Three Things to Know About Lice

Here at Lice Cops, we know just about everything there is to know about lice. Our job is to help families with outbreaks, and get them lice-free, while also promoting public awareness about this public health issue. Some people don’t know a lot about lice – until they see them first-hand on their kids’ heads!

The first thing to know about lice is that they’re common. The CDC estimates 6 to 12 million Americans are infested each year with lice, and these pests are also found in many other countries around the world. One interesting fact that we sometimes talk about is how evidence of lice has been found on ancient mummies from various long-gone societies, showing that the struggle with lice has been going on for untold centuries.

The second big thing to know about lice is that unlike some other sorts of insect infestations, lice are only spread through direct contact with the hair. Having lice can seem like an emergency of sorts – but a lot of people overreact, thinking that these insects are spread through personal items, or even through the air. Those types of situations are unusual, so you can breathe easy about the risk of an epidemic – with that said, anyone who has come into contact with someone who has lice “head to head” is at risk. That’s something that’s important to think about if you’re the type who likes to make these situations into a “whodunit” and try to figure out the initial source.

The third thing to understand about lice is that having lice doesn’t mean you’re dirty or that you didn’t do personal hygiene correctly. Just like with other types of bugs, such as bedbugs and fleas, there’s a type of stigma where people feel like they’re personally to blame for having an infestation. That kind of thinking isn’t productive, and it’s not true either. Instead, learning more about these types of infestations helps families to do damage control and avoid problems with emerging infestations that, if not properly treated, can get out of control.

As with other kinds of insect infestations, if you just leave something alone, it tends to get worse. The lifespan and reproductive cycle of these insects means that they can grow and spread. But with common-sense management strategies, the problem virtually disappears overnight.

Talk to Lice Cops about quick and easy de-licing in Long Island, New York. In this busy community, lice are a fact of life. But they don’t have to keep you up at night! Let the Lice Cops help to get your home lice-free and help it to stay that way. It’s what we do!

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