Bugs That Can Be Mistaken for Lice

Bugs That Can Be Mistaken for Lice

Every parent’s wish when they examine their child’s head is that it’s not head lice but maybe another creepy crawler. There is a chance it could be something else other than head lice because there are other bugs that most definitely can be mistaken for lice. However, even though other pests might look like lice there are some distinctive differences in characteristics between lice and other insects. By knowing what lice look like and the symptoms you will be able to spot the difference between other insects and head lice much faster.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs look very similar to head lice since they are both small oval-shaped insects. However, head lice are transparent in color, and bed bugs are brownish to reddish color. Both head lice and bed bugs bite their hosts causing itchy and uncomfortable sores. But the key difference between the two is head lice bites are limited to primarily the scalp. Whereas bed bug bites can be found anywhere on the body. Bed bugs can reside anywhere in one’s house, including the mattress, furniture, and even clothing, which is why bed bugs will bite humans anywhere they have access to.

Scabies

Scabies has similar symptoms as lice, but they are microscopic mites that burrow into the skin where it then lays eggs. One differentiation between the two is head lice can be seen with the naked eye and normally in the form of lice eggs. While scabies cannot be seen, only their symptoms are evident. Symptoms include intense, frequent itching causing a pimple-like rash to occur, which head lice also cause. Another key similarity between scabies and head lice is they’re both transmitted via direct contact. If you are ever questioning whether your child has head lice or scabies the way to confirm is by examining your child’s head and seeing if nits are present. If nits are there it’s time to take your child to our lice removal service..

Fleas

Fleas mainly affect and live on animals such as dogs and cats but since they’re a parasite they don’t discriminate against humans. Normally, flea bites will be found on the feet and legs which crosses out the potential of it being head lice. Another striking difference is fleas jump and you can normally see them jumping on your pet or on your carpet.

If It’s Head Lice

If you’ve done your research and canceled out the possibility of it being other insects and head lice is the only one that checks all the boxes it’s time to let the professionals look. Our head lice removal service located in Savannah, Ga, is meant to be a quick one-time process that rids your child of head lice so you can get back to your day. Book an appointment with us today at either of our locations in Jacksonville, Fl, Orlando, Fl, and Savannah, GA.

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

How Long Can You Go Without Noticing You Have Lice

How Long Can You Go Without Noticing You Have Lice?

Head lice are a large problem that can be hard to detect early on. Most cases for first-time infestations can take several weeks to spot if you are unaware of what to look for. The sooner you can detect lice the sooner you can treat it. Treating lice early on will help stop the spread on your head and people around you as well.

What is Lice?

Lice are defined as small insects that feed off of a human host. Most live close to the scalp and then travel through the hair on different strands. Head-to-Head contact is the only way to contract lice. They need human blood so they die if they somehow find their way onto inanimate objects (which is uncommon). The only way to treat lice is to kill them, whether you dehydrate them or poison them.

How Soon Do Symptoms Appear After Lice Exposure?

Head lice infestations are spread through head-to-head contact. If you catch it for the first time it could take several weeks to notice that you have lice. When they are light infestations, it may take up to a month to discover. As the lice continue to reproduce after a month it would be very clear. Lice can live for around 30 days as long as they have a human scalp.

Why is it important to get checked by a professional? 

There are several different symptoms that are associated with a lice infestation. It can be confusing in the first stages on whether it is actually lice or not. Some people suffer from an itchy scalp. When your head has lice there is an untreatable itch, no matter how hard you scratch there is no relief. Another symptom is just a tickling sensation. As the lice move around on your scalp you can feel them and it is like crawling on your scalp. Getting your head checked by a professional can help you catch lice before worse symptoms occur. 

Although uncommon, some people experience bumps or rashes when they contract lice. When there is too much scratching you can cause open sores that are prone to infections. This shows the infestation may be getting worse. It also can cause nits to fall out of the head when you scratch, this looks like dandruff to some people.

Get Your Head Checked for Lice in Orlando, FL

There is no harm in getting your head checked by a professional if you start experiencing symptoms. The safest and most effective way to get checked is to visit Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Orlando, FL, Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA. At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we have several different options for preventative measures and treatments if you do have lice.

