The Facts of Lice

  • Head lice is the #1 reason children are absent from school.  It is 2nd to the common cold in terms of childhood conditions.
  • 7 to 10 days they hatch and 7 to 10 days they become an adult.
  • Lice do not hop, jump or fly.  They can only crawl.
  • Head lice do not discriminate; anyone can be affected regardless of cleanliness.
  • One adult louse lays 7-10 eggs (nits) a day.  They may live up to 30 days on a host.
  • The eggs (nits) will hatch about 7 days after being “super-glued” to the hair shaft.
  • It takes another 7 days for the newly hatched nymph to lay eggs.
  • Lice can live up to 24 hours off a human host.
  • Focus 98% of your time on the head.  2% of your time on your house.  The recommendation for your house is to wash your bedding, hats, jackets and dry in a hot dryer for at least 2o minutes.  Vacuum rugs and minimize stuffed animals on your bed until the infestation is over.  Boil a pot of water, remove from stove, and put combs and brushes in the hot water for 15 minutes.  Once this is done, the focus should be on removing the lice from the head and discussing prevention.
  • Store bought Lice removal shampoos that contain pesticides should not be used.  They have been shown to be ineffective in removing lice and can be potentially harmful to your health.  Lice are increasingly becoming resistant to these types of products.
  • Lice do not live on your pets.  Give them a hug!
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