Maturing Baby Lice in their Nit Egg can breath outside air before they hatch

The pod shaped lumps on the top of the Nit Egg are actually breathing holes called Spiracles, that the baby louse can open and shut at will.

Head Lice are Trapeze Artists

Headlice can't jump... they don't have any knees!

Their instinctive survival drive to stay on a human head is strong; once it's off the scalp and loses access to a blood meal, it will starve and die within 8 to 12 hours.

Headlice claws have evolved to fit neatly around a single strand of hair and the curvature of it is close to the average hair diameter that they would come in contact.

However, the claw has one more very special feature... it is equipped with an internally facing barb/spike that pieces the hair fiber like a spear. 

This action of clasping and piecing the hair strand simultaneously with every one of its six claws gives the louse serious staying power!

With its tight grasp a hair strand, it can swing or crawl from hair to hair like a speedy acrobat... think of a Trapeze Artist at the circus... holding on with one claw whilst extending full-reach with the other.

Close-up of Nit Egg Breathing Spiracles

Opening and shutting these spiracles protects the baby louse from head lice treatments.

This is why it is important to retreat after seven days, once the baby louse has hatched.

Or use the Nit Ninja Quick-fix strategy to make sure you stay headlice infestation free.

WATER-FREE is the only logical choice

Nit Eggs lock to the Hair Strand

Once water, or water based products are applied to the hair the strand swells giving the nit egg serious staying power. We call this the Wedding-Band Effect.

This swelling effect can be avoided by using water-free Nit Picker Combing Solution

Inside a Newly Laid Lice Egg

In the first few days of incubation the louse embryo is forming but not yet breathing external air and can not be suffocated or killed with treatments.

This is why retreating the hair seven to ten days later is vital to prevent a reoccurring headlice infestation.