The Myths Behind Head Lice
Unfortunately when it comes to lice, there are almost as much misconceptions as there are infestations! Each year there are around 6 million to 12 million cases that affect U.S. children aged 3 to 11.
We have heard some of the craziest stories about people trying to remove head lice. (100% of them had no positive effect getting rid of they’re child’s infestation). It’s important that communities as well as society is able to differentiate what is truth and what is misconception. If we all know the facts and the proper procedures to solve the problem, things will be much easier and panic-free.
1) Only Dirty People Get Head Lice
Lice are not attracted to dirt and do not care whether you shower. The only reason someone gets head lice is by contact with another person that has an existing infestation. They are simply looking for a warm source of blood to live off of. This being, the human scalp.
2) Only Poor People Get Head Lice
I can assure you, head lice are unable to figure out what you’re socioeconomic status is. As far as we know, they’re also unable to tell how much you have in you’re bank account. All they desire is warmth for it’s eggs and blood to feed off of.
3) Lice Fly or Jump
All they are able to do is crawl. Have no fear, they can’t jump or fly. This is why kids make up the majority of infestation in the USA. Kids are far more likely to share hats, scarves and brushes than adults. They crawl from an article of clothing or accessory to another person’s head.
4) You’re House Can Get Infested
Luckily for us, lice are only able to live about 24 hours outside of the human head. Their basic need for survival is human blood. Without this, they will surely die out. So rest assured, there is no need to go crazy. They probably have no desire to leave a scalp and establish a home on your couch or pillow.