How to remove fleas in human hair

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How to remove fleas in human hair
A flea comb traps the pests living in your hair. (horse and hound brushes image by mark humphreys from

According to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the cat flea and the rat flea are the most common species to bite humans. Flea bites cause itchy papules and rashes, and in some rare instances they can also transmit plague-carrying bacteria. Human-attacking fleas lay eggs that hatch within three days and feed on shed skin, hair, dandruff and other human detritus. A flea infestation in your hair can be treated and prevented from returning in a few steps.

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Things you need

  • Calamine lotion or cortisone cream
  • Flea or nit comb
  • Tea tree oil
  • Shampoo

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  1. 1

    Avoid scratching your hair and apply calamine lotion or cortisone cream to any flea bites on your scalp.

  2. 2

    Use a flea comb to go through your hair section by section. The fine, metal teeth on the comb trap any fleas living in your hair. You can find a flea comb at any pet supply store.

  3. 3

    Add five drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of your shampoo; the tea tree oil is effective in controlling fleas. Shampoo your hair and leave the mixture on for about five minutes before rinsing. When you're finished, wash any combs or brushes you use with hot water with a few drops of tea tree oil mixed in.

  4. 4

    Thoroughly wash all bedding --- particularly your pillowcases --- in hot, soapy water to kill any remaining flea larvae.

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