• Head lice (singularly know as a head louse) are parasites. They must have a human host to survive, living close to the scalp and feeding about 3 times a day. They do not carry any diseases. Without a host, a louse will die after 36-48 hours.

  • ​Lice have been around for centuries and found all over the world infestating most commonly children and their families.

  • ​Cleanliness does not relate to contracting head lice.

  • ​Lice crawl, they do not fly or jump. Head to head contact is the most common way to transfer lice although they may be spread through clothing or sharing items (hats, helmets, swim caps, combs, ponytail holders, etc.).

  • ​Lice have three stages of life: The egg (nit), the nymph, and the adult stage. Nits (1/32 inch) take about 6-7 days to hatch. The nymph is the next stage lasting for 9-12 days after hatching through 3-stages of molting until it grows into an adult. A nymph cannot lay eggs. An adult louse can live 32-35 days, is about the size of a sesame seed (1/16 to 1/8 inch long) and lays about 4-10 eggs per day.

  • ​Many strains of head lice have built up immunities and resistance to chemical treatments that are currently on the market or ordered by your physician. When lice are removed or killed their eggs or nits are still present. It is critical to remove these in order to cure an infestation.

  • ​Animals cannot get your head lice.

  • ​Head lice can hold their breath for up to 8 hours with some studies suggesting longer.​

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