Yes! Fleas CAN live in hair! I went to my daughter's house about 2 weeks ago and spent several nights. While I was there, my head started itching something fierce. Come to find out, her fairly large dog, who is allowed on the furniture, has fleas really bad.
I came home, washed my hair and the itching eased up a bit. So I figured the fleas were gone and the bites were beginning to heal. Then last night, the itching started again and I noticed new bites! Apparently the fleas were gone, but they left me a bunch of their eggs!
I am going to try some vinegar and some Palmolive dish soap and hopefully, that will be the end of it!
Fleas can live in human hair because I am pretty sure that that is what I have. How do I know? Well lice normally just makes you itchy, but in my case my head is itchy, it feels like sometimes something is biting my head and it hurts and I can feel them crawling all over the top of my head. That is another clue that it is most likely not lice because you cant feel the lice crawling on your head and they typically feed on your scalp behind the ears and behind your head.
I know that a quick way to kill them is to wash your hair with dawn dish soap because fleas hate dish soap and they drown in it and die. After you are done washing your hair, you need to clean off your bed and put whatever sheets, blankets or anything that you, well, cuddle or sleep with into the washer. Next you need to get all of your pillows cushions etc. into the dryer and keep them in there for at least hour. The heat coming from the dryer kills them. Last, I would put all of your brushes in a pot of simmering water because it might have eggs in them and the heat kills them. So good luck!
Yes fleas can and will live in your hair, especially if there is no animal around for them to live off of! Our dog contracted fleas this summer and my husband had to leave and take him with him out of state for a couple of months (he's a seeing eye dog), now the fleas are attacking me and my kids. I can feel them crawling around in my hair, and I know it's not my imagination.
One more thing. Lice do lay eggs. Just cause you get rid of the hatched ones doesn't mean your clear. The eggs will be close to the root of the hair. Most commonly found near the warmer places on your head; behind your ears on your neck.
The live eggs are brown the dead ones are white. Again to kill the egg your have to do it between your finger nail and you will hear a high pitch pop (only for the live ones).
I lived in a third world country. The kids came home with this once a year.
They are Lice not fleas.They live in your hair and itch like crazy! That's why you can find them floating in the water. But take caution, you must still kill them, just cause their in the water doesn't mean they're dead. And they can be the size of fleas big and black. If you catch one you must kill it with your nails. sqwuishing it in your fingers does not kill it. The same goes for killing ticks and fleas (they bite you but these do not make their home in your hair)
Best remedy: lice shampoo.
Home Remedies: Vinegar - soak head with vinegar. let sit for 5 min then rinse and comb through with very thin comb. (warning : it might feel like your scalp burns because of the little open lice bites)
DYE your hair: hair dye kills them. (follow directions on dye box)
Even though your cat has passed on, and despite you using Advantage, flea eggs will have been dropped around the place. and they remain viable for 2 years or longer, waiting to hatch when conditions are right (humidity etc). It only takes a couple of eggs to hatch and develop into fleas, then the breeding cycle starts and gathers momentum at a frightening pace.
I too have fleas in my hair, and they're driving me crazy. I'm quite sure they're actually breeding there. If only I had a bathtub then I'd follow what some others on this page have done. Unfortunately I live in an extremely infested apartment and as I am the only host (no pets) the fleas live off my blood. I'm bitten up to 12 times a day.
In recent months they've taken to leaping from my head down my neck and are biting the top of my back where it's really hard to scratch. They really are cursed little beasties. I've done everything within my budget to get rid of them but it's a lost battle.
All year round however freezing the weather I have to wear shorts while inside otherwise they get into my trousers and crawl around my legs and butt biting when and where they feel like. At least with shorts on I can shake them back out much more easily.
I've heard of people that have had to flee their homes for good because of unstoppable infestations. I know the feeling well, and if I had the where-with-all I'd do the same.
Ok I never knew that it was possible to get fleas in my hair but I swear that has got to be what is causing my head to itch like crazy and the last few times I have taken a bath instead of a shower I found dead fleas in the water! Tonight I found 4! This is really freaking me out, I have been in CA for the last 6 months I just got home about 2 weeks ago and with in a few days I started itching. I haven't notices any bites any where else on my body and only my head itches. What I can't figure out is why we have fleas in the house? We do not have any pets right now, our 11yr old cat had to be put to sleep on 3-1-11 due to kidney failure and I have always used Advantage on him. I wasn't here when he got sick my boyfriend was the one who had been taking care of him so I literally haven't been around any pets in 6 months. Is it really possible that we still have fleas from our cat that died over a month ago? Right now I am ready to burn our bedding, cut my hair off and bug bomb the whole house! Thankfully I found this web site and it sounds like we may be able to get rid of the fleas without all of the harsh chemicals. I do wonder why I am the only one who seems have fleas in my hair? My boyfriend has been here the whole time! Any info or suggestions would be welcomed.
If you have an animal, the fleas will prefer to live on him. Are you sure they are fleas? If your animal has fleas, treat him with a remedy from the vet. Nothing else works. Trust me! I have 3 dogs, and they are treated every month with 'Comfortis.' You can also try 'Advantage' or 'Frontline Plus.' You don't need a prescription for Advantage or Frontline, but you do for Comfortis. Forget the dish soap. It will only clean you hair and damage your pet's skin.
Be sure to also read the advice in the ThriftyFun Archives below these comments too. :-)
I use dawn dish soap on the dogs and sometimes the family. The fleas hate the dish soap and die or drown when trying to run away. We have a big prolem with fleas from stray animals. I good shampooing with the dawn should take care of it. Good luck!
How do I get rid of fleas in my hair?
By Hailey :) from Moore, OK
If you can, have someone separate your hair and look for little white things that look like dandruff. Especially look in the back of the neck and behind the ears. If there are little white things there, they could be either lice or dandruff. Dandruff will flick away easily. Lice will not. Lice and their eggs can be killed by using a product called Nix. Use it exactly as the directions say. Make sure you use the comb, and what the comb cannot get, use your fingernails to pull them down and off the hair shaft. Then wash your towels and bedding in hot water. It's a good idea, if your couch cushions have zippered or removable covers to wash them in hot water too. Vacuum everything that can be vacuumed
Fleas are tiny black little critters, they usually don't live on human hair. If you think you do have fleas in your hair though, I believe the same thing above (Nix) will work the same way.
I hope this helped you. God Bless You!
How to get rid of fleas in human hair?
Ruth from MO
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)
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)
By CRAZY IN PA
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)
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). (08/10/2008)
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)
I have super long hair and think that I may have caught fleas in my hair. My cat has fleas. I don't see them, but I itch. Could it be the hebe jebes? If not, what can I do to get rid of them?
By Kricket from CA
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