Can Head Lice Live Inside Clothes?

Pediculus humanus capitis. Doesn’t that sound like something out of Harry Potter? But it’s actually the scientific name for “head lice.” Head lice have been the bane of our existence since the beginning of time. Once you’ve contracted head lice, getting rid of them becomes a problem. You can’t style your hair the way you want to, you can’t dress the way you want to. And no matter how many times you try to get rid of the critters, they manage to come back. Do they have a secret hiding spot we’re not aware of? That’s probably the case. One question that’s been up in the air is whether these critters can live inside clothes. Well, can they? Let’s take a look:

They Can Live A Few Days without Human Blood

There’s a common misconception that head lice cannot live without human blood for more than a couple of hours. This is not true. Just like a camel, head lice can store blood in their bodies and use it as fuel for when they’re away from human hair. So, lice can survive for three to four days without any contact with humans. Nits, however, cannot survive for more than a couple of hours, which is where the misconception comes from.

Lice Are Good at Hiding

One of the things about lice is that they’re the size of a sesame seed. This makes it almost impossible to detect them. Most people find out they have head lice when their scalp starts itching or a critter falls in front of them. In addition, lice can crawl really fast which allows them to avoid being detected easily. Lice love to hide in hard-to-reach and hard-to-see places because of their size. They can hide inside the sleeves of your pocket or even behind the collar of your sweater. But don’t worry; that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything you can do about it. You can count on a lice removal specialist to get rid of these pesky critters once and for all! This is where we come in. We’re a leading lice removal service in Weston and Plantation. You can count on us because we use pesticide free treatments and special combs to get rid of the problem in one sitting! No bloodthirsty parasite can hide from us! In addition, we also offer head lice screening, as well as home inspection services and in-home treatments. Feel free to book an appointment today!