Head lice Facts

Lively fact based video about head lice from National Geographic

How long do head lice live for?

They take approximately six to seven days growing inside the egg. Once they hatch, they are called nymphs and it takes about another seven days for them to reach puberty. They then become adults and are able to mate and lay eggs. From this point. they can live up to another twenty to twenty-five days laying as many as five to eight eggs per day.

Head lice need a constant source of food (human blood) to survive, but they can live for up to forty-eight hours if they fall onto bedding or clothing. Once an infestation has been discovered in the household, there is no need to purchase sprays and tonics. The easiest thing to do is to put any coats and soft toys in a bin bag for three days to ensure that there is not a re-infestation. Bedding can be washed and tumble dried or put on a heater. Head lice are not like bed bugs in that they do not burrow into pillows and mattresses; they stay on the surface so are very easy to remove.

Can Head Lice Cause Diseases?

Head lice can be annoying, irritating and sometimes people are unnecessarily embarrassed by them, but they do not directly cause disease. However, because they pierce the skin for food and carry bacteria on their bodies, they can sometimes lead to infections. The skin can be irritated by the bites and this may affect sleep. Certain chemicals in some head lice treatments can be harmful and cause reactions, which is why it is so important to use non-toxic solutions on scalps.

Is there a difference between head lice and body lice and pubic lice?"

The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitus)

The body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus)

The ‘crab’, or pubic louse (Pthirus pubis)

Though all three are lice, they look, live and breed in different ways and should not be confused as being the same thing. 

Body lice are slightly larger than head lice. The body louse has a longer abdomen and they are broad, with six legs of equal size. In contrast, the abdomen of the crab louse is about as wide or even slightly wider than its length, and the second and third pairs of legs are thicker than the first pair. Crab lice are much smaller than head and body lice.

  • Head lice are usually found in hair, most often on the back of the neck and behind the ears. Head lice are common in preschool and elementary school-age children. Adults can get them too, especially adults who live with children. They do not cause disease.

Do head lice prefer clean or dirty hair?

Recent reports suggest that taking selfies could help to spread nits around the schoolyard.

Head lice don't have a preference when it comes to clean or dirty hair — they'll get on anyone's hair if they get the chance.

"We find that you can get head lice on almost every type of hair imaginable — thick, fine, long, curly, straight short, clean, dirty – head lice really love it all. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene or neglect or poor housekeeping – they are only a sign that head to head contact has been made, which is possible in sports, taking selfies or playing.   

Having thick or long hair might increase your chances of picking up head lice, simply because you have more available hair. This is why it is best to keep hair tied back when in close contact with other people, for example, when playing sports or at school.

The majority of children of school age will probably get head lice at some time. The main thing to do is to regularly check by looking at the nape of the neck and above the ears for small white teardrop shapes. If you flick these drops and they remain in place then they are likely to be head lice eggs.  At this point, call Nitnot and we will save you from the stress and anxiety and remove all viable head lice and eggs.

Can an adult get head lice from a child?

Yes, head lice are easily transmitted from children to adults. All humans are susceptible as it is close head to head contact that spreads head lice. Head lice cannot jump or fly, but they crawl from head to head – for instance, something such as hugging or playing close-contact games will make you susceptible. Head lice will only live on humans you cannot give or get head lice from animals.

How did my child get head lice when using tea tree oil?

Some people believe that tea tree oil can kill lice. But not all experts are convinced. More research is needed before scientists can draw conclusions.

Recent reports suggest that taking selfies could help to spread nits around the schoolyard.

Head lice don't have a preference when it comes to clean or dirty hair — they'll get on anyone's hair if they get the chance.

"We find that you can get head lice on almost every type of hair imaginable — thick, fine, long, curly, straight short, clean, dirty – head lice really love it all. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene or neglect or poor housekeeping – they are only a sign that head to head contact has been made, which is possible in sports, taking selfies or playing.   

Having thick or long hair might increase your chances of picking up head lice, simply because you have more available hair. This is why it is best to keep hair tied back when in close contact with other people, for example, when playing sports or at school.

The majority of children of school age will probably get head lice at some time. The main thing to do is to regularly check by looking at the nape of the neck and above the ears for small white teardrop shapes. If you flick these drops and they remain in place then they are likely to be head lice eggs.  At this point, call Nitnot and we will save you from the stress and anxiety and remove all viable head lice and eggs.

NitNot was established by a mum called Eileen, who found that if she lived in the USA she could have found a head lice treatment centre close by. However, in the UK this is not the case. Eileen has subsequently trained in several countries and has developed head lice treatment methods that have been approved by leading experts. Using diverse processes in her head lice treatment centre, Eileen and her team can assure clients that within two to three appointments, depending on the age of infestation of the head lice, the nightmare will be over and the head lice and nits will be eradicated.  NitNot will also take time to explain the best ways of preventing head lice, eggs and nits.

For more information, please go to our service and prices page or phone today for an immediate appointment on 01442 388879  

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67a Marlowes Court

Hemel Hempstead

HP1 1LE 

Call : 01442 388879 

Email: Info@nitnot.com 

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