The Life Cycle of Lice

When it comes to getting rid of lice, there’s a lot of information out there with varying levels of accuracy. Staying informed and being able to separate myths from facts is important to reduce your anxiety and your child’s anxiety with lice removal and treatment.

Lice Be Gone is one of the only professional lice removing services available in New Jersey, and we’re available on weekdays, weekends and evenings to suit your needs.

Lice feed on the host’s blood several times daily. They feed off of the scalp. Their life cycle is comprised of three stages: egg, nymph and adult, and the entire lice life cycle take about two weeks to complete.

lice under magnified glass

Lice Life Cycle Stage 1: Egg

Lice eggs are also known as nits. An inexperienced person would have difficulty finding them because they easily blend into the hair. People often mistake them for dandruff or dried hair spray drops. Nits are laid by adult female lice, are usually glued to the hair close to the scalp; they don’t easily move when blown on or touched.

Nits are oval-shaped, yellow or white, and measure between 0.3mm and 0.8mm. Lice eggs take an average about a week to hatch.

Lice Life Cycle Stage 2: Nymph

When the eggs hatch, they release a louse in the nymph stage of development. The broken egg remains attached to the hair shaft and turns a dull yellow color.

Lice in the nymph stage are difficult to spot since they are about the size of a pinhead. Under a microscope, they look like a smaller version of an adult head louse, but it’s hard to see with the naked eye.

From here, nymphs complete three molts, during which they mature and grow larger legs and bodies.

Nymphs become adult lice in a short time, only seven days.

Lice Life Cycle Stage 3: Adult

The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has six clawed legs and is typically colored tan to grayish-white. In general, the darker the host’s hair, the darker the color of the adult louse.

Female adult lice usually appear larger than males, and they can lay up to eight nits per day. In general, adult lice can live for 30 days on a person’s head if left untreated.

An adult louse needs blood from the host to continue living. Without a source for blood, the adult louse dies within 1-2 days of removal from the host.

Importance Of Nit Removal

Even if all of the adult and nymph lice are killed on an individual’s head, some nits may still be left behind, and this can cause the lice’s life cycle to continue. At Lice Be Gone, all lice and nits are removed entirely during one complete lice removal session.

Contact Lice Be Gone For Lice Removal Services In New Jersey

If you or your child needs lice removal services, look no further than the professional attention provided by Lice Be Gone. Using a professional for lice removal ensures the pests stay out of your home and reduces any potential anxiety or stress you or your child may feel. Schedule an appointment for lice removal with Lice Be Gone at a time most convenient for you. Call 201-447-5423 in Waldwick, NJ, or 973-467-5423 in Short Hills, NJ.

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