When people hear the word bed bug, their skin immediately begins to crawl and they imaging these pests all over their beds and clothes. Some also worry that these bugs might be present on their skin and hair. Our clients often ask us if bed bugs can linger on their bodies or on the bodies of their pests. This article is an attempt to answer the question as thoroughly as possible.
Can Bed Bugs Live in Your Hair?
Can bed bugs permanently live in your hair like lice do? No. But can bed bugs get in your hair and on your skin for a short period of time during infestation? Yes. Bed bugs don’t like to live near a heat source, even if the heat source is full of blood and nutrition. In most cases, they will linger in your bed and furniture, come out at night to feed on you, and disappear back into the mattress once they are satiated.
Their body isn’t designed to hang onto hair, skin, and fur. They also need to move and position themselves in a particular way to feed, which is why it’s rare to find them on your body. However, this doesn’t mean that can’t be present in your hair or on your body. They can essentially become trapped on your body or swept up by your hair.
Bed bugs won’t nest in your hair or lay eggs in it because they simply aren’t anatomically designed to hang on. But most people do experience them in their hair and are worried they’re like lice. Any eggs and bugs you find are simply present because you have a massive infestation in your bed and you sleep on it every day.
How can You Get the Bed Bugs Out of Your Hair?
If you spot them in your hair line or skin, you can easily remove them and then call in an exterminator to eliminate the bugs from your vicinity. Here’s what you should do:
- Take a thorough shower and bath and wash your hair well. Be sure to use hot water for this as it would be more effective. We recommend you wash your hair before you wash your body and comb through it to remove any eggs, bugs, and larvae. Once you’ve finished combing thoroughly, take a show and relax in the bath for a while. The heat will eventually get to the bugs and they’ll try to escape your body.
- You can add a few drops of cedar oil to your shampoo and body wash. This oil is known to repel bed bugs and will make the process of removing bed bugs from hair easier.
- If you experience bed bug bites on your scalp, you should apply olive oil or mineral oil on your scalp generously at night and place a plastic shower cap on your head before you go to sleep. This will stop the bugs from biting you and stifle any lingering eggs and larvae.
- If you wear wigs regularly, you might want to wash them with very hot water or steam clean them before you wear them again. Bed bugs lingering in the wigs and hair pieces can infest your scalp and cause problems.
- You can also indulge in sauna baths regularly in order to eliminate bed bugs. These baths are good for you and the average 120° temperature will easily eliminate all kinds of bed bugs. Be sure to consult with your doctor before you do this.
You’ll keep finding bed bugs in your hair if you don’t first eliminate them from your living environment. We recommend that you call an expert exterminator and get the problem professionally treated.