How are lice transmitted? Basic Information

Head lice: It is a type of parasitic insect, and these insects need a host to live in, such as the human head, as these insects cannot live without an exclusively human host, meaning they cannot be found in pets.

Lice do not have wings and cannot fly, and they have 6 legs that cling to human hair, but lice crawl and crawl very quickly to reach from one head to another.

Any person can suffer from lice, and this does not mean that he is unclean or insufficient personal care, and this issue is a source of anxiety and fear, especially among school children.

How are lice transmitted?

It should be noted that the lack of hygiene or pollution in schools is not the main reason behind the spread of lice, but the presence of the child near several children, they stick when playing or hiding is the main reason for the transmission of lice, as the lice are transmitted through the attachment of the heads to each other, i.e. when reading From the same book or exchanging hats, scarves, or any personal gadget such as a hairbrush.

Lice reproduction:

A female louse can lay 3-4 eggs every day, and the eggs are placed in the scalp between the hair, and the eggs are attached to the secretions produced by the female louse, and the eggs (nymph) hatch after a week of being placed in the head to go through three stages of growth until it reaches the stage of maturity, to reach To a large size, about the size of a sesame seed, and it is not very noticeable with its white-brown color sometimes.

What do lice feed on?

Lice feed on blood, as they use their mouths to bite the skin and nourish from the scalp

Where is it located?

Lice can be found anywhere on a person’s head, but they are often found on the hair at the back of the neck or around the ears.

Sarah Edmond

Granted a BSc in Agriculture & Animal Science. Passed 3 Pest Control and Pest Management Training Programs (yet). Over 5 years experience in the following industries: Pest control, Pharmaceuticals, Animal Health. Read many books and researches about veterinarian and environmental health. Participated in many round-table and workshops to discuss and find solutions to the public health issues including pest problems.

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