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Crawling on your crown with a nonchalant stroll, the nits and nymphs have a life of their own that we—the source of their sustenance—are oblivious to. With an entire population of head lice nurturing on your head, it becomes a pressing concern to know more about the nitty gritty of nits and nymphs.
These nearly microscopic leeches the size of a sesame seed can create nuisance for someone who has an army of lice anchoring its claws on their scalp. A victim can become food to the lice’s blood-sucking diet routine scheduled at 5-hour intervals in a day.
Not only do they cause unbearable itchiness, but also leave scratch marks and clotted scabs, and a constant fear of social disapproval owing to the infested head!
While some people suffering from a lice infestation tend to follow just the basics of lice removal, it is equally important to know and understand the mechanism helping generations of lice survive.
Here are a few fundamental facts to know about head lice:
All That Clutter Is Not Louse
A lot of people receive complaints from school about their child’s unhygienic head situation. Schools tend to forgo giving a detailed description of what exactly they found wrong with your child’s head.
Common complaints can be phrased as “Please take care of nits and lice in your child’s head. His/her hair should be dandruff-free.”
For an informed person with adequate knowledge of head lice, it should immediately click that the school has notified three separate problems: nits, lice and dandruff. While the first two are related, the third has barely any relation to lice infestation. Exercise caution when comprehending these commonly ill-phrased statements!
Three-Tier Generational Structure
It is important to learn the following three stages of development in the lifetime of lice: nits, nymphs, and adult lice. Nits are unborn babies of lice which are cocooned in a protective shell which is the size of a speck.
They fetuses incubate within the eggs for a week after being laid and hatch on the 9th day. Then emerges the nymph which resembles the shape and form of a fully-grown adult louse except it is smaller.
The nymph reaches the adult stage after 7 days after which the third-generational louse survives for a little over a month.
Even though this is the approximate life expectancy of head lice, the period for which an adult louse lasts can be shortened to even 48 hours in case of being deprived of a host to feed on.
Love, Live, Lice
Lice have a remarkable rate of reproduction to which we can attribute the wide-scale prevalence of lice infestation. It is no surprise then that your child is not the only one to blame in school if his partner in class is also constantly scratching their head!
It seems like these species are far from going extinct as long as human life sustains on Earth!
With the ability to lay approximately 10 nits per day, a female louse surely has developed immense physical strength by feeding onto your blood!
A male louse is also not far behind in the game. Without the need for pause, an adult male can mate with 18 female partners one after the other and successfully fertilize them all!
Isn’t that a record?
We, at Lice Troopers are the best at disinfecting your head from lice and can pick out the friendliest methods of relieving you from this nuisance with guaranteed results.
From professional lice specialists providing removal services to scalp examination we provide everything needed to repel these critters for good!
Currently operating in a number of states in the U.S., we also have our lice clinic in Key Biscayne and Miami beach. For best results on removing lice that is not coming in your comb’s grip, give us a call at 800-403-5423!