Your home is your safe place. When you discover it is infested with head lice panic can ensue! Rest assured, cleaning up after head lice is possible! Here’s a quick guide to help you do it properly.
Step 1- Wash Bedding
Remove all bedding. This includes mattress covers, pillows, pillowcases and even stuffed animals that could have come into contact with head lice or nits, eggs. Large items can be taken to a laundry mat to be washed. Or, they can be stuffed into large garbage bags and left for 72 hours.
Head lice and nits need a human host to live. If they wander onto an item, such as a stuffed animal or pillow they will not survive past 24 hours. Eggs as well will dry out and die if not on a human scalp past 24 hours. Some experts recommend bagging items for a week or two to make sure, but honestly, that seems excessive as head lice or nits will be long gone after 24 hours.
Blankets, pillows, sheets, and other washable items should be soaked, washed and dried in high heat temperatures reaching at least 130 degrees. Dry cleaning is also an effective approach that will kill head lice and eggs. It is important to act fast, whichever method you choose.
Step 2 – Wash Clothing
Sometimes the bedding and blankets are obvious to parents to clean, and the clothing of children is overlooked. Items such as hats, coats, jackets, scarves or even towels recently used an harbor head lice or nits. Wash all items properly and dry on high heat for at least 30 minutes to prevent spreading.
Step 3 – Sanitize Hairbrushes and Accessories
All items used on the hair or scalp need to be collected, have all hair strands removed, and disinfected. This includes brushes, combs, hair ties, hair clips, headbands, or accessories. One easy method is to throw everything on the top shelf of a dishwasher. Run it through a normal cycle. But beware, high heat settings can cause plastic items to melt.
Another good option is to boil a pot of hot water and soak items for at least five minutes. Other people use rubbing alcohol, soaking items in it overnight fully immersed will thoroughly disinfect hair items. There is no need to throw them away. These methods will quickly and easily make them safe to reuse.
Step 4- Wipe Down and Sanitize Furniture
Any chairs or couches that could have eggs or head lice should be scrubbed with warm wet cloths. If the surface is hard or leather, we recommend a cleaner such as bleach or Lysol that will not damage the furniture. However, hot water and soap with a little bit of elbow grease should do the trick.
For regular fabric furniture, vacuum the area thoroughly. This is an effective way of killing possible head lice and eggs laying around the couches or chairs.
Step 5- Thoroughly Vaccum Floors
Now that your furniture and bedding are head lice free, carefully and meticulously vacuum the carpet. This is a good way to make sure that any head lice or nits that could’ve been knocked off while cleaning are removed from the home. Remove the vacuumed contents into an outside trashcan.
Can I Just Fumigate My Home Instead?
No. Fumigation, fog insecticides or pesticides of any kind are not recommended in removing lice and eggs from your home. Sometimes harmful toxins from these chemicals can be inhaled or absorbed into the skin posing a health threat to your family and pets. A thorough, deep cleaning is the most effective, safe way to proceed.
Are my pets at risk?
No. Pets do not play any role in carrying or transmitting head lice.
Summer is finally here! Swimming pools, ice cream cones, and lemonade stands are in full swing! Kids are super excited to attend summer camps with their sports teams, bands, church groups or friends that share similar interests.
Did You Know?
Summer camps are an $18 billion a year industry. What better way to help your kids cultivate interests, develop skills or make new friends than sending them to a fun summer camp?
According to summer camp resources, more than 14,000-day camps are running across the United States every day. Half that many provide overnight experiences for kids. This provides hours of fun for over 14 million kids every summer! What does that mean for head lice?
Summer Camp Head Lice Outbreaks
Warm, humid environments with lots of children close together equals head lice. Lice Clinics of America has the opportunity to help. We provide head lice checks for several summer camps in the local area. By doing this, we can screen kids on the first day of camp and supply camp administration with proper treatment in case a head lice infestation is found.
If your camp does not provide screening, send your child equipped with knowledge. Most kids won’t give head lice a single thought. Talk to your child about sharing pillows, blankets, hats or even jackets with other children. Make sure they know to use their own hairbrushes and accessories.