We have traditional comb out methods and our patented AirAlle Treatment for head lice removal. This AirAlle device uses a safe level of heated air to kill lice in a quick and efficient manner. It focuses on dehydrating lice without using any harsh chemicals. All of these professional treatments can be found at your local Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Orlando, Jacksonville and Savannah. 

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

What Can Happen If You Do Not Treat Lice?

What Can Happen If You Do Not Treat Lice?

Much like a cold or flu, it is important to treat head lice. Leaving them untreated can cause problems for the carrier and other people they come into contact with. It is important to know what lice are, how you can treat them, and the consequences of not treating them.

What can happen to your scalp?

Head lice are very small insects that feed off of blood from the human scalp. Lice need human blood to survive and use their feet to grip onto the strands of hair. This means that lice will congregate on your scalp and bite over and over. Not only will this make your head itchy but also leave scabs all over your head. 

What are the consequences of not treating lice?

Untreated head lice can affect your hair and your health in so many ways. When hair follicles become blocked it may cause your hair to fall out. As the infestation of lice grows your hair can be harder to brush out. Brushing your hair releases natural oils that help protect your hair and scalp. When follicles are blocked and you are not brushing it can cause hair to break and fall out.

Also, you can have other symptoms from not treating a lice infestation. It can disrupt your sleep cycle due to excess movement on your scalp at night. Another common problem with untreated head lice is bacteria build-up. As the lice live on your head, they are also releasing excretions on your scalp. This can cause lots of flu-like symptoms if the bacteria enter your bloodstream. On a more extreme level, you can also contract toxic shock syndrome which is a very serious problem.

Do head lice die eventually?

Head lice die but infestations of lice do not. Each parasite only lives up to thirty days but the number of eggs that each louse lays each day is around 8-10 nits. The head lice cycle happens around once a month but each month the number of eggs and nits go up in significant amounts.  

Get Rid of Head Lice Today with Fresh Heads in Orlando, Florida.

When you decide to remove the untreated head lice it is important to pick treatments that are effective. The most effective way to treat a lice infestation is to visit Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Orlando, FL, Jacksonville, FL and Savannah, GA. Book your appointment online at https://freshheadsliceremoval.com/book-now/  or by phone today. Here you can try the non-toxic AirAlle device and leave the clinic lice-free in less than an hour.  Stop putting yourself and others at risk and prevent head lice. 

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

The OTC Lotion Permethrin is Potentially Harmful

The OTC Lotion Permethrin is Potentially Harmful

Research and evidence have suggested lice have been around for approximately 5.5 million years. Scientists have even found head lice in the tombs/coffins of well-preserved mummies dating back to 3000 B.C. Throughout the millions of years head lice have managed to evolve, adapt, and survive it all. Which is why it comes as no surprise when a new strain of lice was produced, they were known as super lice.

What Is Permethrin?

Both permethrin and pyrethrins are made from synthetic pesticides and sold as an over-the-counter lotion treatment used to treat common head lice. This lotion only can kill live lice and is unable to eradicate the lice eggs (nits). Due to the fact permethrin can only kill live lice that can cause a potential problem to arise because if the nits hatch the head lice infestation begins all over again.

Super Lice

When “super lice” is brought up many people have a million questions zooming through their head. What does super lice look like? How are they different from common lice? Are they more harmful or dangerous? The only difference between common lice and super lice is super lice are a divergent strain that have become resistant to permethrin and pyrethrin. They look identical to common lice, and they do not carry or transmit any diseases. The key difference is if your child has a head lice infestation of super lice and uses the OTC topical permethrin it will be ultimately useless. Instead, bring your child into Fresh Heads Lice Removal. Whether your child has super lice or common lice, one single treatment using our AirAlle system will remove all lice the first go around.

The Dangers of Permethrin

Permethrin has been around for some time and because of this many physicians and researchers have identified permethrin as potentially harmful due to its toxic components. For example, permethrin has been linked to endocrine disorders and disruption in children. Specifically, commercial grade permethrin was found to interfere with androgen receptors which can interfere and delay puberty in children.

