Many families with young children have at least one encounter with the head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. Head lice can infest people of all ages, but children are prone to infestations because of their habit of playing in close contact, sharing hats, headphones, combs and brushes, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, and clothing.
According to head lice management guidelines published by the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program, managing head lice requires washing articles that have come in contact with the infested person at the time he or she is initially treated. The temperature required to kill lice is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
How does AZEX HEAT help kill lice?
AZEX HEAT works through the same mechanism to kill lice as it does to kill other pests: extreme heat stops their physical processes dead. As a form of non toxic pest control, thermal pest control is extremely effective against lice.
A whole-house AZEX HEAT treatment from AZEX Thermal Solutions, in combination with appropriate treatment of the affected individual, can effectively eliminate all life cycles of lice in the home quickly and safely.
An AZEX HEAT treatment offered by AZEX Thermal Solutions operates in the open, ambient air of the structure, so it works on lice wherever they are.
So, what are head lice, anyway?
Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human head and feed on human blood. They multiply rapidly, laying little white to yellow-colored, oval shaped eggs (called nits) that they glue to the base of the hair, close to the scalp. Unlike dandruff or lint, they will not wash, blow away or be removed easily.
The adult louse (singular) is flat and wingless, and does not have the ability to fly, hop or jump. Lice tend to adapt to their surroundings (hair and skin color), so they range in color from red, brown or black, to gray-white and are often hard to see. A louse is very small (about 1/8 inch in length), and has six legs, a diamond-shaped head and an elongated body.
Head lice are spread through contact with an infested person or by the clothing or personal item used by an infested person. Household items such as furniture, carpeting, bedding, towels or upholstered car seats also may be a source of transmission. Head lice do not feed or live on household pets. Head lice do not spread disease.
How do you identify head lice?
Itching of the head is the most common sign but some people who have head lice have no signs. Itching occurs when lice bite and suck blood from the scalp. Itching may be from slight to severe.
Other symptoms may include sores on the head from scratching, a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair or sleeplessness (lice like the dark and are more active at night).
In severe and/or chronic cases, a person may develop infected sores and/or swollen glands in the neck or under the arms. If this occurs, the person’s health care provider should be contacted.
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