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How Do You Catch Head Lice – Why Are They Contagious?

Updated on April 9, 2017

Scratching from Head Lice
 
This is a common question that we get not just from folks in Sacramento, but from all over the country. Do lice fly from head to head? Do they reside in your beach hat and wait a week hoping you will return to put the hat on so they can climb back into your hair? Do lice live on the sofa and in other places in your home so that you must get rid of every louse in the house or you will have a continuing problem?
 
The answer to all of these questions is a resounding "no"The way you catch lice in almost every case is from head to head contact. When two heads are close together the bug has the opportunity to crawl from one head to another head. Lice are wingless and can not hop or jump and the only way they can spread from one host to other is by direct contact. It is possible, although much less likely, to catch lice from an inanimate object (known as a vector) such as a hat or a sofa.
 
The only way this can happen is if a louse decides to leave its food supply (blood in the head) and climb onto an object; lice usually do not want to do that as there is no food for them there and they can only live off the head for a day or so. If, a louse does crawl onto an object, a person must sit on that sofa or put on that hat, usually within a few hours, while the louse is still hearty, in order for the louse to be alive and able to move to your head. The best way to treat lice is to treat the head not the house. Keep in mind that not every one who has lice is itchy, so if you think you have picked up a case, give us a call and we can come to your home, let you know if you do indeed have lice, and treat you.
 
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