What Do Lice Look Like?
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Head Lice Pictures: What Do Lice Look Like? It’s the call from the school nurse that no parent likes to hear: “Your child has head lice.” It is estimated that 6 to 12 million children under the age of 11 become infested with head lice every year. Though head lice are not exclusively a childhood ailment, the majority of people affected by head lice are young.
The head louse, scientific term Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasite that feeds on human blood. Learning what head lice look like and how to detect them can help control an infestation before it spreads through the entire household.
Three forms of head lice exist: nits, nymphs, and mature adults. Nits are lice eggs that attach to the hair shaft and usually hatch within a week. The microscopic eggs are easy to mistake for dandruff or residue from hair styling products.
Did you know that is only takes 9-12 days after lice hatch for them to mature into adults? And do you know what they eat? Lice are NEVER a pretty sight, but we can help you. It is so important to make sure that you take action on the first signs of lice!
Cont’d Once the eggs hatch, lice are known as nymphs, an immature form of the parasite that is grayish tan in color. After nine to 12 days the nymphs mature into adults, the average size of which is roughly 2–3 millimeters, or about the size of a sesame seed.
Head lice feed on blood and therefore stay close to the scalp where there is an abundant supply of food. After the nits hatch, they move from the hair shafts to your scalp to find sustenance.
If you have found yourself in the middle of a lice infestation, give LiceMagic a call today!