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Debunking Head Lice Myths

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Updated on July 19, 2020

There is a lot of misinformation about head lice out there. Don’t rely on the Internet to provide you with accurate information. We have been out in the field for 20 years and have the answers for you below:


  1. Head lice are transferred by flying from head to head.
  2. If you have lice it is because you have poor hygiene.
  3. Your dog or cat can get lice.
  4. It’s a good idea to use lice shampoos preventively.written words on white paper spelling ONCE UPON A TIME
  5. Chemical lice treatments are as effective as advertised.
  6. African Americans can not get head lice.
  7. Linens, stuffed animals, and clothes should be placed in bags for 2 weeks.
  8. Nits (lice eggs) are white.
  9. Laundry, especially hot water, and then the clothes dryer will kill nits and lice.
  10. It is recommended that you fumigate your home to get rid of head lice.
  11. Some people are immune to head lice.
  12. Nits (lice eggs) can be transferred from head to head.
  13. Everyone with lice has symptoms of itchiness.
  14. Dyed hair can not get lice.
  15. It is likely to get lice from a hair brush, sofa, or backpack.


Head Lice Facts: Debunking the Myths

  1. Lice crawl from head to head; they do not fly.
  2. Lice like clean hair as it is easier for them to cling to it.
  3. Head lice require the temperature and blood of the human head; they can not survive on pets.
  4. Prophylactic lice treatments are not recommended and expose you to chemicals unnecessarily.
  5. Lice have become “super lice” and are now immune to many chemical lice treatments.
  6. Head lice can only survive away from their host for one day so placing items in bags for two weeks is a waste of time.graphic image of a magnifying glass enlarging block of text that repeats the word FACTS over and over.
  7. Nits have a translucent shell that contain a brown bug; they are not white.
  8. Lice and nits are very tough; hot water and a clothes dryer will not affect them.
  9. Spraying your home with toxic pesticides will not work to kill lice and may be harmful to your health.
  10. Everyone, who has even the smallest amount of hair, is susceptible to head lice.
  11. Nits are not contagious (only live lice are).
  12. Not everyone has symptoms; some people do not feel itchy.
  13. Lice do not care if your hair is dyed.
  14. Most cases of lice are transmitted from head to head contact, not through brushes, furniture, or backpacks.

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