What Do Lice Eggs Look Like on Hair?
A lot of people don’t know that head lice eggs could be found and seen; they look like dandruff on the hair so no one can identify them as lice eggs. I’ll show you with pictures how they look like on the hair to be able to eliminate them from your kid’s hair before they get hatched as they would be more dangerous and more difficult to get rid of.
As we know that head lice are obligate parasites, it means that they cannot survive without a human host. This type of species can live only on human hosts, so you cannot find them on any furry pet you might have. Head lice have no wings, so they cannot fly. They have six legs with claws at the end. This is how they attach themselves to the hair.
Children who live in crowded conditions may have more of a problem with head lice, but that is only because they are living close to one another and may sleep in the same bed. The only way head lice spread from one person to another is by direct head contacts such as when kids hug each other or put their heads together for any reason or by using any personal item such as combs or brushes.
Female adult lice can lay from three or four eggs up to ten eggs every day where the temperature is perfect for keeping them warm until they hatch. The eggs are laid about three to four millimeters from the scalp. Lice eggs (nits) have an oval shape. They might appear as the same color of their host’s hair, from white to yellow to brown hair colors. The eggs are glued on through the female louse. The eggs take about a week to hatch producing a nymph.
Head lice eggs can be found anywhere on the scalp, but are more commonly on the hair at the back of the neck and around the ears. They have many colors, but generally, they range from beige to gray and may become considerably darker when they feed.
The female louse attaches her eggs to human hair shafts with a waterproof, glue-like material. The nit can’t be washed or brushed, unlike dandruff and other stuff in the hair that often gets mistaken for nits. Although they’re tiny, they can be seen by the naked eye. They look like tiny yellow or brown dots before they hatch.
I guess you know now how lice eggs look like on any hair color as mostly they look like small dots or dandruff. I wish the article was helpful, and that you learned a few new things about head lice and their eggs. Best of luck.