Trying to get the facts straight about Head Lice can be a challenge. You will come across a lot of incorrect information when searching the internet. Even some lice care professionals have been known to get their facts wrong!
So, combining the knowledge we have gained over the years working in the industry along with some of the more credible sources, here are the answers to some of the most commonly posed questions.
Q: Do Head Lice Jump or Fly?
A: Head Lice crawl. They do not jump or fly. We get asked this question a lot and some people don’t believe us when they hear the answer. Our typical response to their disbelief is, “Do you think I would be standing here doing this if they jumped or flew?”
Q: Can My Pet Get Head Lice?
A: No. Animals do not transmit head lice.
Q: Does getting head lice mean someone is dirty?
A: No. Getting head lice is not related to the cleanliness of a person nor to his or her environment. As a matter of fact head lice prefer clean hair. Head lice know no socio -economic barriers. You would be surprised at the number of beautiful homes in gated communities we get to see the inside of!
Q: How does one get head lice?
A: The most common way head lice gets spread is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. It doesn’t take very long at all. The impregnated female is hard wired to look for a new head to lay her eggs on. She may not jump or fly but she crawls very fast. It can be as quick as a hug if there is hair to hair contact! We like to say, “No hugs, no bugs!”
Q: Why does it seem more teenagers are getting head lice?
A: This situation has been highlighted in the media over the last few years. Traditionally head lice was centered around 2 to 11 year olds. Now, however, with modern technology teens are spreading lice like never before! Modern technology?? Yes!! Selfies. How many selfies are taken with friends where the heads are touching? What about all the wonderful videos and photos we can share on our phones? That’s right! “Hey, watch this video on my phone!”….and the heads go together. You get the picture….pun intended!
Q: How long can head lice live off the head?
A: This is the one question where there are a lot of differing opinions. From our research and personal experience, which includes our own experiments with live lice, we are confident saying that head lice can’t live for much more than 24 hours off the human head.
Q: Why are head lice so difficult to get rid of these days?
A: Head lice have become resistant to the ingredients used in the traditional over the counter and even the doctor prescribed treatments. The more enlightened doctors are aware of this and a few of our clients were actually told by their doctors to use a service rather than anything they could prescribe. The most often prescribed treatment by doctors is Sklice. If you go to their website they report a 71 to 76% efficacy! https://www.sklice.com/hcp/efficacy-side-effects
So, you can spend your money going to the doctor (and many doctors will want to see each person that has it before prescribing it for each family member), spend a bunch more if you have no insurance for the product (on GoodRX the best price is $350 a tube for a single application!) and then cross your fingers and hope you fall in the 75% bracket! This 71 to 76% is, of course, the efficacy they proudly claim on their website! If this is what the doctor prescribed product claims, it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out what the efficacy of the over-the-counter products must really be.
See our page on Super Lice or this link for more information. https://www.livescience.com/55695-lice-resistant-to-treatment.html