If you suspect a lice infestation, it is important to understand how to recognize head lice. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live on the human scalp. They are about as big as strawberry seed (adults). They are blood suckers—just as mosquitoes are. However, unlike mosquitoes, lice cannot fly or jump from one person to another; they can only crawl (very quickly). You don’t usually see live lice crawling around the head.
The first thing most people see are the empty nit or egg cases and they describe them as “tiny white specs that won’t move” similar looking to dandruff. The nits that are “white” in appearance are actually empty egg casings. Nits when they are laid and viable (have a bug inside of them) are appear brown in color.
If you think you have head lice, but you’re not sure just give us a call. We’ll come to your house and have a professional nit picker check your hair for only $15/head (2 head minimum plus travel). If treatment is required and desired the head check fee is waived.
See our services page for more information on our head lice treatment rates & services options and how we kill lice.
That’s certainly worth the peace of mind you’ll get and a whole lot cheaper than going to the doctor if you have head lice!
People often say that head lice pictures on the internet don’t look like anything like the real thing. These head lice pictures are magnified so that you can see what the lice bugs & lice eggs also known as nits look like. To the layman person nits and lice eggs are the same thing, in the scientific community lice eggs are viable (have a bug inside of them getting ready to hatch) and nits are empty egg casings. Whatever you want to call them – it’s best to remove them all.