Characteristics of Head Lice

Head lice are insects that live on the human head, which is the perfect warm, humid environment for them to thrive. These parasites feed on blood from the scalp and even inject a substance to make sure their meal doesn’t start clotting before they’ve finished eating. This can cause itching, and although they don’t carry disease, scratching can break the skin, leaving it open to infection.

Each head louse has an adult life span of 30 days, during which it could lay up to 300 eggs. While alive, they can be difficult to get rid of because they can survive washing by holding on tightly to the hair, and closing the holes along the sides of their bodies that they breathe through (spiracles) for long periods of time. Luckily, there are ways of removing them, such as those available in the Lyclear range of expert solutions.

8 facts about head lice

Can head lice fly?

Head lice can’t fly! However, they spread through direct head-to-head contact between people. That’s why they love schools and children!

Does everyone get head lice?

Head lice are a common problem, particularly among children of primary school age. The best way to deal with or avoid a head lice infestation in your family is to know what you are up against and how to treat them effectively.

Can head lice swim?

Head lice can’t swim. However during contact with water, they go into a state of suspended animation but remain firmly locked onto the hair. That’s why we can get them in pools or near the beach.

Do head lice feed on human blood?

Head lice feed from the scalp up to four times a day. Once out of the hair, they won’t survive more than 2 to 3 days.

Are head lice transparent ?

Head lice are transparent. This makes them difficult to detect in your hair. Once head lice have fed, they turn into a brown-red color.

How quickly do head lice reproduce?

Female head lice can lay up to 10 eggs a day. The eggs are usually found near the hair root, close to the scalp. Head lice are difficult to remove. So, the earlier you detect them, the easier you can get rid of them.

How many claws do head lice have?

Head lice have 6 legs that end in hook-shaped claws which they can use to tightly grasp the hair.

Do head lice prefer clean hair?

Head lice do not discriminate between short or long and clean or dirty hair. However, they are more common in washed hair.