THE FACTS OF LICE
1. Head lice do not discriminate towards any socio-economic group and are not related to bad health or hygiene habits.
2. Head lice do not transmit disease.
3. Head lice feed only on human blood.
4. Head lice do not come from animals or pets and cannot survive on a nonhuman host.
5. Itching of the scalp is usually the first noticeable sign. The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of the lice. 50% of people do not have this reaction!
6. The time between when the egg is laid until the live insect dies is about 30-33 days. A female louse can lay up to 300 nits.
7. There are approximately 5 female lice for every male louse.
8. Head lice do not jump or fly, but they can crawl really fast!
9. Humans cannot catch nits. They are eggs and do not travel.
10. Transmission usually occurs through direct contact.
11. Head Lice need to feed every 3-4 hours. Most will die within 24 hours of being removed from the host.
12. Homes and schools do not get lice – people do!
13. There are over 12 million reported cases of pediculosis human capitus (head lice infestation) each year.
IF YOU HAVE AN INFESTATION
1. Check all family members – treat only those with an infestation.
2. Proper and thorough combing and follow up is the KEY. You have got to remove the nits.
3. Wash or change bed linens
4. Wash brushes, combs, and hair ornaments.
5. Pillows, comforters, stuffed toys can be dried on high heat for 20 minutes. There is no need to bag toys - or anything else - for 2 weeks!
6. Items that cannot be washed and/or dried need to be set aside for 48 hours.
7. Do not use “lice sprays”.
8. Report the infestation to school, camp, daycare, and close friends.
KEEP AHEAD OF HEAD LICE
1. Check your child on a weekly basis for head lice.
2. Always do a head check after sleepovers.
3. Long hair should be worn back (preferably in a braid) or up.
4. Do not share personal items!
5. Be wary of movie theater seats!
6. Educate yourself and your family and your neighbors and your coworkers