Q: How did we get lice?
A: Lice do NOT jump and CANNOT fly! Lice is mostly spread through head to head contact. Children are playing with other children and their heads are coming in very close contact with each other, they also share personal items such as brushes, hats, and hair accessories. This allows the louse to move from one head to another while continuing their life cycle. Lice can be present for up to 4-6 weeks before being noticed or any itching occurs. As a matter of fact, only 50% of infested people experience any itching at all!
Q: Does this mean that we are dirty?
A: NO!! Lice actually thrive in hair that is clean, this is a problem that has absolutely nothing to do with hygiene!
Q: How are head lice spread?
A: Head lice are mostly spread through head to head contact, whenever there is direct contact of the head or hair with an infested individual. Lice can be spread through the sharing of personal items such as jackets, hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties, etc. It is also possible to spread head lice via a pillow, headrest or similar items. Once off the host, a louse will die within 24-48 hours.
Q: Are lice contagious?
A: Lice are highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person, especially in group settings (like schools, childcare centers, slumber parties, sports activities, and camps). Though they can’t fly or jump, these tiny parasites have specially adapted claws that let them crawl and cling firmly to hair. They spread mainly through head-to-head contact, but sharing clothing, bed linens, combs, brushes, and hats also can pass them along. Kids are most prone to catching lice because they tend to have close physical contact with each other and share personal items.
Q: Do I have to treat everyone in the house?
A: Everyone within the household should be thoroughly checked with a combing head check. Using the right comb and doing correct head checks on all family members is crucial. Nits and lice are missed so often during visual checks. Lice will quickly run away from light and movement and nits are sometimes microscopic, making it very difficult to find and easily missed.
Q: Can my pets be infested?
A: No. Head lice are human parasites and only survive on human blood, not animals!
Q: Do I need to spray my furniture and bedding?
A: No. Sprays contain chemicals and pesticides that lice are now becoming resistant to. Sprays for bedding and furniture are unnecessary and can be serious risk to health. Only good old fashioned cleaning is required! Simply place things in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes and vacuum carpets, furniture, rugs and cars.
Q: Do I have to bag stuffed animals and other items?
A: There is so much misleading information on the internet. Many sites suggest bagging items for several weeks. This is definitely not necessary. Because head lice thrive and survive on the human head, once they are off the host, they will die within 24-48 hours. This means that items you do not want to put in the dryer, only need to be bagged or set aside for 2-3 days, not weeks.
Q: How quickly can my child return to school?
A: After a Lice Rescue treatment is completed, your child can return to school immediately, but do call the school and find out what their individual policy is. We will provide your child with a certificate of treatment.
Q: What is the life cycle of the head louse?
A: A louse can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days. They cannot survive any longer than 48 hours off the host. Nits, which are the eggs, hatch in 7-10 days and in less than a week, the hatched louse will begin to lay 4-8 eggs daily.
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