The Best Head Lice Facts
- Uncontrollable Itching
- Red Rash at the Nape of the Neck
- Scalp Damage
A head lice infestation will vary in size depending on the amount of the initial adult louse transfer. Once on a new host, the adult louse will continue the cycle with a new generation of nits. From nit to deceased adult louse, the lifespan is 30-33 days.
Adult Lice Characteristics
- Size of an Uncooked Grain of Rice
- 6 Legged Parasite
- Female Louse Lays 5-10 Nits Per Day for up to 14 Days
- Feeds on Human Blood for Survival
- Crawls Quickly Through the Hair
- Does Not Jump, Hop, Fly, Burrow or Swim
A fertilized female louse will use the hair as a bridge to transfer from one host to another. She will start laying nits on day one.
- Teardrop Shape
- Size of a Sesame Seed
- Glued to One Side of the Hair Strand
- Hatches in 7-10 Days
- Translucent or Brown in Color
An infestation gains its mass abundance during the nymph stage of the developmental process.
- Size of a Nit Upon Hatching
- Feeds Every 2-4 Hours
- Doubles in Size Every 2 Days after Hatching
- Translucent in Color
- Gender Neutral
Lice leave behind a scent created from the saliva and urine that is embedded into the hair shaft. This scent actually attracts a new infestation that lasts up to 30 days. The use of repellent products help mask the scent, thus, lowering the chances of receiving another lice infestation.