Lice Infestations and What To Do!
Lice are pretty harmless so long as they are treated in time, but when they are allowed to linger too long, they can become problematic. They can cause itchiness, rashes and plenty of discomfort and embarrassment. While it is rare, lice or nits can even lead to infection. Many schools have a policy that doesn’t allow anyone with lice into school. Some say that the school system is reacting and this isn’t necessary for children that have already begun treatment
Having head lice should not be the cause of embarrassment. Many children dealing with nits find themselves the victim of school bullies. Contracting lice doesn’t mean that you’re dirty.
As mentioned earlier, though it is not common, an infection can result from a lot of scratching. Infections can be moderate or very severe and it is important to visit the doctor if the scalp seems to be infected. Antibiotics will be given to an infected patient. The louse starts out as a small egg which hatches and becomes a small parasite, the size of a sesame seed. There are three species of lice that live in human hair. These lice cannot survive elsewhere. Without human blood, which lice derive from the scalp, they die quickly. Even so, they sometimes lay their eggs on clothing or bedding. There is still a chance that the lice might be alive when you come in contact with it.
If you are experiencing itching you might start suspecting lice, but what should you do? What should be your plan of action in eliminating lice from your head and home? Some people find themselves at a loss. If you suspect nits, the best option is to call us immediately!
Lice are tan or light gray insects approximately the size of a sesame seed. They feed on blood from the human scalp. The female louse produces a sticky substance that allows its eggs to stick tightly to a hair. Each egg is about four millimeters from the root of the hair. This is a perfect place for these parasites because the temperature incubates the eggs.
The eggs begin to hatch eight or nine days after they are laid. After they hatch, it takes twelve weeks for them to mature. An adult louse lives around three to four weeks.
Lice don’t fly or jump, but they have talent in crawling from one head to another. Most times, direct contact is needed for this transmission but you can also get lice from towels and linen. You should also exercise caution and keep personal items such as coats, hats, earbuds, scarves and helmets personal.
After you comb hair, also remember to vacuum any furniture, upholstery or headboards. Even though they usually die immediately, there is still a small chance of a live louse crawling onto your head. It is better to be safe than sorry. Even though head louse don’t pose a major threat, prevention is the cure to avoid hassle and embarrassment. Removing lice is tricky and requires a professional’s help! Call us and ask us about our Lice Magic guarantee!