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What are Lice?

Lice are insects but with a serious attachment issues. They are parasitic and feed off of human blood. While annoying and incredibly irritating, only the body louse is capable of spreading disease. The two other types of lice; head louse and pubic louse, merely spread irritation, paranoia, revulsion and horror.

I may be exaggerating but lice carry a social aura that make infestation very depressing. The good news is there are many treatments, some over the counter. You can get rid of lice. You might not be able to get rid of the memory that you had lice.

Lice are not that easy to get, unless you are in conditions where there is a lot of close person-to-person contact. None of the three types of lice can hop or fly. Their only way into your life is to crawl. Dogs, cats or other pets do not play a role in transmission.   If you get lice, look around. You got them from someone very near to you.

Lice are very small, move very quickly and try to avoid light. Finding them is sometimes very difficult. Confirmation of an infestation can be determined by finding their eggs, or nits. You may need a magnifying glass to see the live ones crawling about but their eggs are visible to the naked eye. These look like dandruff, hair spray droplets or dirt particles but if you see them within a quarter inch of your scalp, chances are you have an infestation.

Adult head lice are only 2 – 3 mm long. They attach themselves to the head and neck area. They lay their eggs at the base of hair shafts. These hatch into nymphs and then young louse.

When dealing with head lice, the best way to get rid of lice for once and for all, is with a professional nit picker like DeLiceful, where non-toxic, pesticide-free products are used and results are guaranteed in their state-of-the-art salons located across Long Island.