What is a head louse?


The real name of the head louse is pediculus humanus capitis. It is a heamatophagous bug, which means that he only feeds himself with blood. The head louse hides in the hair, close to the neck and the ears, where the temperature reaches between 82.40°F and 89.60°F. The head louse can neither stand high temperatures nor the light. A head louse lives from 6 to 8 weeks.

...what about the nits?

LThe “lice’s babies”, commonly called nits, hatch within 7 to 10 days and then turn into nymphs. After this, it takes between 7 to 10 days for the nymphs to turn into male or female head lice. A female head louse can lay up to 10 nits per day; this is why you have to get rid of the head lice AS WELL AS the nits, otherwise you will never get rid of your pediculosis problem.

There are three types of heamatophagous bugs belonging to the pediculae family, lice specific to humans:

  • Pediculus capitis, head louse
  • Pediculus humanus, body louse
  • Pthirus pubis, pubis louse

Parasidose acts on head lice.