Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bug in hair


I was playing golf two weeks ago and while riding in the golf cart hit a limb of a tree.  After hitting the limb a bunch of small,very small, black bugs were on my sweatshirt. Head started itching the next day. Over the next two weeks I've had my head checked, thinking it was lice or dry scalp.  Finally, we found a small little bug with what looks like a tail or an antennae. Smaller than the size of the comma, maybe the period.  There are no eggs on the shaft of my hair, just these little critters.  Washing my hair is ineffective and I am at a loss as to what to do to rid myself of these little parasites. They itch like crazy!


I'm sorry, but without seeing at least a clear image of the insects in question, or better yet an actual specimen, I cannot possibly make an accurate identification.

I don't know of any human parasites that live on trees, so I am pretty certain you have nothing to worry about health-wise.

You have my best and sincerest wishes for a swift end to your dilemma.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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