Discovering an infestation of head lice in your child’s hair can be an unexpected surprise.

It might even cause you to panic, scream, twist, and shout. Getting rid of this head lice infestation may at first seem like a daunting task.

But when you have the trustworthy services of Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston on your side, treating and preventing head lice has never been easier.

The first thing we need to understand when it comes to the treatment and further prevention of head lice is to learn how exactly these little pests spread. There are some common misconceptions out there involving the spreading of head lice, so it’s best that we clear those up first.

No, Lice Can’t Fly

Many people think that lice spread around from child to child (or adult to adult) by jumping or flying from head to head. This just simply isn’t true; lice don’t have wings, and they are completely incapable of jumping. These are purely crawling critters.

No, Lice Don’t Live On Your Dog

Another common misconception about the spread of lice is that they can come from your little four-legged furry friend. Well, again, this is not true. Dogs and cats don’t have the ideal body temperature or nesting conditions for lice; therefore, their chance of survival anywhere other than a human head is unlikely.

No, They Aren’t All Over The House

Typically, lice that make their way onto clothing, bedding, or other inanimate objects die quickly. That’s because they require a food source (human blood, ala Dracula) to survive. So don’t worry about having to hire a pest control professional to de-louse your house.

No, They Don’t Come From Dirty Hair

A final common misconception about the spreading of lice is that they only come from people with bad hygiene. Once again, this is false. In fact, lice are so un-picky about where they latch onto that it doesn’t matter whether or not you showered last month or last night. If you have a warm head of hair and human blood running through your body, then lice are going to try to find it and make a home there, no matter your condition.

So, How Do They Spread?

Now that you know all about how lice don’t spread, we can dive into how exactly they do spread.

The answer is so simple, it just might surprise you. Lice, because they don’t fly or even make daredevilish jumps from head to head, are most commonly spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. That typically means direct head-to-head contact, which can be common in places like the school playground or a slumber party.

In some cases, lice can spread if the child (or adult) shares a comb, hat, or pillow with an infested person — though this would have to be a near-immediate succession as we’ve already covered that lice can’t thrive anywhere without food.

What Are The Symptoms?

The symptoms of a head lice infestation are pretty clear-cut. If you or your child has recently come into direct contact with someone’s head and starts to exhibit these symptoms, you might want to make a call to Lice Treatment Solutions.

  • Tickling or movement in the hair.
  • Itching around the scalp, behind the ears, and near the neckline. This itching is caused by an allergic reaction to head lice bites.
  • Irritability and difficulty sleeping at night, when lice are most common.

At Lice Treatment Solutions, our goal is to provide a variety of head lice treatment services to adults and children throughout Houston. With the help of our preventative methods and natural lice treatment shampoos, we can give you the tools to eliminate these pests without breaking the bank.

Contact Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston today to learn more.