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HEAD LICE FACTS

HEAD LICE FACTS
Updated on 
January 20, 2020

Get to know the facts of lice so you are equipped to do battle if or when your kids get them.

  • Head lice are bugs about the size of a sesame seed or smaller. They have six legs with tiny claws, no wings, and live only on human scalps.
  • Head lice and nits (eggs) range in color from light brown to dark brown. On the scalp, they appear translucent with a brown tint; when placed against a white background, they are brown.
  • Lice (bugs) are difficult to spot because they run (quickly) to the dark as they eschew light.blurry microscope image of single adult louse
  • Nits (eggs) are teardrop shaped—round on one end and pointy on the other.
  • Nits are cemented to the hair close to the scalp and have to be pulled off.
  • Both nits and lice tend to camouflage in the hair particularly in brunettes.
  • Lice are extremely contagious and deposit 6-10 eggs per day per louse.
  • Each louse can live for 30 days and may leave 200 eggs in the hair over its lifetime.
  • Head lice feed on human blood from the scalp up to 3 times a day and they will die within a day if they are not on the head.
  • Unhatched nits are not contagious and if a nit manages to fall off the hair, it can not reattach to the hair.
  • The incidence of lice and the severity of the cases have increased over the past several years due to the growing resistance among these insects to the chemical shampoos.
  • Today’s lice are so hearty/resistant as to be dubbed “super lice".
  • By far the most common way to contract lice is from head to head contact; it is possible but less likely to get lice from an object like a brush, helmet, or backpack.

You can’t put a price on peace! And that is exactly what you will feel after having a LiceDoctors lice specialist in your home! If you or a family member has head lice, reach out to LiceDoctors in Garden City and Franklin Square or nearby communities at 516-324-2800 and a qualified technician will come directly to your home to treat you. There is no need for lice to make a home on the heads of family members. Let us get rid them!

 

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