Lice Checks Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly objects mistaken or misidentified as lice or lice eggs:

  1. Dandruff
  2. Dust
  3. Hair spray bits
  4. Sand
  5. Ants or other small insects
  6. Dirt
  7. Skin oil build up or sebaceous filaments

You want to find lice eggs and adult lice. Here is a guide to what lice and nits look like.

Use the instructions in our guide how to check for head lice.

You are going to need a number of tools and the time to check everyone in the household for head lice.

Most people can see adult lice. However, if your vision is less than great, it can be very hard to tell a lice egg from dandruff, dust, or other debris. Using magnifying glass will help, and comparing what you find to the pictures and descriptions on our identifying lice guide.

Lice eggs are all shaped like a tear drop, stuck on the hair with glue, don’t fall off easily, are brown to off-white, and not squishy.

Dandruff is usually white, loose and not stuck on the hair, falls out easily, and goes away when you use a strong shampoo.

Yes, but it isn’t easy. Here is our guide on how to check yourself for lice.

Your pediatrician may check you for lice, but it is unlikely they will do a wet check. A wet check is the most accurate way to diagnosis a lice infestation. Professional lice services will do that for you or you can try to do it yourself.

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