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Found in my hair

Found in my hair
San Francisco , California, USA
August 4, 2021
Size: 0.8mm to 1mm
I found these tiny, ant-like critters in my hair over the past couple months. I’ll see one on the bathroom counter when I’m combing my hair after washing it, finding one maybe once a week. I’m able to spot them only because of their movement.

These photos were snapped with my cell phone through the lens of a small microscope we have in the house. I’ve been taking pictures over the past seven weeks, and they look the same. Brown-reddish with long antennae. We’ve sent the images to lice removal experts, who’ve responded that it is NOT LOUSE.

I wash my hair every 2-3 days with sulfate-free shampoo. Have also used T-Gel shampoo and a lice comb (found only dandruff, no nits). The scalp gets itchy every so often, and now I’m not sure if it’s psychosomatic! No other occupants in the house reports having these bugs.

I started seeing the bugs after returning from a trip to Austin. I’ve never had this problem after camping. What are these, and what are some solutions to get rid of them??!

These aren't true lice. Inste
These aren't true lice. Instead, they are booklice in the Liposcelididae, perhaps genus Liposcelis. They usually do not live on people, and may have accidentally landed on your hair or were on the counter when you checked.

Thank you! I’ll inspect our
Thank you! I’ll inspect our house for booklice.

members of this genus normally occur in every home
it's a safe bet

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