Lice can jump.
False. Lice can’t jump or fly (they don’t have wings!). They
can only crawl, which is why head-to-head contact is the primary way lice
spreads. They can also move around via shared hats, combs or and bedding,
but because they die within a day or two without human contact, this is
the less likely culprit.
An itchy head means lice.
False. Though an itchy scalp is a common symptom, there are plenty of reasons
your scalp might itch, like dry skin or dandruff. And some kids with lice
may not even itch.
You’re more likely to get head lice if you have poor personal hygiene.
False. Lice are equal-opportunity bugs, no matter how often you wash your
hair or if you have dandruff. They are parasites, so they are attracted
to human blood.
Kids are more likely to get lice than adults.
True. Kids are more likely to get lice because they have more frequent
head-to-head contact – sitting so close at school and in sports settings.
Lice love longer hair.
False. Lice are attracted to the blood they get through your scalp –
short, long, clean or dirty. Doesn’t matter!
You have to clean every crevice of your house after a lice infestation.
False. Lice and nits (lice eggs) usually die within about 24 hours without
human blood, so you don’t need to go to extremes. Putting bedding
and other belongings in the freezer to kill the lice or nits used to be
a common recommendation, but your best bet is to vacuum any items and
areas you think your child may have rested his or her head on including
car seats, wash linens and towels with hot water and put them in a hot
dryer to kill any lice or nits.