Lice Life Cycle – How long have I had head lice?

Our customers always wonder when their infestation started or want to know whether they caught in on time or not. It’s very hard to be totally precise with the answers, the lice’s life cycle can get us close to that answer.

Life Cycle of Lice:

1. First, a female louse crawls to the hair and lays an nit (egg).
2.  8-10 days later, the egg will hatch and a new louse – nymph – will emerge. it is important to know that nymphs cannot reproduce and take three molts to reach the adult stage.
3. Once a nymph has reached the third molt 9-10 days) it becomes an adult and can reproduce.

From here, lice cycle circles back up and starts over although other factors may affect this cycle:

#1: Female lice can lay up to 10 eggs per day! A female louse only needs to mate once and can continue to lay viable nits for the duration of her life.

#2: the total life of a louse in a head is 30-days.

Do you suspect you have lice? Take care of it professionally. Over the counter products won’t kill the nits and possibly not all the alive bugs. Removing nits manually is a time-consuming and high risk way of getting rid of lice.

At Lice Clinics of America we offer highly professional head lice removal treatments. We use the medical AirAlle device that dehydrates nits and lice in just one hour. Treat the lice infestation quickly and safely.

Myths & Facts about lice

Throughout our experience helping kids and adults treating head lice infestation, we have encountered many myths and misconceptions that have led to misunderstanding and confusion about lice:
Myth #1 –  “I may get a disease with head lice” Even though Head Lice are a nuisance they are safe in the sense that they do not transmit diseases.
Myth #2. Over the counter treatments will kill lice & nits. Most OTC products
 will not kill the nits; the best way to kill nits is by dehydration. In fact, recent studies have proven that they can also not be effective in killing all lice!
Myth #3 –  ” I can get infested by lice jumping from another head to mine”  Head Lice don’t jump or fly. Instead, they crawl
Myth #4 – everything needs to be bagged for two weeks after a lice infestations. Head lice can only survive off a human body for 48h after that they die.
Myth #5 – Lice like dirty hair. In fact, lice don’t discriminate by cleanliness of hair,  socio-economic status or race, we all can get it!
If you want to find out more about lice, visit our Questions & Answers page or check out this site: endtheignorance.org
At Lice Clinics of America we can offer you the answers you need and we can propose you different ways to treat the head lice infestation, either our signature treatment with the FDA-cleared device, AirAlle or selling you the right product for DIY at home. In the latter, you should comb out through the hair several times until no more nits (lice eggs) remain in the hair.