Pest Control - Croach - Kirkland, WA - Female Head Lice

Super Lice – A Head Lice Mutation

How Do You Know If You Have Head Lice?

This is the season that is all about back to school. This is when kids are in classrooms around their peers. It is also the season that lice can start to break out among kid’s classes.

The problem is that it only takes one student with head lice to come to school and hang his/her backpack on the rack next to other students for head lice outbreak to start.

In the last few years, scientists have discovered that the lice they once knew have changed and mutated into super lice. The super lice have been tested and been found in 29 different states. The mutation has made these super lice immune to the normal over-the-counter treatments that have always worked in the past.

Identifying Head Lice

A louse is a small parasitic insect that is very hard to see with the naked eye. Head lice avoid light, making them even harder to find. They usually live in the hair of a person. They are not able to fly but can be transferred easily from one person to the next.

The lice will attach to the scalp and feed on small amounts of blood. They usually cause itching and irritation and can be really hard to get rid of. This new strain of lice is now even harder to get rid of since the standard treatment will no longer kill them off.

How to Examine Your Scalp for Head Lice

The most common sign of head lice is an abnormally itchy scalp. This is your skin reacting to the louse saliva. If you notice this you need to take a closer look.

Pest Control - Croach - Kirkland, WA - Head Lice Nit on Hair StrandNits (Lice Eggs) – Nits are glued to the base of the hair strand. Look along the hairline and around the ears for nits stuck to the hair shaft.

Adult Head Lice – Take a small comb and separate sections of hair. Wait to see movement among the hair follicles. The insects can be seen moving from hair strand to strand.

Are Head Lice Dangerous?

The good thing is that the lice are actually not dangerous at all. They are a major pain and are very contagious. They are also really hard to get rid of once you have them. But the danger of having them is nonexistent. The lice do not carry any kind of disease or bacteria.

If you have an outbreak of lice or any other pest prevention problem, you can call Croach® to have your home sprayed to get rid of them before any infestations get worse!

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