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Head Lice Life Cycle the Facts You Need to Know


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Do you know what is involved in the head lice life cycle? To get rid of these pests you need to know a little bit more about them, such as how they actually live and breed.

Here is a brief explanation of their cycle:

1. Egg is laid on hair shaft. Egg is called a ‘nit’.
2. Louse emerges after 6-7 days.
3. First moult 2 days after hatching.
4. Second moult 5 days after hatching.
5. Third moult 10 days after hatching.
6. Emerging from their third moult as adult lice, the female and slightly similar male begin to reproduce.
7. Female lays first egg 1 or 2 days after mating.
8. Female can lay approximately 3 to 8 eggs per day for the next 16 days.
9. Having lived 32 to 35 days the louse dies.

So you can see it can up to a few weeks of daily work just to make sure that they do not return. To solve this never ending head lice life cycle you need to so some research on the topic as there is really no reason that they need to exist for more than a few weeks after you have done the work required to exterminate them.

Finding The Help You Need To Get Rid Of The Head Lice

First you need to do some research on head lice just so that you get familiar with the methods of getting rid of them. Your local pharmacy also has over the counter products which are available for ending the head lice life cycle, but many people now are claiming that the lice are becoming immune to those products. If you find this is the case then your family doctor could suggest something stronger that will help you and your family out. Also there is nothing wrong to seek outside help when it comes to having to deal with the head lice life cycle.

Now that you have medication in hand, there are still plenty of other things that need taken care of. There is a lot of cleaning and storing of certain items in your home that you must do. Washing and drying (with heat) the pillowcases, sheets, nightclothes, towels and stuffed animals may possibly eliminate lice and eggs that might otherwise reinfest a family member. Combs, brushes, hats and other hair accessories in contact with an infested person should be washed in hot water each day to dislodge any lice and nits. And in order to take stop the entire head lice life cycle, you must look through the hair on a daily basis to remove any and all eggs that you find. And just remember that because the way the head lice life cycle works, you may find that this process in itself will take about two or three weeks before you stop finding eggs.

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