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What are head lice & nits?

Tiny gray-brown wingless parasitic insects that affect only humans. They live by sucking blood from the scalp. They cannot be caught from or passed on to animals. Nits are head lice eggs - tiny white specks that are stuck to the base of hairs.

What causes head lice?

Head lice are transferred from person-to-person by close hair-to-hair contact. Contrary to popular belief, lice do not jump like fleas, fly or swim. Lice walk from one hair to another. Additional contact such as sharing hats, towels, bedding, combs, or headphones can spread the head lice.

What are some symptoms of lice?

Depending on the severity and how long the individual has had the infestation, normal symptoms may include but not limited to red bumps on the hairline, severe scratching, visual signs of lice (size of a sesame seed) or lice eggs.

What should I do if I suspect a case of lice?

Contact  Slice of Lice and a consultant will discuss your options for treatment.

Does lice spread disease?

Lice are not dangerous and do not spread disease, but they are contagious and can be very annoying. Their bites may cause an individuals scalp to become itchy and inflamed, and persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection. It is wise to treat head lice quickly once the diagnosis is made because they can spread easily from person to person.

What does Slice of Lice do to be different?
We believe education is equally as important as treatment. We will educate you on the truth of lice and nits, how to identify live, dead and hatched eggs, and how to handle outbreaks and help prevent them from occurring.

How long do you spend doing the treatment?
We take as long as is required to remove the lice and nits (eggs), depending on how long you have and if for a child, how long they'll wait. On average Slice of Lice consultants take up to two hours on clients with medium length hair and require two treatments.

Do you guarantee your service?
Yes. We provide full and thorough head lice and nit removal services from our trained consultants, so you know that the lice are gone for good! After the initial treatment we offer a follow up one week after at NO charge which will confirm that the lice has been removed.

Is head lice removal painful?

No, our consultants are friendly, courteous and gentle with our treatment services.

I want to use your service, but would like to keep it private, but your vehicle is full of decals.

Slice of Lice asked this question to over 150 customers and the feedback received was all positive. Very few people were opposed to using our service if we pulled up in a car advertising what we do.  Slice of Lice respects our customer's privacy and do have an alternate vehicle to come to your location if requested.

What is "Be a Friend, Tell a Friend"?

Slice of Lice is working hard in Manitoba communities to encourage the "Be a Friend, Tell a Friend' program. It is VERY important to let people know that you have come in contact with, to help prevent the spread of the head lice.


Common Myths About Head Lice

An itchy head means your child most likely has head lice.

Itchy scalp is one of the common symptoms of head lice but there can be other causes of itchy scalp, such as dry skin.

Once you have lice you’re less likely to catch it again.

Actually, the opposite.  Lice leave a scent that actually “calls” other lice telling them you are a good food source.

You can get head lice from pets.

Lice cannot be transmitted from pets, and pets cannot get them from people.

Lice can jump.

Lice do not have wings. They cannot fly and they cannot jump. Instead, they move by crawling. That is why direct head-to-head contact, such as kids putting their heads together while playing, is the most common way for head lice to spread from one person to another.

Head lice prefer long hair.

Lice do not care whether hair is short, long, clean or dirty. Lice thrive in hair, period, specifically on the blood they get through the scalp.

You are more likely to get head lice if your hair is dirty, you have bad personal hygiene habits or if your home is untidy.

Getting head lice has absolutely nothing to do with personal hygiene or the cleanliness of a home. And washing your hair will not get rid of lice, which cling to hair follicles, nor nits (lice eggs), which are extremely sticky and cling to hair.

Head lice are extremely contagious and children who are diagnosed with head lice should be isolated until all the nits are gone.

The truth is that lice are most frequently spread through head-to-head contact, which allows the lice to travel from one person to another. Since they cannot jump from one person to another, transmission can be prevented by taking such precautions as not sharing personal items and avoiding close contact. Isolation of a child who has head lice, or keeping him out of school, as long as he has begun treatment, is not necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Head Lice In Winnipeg