Lice Lifters

Archive for February 2013

As parents, we have all worried and wondered about it: head lice. Just hearing the word makes you itchy and stressed. What parent doesn’t dread getting that note sent home in their child’s backpack that there have been cases of head lice in the classroom?

With winter being a particularly active time for head lice outbreaks, thanks primarily to extra clothing like hats and coats providing a convenient way for head lice to spread; we bring you some tips to help you survive an outbreak without losing your mind.

Lice (Pediculus capitis), tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed, are hardy creatures. They have been around since humans have been on this earth.  Head lice do not discriminate between male and female, if a person has more money or less money, young or old, clean or dirty. Lice need warm hosts to feed and reproduce.  Head lice are parasitic bugs that live only off of the blood of humans and not on dogs or cats.

They are most often found in the hair (head lice), but there are also body lice. Lice move fast and tend to avoid light. In school children, lice are easily spread due to the close contact. Adult lice can live on the human head for up to 30 days. It is important to check your school age children regularly for lice as part of good grooming habits.  As creepy and crawly as they are to us, they can be fought off.

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Elizabeth Mishkin

Marketing Director, Lice Lifters