When it comes to getting lice, people often worry about sharing hats and brushes. There is a small chance of catching lice from those items, but studies have shown that 95% of cases are spread through head to head contact. Lice need to feed on human blood often to survive, and they use our body temperature to stay warm. They will not voluntarily leave a nice warm tasty human head in order to go and live on a brush or a hat or a couch. If hair that they are clinging to comes off onto a hat or brush, then they are in trouble. They will gladly go to the next head if the opportunity arises, but if it takes more than 24 hours, it is most likely too late for them. They cannot survive very long off our heads. Lice travel from head to head crawling on the strands of hair that are in contact. Kids sitting next to each other on the bus or the couch or smiling head to head for a picture are at risk. We can’t expect kids to always keep their hair away from their friend’s hair. There are a few things that can be done to prevent lice from spreading. Wearing hair up in braids or a bun and using a lice deterrent spray (see below post) are helpful ways to keep hair safe from lice. Catching it early is also helpful. Checking your child’s hair for lice on a weekly basis can save you time, money, and many headaches. Getting rid of a louse or two that have not had time to lay many eggs is not that hard. Once the babies hatch and grow and multiply, it becomes a lot more work. If you need help with a lice outbreak, HBI Lice Removal is happy to assist you.