Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate a Lice Infestation

There’s a lice outbreak at school! Thankfully, your kid hasn’t been scratching their head or complaining about a crawling sensation about their neck. Perhaps they’re safe. Perhaps there’s nothing to be worried about. While we’d quite like to agree, the truth is that when it comes to lice season, you should never underestimate how quickly they can spread.

How to Handle a Lice Infestation

First, learn the timeline of the louse. Starting from an adult louse, let’s say that one of them were to make its way to your child’s scalp, it’ll waste no time in laying eggs or nits on the roots of your hair shafts. Sticky and difficult to pull out, these eggs take about 10 days to hatch and resemble dandruff, which is why many people often don’t realize they have lice until it’s too late. Once they hatch, the louse is called a nymph and is barely visible. These nymphs aren’t able to produce until after 12 days, which is when they become adults. Each female louse will be able to lay about 4–10 eggs each day, with the adult stage of the louse lasting around 28 days. In its lifetime, the louse can lay around 125 eggs. So if you do ignore a lice outbreak on your child, know that you’ll only be asking for trouble.

But what if it doesn’t itch?

In reality, consistent head scratching is not a true sign of a lice infestation. So don’t depend on this symptom as a sign that you have an outbreak on your hands. Even with massive infestations, most kids don’t really scratch their heads because their body and skin just don’t react to a louse bite that way. The best thing to do in this situation is to keep a close eye on your child’s head, checking under bright light to see if anything moves or if tiny white dandruff like specks are stuck to hair strands.

Where We Come In

Let’s say you’ve finally noticed a louse. That’s where we can help! Lice Troopers in Miami Beach is a leading professional lice removal service that can clear out lice from your hair and your home too! We offer home inspection and cleaning services, as well as at-home treatments, so you won’t have to worry about a thing. So take the right step! Contact us for a home visit or bring your child in for a checkup with a lice specialist. Remember, preventing a lice infestation is much easier than treating it!