HEAD LICE

 

Communities the world over are plagued by ‘HEAD-LICE.’

Ancient records show that head-lice have been around for centuries. That they are still with us today gives testimony to the fact that they are seemingly impossible to eradicate. Desperate mothers cringe with despair when faced with yet ANOTHER ‘head-lice’ problem.

Question: Our family gets head-lice again and again. Why is it so difficult to keep rid of them?

Answer: Head-lice are prolific breeders and an extremely resilient parasite. They can live off the human head for up to 24 hours which allows for easy re-infestation. Understanding the 'life cycle’ of head-lice goes a long way to successfully dealing with these dreaded pests.

Signs to look for that show you have a head-lice problem:

  • Repeated scratching of the head/neck areas.
  • Finding eggs on the hair-shaft close to the scalp. Having a large number of eggs means that you have at least one breeding female. She has a 2˝ week breeding life before she dies and can deposit up to 160 eggs in that time.
  • Finding lice crawling through the hair.

Newly hatched lice remain close to the scalp for a few days and feast often. They are tiny and not easy to spot. For the first week they practically double in size each day. As they grow they remain a light brown colour except for the adult female who is darker and larger than the adult male.

 

RE-INFESTATION

While most parents are concerned about head-lice, others are not. Those that choose not to treat their children perpetuate the community problem.

Although frustrating, re-infestation of head-lice is a common occurrence. HOW?

  1. The school environment is where most persons feel the real problem exists. Young children have few inhibitions and spend a lot of time sitting close to each other in class where head-to-head contact is normal.
  2. We can be re-infested by socializing or assembling with others who have head-lice.
  3. Head-lice can survive up to 24 hours off the head. As we all shed hair daily, a family that is experiencing an infestation can expect to have these tiny pests laying around their home, waiting for their next host to pass by so they can take up residence on their head. Believe it or not, re-infestation often occurs at home.

SO, WHAT AM I TO DO?

We need to settle with the FACT that head-lice cannot be eradicated, they can only be controlled. We can, however be successful at doing this within our own family environment

by:

  • Being vigilant with weekly checks.
  • Knowing the early signs of an infestation.
  • Taking PROMPT action to treat ALL members of the family at the SAME TIME.
  • Removing ALL lice and eggs using an EFFECTIVE store-bought product or home remedy.
    • Caution: If using essential oils in a home remedy, carefully research first as these are extremely powerful ingredients that can cause harm if not used correctly.

Delaying treatment can QUICKLY lead to a heavy infestation. If breeding females are not removed they WILL continue to lay eggs. If incubating eggs are left they WILL hatch, they WILL mature and WILL most definitely lay more eggs. Do not allow this to happen.

'BREAK THE CYCLE'

then ensure the

'CYCLE REMAINS BROKEN'

Expected results from using "U-GO" LICE!!

Day 1

1st Application

 Eliminates all nymphs (junior lice) and breeding adult lice. Any incubating eggs remaining on the hairshaft after the 1st application will hatch over the next 6 to 8 days and be eliminated by the 2nd & 3rd applications, unless they are removed by sliding off the hairshaft. If reinfested with breeding adults after this 1st application, any laid eggs will hatch and also be eliminated by the 2nd & 3rd applications.

Day 8

2nd Application

 Eliminates any eggs hatched after the 1st application. Eliminates any headlice received due to being re-infested since the 1st application. If re-infested during this week with breeding adults, eggs will be laid.

Day 15

3rd Application

 

Eliminates the last of the hatched eggs laid up to the 2nd application. Also eliminates headlice received due to being re-infested. The “CYCLE” of the initial infestation is now “BROKEN

Ensuring the “Cycle REMAINS Broken”

Any lice and eggs found from this time on are due to ‘re-infestation.’ They will NOT be from the initial infestation. By continuing to apply “U-GO” LICE!! every 7 days, as per instructions, you can be confident that any breeding adults you receive will be eliminated. You can also be confident that any nymphs you receive will be eliminated before they mature into breeding adults.

If you follow this course you will be ensuring the “CYCLE REMAINS BROKEN.”

Information & Helpful Hints

Lice can live for up to 24 hours off the head.

Treat all members of the family at the same time.

Choose a lice-comb to suit the individuals hair thickness.

Plait long hair and discourage children from head to head contact, the sharing of hats, brushes and hair-ties.

 

** Successful elimination of the headlice will only be achieved if application instructions on the bottle are followed exactly.

** Lice may leave the head during application and combing. Therefore, wearing a cape and applying product in a hard surfaced area (e.g. bathtub) is recommended to contain them.

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