Lice are barely visible, wingless insects, between 1 and 3 mm in size, which live on human beings and feed on blood. They spread easily from person to person by body contact and shared clothing and other personal items.
Every four hours or so, a louse bites into a tiny blood vessel for a meal. Because it injects an anaesthetic, you won’t feel the initial bite. However, as its saliva gets under your skin, bites begin to itch. Intense scratching often breaks the skin, and can lead to bacterial infections.

Nits are the eggs after they have hatched. The lice that emerge are called nymphs. Nymphs grow and molt 3 times before they become adult lice after 16 to 18 days. For this reason, re-treatment should be carried out about 7 days after the first treatment to kill off any juvenile head lice (nymphs) that have hatched since the first treatment. A third treatment is also recommended at 14 days to kill off any head lice that are late in hatching. By killing nymphs before they grow to adulthood, the life cycle can be broken.

Contracting lice is not related to poor hygiene. Head lice are thought to prefer clean hair to dirty hair. However, good hygiene can combat body lice.
Head lice are spread by personal contact and by shared brushes, combs, hats and other personal items. The infestation sometimes extends into the eyebrows, eyelashes and beard. Head lice are common in school children and do not discriminate.

Signs of head lice include a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair. Irritability and lack of concentration. Head lice droppings - these show as black specs on pillow cases or collars.

They are the size of a sesame seed. Nits are the eggs and are yellowish white in colour. The eggs are sometimes mistaken for dandruff. Head lice can be anything from greyish white to white in colour.

They can escape the treatment by lodging in an air bubble. Therefore, the product needs to be massaged in well in order to overcome this problem.

When the hair becomes wet the insect's reaction is to close down holes in its body surface used for breathing and this can make it more difficult for the product to penetrate. They can close down for around 20 minutes. So for better results apply the product to dry hair and re-treat after 7-10 days.

Retreatment after 7-10 days is highly recommended, to kill any nymphs that have survived and hatched after the first treatment.

The safety of maldison or pyrethrins during periods of pregnancy and breast feeding has not been shown. It is recommended that you seek medical advice before using this product.

Contrary to popular belief, contracting lice is not related to poor hygiene – in fact, head lice are thought to prefer clean hair to dirty hair. However, good hygiene can combat body lice.
Head lice are spread by personal contact and by shared brushes, combs, hats and other personal items. The infestation sometimes extends into the eyebrows, eyelashes and beard. Head lice are common in school children and do not discriminate.

Consult your school for their policy relating to this. It is best if they were their hair up and avoid close contact with other children or adults. Our KP24 Rapid Head Lice Defence Spray. We recommend infected children at kept at home and treated as soon as possible. Its also best to prevent sharing hats, head bands, hooded coats, scarves, combs, pillows and brushes.

After each treatment, check the hair and combing with a nit comb to remove nits and lice every 2–3 days may decrease the chance of reinfestation. Continue to check for 2–3 weeks to be sure all lice and nits are gone.

KP24 offer a range of head lice treatments to suit your families needs. Our heritage Medicated range are suitable for more severe head lice cases and effectively treat and kills head lice. Our KP24 RAPID range works in 10 minutes to effectively kill lice and their eggs. Clinically trialled and pesticide free our RAPID range is available in 150ml, 250ml or 300ml Trigger application to treat head lice. It is best to follow up again with re-treatment 7 days later to ensure all the lice and eggs are dead. Follow up with our Lice Egg Remover Solution and Soak Solution to ensure your linen and clothing are lice free.

Did you know?

Head lice don't like plaited or short hair. During outbreaks, why not try a new up-do.

“Creepy” fact

Head lice, also known as Pediculus humanus capitis, do not hop, jump or fly – they crawl.