Super lice are on the rise and we’re here to tell you all about it. But first, we’ll start out by telling you what head lice are.
Head lice are little insects that live on the scalp and survive by sucking human blood. They need that blood supply to survive. Head lice do not live on pets or other animals, which is often a misconception. A louse ( the singular term for lice) has six tiny legs and a curved claw and they can move very fast. They hold onto the hair follicles and their nits (eggs) secrete a glue-like substance that attached them tightly to the hair. Head lice cannot jump or fly and they are spread through direct head-to-head contact. Head lice don’t dig into the skin, they stay on the surface and suck blood.
Now that you know what head lice are, let’s talk about super lice. Super lice got their name from the media in 2015 when public research showed that strains of head lice had developed a resistance to pyrethroids, the common pesticide used to kill lice in over-the-counter lice treatments and shampoos. What this means is that many over-the-counter, drugstore and medical head lice treatments no longer work effectively. Lice have mutated to become stronger and resistant and this has left parents frustrated.
Super Lice Studies
Extended 2016 research showed that 48 states in the U.S had been overrun by super lice. Super lice are now more common than regular lice, meaning drugstore head lice treatments may as well go out of business. Research showed that the efficacy of over-the-counter head lice treatments went from 96 percent to 28 percent. Super lice are not monstrous in appearance; they look and act the same way regular lice do. The only difference is the resistance that super lice have developed to drugstore lice treatments. Luckily, our AirAllé treatment kills lice whether they are regular or super lice and their eggs. It utilized controlled, warm air to dehydrate head lice and their eggs. That’s essentially why we went into this business. We wanted to offer effective treatment to parents so they wouldn’t resort to ineffective options. Put us to the test and we’ll put your apprehensions to rest.
If you need head lice treatment, Lice Clinics of America, Medway is the way to go. Give us a call for a head lice screening and to book an appointment! (508) 252-0190.