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Head lice can be a huge inconvenience to families, schools and summer camps. Not only can these stubborn parasitic insects be difficult to remove, they can cause irritating itching and tickling sensations on the scalp. At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, we’re passionate about educating our customers on the lifecycle of head lice so they know the signs and symptoms of an infestation right away. In this article, we’ll discuss the typical lifecycle of head lice and proper treatment solutions.

Head Lice Life Cycle

Baby lice begin their journey into the world as an egg or nit. These whitish-yellow specs are as small as one millimeter in length and they’re highly skilled at attaching themselves to individual hair strands close to the scalp. After roughly seven-to ten-days, a nit hatches and becomes a young louse or nymph. Nymphs mature into adult lice after about nine-to-twelve days, growing no larger than two millimeters in size. While head lice are known to crawl relatively quickly, they do not have the ability to hop, fly or jump on your hair follicles. Since lice live and breed completely in human hair, they typically only survive for up to one or two days before they drop off of your head or die from malnourishment. Adult lice cannot live longer than twenty-four hours on nonhuman surfaces such as hardwood floors, clothing and furniture.

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Before you head out to your local convenience store to purchase any over-the-counter lice shampoo, make sure you know what to look for. Many lice-repellent shampoos contain a chemical known as permethrin, which is a pesticide that affects the nervous system of bugs and lice. Recent studies have shown that some lice may have built up an immunity to this chemical, causing it to be a less effective treatment option. Research published by the Journal of Medical Entomology shows that 98% of head lice now carry gene mutations that make them resistant to some of the most common lice treatment shampoos on the market today. At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, our lice removal experts are dedicated to using all safe and non-toxic lice shampoos on all of our customers to effectively treat and remove lice. Browse our all-natural lice shampoos online or contact our lice removal experts today to learn more about our services!

Hair Combing

A key to successfully removing lice from your hair is to thoroughly comb for nits and lice that survive after your shampoo treatment. If you’re unable to remove all nits from your head, reinfestation will most likely occur. When you visit Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, our lice removal specialists will handle this time consuming and daunting task to properly remove lice from your head. With an unparalleled success rate, our lice removal experts use the safest products available for lice removal to ensure the overall health of you, your family and classroom.

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we’ve helped hundreds of people successfully eliminate lice from their heads and classrooms. Stop by our lice removal clinic for a lice inspection today or give us a call to learn more about how we can help keep your home, school and camp lice-free!