Can Bed Bugs Bite Your Scalp?

Can Bed Bugs Bite Your Scalp?

Can Bed bugs bite your scalpBed bugs are voracious bloodsuckers, mini vampires of some sort. These creepy crawling insects are basically indestructible. Whenever the opportunity comes along, these parasites feed to their fill. Bed bugs will feast just about anywhere on the skin and anything with blood. Sadly, your precious pets can also fall victim to these parasitic insects.

If you’ve been wondering if bed bugs can bite and suck blood from the scalp, you’ve got your answer – they can and do. 

However, bed bugs aren’t the only insects that feed on the scalp; lice and ticks do as well. It’s pretty easy to spot the bites on the scalp. Bed bugs can easily get lost and go unnoticed in your hair, but you’ll feel them. Besides making your skin crawl, your scalp will feel very itchy after these parasites feed off of you. 

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation on the Scalp

  • Uniform Bites: When a tick or lice bites your scalp, uneven bumps appear because they feed in an irregular pattern. Bed bugs prefer to feed on the same spot or follow a straight line. The bites will typically itch in one particular area on your scalp. This part of the skin serves as an excellent snack bar for hungry bed bugs.
  • Bloodstains on Pillows: Bed bugs are just like thieves; they strike at night so they don’t get caught. After waking up in the morning, you’ll see the evidence left behind. Visible bloodstains will be on the pillows where you rested your head. Ticks and lice also can make scalps bleed when they feed. Bed bugs, hence their name, mostly eat at night. Ticks and lice feed just about any time. Bed bugs will hide in or surrounding your sleeping spot, waiting for the prime time to come out. 

Do Allergic Reactions Accompany Bed Bug Bites?

The answer to this question basically depends on the skin type of the bitten victim. Some people experience severe itching lasting for days or even weeks, while others don’t. After a bite, you may or may not notice.

These are the symptoms of bed bug bites on the scalp.

  • Noticeable Bumps: Bed bugs, just like other blood-sucking insects, leave bumps after feeding. The markings get larger the more you scratch them. Do your best to restrain yourself from rubbing on the bitten area.
  • Slight Dizziness: Although quite rare, some experience dizziness after their scalp gets bitten by a bed bug.
  • Itchiness: Bed bug bites are entirely painless because they suck the blood from their victims. A soothing chemical is released through the parasite’s proboscis, part of their mouth. The substance eliminates the initial pain and irritation. Typically within five minutes, many people feel a bothersome itch. The bite can cause no irritation or severe pain.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs From the Scalp

The easiest and most effective way to eliminate bed bugs from the scalp and hair is washing with shampoo. You need to use a formula specifically for lice. You can purchase this type of treatment at any drug store, grocery store, or online. Frequently wash your hair and scalp with lice shampoo to get rid of bed bugs.

So, if you’re also looking for a spray to kill and repel bed bugs, try Nature’s MACE bed bug killer. Our product contains plant-based ingredients. Spray your furniture, pet bedding, mattresses, pillows, and more. The insect repellant really worksCan Bed bugs bite your scalp and doesn’t stain fabrics. As you may find out, hosting bed bugs is neither pleasant nor cheap. It can take weeks to months to fully eliminate these parasites. Calling an exterminator can cost thousands of dollars. Professionals will need to fumigate or steam your home with potentially toxic chemicals. Nature’s MACE can help solve your bed bug problems for under 30 bucks. We also have a money-back guarantee.

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Nicholas is a partner and co-founder at Nature's MACE. Nicholas received his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Penn State University. His mission is to create and promote natural substitutes for toxic pesticides. He hopes to prevent people, pets, and the environment from being negatively affected by potentially harmful pesticides.


  1. Nader Ataie on September 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Is scalp lesions due to bed bugs better treated by shaving off all hair on scalp just like lice ??

    • Sarah Rinaldi on September 8, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Nader, we would suggest speaking with a medical professional on the best way to handle this so that an infection does not develop. We hope your issue resolves itself soon!

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