Head lice originate in eggs that female lice lay on the scalps of their hosts, according to Healthline. One female louse lays about four eggs per day and uses sticky material to attach them to the host's hair follicles, making removal difficult.Know More
Head lice are extremely contagious, especially among children, but Heathline reports that they are passed only through head-to-head contact or by sharing hats and other personal items. Lice cannot fly or jump from one host to another.
Lice only live on humans and do not carry diseases, according to Wikipedia. Treatments include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and natural products, such as tea tree oil.Learn more about Insect & Animal Bites
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, a vinegar-water solution, although not scientifically validated, may help loosen and remove nits, which are the eggs of lice. However, this method does not kill head lice.Full Answer >
The incubation period for lice eggs ranges from six to nine days, states Head Lice Center. A new infestation of lice, in the form of nymphs, can occur approximately a week after treatment for lice. The nymph morphs into an adult louse seven days after hatching, after undergoing three moults.Full Answer >
Hair dye kills live head lice, but it does not kill lice eggs according to simpleheadlicesolutions.com. This means the cycle of infestation is likely to continue until the individual uses the proper method for eliminating head lice.Full Answer >
To treat head lice with Listerine, soak the person's head with the mouthwash, and soak it again with white vinegar. Shampoo the hair, and then comb out any visible lice eggs, or nits.Full Answer >