7Things You Need to Know about Lice and Nits

Head lice have been a trouble for human kind since the beginning of time. The vicious cycle of itching and scratching leaves both children and adults irritable and cantankerous.  We have compiled a list of FAQs to walk you through the facts of lice and nits facts so you’re better able to fight them:

Where do head lice come from?

Head lice are not contracted by air, water, or soil. They are parasitic organisms that spread by head to head contact. You can also get an infestation by coming into contact with infested headbands, clothing, combs, hairbrushes, pillows, and sheets.

What are nits?

Nits are the eggs that the louse lays in an infested person’s hair. Lice feed on human blood and then lay eggs in order to multiply their numbers. Nits are white and oblong in shape, and adhere to the hair shaft until they hatch.

What are the symptoms of having head lice?

Symptoms of head lice include severe itching on the scalp, red bumps on the nape of neck and behind ears, and a sensation of crawling or movement on the scalp. You may be able to see the lice yourself, otherwise, schedule a professional screening to be sure.

Do head lice cause diseases?

Head lice may cause anxiety in many infested people, but they are not disease causing organisms. However, severe scratching can cause open sores,which may then become infected.

Can I get lice from my pets and vice versa?

You cannot contract lice from your pet, nor vice versa. Each type of lice requires a specific habitat to thrive, and if that is absent, they may die.

Will head lice go away on their own?

Head lice will not go away if you don’t do anything about them. They will keep on laying eggs, and the problem will only get worse if left unattended for a long period of time.

What is the best way to eradicate head lice?

The best way to remove head lice is combing  and nitpicking. A professional, pesticide free service like Lice Troopers, the Miami based professional lice removal company, can remove the bugs and nits quickly and thoroughly. At Lice Troopers, we also offer premium lice cleaning services, as well as housecalls to our clients. For further information and to find out more about our services, visit our website. To book an appointment, please contact us here.