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Information about Head Lice and Nits.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What are Head Lice?

Head lice (Pediculus capitis) are small parasitic insects adapted to living mainly on the scalp and neck hairs of their human host.

How does one become infected with Head Lice?

Head lice can be spread whenever there is direct contact of the head of hair with an infected individual. Lice can also be spread through the sharing of personal articles like hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair bands, etc.
There is also a possibility of spreading head lice via a pillow, headrest or similar items.

Can Head Lice jump?

Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours if seperated from the host.

How can you tell if the lice is dead or alive?

No one wants lice in their hair, whether dead or alive. To find out is very time consuming, rather spend this time removing all the lice whether or not they are dead or alive.

Do head lice carry or transmit diseases?

Until recently it was thought that lice were merely a nuisance. Studies have shown that head lice are the same species as body lice which have been linked to the transmission of diseases such as typhus.

What is the Head Lice life cycle?

Head lice can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days. They generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours if seperated from the host.
A female louse lays 3 - 5 eggs (nits) a day. The eggs hatch within 7 - 10 days and it takes another 7 - 10 days for the louse to mature and lay their own eggs.

Do pets get Head Lice?

Head lice cannot be "caught" from pets and cannot survive on pets. They are human parasites and require human hosts and blood for survival.