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

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

  1. 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!

  2. Me: looks at thumbnail
    scratched head
    nit bug comes out
    Me: if a brush can’t get it out.. then why was my hand-
    thinking I’m powerful to destroy nits

  3. …I HAVE LICE EW EW EW!! I HAD IT AS A KID BUT NOW AGAIN?! I saw a bug fall from my head in my last period and I freaked out. Then I was like oh well maybe it's just a bug that got tangled in my hair outside. Apparently not…

  4. Lice hate Tea Tree Oil. If you have lice and have tried the regular methods to get rid of them, I recommend using a strong Tea Tree Shampoo. It kills the lice and the eggs fast and easy.

  5. I tried every remedy in the book but eventually had to go to a lice clinic where they took a steam vacuum to my head. I still find the occasional egg from time to time and it’s been two years

  6. My sister struggled with this for 4 years

    It was satisfying to squish them against our nails and hearing the pop and the blood splatter

  7. I rebonded mah hair in like 4 hrs or 5? Then
    ITS GONE! but
    Happy endings woudnt last

    Everyone in the dorm, most of them had lices

    FUUUUUU-

  8. I had head lice back in 1st grade-4th grade. since my brother Went to high school, I had no head lice no more, right now I'm in 6th grade

  9. But when i had lice my dad used mouthwash and then put a shower hat on my head for about maybe 3 hours or more? And then take it off and comb the dead lice out and he did it for a week or two and it worked 🙂

  10. Fren:(accidentally touches my hair with his hair )

    Me after 2 minutes: inmediate itching

    Me after going home: ULTRA ITCH MODE

  11. i've had lice in my hair for years now.. oof life.. well happy anniversary my head lice.. JK There gone in myy hairr!! there ded to meee

  12. Hi am curious about our head lice and your lice cause our lice is black and your lice is white I am very curious about lice

  13. 5 years ago i had lice. when my mom knew about it she used a brush to pick them out (whatever tf that brush is called) as i remember 11 came out so i put them in a transparent plastic bag and
    B U R N E D T H E M.

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