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How long to headlice live when not on the head?!

(6 Posts)
SeaCabbage Mon 18-Apr-16 19:26:39

So for instance, how long would the creature or the nit or egg or whatever, live on a hairbrush?

MrTiddlestheFatCat Mon 18-Apr-16 21:27:08

Quick google suggests not very long. About a day.

Something about your hair must keep them alive, which I find very creepy to think about!

SeaCabbage Tue 19-Apr-16 20:02:26

Thanks Tiddles. Well, that's not too bad then is it?

MrTiddlestheFatCat Wed 20-Apr-16 11:19:27

God yes, imagine what a nightmare it would be if they could live anywhere shudders

I'd probably still be giving everything hair related a good clean tbh. but it's probably not necessary smile

lljkk Wed 20-Apr-16 11:23:08

36 hours once, in warm weather, on slightly damp tissue. Not hardy critters.
We've cleared the feckers many a time only by picking them off heads, didn't wash anything else.

PeaceLoveAndJaffaCakes Wed 20-Apr-16 11:56:58

They live on your blood, MrTiddles, and there's no blood on a hairbrush

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