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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny six-legged blood-sucking parasites. Each leg is equipped with a claw, enabling the lice to grasp onto the shaft of a child’s hair. They can vary in color from greyish white to reddish brown. The female lays her eggs by gluing them to the hair shafts. She will produce approximately 200 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs, or nits as they are commonly called, generally hatch in 7 to 10 days. Once hatched, they have a life expectancy of approximately 30 days.

How Do We Get Head Lice?

In almost all cases, lice are transmitted from one human host to another, brought about mainly as a result of head-to-head contact.

Will It Help If I Wash My Childs Hair?

Shampooing daily does nothing to prevent head lice. Since nits are glued to the hair brushing and washing hair will not remove them. The eggs are coated with a fixative substance, which literally cements them to the hair shaft.

Is Head Lice A Sign Of Being Dirty?

Head lice actually prefer a clean head of hair, although unwashed hair can also catch them. Lice do not discriminate – clean or dirty hair, it doesn’t matter as long as you have hair you can get head lice.

How Do I Know For Sure If My Child Has Head Lice?

The most obvious way is the usual itchy scalp so commonly, but not always, found in head lice cases. The only way to confirm your suspicions, however, is by a thorough examination of your child’s hair.

Are Children The Only Ones That Get Head Lice?

It is more common for children to get head lice but adults can also get them if in contact. Statistically speaking, Dads have about a 30% chance of catching head lice compared to Moms which have about an 85% chance of getting head lice from their children.

What Do I Do If I Find Head Lice?

If you find head lice on your child’s head, take care of the problem right away. Lice spread very quickly so don’t waste a minute. Call Lice Buster early and we will work fast to set your mind at ease.

How Long Can A Louse Lice Of The Head?

Lice cannot live off the head for 24 to 36 hours. They will begin to die after approximately 12 hours after their last feeding off the head.

How Do I Get Rid Of Head Lice?

• Call Lice Buster! 647-949-LICE (5423)
• Comb hair with a lice comb thoroughly to remove lice from your hair.
• Put clothes, stuffed animals, linens and pillows in the dryer for 30 minutes! You can also vacuum all areas that came into direct contact with the infested person’s head.
• Most products don’t kill the nits!

I’ve Heard That Using Hairspray Keeps Lice Away – Is That True?

While hairspray does keep hair closer to the scalp, making it less likely to have contact with another person’s head, this is not a strong guarantee that lice will be prevented.

Where Does Head Lice Come From?

​No one knows for sure. The first mention of lice existence is in the Bible.

What Is A Louse’s Life Cycle?

• It takes 7-10 days for an egg (nit) to hatch.
• It takes 9-12 days for a baby louse (nymph) to become an adult.
• A head louse lives approximately 20 days after mating.
• A head louse lives approximately 30-35 days.

What Do Lice Look Like?

​• Lice are grayish white or tan.
• Adult lice are approximately the size of a sesame seed.
• Nymphs are extremely small and difficult to see – they could look like dirt or sand, or like a freckle.

What Is A Nymph?

• A nymph is a baby louse.
• A nymph goes through 3 molts before it becomes an adult.
• Mating usually occurs 24 hours after its third molt.
• 9-12 days after hatching, a nymph becomes an adult.

What Do Head Lice Eat?

Lice need blood to survive and must feed every 3-4 hours. A nymph must feed within 1-2 hours after birth.

What Is The Difference Between A Male And Female Louse?

The female louse is bigger than the male. Females become pregnant immediately after mating and are then pregnant for the rest of their lives. Laying 8-10 eggs a day.

Is Head Lice More Prevalent In Warmer Climates?

Head lice exist in any climate. In a warmer client they are more free to move around and spread quicker. In a colder climate however they are just as prevalent.

How Many Eggs Will A Female Louse Lay In A Day?

A severe infestation can develop very quickly due to the number of lice on the head. A single female louse lays eggs twice a day and four to five eggs each time.

Can Head Lice Carry Disease?

Generally, head lice do not carry disease. Because of their short life span and that they are fairly host specific, the odds of spreading disease are very rare. Open sores from scratching are vulnerable to infection.

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