How Did I Get Head Lice

Head lice can only live in one place: the human head. A louse cannot jump, fly, hop or burrow so they pass to the next person by crawling from head to head 99 percent of the time. The other 1 percent of transfers come from these collective areas, consisting of: 
Personal Items

  • Hairbrushes and Combs
  • Hair Accessories such as Headbands and Barrettes
  • Hats, Caps, Helmets and Scarves
  • Jackets and Headphones

Home Furnishings

  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Pillows and Comforters
  • Upholstered Furniture

One might say their child is does not like to hug. Unfortunately, head to head contact comes in many forms. Take the time to observe a child in their own environment to see how many opportunities a louse has to transfer to a new host. 
Head to Head Contact

  • Snuggled up on the Sofa Watching a Movie
  • Playing Video Games with Friends
  • Whispering a Secret to a Classmate
  • In a Huddle During a Sporting Event
  • Posing for Selfies with Friends
Lice are most prevalent in children during the grade school years. However, often teenagers and parents contract it from younger family members. A mom with one child that has head lice has a 54 percent chance of having it herself. A mom with two children that have head lice has an 87 percent chance of having it herself. Dads have a 10 percent chance of having head lice regardless of the number of other family members that have active infestations.