Emu has a check up for an ongoing ear problem. No big deal, easy appointment....right! Seriously, nothing goes easy for us! As I'm sitting there talking to the nurse, telling her we are simply there for a re-check on his problem ear. I begin to tell her "I think we finally got......" and I literally stop mid sentence! "rid of the lice" was not how I finished that sentence! I took a closer look at the "bug" I saw in his hair. I was a little confused, because this one was dark, almost black...unlike the other Lice I had seen. I ask "is that just a bug, or is that Lice"? She instructs me to wait for the doctor. Great, I'll just sit here and leave this bug in my son's hair, no big deal. Uggh!!! So, the doctor comes in and I say, "I was just telling the nurse that we finally got rid of the Lice, but, is that lice in his hair"? At a first glance, she herself wasn't sure. I say "it just looks darker than the others, the other ones didn't look like that". She agrees, it does look dark, but....upon a closer look, yes, it was Lice. She spent about 15 minutes looking through his hair. Neither one of us saw anything else. Since nits can literally be microscopic in size, she thought we should treat him anyways. Frustrated, I went to the pharmacy to get his rx and decided to get Eagle's again too! I come home and search through everyone's hair and both Hawk and Eagle had a few active bugs in their hair. So, I treat all three of them with the rx. Whew...again they seem gone and this time they should be, as the rx kills louse and nits! Relieved, I do one last go around on the vacuuming and laundry! Four or five days pass....UGGHHH! Seriously are these things ever going to be gone!
Everything in life is a lesson and through all of this....we have learned a lot about Lice and their life cycle!
- Lice need human blood to survive...if they fall off of your head, they can only live for 24-48 hours
- Nits are eggs and they can be so tiny that you need a microscope to see them
- It takes about 1-2 weeks for the nits to hatch
- One louse can lay up to 100 nits
- Your entire house can not become infested
- Pets can not get lice
- Lice have been resistant to the medications and treatments we have tried
- L is for lice
- M is for Malathion
- N is for Nix
- O is for Ovide