Lice are parasitic blood-sucking insects that live on the scalp of humans. They are very small and can be difficult to remove, and can cause an infestation very quickly. Can nits but not lice be present?
Head lice symptoms include visible detection in the hair, itching, tingling, and scalp tingling.
I See Nits, But No Lice?
Nits but not lice? For you to have a nit, an adult female must put it on your head. It is the only way that it can be transferred to your hair.
There are many reasons why you can find nits but not lice. It can happen that the adult louse laid the egg and then passed to another host, or simply the head was incompatible with the system and died after laying the eggs. Nits represent the new life cycle of lice.
The adult louse may have been poisoned and died. It could also have fallen out of the hair while combing.
These insects are difficult to see. If you want to know if you have nits without lice, you must treat the head. When you use a comb, you will notice if there are dead lice or only nits.
The life cycle of the lice begins with the nit, that is, the lice. Nits are light yellow and can measure about 1mm. After 7 to 10 days, the nits hatch and turn into nymphs, which are young lice.
The nymphs are tan-white in color and measure between 1.1 to 1.3 mm. Nymphs mature into adult lice in about 9 to 12 days.
Female lice are slightly larger than male lice, but their size is 2mm, and from there, they don’t grow any further. Adult lice can live for 3 to 4 weeks.
Lice But Not Lice Eggs
Yes, it is possible to find lice but without the lice eggs. The three most common reasons are:
Lice eggs are very small
Preppy females can lay between 6 to 10 eggs a day, making it almost impossible not to find lice eggs in the hair. Because nits are tiny, people may not see them. The color of the nits can be between brown, gold, or translucent.
You may have found lice or two quickly, and they haven’t had time to lay eggs. This is a fairly small probability because people do not notice that they have lice only when they feel itchy, and it has been about a month since the infestation.
Since female lice lay eggs, you may only have adult male lice.
Do Nits Always Hatch?
The answer is no; nits don’t always hatch. Eggs that have some genetic reasons or unfertilized eggs or simply because of the environment do not hatch.
Experts conducted a study with children who only had nits and determined that only 20% of children became lice.
What To Do With Nits But No Lice?
Nits but not lice, if you have this problem, you can follow these steps:
1. You need to determine if what you are finding on your head is a lice infestation or other bugs that are mistaken for these tiny insects.
2. If you find lice eggs, you are sure you may also have head lice.
3. You should look for a nit comb and an effective treatment to remove the lice eggs.