A person is only contagious with lice from a fertilized female louse. She is the one that lays nits (lice eggs). Nits represent future generations of an infestation.
What are Lice?
- A louse is one bug, lice are plural. Nits are the lice eggs
- Lice feed on human blood 5-6 times a day for a few hours at a time
- Lice are wingless bugs that range in size from as small as a pencil point to the size of a small ant. (2mm to 4mm)
- A fertile female louse can lay 3-5 waterproof, hard to remove nits 2 times a day
- Lice do not jump or fly, they only crawl with their 6 legs which have claws at the end designed to cling to the hair shaft
- Nits, once removed from the head are harmless
How you get head lice
- More than 90% of lice comes from head to head contact with an infested person (hair touching hair)
- Sharing items like brushes, hair accessories, dress up clothes, hats, or helmets
- Children working together in small spaces where heads touch
- Hugs (don’t give up hugging, just be proactive)
- Cloth seats in the movie theater, on a bus, train, or plane (unlikely though as only abut 2% of lice are from the environment)
So how do we know that only the sweetest kids get lice? At Lice Lifters Treatment Centers we have treated over a thousand of the cutest families. These families have the sweetest kids. That’s how we know only the sweetest kids get lice. So if your child ever asks “Why do I have lice?” you can say, “Because you are sweet. Lice only like the sweetest kids.” We also find that Moms are sweet enough to get Lice about 80% of the time but Dads only get it about 10% of the time!
Be proactive by doing weekly combing head checks on your sweet kids until college!
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