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7 Most Common Lice Myths

08 June

7 Most Common Lice Myths:  

MYTH #1: Rid & Nix work

FACT: Head Lice have become resistant to the pesticides used in Rid & Nix

MYTH #2: If you have head lice you live in a dirty house 

FACT : First of all wrong bug: that would be Body Lice which your child does not have.

MYTH #3: Head Lice travel to car seats

FACT : Head lice never choose to leave the head to travel to an inanimate object to wait for a new host. Furthermore the only means of transmission is direct head to head contact.

MYTH  #4: My pets can get Head Lice

FACT : Head Lice are host specific to humans only

MYTH #5: Hats and Helmets transmit Head Lice.

FACT : We have not see evidence of this happening. If head lice travel by helmets we would see the whole little league team in our office, which is not the case. Head lice have very strong claws that actually clamp down, attaching firmly to the hair shaft, when helmets or hats are put on or off. You will not find head lice inside of a baseball, ski or hockey helmet. Lice are able to hold on tight to the hair when kids take helmets and hats off.

MYTH #6: Head Lice live in my house

FACT : First of all: wrong Bug, that would be Bed Bugs which your child does not have. Furthermore if head lice waited around in your house for a new host, they would die. They need a blood meal 4-6 times a day, and can only feed on scalp skin

MYTH  #7: My child does not have an itchy head so she couldn’t have head lice.   

FACT : 80% of our customers never have itching symptoms because the itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the louse bite. and much like mosquitoes, head lice inject a combination of anticoagulant, anesthetic and saliva when they take a blood meal. In fact most people do not react to these substances right away, but some people do develop an allergic reaction over time. And some people get an allergic rash on the back of the neck.

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