As any parent who has previously suffered from a lice infestation in their children will tell you, lice are anything but nice! Just when you finally think you got all of the menacing critters out of your kid’s head, you spot your other child scratching his head—and the nightmare begins anew! There are about a whopping 21 million cases of head lice infestations worldwide annually. And given the fact that a single head louse can lay up to 300 eggs in its lifetime, that sure is a lot of bugs crawling around the world! Head Lice Can Affect Anyone! Think you’re now an adult, and don’t have to worry about head lice anymore? Always considered head lice to be a problem people with poor hygiene or those from lower socioeconomic regions have to suffer from? You’d be surprised to know that you’re wrong on both counts! Head lice epidemics are actually never related to cleanliness. In fact, the cleaner the head, the easier it is for head lice to travel across the hair strands and from one person to another. However, contrary to a commonly held belief, lice are actually unable to fly, and can only be transmitted through direct head-to-head contact with an infected person. The Various Kinds of Head Lice A frequently asked question by many of our clients is, “Will my dog/cat/rabbit get infested with the head lice my son got from his school?” or “Is my pet the reason behind the constant re-infestations in my house?” The answer to both of these questions would be a resounding NO. Lice are highly species-specific parasites, and only affect the particular species they are “designed” to. Each species of lice requires a different body temperature to survive, and would not be able to survive on a host from any other species. A human head louse typically thrives in 98.6°F (37°C) temperature, which is the average body temperature of a human. On the other hand, a dog louse requires a steady temperature of 100-102.5°F (38–39.2°C), while a cat louse thrives in 101.4°F (38.6°C). Even if a human louse were to somehow make its way into your pet’s fur, it would be unable to survive for more than 2 days in that temperature, and would die out without human blood. There are three kinds of lice that can affect a human body: Head Lice The most common form of head lice, this kind of head lice is typically 2.1–3.3 mm in length at the adulthood stage. Most often affecting preschool and elementary-aged children and their families, the head lice infestations are more likely to occur in children with long hair than those with short. A major reason for this is that head lice like to be warm, and longer hair provides the perfect shelter from the elements! This kind of head lice typically has a lifecycle of just over a month from the egg stage to adulthood. Body Lice These lice are different from the ones found on the head, and only affect people living in poor sanitary conditions or having poor hygiene. They are larger, and can cause intense itching which can then result in an increased risk of infection. These lice are, again, species specific and will die out within 5–7 days if removed from their human host. Pubic Lice Also known as crab lice or just crabs, these kinds of parasites attach to the skin and hair near the groin, and can be transmitted during sexual contact. Detecting Head Lice Due to a vast amount of misinformation floating about on the Internet today, many parents often take the home remedy route as soon as they get the notice about an infestation from school. Not only are many of these immensely ineffective, they could also be dangerous for your children! If you fear your child may have picked up head lice from somewhere, the first course of action is to sit your child in front of a brightly lit window. Part your child’s hair and look for signs of nits. These are lice eggs which are typically white, or a light beige color and are shaped like tiny, pinhead-sized ovals. They are attached to the hair shaft with the help of a waterproof, glue-like substance which makes them difficult to get rid of. If you do detect any such flecks of foreign bodies in your child, first try to dust them off. If you are successful in getting rid of the particle, it’s probably not a nit, but could be dandruff or a dust! On the other hand, if you find that the speck is a nit, there’s no need to panic! But immediate action is necessary, both for the child and the family. If your child has started showing signs of having an infestation, it’s highly likely that the bugs have been there for a while and have, by now, spread to other members of the family as well. While head lice do not carry infection, they can cause intense itching and can also be a source of embarrassment for many. The Role of Over the Counter Treatments While over-the-counter were a reliable¬—and effective—way of treating lice once, they no longer are now! Due to overexposure to the products, lice today have evolved to become resistant to the chemicals in these products, giving birth to a new species of head lice known as superlice. This mutated gene has made head lice even harder to get rid of! Truth be told, these over-the-counter products never actually killed the lice at all! What they did was paralyze them long enough for them to be washed out easily with water. But because superlice have become resistant to these pesticides, more and more people are now returning to the only tried and tested way of treating head lice: by doing it manually. Lice Troopers’ Lice Removal Services At Lice Troopers, we rely on the age-old method of treating lice along with all-natural, non-toxic products to help us in the process. Not only do our methods get rid of all lice and eggs in a single sitting, our highly efficient services also minimize chances of a re-infestation. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of manually picking out each nit and meticulously combing out your child’s hair with a lice comb until there are no more left, there’s no need to! Because that’s what we’re here for! In-Home & At-Clinic Lice Removal Services Can’t make it to one of our nationwide lice clinics for a lice treatment? There’s no need to worry for we’ll come to you! Our team of trained, professional technicians are well-equipped to handle even the worst of lice infestations. In just a few hours, your child and family will be completely lice free! Our confidentiality agreement ensures no word gets out about your family’s infestation so you don’t have to suffer through the stigma associated with it either! The process is as easy as it gets. We start out by covering the hair in our all-natural, toxin-free products which makes it difficult for head lice to get a good hold on your hair and makes it easier for them to slip out. We then use a fine-tooth lice comb to remove the adult lice until there are none left. From there, we’ll move on to extract the nits and nymphs (baby lice) with our traditional nit-picking techniques. Whether you’re coming in to one of our clinics or we’re coming to your location, we treat all our customers with the same amount of precision and attention so you never have a single complain with our services. Camp & School Screenings Schools and summer camps are the two places where infestations are most common. Due to the close proximity in which children are interacting with each other—sharing beds, combs, bedding¬—these places are hotbeds for lice infestations! Our lice screening drives check each child’s head for signs of lice and nits, and help educate children, school nurses, teachers and parents about how to get rid of head lice and keep children’s heads lice-free. We also provide prevention measures to minimize risk of a re-infestation. Home Inspections & Cleaning Following an in-house lice treatment session, we also conduct thorough home inspections and cleanings to make sure there are zero chances of another infestation. While human head lice are unable to survive off a human head, they can still survive for up to 48 hours, which is enough time for them to crawl atop another human host and begin the infestation anew. With our clinics located in multiple locations across five states including New York, Georgia, Florida, Texas and California, you are just a few steps away from getting rid of all your head lice related woes! Did your child catch lice? There’s no need to panic; give us a call at 1-800-403-5423 to book our services. We can have your child lice-free in no time!