What are Nits?
Nits, the eggs of the head louse, are small yellowish-white, oval shaped eggs that are glued to the hair
shaft and are laid by live lice. You cannot “catch nits”. Once a nit is laid, it takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch and
another 7-10 days for the female to mature and begin laying her own eggs.
What are lice?
Lice are tiny insects and are approximately the size of sesame seeds. Lice have 6 legs and claws to grasp
the hair shaft. Lice are wingless and cannot jump or fly, nor do they live on other body parts such as beards and
eyebrows and they can travel very fast. Head lice live on human hosts and do not thrive on dogs, cats or other
pets. Head lice live for about 30 days on a host and a female louse could lay up to 100 nits.
How common is the lice problem?
Head lice are almost as widespread and contagious as the common cold. Catching lice is the number one
reason that kids miss school across the country.
How did we get lice?
Lice are transmitted from one human host to another through head-to-head contact and/or the sharing of
personal items such as combs, brushes, pillows, sleeping bags, helmets, etc. School-age children are infected with
head lice more commonly because they are in closer contact to one another. Lice prefer clean hair and are equal
opportunity annoyers so getting lice has nothing to do with socio-economic background and getting lice is not a
disgrace – keeping lice is.
Is the service that Nitless Noggins® provides guaranteed?
The service Nitless Noggins® provides is 100% Guaranteed to free our clients of head lice-please call for an
appointment and further details.
Do I have to treat everyone if only one person is found to have head lice?
It is very common for close family or friends of infested individuals to also have lice. It is suggested that you check everyone. You do not want to treat anyone who does not have head lice; however, we suggest you recheck everyone every few days for at least 10-15 days.
What are the symptoms of head lice?
Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the base of the head. Unless seen, symptoms of infestation are easy to miss: Tickling sensation or feeling something moves through the hair. An allergic reaction to the bites causes the itching. Viable eggs are usually located within 1/4 inch of the scalp. Eggs more than one-half an inch away from the scalp are usually not viable.
Who is at risk of getting head lice?
Everyone is at risk. If you have contact with an infected person, you can get them.
What are some steps I can take to help prevent and control the spread of head lice?
Avoid head to head contact such as during play, sleepovers or other activities at home, school, and elsewhere. Do not share, combs, brushes or towels used by an infested person. Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, hair ribbons or barrettes. Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person used or wore during the previous 2 days using a hot water laundry cycle and high heat drying cycle. Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin
How do I treat my home after an outbreak?
- The first line of defense is to wash linens, pillowcases, hats and clothes in very hot water that is at least 150F/66C for no less than 10 minutes. This is usually accomplished by washing these items in hot water and drying with high heat.
- There are many items that are not machine washable, but must also be treated. Again, isolation is the best method for dealing with these items, including stuffed animals, pillows, helmets or headphones. You should expect these items to be out of commission for up to 3 days. Items can also be placed in the dryer for 30 minutes.
- Thoroughly vacuum carpets, furniture, floors and cars.. After vacuuming the couch, you may place a sheet on it for laundering at the end of the day. If there are items you cannot wash you can bag them or put them in a room that you don’t use for a few days to starve them. Removing their food source is a good way to prevent lice reinfestation.
- Boil hair brushes for 20 minutes, soak in rubbing alcohol, or put in a sealed bag for 24 to 36 hours. Label all brushes so they are not shared. Do not share beds, pillows, or hats.
- Hair accessories can be boiled, soaked in rubbing alcohol for 20 minutes, or put in a sealed bag for 24 to 36 hours, which gives the bugs time to die, and the eggs time to hatch and then die.
Where did lice come from?
Lice have reportedly been around since the ancient times and even a young George Washington stated in his
book The Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation “Kill no … lice… in the sight of others; if
it be upon the clothes of your companions, put it off privately, and if it be upon your own clothes, return thanks to
him who puts it off”. Nitless Noggins® will privately take care of your lice problem. The Nitless Noggins® non-toxic, lice
removal technique and special formula were invented in Greece over 40 years ago and brought here to America.
What kinds of products will Nitless Noggins® use on me?
The Nitless Noggins® products are non-toxic, 100% vegetarian, 100% natural, never tested on animals and
Would a pesticide be more effective in lice removal?
There are risks associated with exposing yourself and/or your child to harmful chemicals and there is
strong circumstantial evidence that head lice are becoming increasingly resistant to commercially available
chemical treatments. Further, home remedies such as olive oil, vinegar, mayonnaise and petroleum jelly (i.e.
Vaseline) do not appear to solve the head lice problem either.
Can I get lice from a family member?
Anyone can get lice from any person with whom they have close contact. Very often, children with head lice
quickly pass the lice to other family members: 85% of siblings, 75% of mothers, 20% of fathers, and 50% of
babysitters, nannies or housekeepers catch head lice in a single household.
Do head lice jump?
No! Head lice do not jump or fly. They are good crawlers, however, and will readily move from one host to another.
Where do head lice come from?
Head lice come from other people who have head lice. Head lice are human parasites that have been in existence for tens of thousands of years. Dried up head lice and their eggs have been found on the hair of Egyptian mummies. They have adapted to be extremely good survivors.
Do pets get head lice?
No. Head lice cannot live on pets. Head lice can only live on human heads.