As a parent your number one priority is your children’s safety and by using permethrin as a way to treat head lice, you’re putting their safety at possible risk. Throw away the permethrin lotion because there are too many dangers and risks attached. Instead bring your child into our lice removal service in Orlando, FL, where your child’s safety is never a question but a guarantee.

Our Fresh Heads Clinics are the #1 Choice in Orlando, FL

Here at Fresh Heads Lice Removal our AirAlle treatment is FDA approved and in one single treatment can dehydrate lice and lice eggs safely. There are no toxins or pesticides used because we understand keeping your children healthy and safe will always be at the core. Stop by one of our many locations: Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA.

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

How Contagious is Lice?

How Contagious is Lice?

Head lice are pesky little insects found on the human head that live on the scalp and the hair shaft. We are all pretty familiar with head lice but how contagious are they? These creatures come in three separate forms known as adult lice, the egg (nit), or the nymph. Lice eggs and nymphs are typically darker in color but difficult to see because they often blend into hair. As they grow, they turn into a sesame seed-sized bug of a tan or gray color. Adult head lice are easier to spot on the scalp because of their color.

How can I catch lice?

Head lice are very easy to catch and spread quickly. Anyone can catch lice although it is most common in younger children and their parents or teachers. The most common way to contract lice is through head-to-head contact. When your head directly touches another head that is infested with lice that are considered head-to-head contact. Head lice do not jump or fly, and they also cannot swim. There are many times lice can spread whether in a classroom, at summer camp, on the playground, or even just at home.

What are the symptoms of lice?

There are many common symptoms that point to a head lice infestation. When you have head lice you often feel something moving throughout the hair, similar to a tickling sensation. Another common symptom of lice is itching on the scalp. When lice bite your head it often causes a reaction that creates an itch.

How do I treat lice if I catch them?

If you or a loved one contracts lice it is important to deal with it as quickly as possible and alert anyone who could have come in contact with you. There are many different head lice treatments online and in stores, but be aware that most of them are completely ineffective and are made of pesticides. The safest and most effective way to treat a lice infestation is to visit Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL and Savannah, GA. At Fresh Heads we are committed to safely and quickly removing head lice. With treatment options for every budget and situation, there is no doubt you will be lice-free and back to normal in no time. 

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Home Remedies Versus Lice Clinics

Home Remedies Versus Lice Clinics

Before professional lice removal clinics were a thing, it was the norm to seek out a variety of home remedies to rid your child of head lice. You may even have unpleasant memories of getting treated for head lice as a child yourself!  But let’s face it, home remedies are messy, smelly, and most of the time ineffective. 

For instance, many parents would take a jar full of mayonnaise and fully cover every inch of their children’s head in it and let it sit for hours on end. The aftermath of this home remedy most of the time was the lice were still there and thriving, along with the disaster of trying to remove the mayonnaise and horrid smell from your child’s head. Luckily, you can ditch the mayonnaise and instead just bring your child to Fresh Heads Lice Removal and let our experts deal with it.

Disadvantages of Home Remedies for Head Lice

Seeking out home remedies to remove head lice are not only ineffective but they can be dangerous. When you start mixing up different concoctions to try and remove head lice you might be putting your child at more risk by doing so. There have been quite a few horror stories where parents have sought out home remedies and ended up causing severe irritation and rawness to their children’s scalp. 

Instead of removing head lice, the parents then had to seek out medical help to reverse the damage done. Another disadvantage of home remedies includes only killing the bug itself but not the eggs (nits). If nits remain in your children’s hair, they will eventually hatch, and you will be dealing with the same problem all over again.

What Home Remedies Actually Work?

The only home remedy shown to be effective at removing head lice is the traditional comb out. Wet combing involves wetting your child’s hair and then dowsing it with a nit combing solution. From there you must use a nit comb to sift through sections of hair, making sure to take the comb all the way from the shaft of the hair to the very end. Having someone to hold a magnifying glass can make it easier and ensure you’re getting all the nits out. However, even though this home remedy does work it is extremely time-consuming, and if you miss any lice or nits the process must be repeated.

