All Parents Need To Know About Head Lice to Better Combat It

Parenting, regretfully, does not come with a definitive instructor’s manual that could’ve made things easier. Parents learn and develop as their children grow. In the case when there are troubles such as head lice to deal with, parents can combat these issues by developing a better understanding about them. When you know what you are dealing with, only then are you in a position to treat it. Calling all parents! Read on to find out everything there is about head lice to develop a comprehensive understanding of the lice problem and combat it effectively:
  • Head lice are about the size of a sesame seed, and to be able to spot them, you should stand under direct sunlight.
  • Lice don’t cause any major disease, but they do suck blood from the scalp.
  • Lice lay eggs called nits close to the scalp, they thrive in the warmth.
  • Nits are even harder to see and resemble dandruff flakes.
  • Lice can multiply fast, laying up to 10 eggs a day. One hatched egg can turn into a full-grown louse in 12 days, and lice live about 28 days.
  • If left untreated, lice can keep growing. The cycle repeats itself every 3 weeks.
  • Head lice most commonly occur in preschool children and teens, as they tend to play closely together. However, do not be fooled. Anyone can get infested with lice.
  • Lice do not jump or hop, they only crawl. So even if two heads come together for a second, lice are very fast to crawl and infest the other persons head also.
  • A very common symptom of lice is head scratching which can become obvious after 4 weeks of the head being infested with lice. Most sensitive areas to lice are the back of the neck and behind the ears.
Now that you know all the basics about head lice and how they can be transferred from one person to another, make sure that you take all necessary precautions. Keep your child’s comb and personal items separate and make sure you wash them in boiled water once a week. If you want a complete home inspection and cleaning or in-home lice removal, our expert team is here to provide all these services. Call us today at 1.800.403.5423 for an appointment.