Frequently Asked Questions | Nitwits | Lice & Lice Removal

Frequently Asked Questions | Nitwits | Lice & Lice Removal

If you think or know that you or a family member has lice, it is natural to have a great deal of questions. Below we address different frequently asked questions about lice and lice treatments:

What do lice look like?

Head lice are very small creatures that can be difficult to see at first.

How does Nitwits remove lice?

Nitwits provides a safe, non toxic treatment to eliminate lice.

Who can get head lice?

Anyone can get head lice. Personal cleanliness or hygiene does not play a role in getting head lice - head lice typically tend to prefer clean hair over dirty hair.

How are head lice spread?

Head lice are spread when head-to-head contact occurs with an infested person. Head lice can also be spread between people from head-to-head contact with items such as hats, pillows, etc. This, however, is much less likely.

How long do lice live on other objects?

Lice can live off of a human host for only 24-48 hours. Lice prefer to be within human hair so they are somewhat unlikely to jump off and hide on items such as pillows and hats. However, it is possible.

What are the symptoms of head lice?

Symptoms of head lice include feeling a tickling sensation or feeling that something may be moving within the hair. Lice bite the scalp which causes an allergic reaction, and itching then occurs. The symptoms of head lice can be easy to miss.

Where are lice typically found?

Lice are most commonly found on the scalp, near the neckline at the base of the head and behind the ears.

Can head lice jump?

No, head lice cannot jump, fly or swim. However, they are excellent crawlers and will quickly move from one person to another when the hair of two people are in contact.

What can I do to get rid of head lice?

Call us at Nitwits! We are certified to diagnose and treat head lice infestations. Our method is chemical free, safe and effective. We are located in Baton Rouge, LA.

Do head lice carry or transmit diseases?

At this time, there is no scientific evidence to support that head lice carry any diseases.

How can help prevent head lice from spreading?

Most importantly, avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities while at home, school and other places. Avoid sharing brushes, combs and other personal items used by an infected person. Thoroughly wash any articles used by the infested person during the previous two days with hot water and dry on high heat . It is important to not use toxic sprays or fogs as they are not necessary to effectively treat a head lice infestation.

Should I treat everyone in the home if one person had head lice?

It is not necessary to treat everyone in your home unless they are showing signs and symptoms of head lice. It is important to keep a close watch on other family members for at least 10-15 days after the head lice infestation.

How do I treat my home after a head lice infestation?

Vacuum carpet and furniture, wash clothing and bedding in as hot of water as possible. Treat pillows by putting them in the dryer at the highest heat setting possible for at least twenty minutes. Hair brushes and hair ties can be treated by boiling them or putting them in a plastic bag and freezing overnight. We do not recommend the use of any pesticide sprays or fogs.

How many cases of head lice are there each year?

There are approximately 6 to 12 million head lice infestations each year in the United States.

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