Everything you Didn't want to know about Lice:
What are head lice? Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They lay eggs called nits, which stick to hair very close to the scalp.
How do you get head lice? By contact with an already infested person. The most likely way to transmit is head to head contact such as at a sleepover, hugs, snuggling, etc. Selfies are also providing an easy way for lice to make the move onto a new head.
Transmission is much less likely through inanimate objects such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbon and by using infested combs, brushes, or towels. Lice cannot live off their host for more than 24 hours and as soon as a louse leaves it's host it's no longer the right temperature to survive. It immediately begins dehydrating and even if a new head is nearby, the bug is very unlikely to be able to move to a new head. The process of dying has already started.
It's HIGHLY unlikely that anyone entering your home or car would contract lice, even if they have been playing with your child, *unless head-to-head contact has occurred. Lice live on heads. Not in your carpet :)
Life Cycle of Eggs: Nits are head lice eggs. They are cemented at the base of the hair shaft nearest the scalp. Nits take about 1 week to hatch (range 6 to 9 days)
Nymphs: The egg hatches to release a nymph. Nymphs mature after three molts and become adults about 7 days after hatching.
Adults: Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person’s head. A maximum of 6 to 10 nits are laid each day by each female.
*** Because of the long life cycle of lice, multiple treatments spread out over 2-3 weeks are required to kill both the adult lice and the newly hatched. I will teach you how to do this yourself and provide you with all the materials.
Facts of Lice:
- Lice are nearly as common as the common cold
- Pets do not transmit head lice to humans or vice versa.
- Anyone can get lice-they do not care if hair is clean or dirty, colored or natural, straight or curly, long or short..all heads are equally as inviting to a louse.
Symptoms of Head Lice: (many people have no symptoms)
- Itchy scalp may start weeks or months after lice have started to spread.
- -May be worse behind your ears or on the back of your neck.
- Sores on the scalp (caused by scratching) that may become infected.
- Tiny grayish white, football-shaped eggs (about the size of a poppy seed) clinging to hairs close to the scalp.
Many of the products sold in drugstores or prescribed by doctors are called Pediculicide (Nix, Rid, etc). Be careful, read the warnings... Pediculicides are the insecticidal shampoos and creme rinses used to treat head lice. These products contain pesticides.
RID and NIX no longer kill lice! For several years the media, mothers, school nurses, and entomologists have been reporting that many head louse populations have become resistant to the chemicals used to treat them.
Heads Up: "Products that have been working aren't working anymore," -John Erdmann, entomologist, University of Massachusetts