Facts of Lice (Detection and Treatment)

  • Lice do not jump, hop or fly – however they do crawl very fast.
  • 97-98% of lice in North America are now considered “super lice” which means they are immune to the pesticides used in common treatments.
  • Lice do not discriminate and actually prefer clean hair.
  • An average adult female louse can lay 8-10 eggs a day, or up to approximately 200 in her lifetime.
Head lice infestation
DEC plug, not a lice egg
  • Viable eggs are brownish in color, empty nits are opaque and look like opal tear drops.
  • 48-72 hours is the length of time a louse can live off the body.
  • Do not confuse DEC plugs (desquamated epithelial cells) with eggs. These are quite common and occur when oil glands go into overtime producing oil to compensate for the drying effects of many regularly used chemicals used in hair products. They are milky white and shaped like tear drops. You can remove them with the pads of your fingers.
  • Once an egg is removed from the hair shaft it cannot re-attach somewhere else.
  • The warmer spots on your head like the nape of the neck, behind the ears and the crown of your head are a good place to start looking for evidence of lice
  • Lice are 1mm – 4mm long (approximate size of a sesame seed for full grown)
  • Pets do not carry human head lice
  • Most at home remedies like mayonnaise, vinegar etc. have not been proven to be effective at eradicating lice.
  • Taking selfies with someone else is now becoming a common route of transmission, especially among middle and high school students.
  • When checking for lice the best light to use is natural sunlight.
  • Only 50% of people who have lice itch – it’s an allergic reaction.
  • Adults without exposure to children are not immune to getting lice.
  • It is extraordinarily common and not talking about it only keeps the lice happy and thriving.
  • Boys with short hair can have lice and need to be checked regularly
Teenagers and lice

How to get rid of lice fast

  • Have everyone in the family or home checked for lice.
  • Apply the lice oil treatment for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight and according to package instructions). If you have a lice comb, you can do a quick comb through after 30 minutes.
  • Notify the school and/or any contacts who may also have been exposed. If you resolve the lice in your home, but someone in your orbit doesn’t know they have it, there is a high likelihood of a re-occurrence of lice in your home.
  • Wash all the bedding in hot water and dry on hot for at least 60 minutes.
  • Launder all coats, hoodies, towels, hats and any clothes worn in the last 4 days in the same way.
  • Boil your stainless steel comb for 10 mins after each use
  • Vacuum all couches, floors, mattresses and upholstered car seats if applicable.
  • Wash all stuffed animals in hot water and dryer. If this is not possible you can put them in the freezer or store them in a bag for 7 days.
  • Put all combs, hair accessories in the freezer in a baggie for at least 7 days.
  • An adult female can lay 8-10 eggs per day so do not delay treatment. Call us or email us at info@licematters.ca with any questions you forgot to ask.
  • Lice eggs cannot reattach to someone else’s hair once you remove them from the hair.
  • Breathe! If we are doing the removal for you, make an appointment to come see us the next day. 1-844-660-5423 (LICE).

Head Lice Prevention, Education and Products in Calgary, AB Canada

(844) 660-5423