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Head lice are small, wingless, blood sucking insects.

Their color varies from whitish-brown to reddish-brown.

People get head lice from direct head to head contact with another person who has head lice.

A female louse will lay approximately 7 to 10 eggs (nits) per day in the hair, within 1.5cm of the scalp; these eggs resemble dandruff but cannot be brushed off.

Egg is laid on the hair shaft;  an egg is called a “nit”

Nymph (baby louse) emerges after 7 days.

Once hatched, the bug molts three times in its life cycle, shedding the hard shell to grow

Emerging from their third molt as adult lice, the female and slightly smaller male begin  to reproduce.

Female lays first egg 1 or 2 days after mating.

Females can lay approximately 200 eggs in her lifetime.

The life span of a louse is approximately 30 to 35 days.