Most often though, head lice are passed on through direct head to head contact. Which, honesty is almost impossible to prevent between close friends at summer camp. With that being said, check your child before and after camp to ensure they don’t bring home any unwanted stragglers. Not sure what to look for? Bring them into our Lice Clinics of America for a head lice check.
Camp Policy and Procedures
Before you send junior off to summer camp, contact the adults in charge and ask about head lice policies. Will they be performing head lice screenings? Is there an on-site nurse who is aware of symptoms and signs? If they do not have a plan set up, suggest screening and treatments being provided for those needing them. Stopping the problem from the get-go is the best way to prevent an outbreak.
Have Questions? Please contact Lice Clinics of America today! We are here to help you.
If you are struggling with a head lice problem in your home or family it’s about time you sought professional, reliable help.
We are Lice Clinics of America, the world’s largest group of professional head lice treatment clinics. Our network of head lice treatment centers has helped over 500,000 head lice victims to become head lice free.
With over 200 locations in the United States, anywhere you are you can bet our professional team will be close by to help. Whether at home here in Texas or traveling for the summer with your family, chances are a head lice outbreak won’t have to stop your summer fun. As long as you contact a clinic and deal with the problem effectively.
Why Lice Clinics of America?
Lice Clinics of America offer the latest, safest treatment to remove head lice in a single, one-hour application. The AirAlle FDA-cleared heated air device works to remove 99.9% of head lice and their eggs, without the use of harsh toxins or chemicals. This process is driven by the use of hot air to dehydrate and destroy lice and eggs. Lice Clinics of America and our new technology is proving much more effective than over the counter shampoos and powders that people have been using for years. Our products simply work faster, better and more safely.
Head lice are nothing to ignore. Symptoms and signs can take up to three weeks to occur. By that time, the average child will have 15-20 adult head lice on their scalp and the problem will escalate quickly.
Lice Clinics of America is your best source for head lice checks as well! We will help look for head lice, eggs, and symptoms to be able to diagnose if you indeed have a problem. We will also offer advice on best ways to prevent head lice in the future, clean your home properly to prevent spreading of head lice.
Lice Clinics of America Offer Head Lice Screening for the Whole Family
We also highly recommend having every member of the household screened for head lice. Often times parents neglect to check elderly grandparents, younger children, teens or even themselves for head lice! Anyone, at any age, is susceptible and should be screened. In fact, if you are living with a child between the ages of 3-10, it is much more likely that you will catch head lice than other adults. Not screening the entire household can result in a continuous cycle of the problem.
Lice Clinics of America treatment centers offer appointments with professional head lice specialists any time you need us! Often even in the evening or weekdays.
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Lice Clinics of America can help ease your pain and stress from head lice. We understand that when you discover one, two or three people in your home have head lice, it almost always leads to anxiety and feelings of confusion! Where should I go for help? Should I treat it myself at home? What treatments will actually work? How did this happen?
Here are a few tidbits of information that can help you along your head lice journey.
1. Lice Can Infect Anyone
Head lice are not more often found in dirty or clean hair. In fact, studies done show that head lice are equal opportunity human parasites. Unless of course, you have no hair. Bald heads have no risk of getting head lice. There is no correlation between hygiene and contracting head lice. Except, hygiene can play a large role in how quickly you are able to be rid of head lice.
Head lice affect all races and are genetically equipped to hang onto human hair strands with a tight grip that makes them very difficult to remove. However, we more commonly see girls with head lice than boys, which is probably just because they usually have longer, flowing hair that is more easily infested than short hair from boys.
2. Your Child Has Probably Had Lice For a While
Head lice symptoms will usually take at least three to four weeks to manifest. This is because once head lice infect a head, they need 7-9 days for their first eggs to start hatching. The average head lice infection is not discovered until there are at least 15-20 adult lice on the scalp. The first sign is itching. Head lice leave traces of saliva each time they take a bite and suck blood from the scalp. This saliva is actually what people show allergic reactions to, causing itchiness on the scalp. Most often head lice are found on the crown on the head, behind the ears, and the back of the neck. Check these places of signs of red bumps, or bite marks that could indicate head lice.
3. Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them, preventing them from spreading to anyone else. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform head lice checks at home and to do it often. Get a nitpicking comb to sift through hair, and be sure to check the crown of the head, behind the ears and the nape of the neck. This is where head lice tend to hang out. Do it weekly if they are young and daily if there’s an outbreak at school. One of the most common mistakes we see is that parents don’t check the adults in a home for head lice. We are seeing much more head lice in teens and adults as a result. Make sure all family members are screened before you declare your home head lice free.
Head lice are creepy critters that make all of us feel icky! Did you know that when the summer months hit we usually see a spike in head lice outbreaks? This is due to the fact that kids are hanging out on vacations, summer camps, sports camps, band camps, around swimming pools, camping in their own back yards, or even just playing outside together more often.
Every year in the United States up to 12 million children between the ages of 6-12 will contract head lice according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults or teens living with these young children are at a higher risk for catching head lice also. As the summer break hits parents or older kids might be snuggling up under the stars to make s’ mores with their favorite little buddies, or spending some time cuddling while watching their favorite Disney movie. Before you know it a small head louse has crawled from your little ones head to yours!
Do head lice jump or fly?
No. Head lice are perfectly equipped to crawl through human hair strands. They do not have wings and can not jump.
There are many different types of lice that are inflicted on different animals or parts of the body. The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease.
These lice are not a risk to animals or other parts of the human body because their body is made up to grasp human hair. They are not able to grasp thicker or differently textured hair. If hair found on the pubic area, or an animal, for example, were exposed to head lice they would be unable to fit their claws around it and infect the area or animal.
Just how do head lice move from head to head?
Each of their six claws are attached to the bottom of their legs, in place of feet. The claws work together with a small, spiky thumblike spine that is also connected to the bottom of their feet allowing them to grasp. Like a skilled circus acrobat, this enables head lice to gracefully move from hair strand to hair strand with little effort and surprisingly quick.
Other forms of lice are equipped to grasp onto different sizes of hair. For example, specific species of lice have claws that enable them to move through bird feathers with ease, while the human head lice would be unable to grasp it.
As two heads are pressed together under any circumstance, an adult louse can easily grasp onto the new head of hair and make a new home on its next human host. Female lice will than lay their eggs, or nits, on the base of a single hair strand very near the scalp. These eggs are glued onto the hair with a secretion that makes them sturdy and safe for the nit. The humidity and warmth from the human host give the nit an ideal environment to grow and hatch. In as a little as 7-9 days, new lice will begin hatching and creating a home on the new scalp.
Because of their strong claws and agility, head lice are also easily able to hang onto items that the head may have rested on. Pillows, blankets, fabric on a movie theater seat, the lining of a helmet, or any other such areas are all places head lice could be hanging out, waiting for a new host.
How can you get head lice from hats or pillows?
If a louse is knocked off of a head or crawls off of the head, they have 24 hours at the most to find a new host, or they will simply die. Without the head source or blood source of a human, they will not live longer than that.
In recent years, scientists John Clark and his team at the University of Massachusetts have tested head lice in nearly every state in the country. They have proven that head lice are now showing strong immunities to over the counter lice treatments, such as natural insecticides and pyrethrins. Because of this overwhelming resistance to lice products, the head lice problem we see today is on the rise.
Lice Clinics of America offers a solution. The technology we use allows us to dehydrate the head lice and eggs on the scalp in as a little as 90 minutes. A single session can eliminate the need for shampoos, nitpicking or harsh chemical products that others try to get rid of their head lice problem. We want to help you be head lice free! Call our office today to schedule head lice checks for your family.
This month we get the opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day. There are so many different ways that people show their love and appreciation for the special father in their life. How do you most often express your feelings to your father?
Sometimes when I was younger I would write a handwritten card or bring him breakfast in bed. Now, as I am older and hopefully wiser, I think back on many different times in my life that I knew he was there for me and I like to write these memories in a heartfelt letter to my dad.
