What Are Lice?

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We don’t just eradicate lice, we also want to educate you on what head lice are, facts and myths about head lice, as well as symptoms of a lice infestation. Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They can be spread by close contact with other people. Head lice only live in hair and occasionally eyebrows and eyelashes.

Symptoms of Lice to Watch Out For

Intense itching of the scalp.

Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders (bumps may become crusty and ooze).

Tiny golden or white tear drop shaped eggs/nits that are stuck to the hair shaft and have to be scraped off with finger nails or tweezers.

Head lice live on the scalp. It may be difficult to see, unless the infestation is heavy. If you see something (a bug) moving, it's called a louse.

Facts & Myths

Facts

Myths

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Some lice are resistant to over-the-counter treatment (SUPER LICE).

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Lice cannot survive off of the human head for more than 48 hours.

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Nits can not hatch off of the human head.

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Head lice is the top reason for school absences.

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Tea Tree oil does NOT repel against lice as effectively as a mint spray product.

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Over-the-counter lice products are completely effective.  -Actually, most are toxic pesticides with harsh chemicals and are useless against nits (lice eggs), nymphs (baby lice), and super lice.

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Lice can jump or fly. Lice can only crawl.
-Most cases are contracted by direct headto-head contact.
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Having lice means you have poor hygiene.
-Lice actually prefer clean hair.
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Using hair products or chemically treated hair can not contract lice. -Lice live on the scalp not the hair and feed off human blood. Hair products will not prevent lice.

Life Cycle

 

The Egg

An egg, called “nit” is glued to the hair shaft where it stays for 8 to 10 days.

Lice Nymph

The baby, called “nymph” hatches and molts three times over a period of 10 days, growing into an adult.

Adult Lice

10 days after hatching, the adult begins to reproduce and will lay anywhere from 50 to 300 eggs over the next 28 days.

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