What are head lice?
Head lice are tiny six-legged blood-sucking parasites.
Each leg is equipped with a claw, enabling the lice to grasp onto the shaft of the child's hair.
They can vary in color from grayish white to reddish brown.
Head lice, like chameleons, have the ability to adapt to their environment.
The female louse lays her eggs by gluing them to your hair shafts. She will produce approximately 200 eggs in her lifetime.
Eggs, or nits, generally hatch in 7 to 10 days.
Once hatched, they have a life expectancy of approximately 30 days.
Lice are wingless and cannot jump or fly. They can, however, move at amazing speeds.
They depend on human blood for survival. A louse separated from its human host will rarely survive more than 24 hours.
Evidence of lice existence has been documented as far back as ancient times.
Just recently, head lice shells were found on King Tut's mummy!
How do we get them?
In most all cases lice are transmitted mainly as a result of head-to-head contact.
They are spread by using the same comb or brush, wearing other kids' hats, caps, helmets, and sharing coat racks.
Occasionally, lice may be transmitted from pillow cases and bedding.
Head lice are always on the lookout for a favorable environment.
There are many factors that draw head lice to one individual over another. Blood type and Rh factor are among them.
Can my pets get lice?
The short answer to this question is no: lice are species-specific.
Human lice need human blood to survive.
Isn't it a sign of being dirty?
Head lice actually prefer a clean head of hair, which is easier for a louse and nit to attach to.
Getting head lice has nothing to do with cleanliness or poor hygiene,
and nothing to do with race or economic status.
Will it help if I wash my child's hair daily?
Since nits are glued to the hair, all the brushing and washing on earth won't loosen them.
The eggs are coated with a fixative substance, which literally cements them to the hair shaft.
They are blood-sucking parasites with crab-like claws. They'll attach themselves to your hair and will hang on for dear life.
What about putting lots of gel or hair spray on the child’s hair?
We hear this question a lot, and, while it won't hurt, it does nothing to prevent head lice.
It's far simpler to take a few extra minutes to comb the hair and pull it back, thus closing the bridge that invites a louse over.
How do I determine for sure that my child has head lice?
The most obvious indicator is the itchy scalp so commonly, but not always, associated with head lice.
The only way to confirm your suspicions is through a thorough examination of your child's hair.
Making head lice exams a part of your regular routine will allow you to identify the problem at its onset
and thus prevent head lice from taking over your family, your home and your life.
If you do find head lice on your child's head, deal with the problem right away.
Each day wasted is an increased opportunity for reproduction,
not to mention an additional chance to spread them to others.
There are a lot of products on the market, but remember -- many of these are pesticides.
A Word or Three About Our Unworthy Opponents:
Nix, RID, Ovide and all other Chemical Lice Treatments
Head lice, although irritating, won't cause serious harm to your child,
but conventional lice shampoo treatments very well could.
Moreover, 80% of lice have developed a resistance to these chemical treatments.
There is simply no reason to use them, and plenty of reasons not to:
A problem supplemental to the ineffectiveness of these toxic treatments
is that frustrated parents have been overusing them, against package directions,
putting their child's health in further jeopardy.
In fact, it is now even a crime to use them without following their directions to the letter!
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), pediatric and nurses associations
base their recommendations of chemical shampoos for head lice treatment
on a Harvard study of nearly a decade ago.
Later, RN and Certified School Nurse John Smithkey III discovered that
the Harvard study had been funded by the manufacturers of Ovide,
and that nearly all members of it's "expert panel" were employees of the chemical pharmaceutical industry.
The simple truth is that naturally-occurring Mint and Rosemary Oils,
scientifically proven to be effective in the war against lice,
cannot be patented
by the pharmaceutical companies and thus offer them no profit incentives to pursue.
We hope you'll steer clear of these poisonous conventional lice shampoos
and instead let NITBUSTERZ,
with our all-natural Mint Enzyme Spray
and hands-on, strand-by-strand combing technique
eliminate your lice and nits in a safe, healthy, and effective way!
What if my child was sent home from school with lice?
Head lice are one of the number one reasons for absenteeism in schools across the country.
NITBUSTERZ will treat your child and get them back into school the next day!
We will provide a Head Lice Clearance Certificate for your child's school after we have performed our lice removal service.
The letter will explain the services performed so that your child will be able to return to school the next day.
How bad is the problem?
It’s impossible to know exactly how many cases of head lice there are each year.
Statistics derived from product sales, however, suggest that the U.S. alone sees over 12 million cases of head lice each year.
It is estimated that parents spend $150 million dollars annually trying to rid the family of head lice,
mostly on pesticides that have lost their effectiveness.
The cost is far greater when you factor in the missed wages that often occur as
a result of parents being forced to miss work while tending to their child's head lice problem.
So, how bad is the problem?
Bad enough to wreak havoc around the world!
Bad enough to pit parents against school administrators.
Bad enough for children to accept the blame and shame for a problem over which they have little control.
Why has this become such a problem?
Head lice are insects and like other insects, repeated exposure to chemicals over an extended period of time
has allowed the lice to build up a resistance to the very products once used to kill them.
If nits are left on the hair to hatch, the cycle will start all over again.
Equally important is the need to recognize and remove nymphs, or juvenile lice.
Often as tiny as the tip of a very sharp pencil, nymphs grow to start families of their own.
Another important factor is the failure to follow through with precautionary measures.
While mega-cleaning is not necessary, you must still exercise common-sense cleaning.
Remember, lice DO NOT live in your home, but need blood to survive.
So, rather than stripping your sheets daily, running the vacuum three times a day and bagging every toy your child owns,
your time is better spent checking and combing his or her head and communicating with those around you.
Nit removal is a tedious enough job without overburdening yourself with unnecessary cleaning.
You need not drive yourself to a state of hysteria or have a nervous breakdown in an attempt to regain a normal lifestyle!
One final note is to keep in mind how this affects your child.
We don't want children to feel that it's their fault or to feel ashamed because they have head lice.
It happens! We must stress that to the children as well.
Is there any danger?
For the most part, head lice are just a huge hassle!
In some cases their saliva can produce an allergic reaction among certain individuals, but
these reactions are usually mild compared to the risk involved with many toxic shampoo products.
Improper and ineffective treatment is one of the biggest causes of re-infestation and among the greatest dangers to your child.
Another such danger, and one clearly marked on the shampoo packaging,
is the danger in treating a child under the age of 3 or the use of such products by pregnant or lactating women.