Lice Lessons

 

  • A nit is an egg.
  • Nits take about 7 days to hatch
  • A nit can hatch off the head (for example, in a hairbrush or on a bed sheet), but the conditions must be warm enough and a host must be found quickly, or the bug will die.
  • After a nit hatches, this baby bug is called a nymph.
  • The clear shell of a nit can still be attached to the hair shaft after a nymph emerges.
  • Nits are firmly adhered to pieces of hair by a type of lice-produced glue.
  • Nits vary in color, depending on the color of the hair. Lighter nits are found in lighter hair, darker nits in darker hair. Most nits are shades of brown.
  • About 10% of nits never hatch.
  • Once hatched, a louse molts three times in its life cycle, shedding its hard shell to grow.
  • A nymph needs 7 to 10 days before it is mature enough to lay eggs.
  • Only female lice lay eggs in the hair.
  • Mature lice lay 3 to 10 eggs per day.
  • The body of the female louse is more round than the male louse.
  • Lice excrete in the hair, which looks like little dark sand granules and is sometimes visible in very blond hair.
  • Lice only lay eggs in head hair. It is possible to have eggs in eyebrows and eyelashes, but is not common
  • Off the head, lice can only survive up to 48 hours without a host.
  • Lice do not intentionally come off the head, unless they are transferring to another head.
  • A head infestation does NOT mean lice are all over the house.
  • Ninety-nine percent of lice are spread by head-to-head contact.
  • Lice bite every few hours to feed. They are transparent in color, but right after they feed, they are a darker brown color due to the blood they intake.
  • Lice bites cause itchiness and irritate the skin. They are often at the nape and behind the ears.
  • Once the infestation is removed it may take a couple days for the itchiness to subside.
The Facts of Lice
  • Over the counter head lice shampoos can be highly toxic, entering the blood stream from the scalp. Many strains of head lice are immune to the chemicals you are putting on your head any way! Over 75% of the families we see have already tried an “at home” remedy; Only use non-toxic, all natural products to aid in head lice removal; Our products do not sting or burn the scalp
  • Head lice cannot live on your pets (however, our enzyme spray kills fleas naturally with no chemicals!)
  • Hot soapy water doesn’t kill lice & their eggs (nits), only high temperatures of dry heat can dehydrate the lice enough to die. Or the freezer can kill them as well. For instance, put hair brushes in a plastic bag & freeze for 24 hours or place a favorite stuffed animal in the dryer for 20-30 minutes on high
  • Head lice do NOT jump, fly or hop, they crawl utilizing their 6 legs. It only takes one hair strand to get to another head, that is why it is so important to spray a prevention spray & hair spray or hair gel on the head along with putting hair in buns & braids before entering an environment with other children–careful during selfies too!
  • Head lice do NOT live & breed on your pillows, mattresses, clothing, couch, car seats, carpet, movie theaters, air planes; they need a warm, moist scalp where they can feed & grow on a human head
  • Head lice crosses ALL socioeconomic boundaries and is not a sign of dirty, unwashed hair. It’s easier access on clean hair unless there is a repellent in the hair from a lice repel shampoo or prevention spray
  • Head lice is documented as the 2nd highest reason children miss school
  • Head lice thrive in all climates & there is no season for lice-it’s year round
  • Long hair is the most susceptible for contracting lice, which is why girls need to have product on even if their hair is in a long braid
  • The answer to the question “How did I (my children) get lice?” is simple, direct head to head contact with an already infested person! Although uncommon, head lice can be spread by sharing clothing or belongings. This happens when live lice crawl onto the shared clothing or belongings that the infested head has been in contact with. Head lice have been around since the dawn of time, lice has even been discovered on the heads of 10,000 year old mummies
  • Do NOT cut your hair, or buzz it. Lice will stay on as close to the scalp as they can making a short cut even more challenging to thoroughly remove the eggs. Nits (eggs) cannot live farther than an inch or two from the scalp
  • PLEASE inform your friends & your school otherwise if the same circle of friends do not get treated it’s likely your children will get re-infested, also have everyone in your household checked
  • Head lice are troublesome & irritating however, they are not dangerous to your health, that’s the good news

 

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