take if off and throw it away. It’s been infested, so wearing it again will just make the problem worse.
- And speaking of worse cases, if that may ever occur, you might want to consider cutting your hair off.
So can bed bugs live in your hair? Temporarily, they can. But they’re not built to stay in there for too long.
Remember that bed bugs in your hair might be a sign that the infestation has grown incredibly large. The bugs might have grown in numbers that they can now come from anywhere. That includes the bed’s headboards and pillows, places where you might have gotten the unwanted residents in your hair.