How to Identify Head lice

The sesame seed size creatures and their teeny tiny eggs are quite hard to spot and detect. As most parents know, kids contract head lice a lot easier than adults. This is because of the close proximity with other children who may have lice. But most often, you may never find out unless the result is a full-blown infestation, which can end up affecting the entire household. Think your child might have head lice? Here’s how to be sure:

Look for Symptoms

Always look for these symptoms when identifying head lice:
  • A tickling feeling on the scalp
  • A sensation that something’s moving in the hair
  • Itching, which  can be caused by an allergic reaction to lice bites
  • Sores on the head caused by scratching
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping, as lice are more active during the night

Visual Inspection

Check the scalp area first. Part the hair in various places to look for signs of an infestation. Check the scalp behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. You may notice rash or sores. You’ll also need to look for lice eggs, also known as nits. These white or yellowish teardrop-shaped sacs can be found attached to the hair. Nits very close to the scalp are viable nits and proof of a current infestation.

Wet Hair Inspection

Wet hair combing is said to be accurate in almost 90 percent of cases. The teeth on a regular comb are too far apart to nab the tiny lice, which is why metal combs are recommended in wet hair inspection. Pour lots of conditioner onto wet hair. Comb the hair out in sections, from the roots to the ends with the help of the comb. If there are lice or nits, you’ll be able to see them on the comb. Also make sure that you have a paper towel to clean your comb after every swipe. After detecting lice, what’s next? What do you do? An effective treatment method is to seek help from professional lice removal service providers. There are a number of companies on the market today; however, you need to find a reliable and effective one. We, at Lice Troopers, offer effective, pesticide free lice removal and cleaning services that are 100% guaranteed. Unlike other companies, we offer both lice treatment house calls and head lice removal salon in-clinic services.