How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look

How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look


It can start as an itch. Maybe a tickle on your scalp. It’s head lice. Tiny and tenacious. Thanks to millions of years of evolution,
these suckers are not easy to get rid of. You might end up in a salon, but not the kind
for haircuts. Young lice are so small they’re almost impossible
to see with the naked eye. Our scalp is their buffet. They feed on our blood. You can see it inside this adult louse. It’s the brownish stuff that’s moving. The secret to their success? Their claws – called tarsal claws – and
this little part, called a spine. A pair on each of its six legs. They’ve evolved to fit perfectly around
a human hair. They make lice into speedy little acrobats,
using our hair like a tightrope. They can’t jump or fly, but they get around. Say two kids – one blond, one brunette –
touch heads. The louse just scoots right over. It’s been one long game of hopscotch, from
human head to human head. And it has to be us. Our head lice can’t live on other animals. In fact, other primates have their own species
of lice, adapted to their unique hair. And birds have lice that hide in their feathers. Ooh. Cozy. And we all want them gone. Common insecticides won’t kill our head
lice anymore. They’ve become resistant to them. Even their eggs have serious staying power,
glued to individual strands of hair. But lice do have a weakness. They can’t survive away from our moist,
warm scalp. Head lice cannot even live on other hairy
parts of our body. So if you – or a professional – painstakingly
comb them out, they’ll starve, and die within hours. OK, it’s not fun. But it’s just a temporary encounter with
a tiny hitchhiker that is biologically destined just for you. Anyone else feeling itchy? Here at Deep Look we think all critters – even
the less lovable ones, like mosquitoes and ticks– deserve their moment in the spotlight. You agree, right? So support us on Patreon. Click that link in the description. Thanks!

100 comments on “How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look

  1. Gabriela Quiros Post author

    Hi Deep Peeps. I produced this episode of Deep Look. I also wrote an article about treatments to get rid of head lice. Check it out: https://www.kqed.org/science/1939435/how-lice-turn-your-hair-into-their-jungle-gym Thanks for watching!

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  2. hermione granger Post author

    “they can’t fly.”

    Filipinos: “Wag kang makikipaglaro kay ano baka lumipad sayo mga kuto nun.”

    😂🇵🇭

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  3. Hina Shafi Post author

    Its tiny thing but this video make it look monsters 😂😂😂😂
    I dont have lice but watching this make me itch my head 😰😰😰

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  4. maka k Post author

    God i hated them, Still do. I had them for years and my mom used all kinds of treatments to get rid of them, she even used to pull them out one by one by her hands and it was so painfull. I can't stand them

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  5. Chali San Post author

    For some reason i had lice infested in my head and i rarely let my mom take it out for me but for some reason weeks passed by and the lice is just gone with the egss like they hatched but now I dunno where they are :v
    So my head is clean out of lice just not with the dandruff xD

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  6. The Fox In Your Backyard Post author

    “Tiny hitchhiker” hey you can’t say that >:T I had lice in my hair for a mont without me realizing it and thinking it was just some rashes on my neck 😐 now I hate them as much as I hate mosquitoes, which are really the most useless insect in the world

    Gross.

    Akdfhbvqkejrbfqbkrejfheebiejeebies

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  7. MikMik Mak Post author

    I remember my mom combing our hair with the use of "suyod" (a filipino term for a comb meant to remove lice) as if it is a very hard thing. There, the lice would go with the "suyod" and after – do not ask. They are killed.

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  8. Hot-diggty-dog Post author

    Help I have lice eggs and I think there going to hatch. Can someone tell me what’s recommended to get rid of these Rascals?

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  9. DovaCat The_Dragonborn Post author

    Ugh! I had those tiny devils in my hair 4 times!! That's when I started to use baby oil in my hair so they won't be able to stick on. Always keep your hair oily. They'll suffocate and slide off oily or greasy hair

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  10. Miranda Boxing Team Post author

    Lice come from kids outside the u.s. so when your kid comes home from school with lice say hola!…

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  11. Michelle Brits Post author

    I hoped i would never get them,but unfortunately I got them in 11th Grade. It took me more than a year to get rid of them. Just by watching this video,everything that itches makes me paranoid.

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  12. Ni Cs Post author

    i have many lice years ago when i was young until the age of 23, but it was all gone when i tried kwell shampoo, it special for lice. its effective

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  13. Black Rabbit Post author

    MOM: go take a shower! Now!
    ME: too lazy mom, tomorrow i promise
    YOUTUBE: recommends this video
    ME: where is the SHAMPOO!!

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  14. Elmocin ayron Mint Post author

    "they cant jump, nor fly"
    Parents: when i was a child
    They fly and jump and will take you yo their dimension and feed on you

    Reply
  15. Latoya iii Post author

    In the video it says lice can only live on human hair and why can’t Black people cant get lice ?

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