Here are a few great ideas for you to try this Father’s Day if you wanted a new approach to showing your love! These ideas are all cost-effective and will surely make your special guy smile!
#1 – Candy Bouquet for Dad’s with a Sweet Tooth
A candy bouquet will only take about half an hour to make and costs roughly $15. Start by selecting his favorite candies. Remember, not what you like, but what will dad love! Here is a great link with step by step instructions to get you going!
Any daddy that has little ones would love to receive this keepsake. With just a little effort you can help create a memory that he will take with him everywhere he goes. Take a minute to check out our source for this awesome craft at easypeasyandfun.com!
Anyone of these homemade gifts would be an excellent expression of your love and devotion to the father figure you cherish. Keep in mind that handmade items are most often the most meaningful as they show that we put some thought and effort into creating something they can always treasure. This Father’s Day make dad feel amazing!
Head lice are human parasites that feed on small amounts of blood from a human host. Lice have six small legs with claws on the tip that make them experts at attaching to hair strands and making their way around a head of hair.
Although it is always possible to catch head lice, even in the winter months, head lice do seem to spike during the warmest months of the year. But why? Most likely because children are spending more close time together. Summer camps, family trips, sports camps or any other activities that bring kids together can mean more head lice outbreaks.
Head lice also thrive in human climates. They prefer moist, damp environments which are usually around the base of the head where the neck meets the hairline. Summertime sweating can create a welcoming environment for head lice on anyone’s scalp.
Searches for head lice or head lice treatment are up about 25% in the summer months versus winter months. For this reason, it’s always a good idea, no matter what the weather is doing, to remember what to watch for!
–Talk to summer camps or sports camps about how they are dealing with possible head lice infestations. Often time, no one even thinks of the possibility before hosting a camp. Contact the counselor in charge and suggest possible head lice checks in the camp that could do a lot to prevent spreading. Lice Clinics of America offers head lice checks for local camps.
-Talk to your kids about not sharing pillows, blankets, hats, hairbrushes, or any other items with cousins, friends, or teammates that could give them head lice. The average person who has head lice has 10-15 adult lice on their scalp. Female head lice lay about 10 eggs per day. You can see how quickly the problem can escalate! Nits are often transferred from person to person from these personal items. When in doubt, machine wash items in hot water to ensure all nits or head lice are removed. Thoroughly vacuum and disinfect items or carpets as well to remove traces of nits or head lice.
-Make sure your children are protected by nitpicking through their hair and watching for signs of head lice. This means running a comb through their hair strands and watching for nits, rashes, or bite marks. The fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions on the scalp. The rashes and irritation you are seeing is a result of that and the saliva from bite marks, as well.
-Stay vigilant as a parent. Some kids have trouble sleeping due to itchy scalp or the sensation of head lice crawling during the night, as they are more active during the night. Others might just start scratching incessantly. Sometimes it’s hard to catch head lice before it becomes a big problem. Keep a watchful eye for early signs.
-Contact Lice Clinics of America if you have any questions or concerns about head lice. We offer head lice checks to show you what symptoms to look for and how to nitpick properly. We also offer the latest, most effective head lice removal treatments available on the market.
We all know what head lice are…or do we? There are actually a lot of common misconceptions about these pesky little critters. If you are dealing with a head lice problem in your home you might want to brush up on the facts!
Do Head Lice Bite? YES!
Just the thought of tiny bugs crawling through your hair biting you can make anyone feel sick. But think about it! An adult louse will feed 5 to 6 times per day. The average person with a case of head lice is carrying 10-12 lice at a time. This averages over 50 head lice bites per day that person is infected. This is why adequate treatment is extremely important. A problem with head lice, left for even a few days can really escalate quickly.
I Thought They Sucked Blood?
Kind of. Lice have a mouth that acts as a tube with a suction cup on the end. They grab a hold of the skin on the scalp and push through small sharp teeth that penetrate the skin. As they feed, the skin is broken leaving red bumps and marks on the scalp.
What is a Nit? Does it Bite?
