Updated on July 17, 2020
By Karen Keavey
In the era of the Internet, there is much to be learned. There is also a lot of misleading information on line. Here are some facts to help you understand lice.
- Lice can hold their breath for up to 8 hours, one of the many reasons they are hard to kill off.
- Lice have tiny hook like claws (6) that enable them to hold on tight to strands of hair, making them very difficult to get out of the head, thus the need for human hands to remove them.
- Lice eggs (nits) hold onto the hair with a globelike sheath which covers their entire body! This glue is hard to destroy without destroying the hair itself.
- Lice lay their eggs at the base of the hair shaft and are often confused with dandruff, debis, DEC plugs, or even hairspray!
- A fully grown louse is about the size of a sesame seed! They are only 2 – 3mm long!
- Head lice are very unathletic! They are not affected by water and don’t let go of the hair when submerged and can’t jump, fly or swim!
- LICE eat by injecting saliva into the human head, which open ups blood vessels and then they are ready to feast, which they do every few hours.
- Lice feed only on human blood, which is why they live close to the scalp! Lice die in a day or two off the human scalp as they need human blood to survive.
- There are three kinds of lice, head, pubic, and body
- There is nothing you can do (apart from walking around with a bag on your head) to prevent head lice.
- Lice do NOT like light and prefer to stay hidden under layers of hair. If exposed to light they will crawl away quickly, which is why it is often difficult to see live lice on a head.
- The itching of lice is cause by their saliva, not their movement.
- Nits (lice eggs) contain a pigment to match the hair color of the infested person. They camouflage with the hair, making it much more difficult to find them.
- Your pets cannot get lice! (YAY!)
- Mummies had lice! LICE have been around for thousands of years!
The most important thing you need to know is that lice are NOT dangerous – but are important to address...ASAP.
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