History of Lice According to genetic studies lice have existed for 1.68 million years before humans, making them one of the most well-adapted species on the planet. As far as history goes, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that lice have been walking on human heads for as long as mankind has existed. Even the gorgeous Cleopatra couldn’t escape lice; she was apparently buried with several gold lice combs! Clearly, being infested with lice wasn’t that big an issue back then; many other Egyptian leaders were also buried with their lice combs. Lice weren’t just a nuisance for the Egyptians; lice eggs (nits) have been found on the heads of mummified bodies of ancient Romans too. In the year 1100 AD, a Rabbi declared that his followers were allowed to remove the critters from their heads on the Sabbath and that’s when the war on lice officially started. Why Remove Lice? Unlike animals, humans aren’t supposed to host parasites. Although lice don’t pose immediate threats to an individual’s health, they are a terrible inconvenience. Also, if they’re left on the head for too long, they will multiply and fully infest the head in 2–3 weeks–yes, they’re that quick! Here some of the risks of ignoring lice: Lice Multiply: Lice multiply ridiculously fast; a single female louse will lay hundreds of eggs in her lifespan. You may be able to ignore a couple of lice but when hundreds of pesky critters are feeding off your scalp, you’re bound to experience serious discomfort. Scalp Infections: Lice do not carry diseases, however, when you have enough of them living on your head and sucking your scalp, the chances of developing a scalp infection are significantly higher. An adult that is infested with lice may be able to resist the urge to scratch their heads but kids have tendency to scratch excessively out of discomfort. The excessive scratching causes lesions making them more susceptible to scalp infections. Anemia: Lice feed off their host’s scalp; their food is the blood they suck from scalps. Children with hundreds of lice on their heads may become anemic overtime due to the consistent loss of blood. They Spread: Lice spread from head to head. A child with an infested head has the potential to spread lice to the entire school! Lice do not carry diseases however it’s unnatural for humans to host parasites; letting lice remain on our heads make us vulnerable to health conditions in the long-run. The Lifecycle of Lice In a matter of just a couple of months lice can hatch, grow into adults, reproduce and die. While this is the same for most insects, other insects don’t make us their food! As mentioned earlier, lice can infest an entire head in a matter of 2–3 weeks. In order to effectively remove and kill lice, you will have to break their lifecycle. 1. Nits Lice start off as tiny eggs called nits. Other species may be vulnerable as eggs but not lice– lice are the strongest when they’re eggs. Females lay eggs close to the scalp to protect them from harm. The eggs are covered in a glue-like substance which allows them to latch on to hair strands. Unless someone picks them out manually, lice eggs will not move. 2. Nymphs Baby lice are referred to as nits. Their tiny size enables them to escape the teeth of the fine lice-combs. Compared to adult lice, nymphs don’t cause much harm since they cannot reproduce. With that being said, it only takes a couple of weeks for a nymph to become an adult louse. 3. Adult lice Lice do the most damage in the adult form. Female lice can begin laying nits just a couple of days after mating. They lay up to 7 nits per day for around 16 days after they’ve mated! A female louse will mate several times before she dies—after each time, she can lay around 112 nits! You child may just have a couple of lice on their heads but it won’t be long before they have a full fledged infestation. How Do You Break The Cycle? You’ll have to break the cycle. It’s best to extract adult lice as soon as possible to prevent the females from laying more nits. Killing adult lice was much easier a few decades ago using anti-lice shampoo and medication. Unfortunately, due to overexposure, lice have mutated and become resistant to them. Superlice The new generation of lice called Superlice is resistant to 90% of OTC anti-products. No matter the length of time you leave anti-lice shampoos in your hair for, it will be ineffective in killing Superlice. Anti-Lice Products Anti-lice products do not kill lice; they just paralyze lice allowing people to wash them away in the shower. Even when anti-lice shampoos did paralyze lice, they weren’t effective in breaking the cycle because the nits remained unharmed. There really is no point in removing adult lice without extracting nits—nitpicking is crucial! Killing Lice the Effective Way Lice Troopers do not use harmful anti-lice products to remove lice. We’ve combined traditional lice removal techniques with advanced technology to extract lice and their nits efficiently and minimizing chances of re-infestation. Lice Troopers’ professional lice removal services consist of in-home lice removal, home inspection and cleaning, camp and school screenings and of course, our state-of-the-art lice treatment salons. In-Home Lice Removal When you don’t want to kill lice yourself—call us to do the dirty work! We have a team of trained lice removing technicians who can section your hair and extract all lice and nits in a matter of a few hours! We’ll douse your head in all-natural products and comb it with a special fine-tooth comb to remove adult lice. Our technicians will then manually remove nits and nymphs. We will screen your head a couple of times to ensure your head is completely clean. Our technicians will also screen the heads of family members just in case they’ve also caught lice. Camp & School Screenings Schools and camps are one of the most common places to catch lice because of how physically close kids are when they play with each other. If one child has lice, they can easily spread to others. Schools and camp organizers can hire us to conduct head screenings to make sure that all kids are free of lice and limit the chance of infestation. Lice Treatment Salons Don’t want to remove lice at your home? Book an appointment at one of our lice treatment salons instead. We have lice treatment salons in various parts of the country including Georgia, New York, Texas and many other states. In our lice treatment salons we’ll use all-natural hair products and advanced technology to remove nits and lice. Home Inspection & Cleaning The purpose of home inspection & cleaning is to remove any lice that may have fallen out. Re-infestations are common after lice extraction so we take the time to make sure lice aren’t lingering on bedding, carpets, rugs, etc. Think you may have a lice-infested head in the house? Give Lice Troopers a call! Dial 1-800-403-5423 for any of our services.