About lice

Is it possible to get head lice from our cat or dog?

    Head lice live and reproduce on human heads only. They are not transmitted by any other animals.

    Is there a head lice season?

      It seems that there are more cases of head lice during the school months but this is not because of a lice season. When children have more contact with each other, we see an increase in numbers. Many schools also enforce head lice policies, thereby increasing awareness of the problem.

      How long do head lice live?

        An adult head louse can live on a person’s head for up to 30 days. They are not able to survive more than 48 hours off the head. A nit, separated from the head, will die. It needs the warmth of the body to incubate (much like a chicken sitting on an egg).

        Are head lice able to fly or jump form one head to another?

          No. Head lice do not jump or fly as they have no hind legs or wings.

          When head lice move from one head to another, how soon can they lay eggs?

            If the head lice are fertilized females, they may begin laying eggs immediately. Head lice generally travel in harems, often consisting of seven or eight females and one male. As females will lay eight to ten eggs daily, a simple case of head lice can escalate very quickly.

            Can head lice carry disease?

              Since head lice have a low morbidity rate and are fairly host specific, the odds are low that they will spread disease. Some researchers believe that they carry disease, and studies are being done in that area to prove it.

              How are head lice spread?

                Head lice are spread primarily through head to head contact. That is why communication with those individuals that you've had recent contact with is so important.

                How do i know if a nit is viable?

                  The only way to be certain if a nit is to look at it under a microscope. This is one of the main reasons that no-nit policies exist.

                  How many eggs can a head louse lay in a day?

                    A single female louse lays eggs twice a day and four to five eggs each time. Multiply that by 10, 20 or even 40 or more lice that might be on the head and it's easy to see how a severe infestation can develop quickly.

                    What is a nit?

                      Nit is just another name for egg.

                      Where do head lice come from?

                        They have been around since the beginning of mankind. Nits have even been found on the hair of egyptian mummies When their tombs were opened.

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