lice egg (nit)


Head lice and nits are difficult to see for the untrained eye and even harder to remove. What are nits and why are they such a big deal?

What Are Nits?

Nits are lice eggs that are laid by the louse with a glue like substance that adheres them to the hair strands, making them difficult to remove. It’s important to get rid of all the nits and head lice in one single treatment to break the lice lifecycle.

Female lice can lay 3 to 10 eggs a day, leaving behind many nits. When checking for an infestation it’s more common to see the nits than the crawling head lice, but it is important to remember the nits couldn’t have gotten there without the adult lice. As the female louse continues to lay more eggs, and those eggs continue to hatch, the infestation worsens and the chance of spreading lice to your family and friends increases.

When treating head lice at home – you should know that traditional OTC lice products are not effective at killing the nits. Now, with Super Lice, these toxic head lice products are no longer effective at killing head lice either.

What Do Nits Look Like?

Nits look like small, symmetrical ovals that the female louse attaches on hair strands. Often they are white or light in color. Nits are difficult to remove as they are glued to the hair shaft. Unlike dandruff or other similarly colored flecks, they will not be easily brushed out. Adult lice lay nits close to the scalp where the temperature is perfect for keeping the eggs warm until hatching. This close proximity also makes it hard to remove nits even by cutting or shaving hair. If you think you have nits but aren’t sure, contact a head lice professional!

How to Treat Nits?

Not all lice treatments are created equal. Some treatments only treat adult lice and require a second treatment in hopes of catching the nits when they hatch. This system doesn’t always work and the process can continue on with additional work at home. At Lice Clinics Arizona, we use an innovative technique that uses no harsh chemicals and kills both head lice and nits the first time with our exclusive cool air technology. This technology literally freezes the bugs and nits in one single treatment, which safely rids you and your family of all lice guaranteed! If you have any questions or need a head lice removal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have convenient locations in Chandler, Mesa and Phoenix – which proudly serves the entire valley including, Phoenix, Chandler Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Santan Valley, Queen Creek, Maricopa, Apache Junction, Case Grande, Tempe, Mesa, Surprise Scottsdale and Buckeye. Our head lice removal process guarantees to remove head lice in 1 quick and safe treatment. Let your kids and family members get back to the things they enjoy! Call us today to schedule an appointment at (602) 309-5468