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Head lice are tiny, six-legged, blood-sucking parasites. The single insect is called a louse, and each louse's leg is equipped with a claw, enabling it to grasp onto the hair shaft. They range in size from 2mm to 4mm— approximately, the size of a sesame seed. Content source courtesy of Larger Than Lice Academy.
Lice reproduce sexually, and mating only needs to occur once. The female will continue to produce fertile eggs—even if she never mates again. Pairing can begin within the first 10 hours of adult life, and she'll continue to reproduce for her lifetime, which is approximately 35 days. Content source courtesy of Larger Than Lice Academy.
No, it's anatomically impossible for head lice to jump or fly, as they do not have hind legs or wings. They can, however, move fairly quickly. (Remember: up to nine inches per minute!) Content source courtesy of Larger Than Lice Academy.
Head lice do not carry disease. The only potential health problem caused by a lice outbreak would be the risk of secondary skin infection from scratching. Content source courtesy of Larger Than Lice Academy.
Absolutely not! While it's more commonly spread among children, parents and other adults are not immune. Kids don’t have much regard for personal space. Because of this, they frequently commit the number one lice-spreading no-no: head-to-head contact
Head lice actually prefer clean hair—the cleaner, the better. Since lice glue their eggs to the hair shaft, clean (non-oily) hair allows for easier attachment. It is also easier for lice to move around on clean hair, much like it is easier for us to walk on a clean floor than a greasy one. Content source courtesy of Larger Than Lice Academy.
Head lice are equal-opportunity parasites. They don’t discriminate. They don’t care about the size of your wallet; anyone from any socio-economic background can get head lice. Content source courtesy of Larger Than Lice Academy.
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