The life cycle of lice

Lice Removal Expert Amy Goldreyer explains the life cycle of head lice, including how long lice life for, how long eggs take to hatch, and how many eggs can be laid per day
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The life cycle of lice

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Lice eggs take 7-10 days to hatch. Once the eggs hatch, the baby bugs take 7-10 days to become adult bugs; which can then lay their own eggs. Those adult bugs live about 10 more days, and they lay about 10 eggs a day. If you have lice, you will immediately have a bug on your head. Even if you were exposed that morning, either you have lice or you don't. If we come to your home, we will find that bug. The adult bugs are the big ones and they look like this. We've got the teenagers, and then, the baby ones. The baby ones are really small and hard to see. The eggs are brown off the head, even though they are white on the head. That's something that people are confused about. They see something white, and think, "Oh my God, it's definitely lice;" but if it is white off the head, it's probably not a louse egg.

Lice Removal Expert Amy Goldreyer explains the life cycle of head lice, including how long lice life for, how long eggs take to hatch, and how many eggs can be laid per day

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Amy Goldreyer

Lice Removal Expert

Prior to founding Hair Whisperers, a leading head lice removal company based in Los Angeles, Amy Goldreyer was on staff for Conan O'Brien.  After her son contracted lice in 2006, she learned she had a knack for lice removal!  Inspired by her passion for picking, she began her new career with Hair Whisperers.  Dedicated to helping families get rid of lice in the comfort and privacy of their home, her company only uses natural, non-toxic methods and products to get rid of lice and nits.

Amy strives to educate parents and reduce the stigma often associated with the diagnosis of head lice through educational presentations and with the launch of the Is it Lice App, the first application designed to assist parents with a crucial step in the lice management cycle, detection.  She has been interviewed for major media outlets including the New York Times, LA Times and Nightline.

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