Pests are a problem, no matter in which shape, size, or form they are found.

That is an indisputable fact. However, though all pests tend to cause similar annoyances — including panic and, in most cases, pain or discomfort — each type of pest is treated differently. That’s why it’s imperative to identify which creepy crawler you are dealing with in the event of an infestation.

Is it head lice? Bed bugs? Fleas? Or something else entirely? Answering this question can help you find the proper remedy.

So if you, your child, or someone else in your household has been exhibiting the symptoms of a pest problem — itching and discomfort, namely — then be sure to act quickly and identify the source of the issue.

In this blog, we’ll help you identify whether you are dealing with head lice or fleas in order to help you determine the best plan of action.

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we specialize in head lice removal in Houston. By using our innovative salon approach, we are able to inspect, diagnose, treat, and remove head lice before they become an even bigger annoyance in your life. Our head lice removal shampoos are non-toxic, natural, and downright effective.

Keep reading to learn more and contact Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston to book an appointment for you or your child today.

Head Lice And Fleas: The Similarities

Let’s start with the basics.

Both head lice and fleas are miniscule, parasitic pests which have the ability to affect humans.

They are both wingless creatures, which means they typically get from host to host by hitchhiking. They both cause the general discomfort with which they are associated by biting through the skin and sucking on blood — whether it’s human or animal.

These bites are typically the source of itching, red marks, and other issues.

However, it’s important to recognize that other than these qualities, as well as their general shape and size, there aren’t that many similarities between lice and fleas.

Typically, if you (or your child) are dealing with an itchy head or scalp, and you happen to see some little critters crawling around through your hair, then there’s a high likelihood that head lice are to blame. Fleas, on other hand, are more prone to infest pets — which brings us to the key differences between head lice and fleas.

The Differences

Head Lice

Knowing the qualities, symptoms, and removal methods of head lice can help you gain a better understanding of what you’re dealing with.

Head lice are typically transferred from host to host through things like headwear, pillows, and other items. The only way to become infested with head lice is to come into direct contact with someone else who is infested.

Head lice not only lack the ability to fly, but they are completely incapable of jumping.

Furthermore, head lice require a host to survive — which essentially means they are incapable of surviving anywhere without a supply of human blood.

Head lice removal consists of identifying an infestation, applying treatment shampoo, and thoroughly combing to ensure all of the nits (or eggs) are completely eliminated. This can be a somewhat time-consuming process, but one that is necessary to return to daily life free from lice. To make the process more efficient and expedited, contact us for fast, natural head lice removal in Houston.

Fleas

Fleas, as noted above, are usually more likely to attach themselves to our furry friends. The only time they tend to attach themselves to a human host is if there is no other option around, such as a dog or a cat. But this is usually pretty unlikely.

Another distinguishing factor of fleas is their ability to jump — which is enabled by their three pairs of legs. This is usually how they hop about from host to host. Fleas also have the ability to survive without a host for some time in order to lay eggs, which is in contrast to the characteristics of head lice.

Fleas can harbor in pet beds, grass, and even carpets for extended periods. If you happen to discover a flea infestation on your pet, it’s best to not only get them treated — but your entire home as well.

Learn more about head lice removal in Houston by contacting our specialists today.