Fleas were once considered pet-specific parasites but that has changed. In absence of pets like cats and dogs, fleas can and will infest human beings as well. Fleas in human hair are especially a cause of concern as it can be a big nuisance. Getting fleas out of thick human hair can be an arduous task, which is magnified tenfold when these critters are present in larger numbers.
Fleas found in human hair can lead to the following symptoms:
- Some people do not experience any allergic reactions after a flea has bitten them; this is simply because they have become immune to flea bites.
- On other human victims, fleas tend to hide in the hair and bite the host’s scalp or neck. This could lead to intense itching.
- On the areas where the fleas have bitten the human skin, red welts and bumps could appear. These usually last for about 2-3 days and can be very itchy. Scratching the bites could cause pus-filled blisters which are harder to treat.
Here are some remedies that can get rid of fleas in human hair.
Home remedies to get rid of fleas in human hair
It is very important to eradicate fleas from human hair, otherwise they will simply multiply and continue to biting. Here is how you do that:
- A paste made of baking soda and water is an effective remedy to get rid of fleas in the hair. Spray your hair using this paste, ensuring that it remains in the hair for at least 10 minutes. Then rinse off as usual with warm water, no shampoo needed.
- Some shampoos made specifically for lice and hair-mites can also help get rid of fleas in human hair. Apply the shampoo all over the hair and scalp and leave it there for at least 10 minutes. Then wash off as usual using warm water. Comb the hair (using a fine toothed comb) thoroughly to remove dead fleas and eggs.
- Tea tree oil based shampoos are also very effective for killing fleas in hair. The oil is anti-parasitic and anti-microbial in nature which can kill fleas and their eggs.
- Many flea sufferers have also seen good results by using lemon scented dish soap for washing their hair. Also, many pet owners swear by this remedy for bathing their pets when they are infested with fleas.
- Apple cider vinegar is another useful remedy for treating hair with fleas in it. Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and this property helps destroy the flea eggs and also makes the hair and scalp acidic and harmful for fleas to live in. You can add some apple cider vinegar to warm water and scrub the solution all over your scalp and hair. Apply a shower cap to ensure that the vinegar does its job. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes and then wash off as usual.
These remedies are all very useful for getting rid of fleas, larvae and eggs in human hair.
Treating the environment for fleas
Naturally, your hair (and your pets’ fur) is not safe if you do not treat your environment for fleas. Failure to do so will simply make the infestation recur and all your efforts will be wasted. Here are some steps to treat your home and surroundings for fleas:
- If you have pets you must get them treated for fleas using vet approved flea products such as shampoos, sprays, powders etc.
- Wash the pet bedding as well as other household linen in very hot water to get rid of flea eggs and larvae.
- Vacuum the house thoroughly. You can also use some organic food grade diatomaceous earth powder or Borax powder all over the carpet, as well as behind and underneath the furniture etc. Leave the powders on the floor/carpets for a few hours, and then vacuum as usual. Both powders kill fleas by ripping their exoskeletons. You can also add a flea collar to the vacuum bag or spray the bag’s insides with flea sprays or powders. This will ensure killing the trapped fleas.
- In case of very large and uncontrollable infestations, you should call a professional pest control company. They have more experience in eliminating fleas and can do a more thorough job compared to DIY approaches alone.
Remember: you must eliminate fleas from every nook and corner of your home, otherwise the remaining eggs will hatch and you will have new fleas to deal with. Fleas in human hair is a serious condition which should be taken seriously and not ignored.