Lice eggs, or nits, are not yet hatched and therefore unable to bite. As soon as an egg hatches, the newborn nymph will actively start looking for its first meal. Nymphs will bite and fed on human blood the same as adult lice while they grow and mature into adulthood.
Do the Lice Bites Cause the Itchiness?
As head lice bite they leave broken skin and open sores. They can become dry and irritated resulting in itchiness. This is just one of the reasons. As a louse drinks human blood, they salivate a substance that prevents the blood from clotting as they eat. This saliva is spread over the skin of the host and causes significant allergic reactions. Ever wonder how lice move around? As lice crawl around from hair strand to hair strand on the scalp they use hook-like claws on the tip of their legs. This gives off a tickling or irritating feeling that can lead to itchiness. The combination of bites, saliva, and crawling make itching a major symptom in indicating a head lice infestation.
My Child’s Scalp is Itchy? What do I do Now?
The first thing we recommend is using a nit comb, or fine tooth comb to examine your child’s scalp. Pay special attention to behind the ears, near the base of the neck and the crown of the head. These are the areas head lice like to linger and lay their eggs most often. While examining look for yellowish, oval eggs that are very near the base of the scalp. They will not easily flake off as dandruff would, but will be peeled off only using the fine tooth comb. Watch for red irritated bumps or rashes. Live lice will scurry away quickly from direct light and may be difficult to spot. If you do see any small, sesame seed-sized brown bugs crawling on the hair you clearly have a case of head lice.
Your Professional Source for Treatment of Head Lice
Head lice are not something to take lightly. They are highly contagious especially to those living within a household and can multiply quickly. The professional staff at Lice Clinics of America have eliminated head lice for thousands of patients. We can help you accurately diagnose the problem, offer the most effective and safe treatments, and give you the assurance that our procedure is guaranteed to work. In fact, the process we use is the only FDA cleared lice treatment device that is proven over 99% effective. Call our clinic today to speak with a trusted staff member about your concerns.
Anyone anywhere will cringe when they hear the words head lice. This common problem causes stress and anxiety for parents and children involved. Head lice are a major concern for parents of young children who attend public schools, daycares, church youth programs or just about anywhere else where there are groups of kids. And they should be!
Every year up to 12 million children in the United States alone will contract head lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As a parent or guardian, you may be wondering what is the biggest cause of head lice? How can I prevent it?
Biggest Cause of Head Lice
You guessed it, groups of children are usually the main source for head lice outbreaks. If your child has head lice, they likely got it from direct head to head contact with another child. Children between the ages of 3-12 are more prone to head lice infestations. With that being said, we are seeing more and more cases of teenage head lice with the new super lice dilemma that is sweeping the nation. Some blame this on the selfie or sharing of small electronic devices. Others think that super lice are just harder to kill and therefore affecting more people.
The main way adults or teens catch head lice is from a smaller child who lives in the same home. Parents, grandparents, or teens who live with children are much more likely to catch head lice than other adults.
How Can I Prevent Head Lice?
Children need to be screened for head lice often. Lice Clinics of America is a great source for head lice screenings. We can show you what signs are prevalent with a head lice outbreak. We have the proper nitpicking tools to teach you how to dig through the scalp and identify head lice or remove it.
Checking often, being aware of symptoms and signs of head lice, and talking to your children about not sharing hairbrushes, hats, coats, or accessories that could have head lice are all good places to start in the battle of prevention.
We also provide head lice screenings in our clinic for the whole family. Some people erroneously believe that if their child has head lice, as long as they are treated the problem is gone. Not true. Most often adults catch head lice from their own children. Be sure to have everyone in your home screened before assuming your head lice problem is gone.
Can’t I Just Wash My Child’s Hair?
Many people think that head lice only prefer dirty or clean hair. Neither is true. In fact, head lice have shown no distinct preference in several tests. Anyone with hair, regardless of hygiene, is at risk for head lice.
Head lice are also able to hold their breath for 6-8 hours. For this reason, simply washing hair does not kill them. They are also equipped to grip onto hair strands with claws that are attached to the bottom of their legs. This prevents them from simply being washed away during shampooing.