|Getting Rid of Lice Index|
- Getting rid of Lice - Detection with the best methods and treatment with the best products
- Get rid of Head Lice! Info about Combs, Lotions, Liquids, Insecticides and Medication
- Facts and Information about Head Lice Prevention Shampoo
- Prevention, Control, Treatment, Remedies and Medication for Dogs, Cats, Poultry and Humans
- Infestation in your home? House or body-lice? Need Control?
- Pictures, Treatments, Facts and Info about their Life Cycle and how they infect us!
There are no treatments that will guarantee 100% head lice prevention. You will find many different types of repellent that you can buy on-line and from your local drug store or pharmacy, however the jury is still out on whether these are at all effective. There are prevention methods that you could adopt into your routine which may help detect lice at an early stage, therefore lessening the chances of an infestation and further spread to others. By learning about head lice, what they look like, how to detect them, their life cycle, how they move from one host to another and what kills them, you will be in a much better position to prevent them infesting you or your children. Understand head lice treatments and prevention.
Head lice are small parasites that live on and feed off humans. Head lice bite the skin and draw blood, without which they wouldn't survive for very long. They range in size but do not usually grow much larger than 3 mm in length, they cannot fly, hop or jump but they can crawl/scurry quite quickly through the hair using their six legs. Therefore, this limits the way they can be spread as unlike fleas they cannot simply 'hop on' to the head, they have to walk. Head lice (and their eggs) range in colour from white to a reddish brown and can often be mistaken for dandruff or dry skin. Due to their size they are also difficult to detect without the right tools (detection comb, light, magnified glass).
Where are they found?
There are 3 stages to the head lice life cycle and these are eggs/nits, nymphs and adulthood. The whole process takes around a month to complete, but they spend the entire time on the head and in your hair. You can therefore have adult lice as well as nymphs and eggs at once. It is important to remember that all types of lice need to be eliminated. Head to head contact is one of the ways of that head lice are spread and is the first that should be avoided. This may explain why it is children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old that are most likely to contract head lice. Sharing of brushes, combs, hats, scarves, helmets and towels could also lead to head lice transferring from one person to another. Prevention should be taken seriously, as head lice do not care if your hair is clean or dirty, they will crawl onto any head and attempt to feed and multiply.