Everyone has dealt with lice at one point or another in their lifetime. Here at White Line Pest Management, we get calls frequently from people looking for help with their lice problems. Unfortunately, lice are not a pest we can treat for. Although lice are technically pests, they are not treatable by professional means. In layman's terms, we treat homes, not people. What we can do, however, is offer you information to learn more about these frustrating head dwellers. Let’s dive into some commonly asked questions about lice, and find out what you, as a homeowner, can to avoid them.
What Are Lice?
Lice are parasitic pests that require a steady diet of human blood to survive. When on a human host, lice will typically hide anywhere there is thick hair. This can include the top of the head, inside eyelashes and eyebrows, and even within thick chest hair and beards.
How Are Lice Transmitted?
Due to their lack of mobility, lice require hair-to-hair contact or a shared piece of clothing such as a hat or scarf to move from one host to another. Lice problems are most common amongst children for the sole reason that kids interact with each other more closely and more often than adults do. They also tend to share clothing frequently.
How Common Are Lice?
Studies estimate between 6 to 12 million lice infestations occur each year, the majority of which affecting children from ages 3 to 11. Children attending elementary school are typically at the highest risk of an infestation. Because of this, many American public schools have adopted regular lice checks.
What Do Lice Look Like?
Lice are very small insects, only about 2-3 mm long when fully grown, that’s roughly the size of a sesame seed. Tan to greyish white in color, head lice will go through 3 distinct stages of development over the course of their first 9-12 days alive: egg, nymph, and adult.
How Fast Can Lice Reproduce?
A female head louse can lay upwards of 10 eggs per day. Each egg takes between 8-9 days to hatch. Considering this, it's easy to see how quickly lice can become a major problem.
Can Lice Survive Without A Host?
Lice cannot survive very long without a human host. Once their regular supply of blood is cut off, it only takes a day or two for them to die off.
How Do I Know If I Have Head Lice?
There are many symptoms associated with lice infestations. Most commonly, a lice infestation causes a regular tickling and itching sensation. These sensations can lead to trouble sleeping, especially because lice are most active in the dark. If left untreated, Sores on the head often occur as a result of heavy scratching.
Are Head Lice Dangerous?
Fortunately, head lice are not considered a medical or public health hazard. Although annoying and frustrating, lice do not pose any serious risk of disease or medical problems for infected individuals. The only concern comes with excessive scratching due to lice, which can lead to infection.
How Can I Treat For Head Lice?
Many methods exist to deal with lice infestations. If you are unsure of which will work best for you, consider giving your health care provider a call. They will walk you through the necessary steps for treatment and get you on your way to a head lice-free family.
White Line Pest Management Is Here To Help!
Though we may not be able to directly help with your lice problems, we're always here if you need help with pests. If you have any questions about lice or would like to learn more about the other pest control services that we offer, simply reach out to us today. Our friendly team of pest control experts is always standing by and ready to help!