Do you want to know whether bed bugs can live within in your hair?
Well done, you are in the right place! In this article, we are going to discuss the probability of bed bugs hiding within your hair.
Maybe you are familiar with the term Acrophobia: Which is the extreme fear of tiny bugs. If you have the phobia, getting bed bug bites will be extremely terrifying for you.
We know that lice live in human hair, but does bed bugs do the same? Well, NO! Bed bugs do not live in your hair. But why so? Like some other pests, bed bugs also don’t like heat or heating material that is why they do not like to stay attached to the mammalian body.
Lice have small sharp claws at the end of their legs, but bed bugs do not have claws, so if they are trying to hide within your hair, they will fall due to lack of grip. Ticks and lice have claw-like body parts that help them to maintain their grip within the hair.
Bed bugs have simple small pair (3 pairs) of legs which don’t allow them tom climb smooth surfaces. For this reason, we recommend using the bed bug traps at the initial stage of infestation to become sure about their presence. Like other pests, bed bugs don’t like to be attached with your body die to your boy temperature.
They like to be closer to their food source, i.e. human so that they can bite and go back to their hiding places. So, if you find bed bug-like pests crawling in your hair, it might be lice or tick.
After studying the bed bug behavior, we can say there is a very low chance of crawling bed bugs on someone’s hair. Bed bugs are hated in every part of the world because of their peculiar feeding habits; they feed on human blood and in case of unavailability on other mammalian blood (like a dog, cow, bat, etc.).
Following the context, if bed bugs live on hair, it will be easier for them to get a blood meal, but due to lack of sharp claws and heat sensitivity, eventually, they can not live on human hair.
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Though bed bugs love to stay closer to the human body, they don’t like to be attached to the body. As we mentioned before they do not like heat, that’s why they don’t like to stay attached to your body. This is the very reason why bed bugs don’t like to live within your hair. Additionally, bed bugs do not have the necessary sharp claws to stay attached to your hair.
The bed bugs are nocturnal, they feed on human blood at night, so it is very difficult to find the bed bugs during the day. So instead of targeting your hair, they will love to hide within your bedding material which includes, your mattress, pillows, couches, sometimes closet, etc. But of course, not in your head.
If you are looking for the presence of bed bugs in your home, do not look in your body because they will not live on your body under any circumstances. Though the bed bugs feed on human blood, without which they cannot reproduce, but they don’t like heat, that is why you won’t find them sticking to your body, rather they bite and go back to their hiding places.
You can stop the bed bugs from penetrating within your mattress by wrapping the mattress with finely knitted encasements. You can also try the pillow encasements.
If you are looking for traces of bed bugs in your home here are some common place which you must not miss:
But relax! They don’t include your hair.
After mating, the female adult lay white oval eggs (1.5 mm) into the cracks and crevices of your furniture including beds, couches, etc. An adult bed bug can lay up to 250 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs take around a week to hatch; the nymphs tend to shed their exoskeleton repetitively before reaching adulthood.
Young bed bug nymphs can survive up to months without a single blood meal. As we have mentioned before, bed bugs cannot reproduce without a blood meal, it will not be out of the box to think they may live within your hair since it will be easier to have the blood meal.
But bed bugs do not like the heat produced by the body that is why they don’t like to stick to the human skin, be it hair or anywhere else. So, in most cases, they do not invade within your hair, neither they will lay eggs.
So, after discovering bed bugs in your mattress or couch don’t get nervous, just calm down and call a local exterminator to scrutinize the situation of your home. The professionals know what to apply and how to apply, so there will be higher chances of success with bed bugs than the DIY methods.
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