Do you Know these 10 Surprising Facts of Lice?
Lice are not insects, they’re parasites!
Lice only feed on human blood. They do not live on cats, dogs, or household pets – only humans. They need a host, which is another organism to grow, feed and live on, while contributing nothing to the survival of it’s host.
Discover these other 10 facts about lice you may not have known.
Lice are small, brown parasites about 1mm to 4mm long.
Baby lice are called nymphs, they are transparent when they hatch and darken each day as they feed off the scalp.
It takes 7-10 days for a nymph to mature.
Lice lay about 3-5 eggs per day.
It takes 7-10 days for an egg to hatch.
Eggs are a teardrop shape and are glued on the hair shaft slightly off to one side.
Lice do not jump or fly.
Lice do not have wings, but can crawl quickly.
Viable eggs are typically brownish.
Empty egg casings are called nits. These are opaque or cloudy white.
- All eggs need to be removed to avoid further hatchings.
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