7 Common Myths About Head Lice
- MYTH : Rid & Nix work
FACT : Only 10% of the time
- MYTH : If you have head lice you live in a dirty house
FACT : Wrong bug, that would be Body Lice which your child does not have.
- MYTH : 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. The only means of transmission is direct head to head contact.
- MYTH : My pets can get Head Lice
FACT : Head Lice are host specific to humans only
- MYTH : Head Lice is transmitted by hats and helmets.
FACT : We have not seen this to be true. If it were true 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 being taken on or off. Also most players on little league are boys with short hair. Head lice are very picky about who they travel to and they do not like heads with short hair. They are very sensitive to temperature, humidity and light. Heads with shorter hair tend to be colder, brighter and dryer which head lice think is unattractive.
- MYTH : Head Lice live in your house
FACT : Wrong Bug, that would be Bed Bugs which your child does not have.
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 : My child does not have an itchy head so she couldn’t have head lice.
FACT : 80% of our customers never have itching symptoms The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the louse bite. Much like mosquitoes head lice leave behind a residue of anticoagulant, anesthetic and saliva when they take a blood meal. Most people do not react to these substances right away, but some people do develop an allergic reaction over time