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What Do Lice Look Like


While anyone can become infested with head lice, this problem most often afflicts children. Lice are very small, parasitic insects that love the warm, moist environment under your hair. They are typically found within a quarter inch of the scalp since they feed off the blood underneath it. Anywhere from 6 to 12 million lice infestations a year are reported among children under the age of 11 in the United States.


In spotting head lice, it helps to know that they have three growth stages. These include the nits, nymphs and the louse stage. Nits are eggs. They’re called nymphs when they’re in their juvenile stage up to 9 to 12 days after hatching. Beyond this point, they are considered an adult louse.

When parting your child’s hair to search for them, look for an individual louse to be about the size of a sesame seed. Nymphs will, of course, be smaller, and both nymphs and lice are a grayish tan color. The nits will be fastened near the bottom of hair shafts close to the scalp and can be mistaken for dandruff except the glue-like substance that holds them to the hair follicle makes them very difficult to remove.


Since lice have legs and not wings, they have to crawl wherever they want to go. Most will be content to stay where they are on one child’s head, but if given the opportunity, such as when your child makes direct head-to-head contact with another child, they can crawl over to their head. This is why, as a parent, you should tell your kids to avoid such direct contact in which hair touches that of their friends. Also, let them know to avoid sharing anything worn on another child’s head because they may not know who could be infested with lice.


In the event that prevention fails, you’ll be happy to know about Lice Lifters of Montgomery County. At our professional head lice removal company, we do a head check on your loved one to verify that lice are the problem. We then use a completely safe and all-natural lice treatment process that gets your infested family members free of this problem in a single visit. If you’re in the Montgomery County area, our head lice removal company is a convenient and affordable option for you and your entire family, so please contact us today for an appointment.

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