All About Lice
A lice infestation has two parts: the live insects, which are tiny wingless bugs about the size of a sesame seed, and nits, which are the eggs that are attached to the hair shaft.
Lice—the live insects—do not fly or jump. They crawl.
Lice can't live off the human body for more than 24 hours—they are parasitic and can survive only on the blood of the host's head.
The most common symptom is itching.
If you do not remove all the lice and nits from an infested head, it is likely that you or your children will become re-infested.
Lice eggs, called nits, are attached to the base of the hair shaft with really strong cement. They require body heat for incubation. They are very tiny oval shaped eggs often yellowish-white and are hard to see. Nits take 7 – 10 days to hatch. A female louse can lay 3-5 eggs/nits per day.
Dirty hair or poor hygiene has nothing to do with contracting lice. (They may even prefer clean hair!) Lice do not differentiate between rich and poor. They are non-denominational.
Dogs and cats do not get or transmit lice.
If one person in your household has lice, it is likely that others do as well. By the time head lice are found, the lice have probably been around for at least 2 weeks.
Traditional chemical lice treatments are not 100% effective in killing live head lice and they don't kill or remove nits. Lice Aunties is now the exclusive service provider of the LouseBuster™ device in Massachusetts.