Skip the Home Lice Removal Remedies

With home remedies there are a lot of unknowns you might be facing. Did I get all the nits out? Am I doing more harm than good? Dump the home remedies and instead take your child to Fresh Heads Lice Removal, the best lice treatment center in Jacksonville, Fl, Orlando, FL, and Savannah GA. There are so many benefits of our lice clinics, such as saving you time, stress, and even educating you on lice prevention for the future!

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

How to Properly Comb for Lice and Nits

How to Properly Comb for Lice and Nits

At the first sign or threat of a head lice infestation, it is key to treat the head lice as soon as possible to help minimize infecting and spreading to others in and outside of your immediate household. Because head lice are such a common affliction, there are many options available that you can take to rid your household of the lice quickly. But no matter what course of action you choose, like special shampoo, over-the-counter methods, or seeing a professional, you will need to comb your hair yourself or someone else will have to in order to remove all living and dead lice as well as their nits. 

But before you run to the store and pick up the first lice comb you see on the shelf, it is essential to know that not all lice combs are made equally. You want to pick out a high-quality metal comb rather than a plastic lice comb as they tend to leave behind nits and struggle with different types or textures of hair. After you have obtained a good lice comb, the next step is going to be the long and extensive process of combing out the hair. 

  • Thoroughly wet the persons hair and cover with just regular conditioner or detangler. 
  • Part their hair into even sections. 
  • It is important to start at the scalp and go all the way down the length of the hair and collect any nits or lice along the way on the comb.
  • Dip the lice comb into the soapy water and wipe it off after each stretch in order to entrap and kill any lice or nits on the comb. 
  • Then repeat until the entire head has been deloused.

While a thorough comb through for lice has the chance to rid you or your household of lice, there sadly is no guarantee that the lice were fully eradicated, and they wont return unless you get treated for head lice by a professional. Therefore, it is often far easier and more timely to place an appointment that doesnt normally last for longer than an hour or so. 

Fresh Heads is a head lice treatment clinic in Jacksonville, Fl, Orlando, Fl and Savannah, GA, specializing in lice removal and prevention. If you are to visit our location, we can guarantee that after just one appointment, no additional combing or follow-up will be required, and you can walk out of the office the same day completely lice-free! We use a modern and gaming-changing technique and tools to remove all head lice, and nits called the Air Alle. The Air Alle uses no pesticides or toxins, so you can be confident about what is going on your or our childrens heads. So make your appointment with us today and join the over 700,000 head lice free successfully treated customers today!

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

When to Go Back to School After a Lice Infestation

When to Go Back to School After a Lice Infestation

When finding out your child has head lice, you will likely pull them out of school immediately so that no other classmates come into contact with lice. However, it can be more difficult to determine when the right time is to return to school. 

On one hand, you do not want your child to miss too much school, but on the other hand, you want to make sure you are being safe. Our Fresh Heads Lice Removal clinics in Savannah, Orlando, and Jacksonville can help you and your kid get back to school as quickly as possible without worrying about spreading lice. 

How Does Lice Spread at School?

The most common way to get head lice is through head-to-head contact. Children at school can have head-to-head contact throughout the day such as at the playground, during sports activities, or even just sitting too close to another student in the classroom. 

When to Go Back to School

It is not safe to go back to school until there are no live lice within the hair or scalp. This means that both the living lice and their eggs must be killed in order to be completely lice free. Unfortunately, lice eggs are much more difficult to get rid of because they are hard to spot and cannot be killed easily. Oftentimes, treatments will only work on living bugs but not their nits and the problem is never solved. 

Avoid OTC Treatments

Over the counter treatments are commonly used to kill lice but they do more harm than good. Most of these treatments contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your child’s scalp and cause it to become itchy and red. 

Some chemicals could possibly even spark an allergic reaction. Yet even with these harsh chemicals, lice nits are still unaffected by them and will continue to hatch. The lice will continue to grow in number, and you will have to deal with an even worse lice infestation. Therefore, using over the counter treatments are ineffective and will extend the amount of school that your child is forced to miss. 

Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Savannah, GA

If your child has lice and you are unsure when they can attend school again, our Fresh Heads Lice Removal Clinics in Savannah, Georgia, Orlando, Florida and Jacksonville, Florida can help. Instead of using harsh chemicals, we use our signature AirAlle treatment which only uses warm air. The good news is that Fresh Heads clinics can have your child returned to school the same day!  Treatments take about 60-90 minutes, and at the conclusion of the treatment, children are completely cured of head lice and are no longer contagious.  Many children go back to school the same day as their treatment!

