Common Questions About Head Lice.
What are the symptoms of head lice?
• An itchy scalp
• A tickling feeling of something moving on the scalp or through the hair
• Red bite marks on the scalp caused by excessive scratching or a red rash on the back of neck
What are the nits and what do they look like?
Nits (louse eggs) are very small, about the size of a sesame seed. They are laid by the adult female and are attached at an angle to the base of the hair shaft, with a very strong glue. They are yellowish, tan or coffee covered ovals. They are usually, but not exclusively, found on the crown of the head, around the ears, and near the nape of the neck. Nits take about 7 to 10 days to hatch.
How can I tell if it’s a nit?
Nits are glued to the hair and will be difficult to remove. They will not blow.
Can lice jump or fly?
No, lice are crawling insects. They do not have wings.
Can my pet have lice?
No, only humans can get head lice.
Will adding gel to my child’s hair prevent him from getting lice?
Unfortunately, gel does nothing to prevent head lice. It is better to take the extra time to brush hair and pull it back. A spritz or two of mint spray will help as well.
Why shampoos don’t work!
Rid and other lice shampoos only kill adult lice and adolescent newts. These shampoos work by attacking the bug’s central nervous system. Because baby lice or “nymphs” have not yet developed a central nervous system, they can not be killed. In addition, lice shampoos do not kill lice eggs or “nits”. So while you may kill the adult bugs, their eggs will remain, only to hatch a few days later starting the cycle all over again. This is why lice is so hard to eliminate!
In addition, lice shampoos contain toxic chemicals which can enter your system through the skin on your scalp. Many adult lice have become resistant to these chemicals. So in many cases, the shampoos are completely useless. The only way to guarantee the complete removal of head lice is by hand picking each and every bug and nit. This is exactly the service we provide!
Do I have to clean my house from top to bottom?
Absolutely not! Lice cannot live off the head for more than 24 hours. So all those companies that offer to come and clean your homes while delicing your family... totally unnecessary and a BIG waste of money!
What is the life cycle of head lice?
Head lice are a human parasite that can survive approximately 30 days when attached to a human host. Generally, lice cannot survive for more than 24 hours off the head. A female louse lays 3-5 eggs (nits) per day. These eggs hatch in 7-10 days, and it takes, another 7-10 days for the nymphs (baby lice) to mature, at which point they can lay their own eggs.
Can you catch head lice while swimming with an infested person?
Swimming carries no greater risk of transmission than any other activity. In fact, when lice are submerged in water, they latch on firmly to the hair and hold their breath for more than three hours.
Who gets head lice?
Anyone can get lice. Lice do not care about your age, your gender, or your hygiene. Having lice does not mean that you are dirty! Lice is transmitted mostly through head-to-head contact. It is more common in young school-aged children, but lice do not discriminate. If your child has lice, chances are that they have contacted it from a friend at school. Nap time, dress-up, circle time, and telling secrets are all common ways for lice to be spread. Lice can also (though less commonly) be spread through the sharing of hats, helmets and brushes. It is contracted easily, so, if your child has lice, it's important to have your entire family checked.
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