What are head lice?
Head lice have infected humans for thousands of years. They are blood sucking wingless insects with a hard exoskeleton. They are only 2 – 3mm long and can be difficult to spot to the naked eye.
Lice have three pairs of legs (six in all!). Each leg ends with a claw in which the lice grab the hair shaft. Antennas located in front of the eyes enable the lice to detect odor, humidity, blood, temperature, and possibly, other information not known yet.
What are the symptoms of head lice?
Although itching and scratching are signs of head lice, these actions may not start from the beginning, because 50% of the population NEVER itches at ALL, with head lice. Depending on how sensitive a person’s head is, they may NOT feel ANYTHING AT ALL.
If a person is part of the 50% of the population that IS ALLERGIC to head lice, it can take up to two weeks before itching and scratching occur. Children may only describe it as simply as something tickling or moving on their head.
Some other symptoms of head lice are low-grade fever, bags under the eyes, swollen glands, a rash at the nape of the neck, and falling asleep after a good night’s sleep. Head lice are nocturnal, meaning that they are more active at night than during the day.
How are head lice spread?
Head lice are primarily spread through HEAD-TO-HEAD contact. That is why communication with those individuals with whom you’ve had recent contact with is so important.
Who is at risk?
If you have a HEAD, you ARE AT RISK! Everyone is at risk for head lice. Head lice have been found on infants as young as 7 days and elderly people as old as 98 years.
How do I check for head lice?
Parting the hair into small sections, look closely near the scalp for the small dandruff-like nits or the sesame seed-sized adults. Using a magnifying glass and a light can be helpful, but adults move fast and often there are only a few of them. Nits are often found behind the ears and around the nape of the neck, and they will appear glued to the hair shaft in those areas. Also, it’s important to know that nits are sometimes CAMOUFLAGED the same color as the person’s hair, so it may be very improbable for the untrained eye to see them all. If you uncover just one adult louse, nymph or nit, we at Remove-a-Lice will confirm their presence or not
Does everyone in the family need to be checked for head lice?
We strongly encourage all family members or those living in the same household to be checked and/or treated (if needed) TOGETHER, at Remove-A-Lice. Being checked all at one-time will be more thorough and lower the chances of being reinfected.
Is head lice and nit removal treatment messy or uncomfortable?
Remove-A-Lice is very careful to put our clients’ comfort and convenience first and foremost.
Our technicians are trained to make our clients at ease while ensuring lice are effectively removed quickly. Our Products do not leave unnecessary mess, but some might say there is some discomfort associated with the rigor with which the nit comb is used in order that RAL is successful in removing all evidence of head lice in one visit. Because we use both product and process, clients are LICE FREE at the end of the session.
How long do head lice live?
An adult head lose can live up to 30 days.
I’ve heard the worst part about head lice is the cleaning of the home; is that true?
Unfortunately, we have heard over the years that deep cleaning is necessary to rid head lice in the home, but we know now that this is false. And time is better spent eliminating lice from the infected person’s head.
Lice cannot survive, off of the human head, for more than 24 hours. They need human blood to live. Furthermore, a nit (egg) will die once removed from the head.