How to get rid of fleas in human hair?
Ruth from MO
Yes, a human can be infested with fleas. My sitter has dogs and tall grass and my 19 month old has a head full of fleas. I was told to treat it with the Lice shampoo along with maybe using mayonnaise and a fine tooth comb. I have never experienced anything like this, but it is indeed true. (08/17/2007)
I can't believe what I'm reading. Have you people with the flea problems been spot treating your animals with the product your vet recommends? There are several. I had flea problems before these products came out, and I used Raid Flea Spray in the house and it worked well. Perhaps they still sell it.
I have four dogs and a cat, and I don't have this problem because I spot treat each pet every single month. At this point I'm using Advantix, but I'm going to switch to Advantix Multi (script required from vet). You can buy these flea spot products at pet stores as well as vets. Stay away from Hartz or other companies that are best know for toys, etc. Get the product made from a pharmaceutical or chemical company like Bayer or the like. Some swear by Frontline Plus, and it worked for me until lately.
It has been a seriously bad year for fleas, so many people are having problems. If your having fleas in your hair, don't hesitate to call a veterinarian or a pest control company for professional advice. There's no reason for this problem in this day and age. Good luck. (08/21/2007)
Peppermint soap is awesome. Mix a small amount with shampoo for people and also for pets, leave in one minute and then rinse. Be sure and use hair conditioner afterward. Peppermint soap takes out the oil, but does kill fleas.
I have used it on dogs and cats with their baths. Then wait 3 days before applying Advantage either for dogs or cats on their necks. It takes 3 days for body oils to get back into the skin. (08/21/2007)
We just rescued a stray white puppy who was covered in fleas. We didn't have any animal flea shampoo so our vet recommended, believe it or not, Dawn dishwashing detergent. You could try that because it really does kill the fleas. Since Dawn gets rid of grease, if I were you and you used this, I would make sure I use a good conditioner after the Dawn. Hope this helps. Goodluck. I hate fleas. (08/21/2007)
I am at wits end with these silly fleas. So I was looking around on Google the other day and found this product called Flea Beacon. It is made by Happy Jack. It is just a trap that actually works. No chemicals or anything, it is a light in a box with sticky paper. I got it last night at 9pm and this morning the paper was almost full and I did not wake up with any new bites. They can be moved around the house from room to room, they are awesome. It saves me from putting any additional chemicals in my house, which is great considering I have 3 young kids. I hope if anyone else tries it they get the same results. Good luck to you all. (09/02/2007)
By CRAZY IN PA
OK, everyone calm down, getting panicky about fleas only makes the problem worse. You do not need any chemical treatments or horrible flea bombs just buy a steam cleaner (currently $40 from amazon) and do all your house once over. That's mattresses, carpets (esp. the edges by the wall), your sofa cushions, and wash any bedding on 60 minutes, no detergent. This will kill all the fleas, larvae, and 80% of the eggs. The rest of the eggs unfortunately get stimulated into hatching, so ten days later you need to repeat the process.
Do this at the beginning of the summer every year and your problems will be solved. You need to Frontline your animals at the same time each year, but only one treatment per animal is necessary don't listen to money grabbing vets who say every 3 months, etc.
Believe me, I had fleas in my hair and my cats were mad with scratching, this works and you're not filling your house with horrible detergents. Type "steam clean fleas" into Google if you don't believe me. It's what all the allergy sites recommend.
Good luck and calm down. (09/02/2007)
I was told by a breeder to use 10% rubbing alcohol and 90% water. Wash 3-4 times. It kills flea eggs instantly. (06/10/2008)
Vinegar kills bugs, plain white vinegar. Wash your hair with it, put it in a spray bottle and spray bedding and carpet. It also kill ants. You could try mixing it with shampoo so it will stay on your head. Leave on for about 10 minutes.
A tablespoon of tea tree oil in a bottle of shampoo, mix well and then shampoo. Keep your head back with both of these to not get it in your eyes. Leave on your head for about 10 minutes. Shampoo again in 7 to 10 days to get the eggs that may hatch.
Baking soda mixed in a spray bottle with some soap is a good bug repellent. It keeps mosquitoes off and you could probably spray the carpet with it. It is good for fungus on plants, too.
Hope that helps someone to find a cheap alternative and go green (no harsh chemicals and poisons).
Sweat and more sweat. Make sure you are well hydrated, have plenty of salt in your system, and work up a good sweat. Do not shower until the sweat has dried on your body. The sweat/salt residue will repel the fleas. This is the reason why dogs and cats do have fleas and humans usually do not.
And no, salt is not bad for you it is essential for life. While many do have too much salt in their system, this is usually a function of too little sweating rather than too much intake. (10/14/2008)
I have been fighting fleas in my hair for three weeks. I've used every over the counter lice treatment and prescription treatment there is. My scalp is a mess. After reading one of the above posts, I put baking soda and water in a spray bottle and soaked my head. I then put on an old shower cap for about fifteen minutes then washed my hair with dish soap (Palmolive).
I couldn't believe it, the fleas were gone. After all those chemicals and all it took was baking soda and water and Palmolive. Thanks to the poster who suggested this. I'll finally get a good nights sleep. Thanks. (11/07/2008)
Treat the house, too. Put a flea collar in your vacuum's bag to keep them from reproducing there. Vacuum all the time, as in every day. Pour salt all over your carpet and leave for twenty four hours. I put salt everywhere, under the bedclothes, etc. Vacuum the salt up and then leave some more there again. Fleas hate salt.
Put a little Pine Sol in the laundry about a cap and a half. Fleas hate pine. Anything you treat with water will only kill fleas, it will not keep them from hatching.
Consult your doc on the flea problem. He will give you some ointment which is a pesticide cream. But treating the house is most important. Let us know how it goes.
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