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Lice are wingless insects, living and feeding on the blood from the scalp.
Nits are actually the empty egg cases left on the hair after the lice have hatched.
Adult lice can live for as long as a month, with females laying several eggs a day. Research indicates that one untreated female louse can lead to an infestation of 1,000 head lice in just one month.
The best known symptom of head lice is the itching, but only 30% are aware of it. It can be uncomfortable, affect sleep and even affect a child’s confidence.
Lice have no preference to clean or dirty hair and can only survive on human heads. They can’t live on bedding, clothes or pets.