There are many myths and legends surrounding head lice. We would like to clear a few up.
Fact: Children can only contract head lice via direct head-to-head contact or indirectly through the sharing of personal items, such as combs, bedding, towels and hair accessories that have come in contact with an infestation.
Fact: Head lice do not discriminate on the type of hair, age, gender, hygiene, ethnicity or demographics. As long as your scalp is warm and has a fresh supply of blood, they’ll take up residence on anybody’s head.
Fact: No only will it NOT get rid of them (Numerous research* has shown that the new strain of head lice are becoming increasingly resistant to chemical based treatments), but it also extremely dangerous to treat your children with any household chemicals that is not intended to treat head lice.
Fact: Head lice are parasitic by nature and rely solely on warm human blood for their existence. Live head lice rarely fall from the hair so it is uncommon to discover head lice on furniture, bedding or family pets.
Fact: Chemical insecticides often seem like a quick and easy fix, experts however, recommend trying a much more cost effective, simpler and safer method. Combing is a no-frills method which also reduces the risk of allergic reactions or skin irritation commonly associated with chemical treatments.
* Lapeere, H.; Brochez, L.; Verhaeghe, E.; Vander S., Robert H.; Remon, J.; Lambert, J. & Leybaert, L. (2014). Efficacy of Products to Remove Eggs of Pediculus humanus capitis (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) From the Human Hair. Journal of Medical Entomology, 51(2), 297-488. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/ME13106