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Lice Panic Strikes Again!

Lice doesn’t run around a room, house or school. Here’s some great info for you: People don’t realize that when they self treat and don’t get all of the lice and nits out, their own kids are continuing to spread it to other kids. This, in no way, is the responsibility of the school to fix. Kids can get lice anywhere – playing with neighborhood friends, Disney World, youth group, school friends, taking selfies with heads touching, etc…. People also don’t understand that the lice are increasingly resistant to pesticides, and if ALL of the nits (eggs)are not physically removed, More »

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How In The World Do These Things Get On Our Heads???

-How can you get head lice on your head?  From head-to-head contact with an infested person’s hair, but may be transferred with shared combs, hats and other hair accessories.   -They may also remain on bedding or upholstered furniture for a brief period.  A louse can live off of someone’s head for 48 hours.   -Head lice are a very common problem, second only to the common cold among communicable diseases affecting school children.   ******Getting head lice is NOT a sign of bad personal hygiene or an unclean living environment. Anyone can become infested, young, old, rich, poor, clean More »

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Can Head Lice Spread Disease or Infections?

One of the questions that I get asked on a daily basis is:  Can head lice spread blood disease or infections?  As of right now, head lice are not known to spread disease.  However, sometimes the itching from the bites can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection. Let’s take a deeper look at this. The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that infests the hair on a human head.  Head lice feed from the blood on the human scalp.  Adult lice are six-legged, wingless insects 2-4 mm More »

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“The Dangers of Pesticides”

Many parents turn to popular over-the-counter treatments which contain pyrethrin or permethrin. Consumer Reports say that those chemicals are not the best choices. “Those active ingredients tend not to work anymore because the lice have become resistant to them,” said Consumer Reports’ Michael Hansen. The safest and most effective method to get rid of human head lice is to comb out the bugs and eggs.  Studies have shown that pediculosis capitis, human head lice, are becoming more and more resistant to pesticides which include the prescriptions. In California, there was a lawsuit against some of the companies that produce and More »

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Have you ever wondered “How head lice ‘work’?”

Have you ever wondered exactly how these pesky little critters do what they do? Well grab a seat and let’s have a little science fun!!! Adult head lice have six legs and are wingless insects approximately 2-4 mm long. Their bodies are a translucent grayish-white if they haven’t fed…. and are brown to reddish-brown when they have fed.  Their heads actually have two tiny eyes that are too small to be seen without being magnified.  They also have two small antennae which you normally can see especially on adult lice.  There are six pairs of hooks that surround the mouth. More »

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Interesting Lice Statistics

-Officials at ARR Health Technologies, Inc. an importer of pharmaceutical and personal care products based in Swampscott, Mass., estimate there are 21 million cases annually nationwide. -Terri Meinking, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, says her research has found that states such as California, Florida, Georgia and Texas have more cases of lice because of the warmer climate -CDC info: Adult head lice are 2.1-3.3 mm in length. Head lice infest the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. More »

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Don’t Waste Water

1.  Save your water bill.  Lice can hold their breath in water for up to 8 hours.  Place clothing, bedding, stuffed animals, etc in the dryer on the high setting on your dryer for 30 minutes. 2.  You can take combs, brushes, hair accessories, etc and place them in a grocery bag or ziploc bag in the freezer for 24-48 hours. 3.  Human head lice can NOT live off of the human head for more than 48-72 hours.  So, vacuum the high traffic areas of your home as well as the upholstered furniture, car seats, etc. 4.  Set items that can not More »