This treatment kills both lice and their eggs to ensure that you are completely lice free. In addition, only one treatment is necessary to get rid of head lice so your child can go back to a normal life as soon as possible. Contact Fresh Heads Lice Removal to remove lice safely and get your kid returning to school in no time!

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

The Head Lice Myth: Do I Need to Get the House Fumigated if Someone in My House Has Head Lice?

The Head Lice Myth: Do I Need to Get the House Fumigated if Someone in My House Has Head Lice?

Finding out someone in your household has lice can be quite a shock and can cause a lot of stress when it comes to keeping you or other housemates and home lice-free. Even after being professionally treated for head lice, the fear of lice reinfecting your home because of lingering lice in the space is very valid. Rest assured, cleaning your house after a head lice infestation might be easier than many typically think. 

The Myth About Head Lice

One of the biggest myths about killing and cleaning up head lice in the house is to fumigate. However, fumigating or using chemical insecticides is entirely unnecessary when it comes to cleaning your home after head lice. Not only is it unnecessary and could be harmful to your household’s health, but it is extremely time-consuming and costly. 

The Reality

After someone in your household has been treated for lice, the first thing you want to do is to gather up all the clothes, sheets, pillows, and towels that they might have used in the past two days. Luckily, lice that fall off or leave the scalp can only survive for about two days without the warmth and food supply that comes with lying on our heads. 

Once you have gathered all of the items, it is time to wash them in hot water for about 30 minutes and wipe down surfaces using bleach water or Lysol. This will kill off any lice that might be lingering around after treatment. After you wash all of those frequently used items, you can feel confident that your home is completely lice-free.

Cleaning your house after a lice infestation can seem like a rather large and daunting task to take on yourself. The reality is that the most difficult part of dealing with head lice is removing it from your head. 

Rest Easy with Fresh Heads Lice Treatment in Orlando, FL

Now that you have cleaned your home, you need to make sure that the lice infestation has been taken care of, once and for all. The best way to get rid of head lice confidently is to contact our Fresh Heads Lice Removal clinic in Orlando, Jacksonville, or Savannah and schedule your appointment with one of our lice-killing professionals to get rid of your lice safely and effectively, the first time!

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Why Most Kids Get Lice in the Summer

Why Most Kids Get Lice in the Summer

Summer is an exciting time of the year- with all of the summer camps, playdates, sleepovers, and sporting activities kids are having tons of fun in the sun with their friends. However, with mass amounts of kids gathering in close contact to one another, lice are able to easily move from head to head- making summer one of the most common seasons for lice infestations.

What Should I Do If My Child Gets Lice?

Don’t worry, you can still send your kids to their favorite summer camp or allow them to partake in various fun summer activities!

If you don’t want your child contracting head lice this summer, there are some precautions you can take. For children with long hair, tying it back is always recommended. If they’re old enough, you can even teach them about how to avoid lice. Warn them to avoid head to head contact at all times with other children, as this is the most common way lice can spread.

Of course, the most important precaution a parent can take is to check their child’s hair frequently. Spotting signs of lice early may be difficult, but it prevents catastrophe in the long run. Lice are grayish-brown and will be cemented to the hair roughly ⅛” to ¼” from the scalp.  

Lice eggs can be difficult to spot in darker hair, or early on in an infestation.  Carefully combing through the hair from the scalp outward, using a fine-toothed lice comb, can help a parent find lice eggs that might not be seen upon visual inspection of the head.

Lice Treatment in Orlando, Florida

Don’t let lice ruin your summer vacation. If you want to be absolutely sure whether or not your child is about to start summer break with a case of head lice, contact our Fresh Heads Lice Removal clinic in Orlando, Jacksonville, or Savannah to schedule an appointment! Our team knows how to spot the early signs of lice and get rid of them for good. Our one-time AirAlle treatment eliminates all lice and lice eggs in just thirty minutes, so you can have peace of mind anywhere you go this summer break. 

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!