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WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged blood-sucking parasites. Each leg has a claw, enabling the lice to grasp onto the shaft of the child’s hair. They can vary in color from grayish-white to reddish-brown. Head lice, like chameleons, can adapt to their environment.

The female louse lays her eggs by gluing them to your hair shafts. She will produce approximately 200 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs, or nits as they’re commonly called, generally hatch in 7 to 10 days. Once hatched, they have a life expectancy of approximately 30 days.

Lice are wingless and cannot jump or fly. They can, however, move at amazing speeds.

They depend on human blood for survival. A louse separated from its human host will rarely survive more than 24 hours.


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