Many people ask us every day “how big are lice?”, “how big can lice get?” or “how big are lice eggs (nits)”. That is why we decided to write down a post answering “what do lice and nits look like?”.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at ClearLice is are lice big enough to see with the naked eye. Before we get into the actual answer to this question, there are several things that we need to consider in order to assess whether or not you’ll be able to spot lice without any additional tools. For example, some people find it easier to spot lice and nits using natural light, while some people find it much easier to use an ultraviolet light for this purpose.
The Size of Lice
In order to determine what the optimal conditions for lice-spotting are, we first need to consider the fact that while lice are parasites, they aren’t exactly microscopic. In fact, most adult lice measure between 2.5 and 3 millimeters long from head to tail. If you’re not sure what this means, you can think about a sesame seed and this is more or less how large you can expect a lice bug to be.
But, can you see lice with the naked eye? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, as long as you know what you’re looking for. We think it is important to mention this because unfortunately people aren’t always aware of what to look for when inspecting their children.
What Do Lice and Nits Look Like?
While lice have a very specific shape that can hardly be confused with anything else, nits are often confused with dust, dandruff, skin flakes and even hair gel, which is why doing a bit of research will make your search much easier.
When looking for lice, remember that adult lice have 3 pairs of legs as well as a thorax that is divided in seven sections. Another point of reference that you can use when inspecting your children is the color of the lice; it ranges from an almost transparent white to dark brown depending on several factors. Finally, remember that lice are unable to fly or jump, which means that they only crawl over the surface of our scalps and hair, which means that If you are able to spot the lice with just the naked eye, then most likely you will be able to see them moving across the surface of the scalp looking for the perfect feeding spot.
When looking for nits, it is important to keep a few things in mind, the first thing to keep in mind is the fact that lice lay their eggs at the on the shaft of the hair close to the scalp. The other thing to keep in mind is their color; nits tend to be an almost transparent white that can easily be mistaken for other particles. If you are still unsure of whether or not what you have spotted is an actual lice or nit, there are several tools that you can use that will help you determine whether or not you should be concerned.
How to Find Lice and Nits in the Hair
The most common tool to use when looking for lice and nits is a simple magnifying glass. You don’t have to spend a lot of money purchasing an expensive magnifying glass, in fact, you should be able to find one at your local dollar store. A magnifying glass can be a fantastic tool that can be used to spot lice due to the fact that those of us who don’t have 20/20 vision might struggle a bit to tell whether or not we found lice in our children’s head.
If you have enough reasons to believe that you or your child might be dealing with a head lice infestation, the best thing to do is to start a head lice treatment as soon as possible in order to reduce the number of adult lice and the number of eggs being hatched. This is why we are so proud to recommend our own ClearLice natural lice treatment. ClearLice makes lice treatment kits that include everything you need to get rid of lice within 24 hours.
Finally, we would like to stress the importance of following a natural lice prevention regiment after using a natural lice treatment, especially if you have children in school, as it is almost inevitable that at one point they will get lice. A lice prevention can be a safe and effective way to stay lice-free and make sure that you and your children are able to carry on with your daily routine.