+ So, what are lice anyway?
Head lice are tiny, six-legged, wingless, blood-sucking parasites. They can’t fly or jump but they can crawl quite quickly through hair on your scalp. They live on humans and do not transfer to or from your pets. They are NOT a symptom of being dirty and in fact prefer clean hair.
+ What do they look like?
Live lice can range in size from 2-4mm. The nymphs (baby lice) are extremely small, about the size of a period. They will be transparent and are often extremely difficult to see. They live flat on the scalp so they can feed on blood. A nymph takes 7-10 days to mature into an adult louse. Adults can vary in color from grayish white to reddish brown. They can camouflage to fit their surroundings. Once becoming an adult louse, they mate and begin to lay eggs (nits). The nits are very small, about the size of a sesame seed. They are laid by the adult female and are attached at an angle to a strand of hair with very strong glue. They are yellowish, tan or coffee colored ovals. They are often found near the crown of the head, around the ears and near the nape of the neck. Nits take 7 to 10 days to hatch. Lice can live for up to a month and can lay up to 10 eggs a day.
+ Are lice dangerous?
No! They are an annoyance and inconvenience, but lice do not spread disease. The reactions that you may have from them are generally mild and are an itchy scalp or red marks from scratching or bites.
+ Who gets lice?
Anyone! Lice do not discriminate! They do not care about your age, gender, or hygiene. Lice is transmitted mostly through head-to-head contact. It is more common in young school-aged children, because of sharing and play. Lice can also be spread through the sharing personal items such as hats, helmets, scarves, and brushes. This is not as common though because lice can only survive without a human host for 1-2 days. It is quite contagious, so if your child has lice, it’s important to have your entire family and/or caregivers checked.
+ How do I know I have it?
Is your scalp itchy? Have a tickling feeling like something is crawling on your scalp, especially behind your ears or at the nape of your neck? Seeing a red rash in these areas? These are all symptoms of head lice. The itching sensation is caused by an allergic reaction to the lice saliva during feeding. Only half of the infected population has this reaction, so there is a chance you will not itch.
+ OH NO! I have them! Now what?
Now you call us to remove them and get on with your life! Over the counter shampoos and washes such as Nix and Rid are insecticidal shampoos and contain pesticides and other ingredients that can be harmful to you and your loved ones, not to mention wreak havoc on your hair! They also might kill the adult lice but do nothing for the nits. Also, the comb included in the kit is cheap and will not remove nits efficiently. This will cause nits to remain in the hair, resulting in the entire process starting all over again!! You don’t want that stress and lost time at work or school. Let us take care of them, and you!