You may have ever wondered what head lice eggs look like. These tiny oval-shaped particles are white to tan in color and smaller than dandruff. They are attached to strands of hair very close to the scalp. These eggs do not fall off easily like dandruff. They are difficult to remove because they are attached to the hair shaft with a glue-like substance.
You can tell if you have head lice by looking for them. The eggs look like the shells of hatched louse eggs. They are brown or white in color and are often visible against the lighter hair on the scalp. If you find one or more in your hair, remove it right away.
Adult lice are similar to the size of a sesame seed and have six legs with claws. They feed on your blood many times a day and are small enough to hide in your hair. They can live for up to 30 days on a human host. You may see several lice during this period. The nymphs will molt three times before they turn into adults.
There are several ways to tell if your child has head lice. First, check if you see nits in the hair. If you find them within 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) of the scalp, it is time to treat.