Many people commute to and from work every day by way of public transportation. Often we are asked if it is possible to pick up lice on the metro, subway, or a bus.
Can You Get Head Lice On Bus?
It is possible to get lice on bus seats, but unlikely. A bug could crawl off someone's head and onto the seat but lice need food. Since a bus seat offers nothing for lice, they are not tempted to go there. If a louse is on a seat, it will die after a day if it doesn’t find another host. Head lice are most commonly transmitted via head to head contact. If you are close enough to another commuter who has lice, a bug can crawl from one person's hair to another.
Can You Catch Lice On The Subway?
Can you get lice on subway? As with buses, it is unlikely to come from a seat, but could possibly be transmitted to you by close contact with another person on the subway who has head lice and is standing or sitting close enough to you to allow a bug to crawl from one head to another.
To prevent getting head lice during your commute, spray your hair with hair spray or apply gel or mousse. This will provide you with a layer of protection in case there happens to be a hungry louse hanging. If you think you’ve contracted a case of head lice, call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537.