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Can You Get Head Lice From a Hotel Bed?

Can You Get Head Lice From a Hotel Bed?
Updated on 
May 1, 2018

Why Is The Risk Of Getting Lice From A Hotel Room Bed Low?

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After a bout with head lice, or while traveling, a common concern families have is if they can bring home head lice from hotel furniture. Clients often ask us “can you get lice from hotel rooms”? The chances of getting lice from hotel stays are incredibly low. Lice do not like to reside off the human head as the ambient temperature is not appropriate and their food source is not there. Lice can survive off the head only for a matter of hours. If someone has lice and a bug falls off the head (not likely) onto a bed at home, there is a slight chance that if someone sits on the bed, he or she will get lice. In a hotel room, where the room is cleaned between guests and the sheets are changed on the bed, the chances of contracting lice diminish even further.

Can Head Lice Live on Pillows?

If you’re still skeptical and wondering can you get head lice from a hotel pillow, consider this; lice do not like to stray from the head, so the probability of getting head lice from a hotel bed or Airbnb lice spreading from a previous guest is minute. Because hotel washers can wash bedding at temperatures 40-50 degrees hotter than a residential machine, lice on bedding will die. Hotels wash bedding between guests, eliminating the risk of transmitting lice from the bedding. You can stop wondering can you get lice from a hotel and fully enjoy the time away from home.

How To Kill Lice At Home Or In Your Hotel Room?

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If you do find a live louse in your home or hotel room, this means that someone with an active infestation has recently been in that room. This can really cause concern and the question will arise “can you get lice from hotels?” Still, the answer is likely not, but there are some precautions you can take. The best thing you can do is to have all family members checked to determine who is infected and then treat all heads. As we said, you do not need to worry about killing an errant louse found off the head, because that bug will die in short order. Unlike bed bugs, lice will not last long in a bed. Lice in hotel bed sheets will be killed in the washing machine or dryer, so they can’t be shuttled from room to room by the housekeeping staff.

To recap, it is unlikely that you will find a live louse off the head in your house; it is even less likely that you will find one in a hotel room. On the remote chance that you do, focus your time, energy, and resources on checking and treating immediate family/friends who have recently been in your quarters. Concern yourself with the person who brought that louse into the house or hotel, because that case will not go away on its own; it will only get worse.

Found Lice in Your Hotel Room or Got Lice on Vacation? We Can Help!

If you find lice in your hotel room, start checking family members’ hair. Remember to wage a battle against lice means to kill lice and remove their eggs at the source: the head. LiceDoctors not only provides service to families and individuals in homes, but we can also send a technician to your hotel to minimize the impact on your hard-earned vacation. Call us today to schedule an appointment at a time convenient for you at 800-224-2537. Technicians work quickly and efficiently which will help you get back to your vacation plans quickly, and lice-free.

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