Human Head Lice. Lice Myth #1:The Lice Treatments you buy at CVS work. FACT: head lice are resistant to the most commonly used pesticide lice shampoos. So what are parents to do? Treating head lice successfully without pesticides is not rocket science. Head lice are a successful obligate human parasite. Head lice are exclusive to humans. Family pets do not get head lice. Head lice live exclusively on the human scalp. So lice are not in your bed, linens, clothing, couches or cars. In order to successfully treat head lice you must completely remove every nit, or lice egg, from the hair.
Human Head Lice.Lice Myth #2: A parent of a child with head lice is a bad parent who never bathes their children and who lives in a condemned home. Fact: “This Myth is known as Head Lice Stigma.” This myth is completely inaccurate. Our NitWits Clients come from all over the Boston, Massachusetts Area and are very good parents. None of our NitWits Clients lives in a condemned home and all our our clients bathe their children regularly! Once parents understand that all they need to do is remove the lice eggs from the hair, and forget about everything else, the rest is easy.
Human Head Lice.Lice Myth #3: Lice are jumping around your house, your car, your child’s school. Fact: Head lice can’t jump because they only have front legs. Head lice cannot survive off a human head long enough to do any damage. Guess What? The good news is you don’t have lice in your house. The only lice you have to worry about in 2015 are Head Lice and they are called head lice because they live on heads, not in houses. The complete lifecycle of head lice takes place within 1/8 inch of your scalp. Why would a head louse in her right mind ever want to leave a nice warm scalp, where a louse can find food, shelter, mates and a place to lay eggs? So don’t waste time doing housework when you could be focusing on your child’s scalp where the real head lice removal treatment action should be happening.Relax! Your coats and hats are safe! Lice don’t like coats or hats, they hold onto hair when you are taking off your hat. Lice don’t “fall” out of hair, their specialized claws are designed to grip tightly to the hair shaft. Any environment off a human scalp is too cold and too dry for head lice. Their whole life cycle takes place within 1 inch of the scalp. They never need to leave unless another ideal host comes along.
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