Important Facts to Know About Louse (Lice)

Important Facts to Know About Louse (Lice)

Louse (plural lice) has been disturbing humans and sucking their blood from the times immemorial. Now, the time has come to get rid of this parasite so that to make our lives even more comfortable and itch-free. Here are some important facts you need to know about lice.

  1. A lice is pretty small, around 1/8(or even smaller) part of an inch, insect that has a grayish-white wingless body.
  2. Keep in mind that there are many species of these lice and one of these include the head lice that live in the human scalp. It is purely a human specific louse and can not survive if it is given an opportunity to feed on animals.
  3. A nymph comes out of a louse egg (or nit) after 8 or 9 days and it remains close to the scalp to get feed from it.
  4. The lice eggs (or nits) need room temperature to hatch.
  5. A nymph takes further 9 to 12 days to become an adult louse which can then reproduce.
  6. Adult lice, if separated from the scalp, can independently live for around 48 hours only.
  7. An adult louse can live for up to 30 days on its host.
  8. An adult female louse can lay 4 or 5 eggs daily; it can lay 50 – 150 eggs during its life span. Researchers are of the view that it mostly lays 88 eggs during its life span.
  9. The lice eggs are fortified with a special material and common lice shampoos and lotions can not destroy or remove these eggs from the human scalp.
  10. Head lice can not jump, fly or hop. So, a head-to-head contact is necessary for the transfer of lice from one person to another. Moreover, the adult lice are more prone to fall-off from head as they are moving. So, they can climb another person even if there is no head-to-head contact.
  11. Lice do not carry germs of other diseases.
  12. A person gets infested with lice only when a female louse enters his or her head scalp.
  13. Any treatment of lice must include the killing or destruction of its eggs in the head scalp.

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