Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are lice?

Head lice are tiny, sesame seed size blood-sucking parasites. Lice are wingless, they have six legs with claws designed to lock onto human hair. They can be difficult to see. Lice eggs, called nits, are glued to hair close to the scalp and can be even harder to see.

Head Louse and Nit Rendering

Q: How do you get lice?

Lice are contagious and usually require direct head-to-head contact in order to spread. It is possible for lice to survive on clothing or other personal items for a short time, it is very unlikely but still possible that a shared hairbrush can help a louse find a new host. Lice cannot jump or fly and do not thrive on pets.
Head Lice On Human Hair

Q: Who gets lice?

Head lice do not discriminate! They are not an indicator of poor hygiene. They affect children across all income levels, classes, and cleanliness. Lice can survive underwater for up to 6 hours, even kids who bathe regularly are vulnerable. Fortunately, lice don’t carry diseases.

Head Lice Infestation Rendering