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Can Head Lice Live on Pillows and Sheets?

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Can Head Lice Live on Pillows and Sheets? First of all head lice need to feed every 2-4 hours, and more frequently when they are nymphs. Furthermore the only food head lice can survive on is human blood. And human blood from a human scalp. Scalp skin is different from skin on other parts of the body. Because the scalp contains more blood vessels than other types of skin. In addition the mouth parts of the head louse are highly specialized to pierce and to extract blood from human scalp skin. Therefore head lice do not seek out pillows and sheets as a destination.

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Can Head Lice Live on Pillows and Sheets?

In fact the primary means of transmission for head lice is head to head contact. Hence lice are very reluctant to leave a warm, food filled human scalp to travel to bed linens. Because there is a high likelihood that the lice would starve, become too cold to move, or not be able to return to their food source (the human scalp). Because, since humans are mobile and constantly moving around, there is a good likelihood that their food source scalp will be gone when they try to return to that scalp.


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Can Head Lice Live on Pillows and Sheets? Are you spending a great deal of time cleaning your linens, carpets, couches and house? In fact, house-cleaning will not make any difference in terms of head lice eradication in 2019. Parents confuse head lice with other parasites that in fact do exist in linens, carpets and couches. Examples of these other parasites include, bedbugs, fleas and body lice. However your family does not have bedbugs, fleas or body lice. Therefore cleaning of your house and its contents is not necessary to remove head lice.

Instead, you can save valuable time by spending your time conditioner-combing your child’s hair. The OMG Lice Comb combined with OMG Lice Treatment Conditioner Solution is all you need to successfully treat lice at home.

Can Head Lice live on pillows and sheets?

Can Head Lice live on pillows and sheets?

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