While lice are not a pest that we treat here at Insight, they are a pest that everyone dreads. Lice do not jump or fly, but they quickly reproduce and will travel from surfaces that are touching one another. For example, lice can travel onto jackets, backpacks, and from a brush to someone’s head. Then if another person’s jacket or backpack comes into contact with an infected person’s items, the lice can easily travel from one item to another. This is why it can be so easy for lice to spread at school.
Lice feed on the blood of humans, however, they do not carry diseases. The main issue is that lice reproduce quickly and just a few can turn into an infestation. An adult lice can lay about 10 eggs every day. When nits (lice eggs) hatch, they leave their shell in the hair and quickly grow. Individuals with lice may notice that their head, the back of their neck and ears become itchy, resulting in dermatitis.
When someone gets lice, all of the insects and nits have to be removed and die for the lice to be eliminated. Here are a few tips for getting rid of lice:
If lice and nits are persistent, there are other options, lice treatment products are available over the counter for purchase. Some products include sprays, shampoos, gels and lotions. You may consider seeing your general practitioner if the issue persists or if there are recurrent episodes with lice.