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CLEANING YOUR CAR AFTER HEAD LICE INFESTATION: CAN HEAD LICE LIVE IN CAR?

CLEANING YOUR CAR AFTER HEAD LICE INFESTATION: CAN HEAD LICE LIVE IN CAR?
Created on 
August 1, 2022
Updated on 
August 1, 2022

After you have treated your family for lice, you likely want to ensure that all of the lice everywhere are dead. When you start to consider the days leading up to the discovery of the infestation, you might recall how often your family was in the car and be concerned with whether can you get lice from a leather car seat or can lice live in a car? If so, you’re probably wondering if you should get rid of lice in the car. The short answer is that it is likely unnecessary as lice do not like to leave the perfect environment of the human head to go to a place like a car or a furniture where they will starve without their food (human blood). Here are 3 steps you can take and one step you should not take if you are worried about head lice in your car:

WIPING OFF YOUR CAR SEATS AND SURFACES…LEATHER OR CLOTH

You’ll be relieved to know that lice do not live off of the head for more than 24-36 hours. Because of this, if you are not planning on driving in the next couple of days, any lice that may have been on the car seats will be dead. If you are going to be using your car and are very concerned with lice car seats transferring to your family, you can wipe off leather seats with a damp cloth. With cloth seats, you can take a hand broom and sweep them clean.

VACUUM CLEAN YOUR CAR

can lice live in a car

Head lice very rarely transfer from an object, like a car seat, to the human head. However, if you are determined to do a thorough lice cleaning, a quick trip to the car wash could help provide peace of mind. Vacuuming the seats and carpeting will also be effective at getting rid of any bugs that may have been hitching a ride.

STICKY TAPE ROLLER

Another option if you prefer not to go to the car wash to do a thorough head lice cleaning of your car is to use sticky tape or a lint roller to roll the seats. Simply run the roller over the fabric in your car and that will grab any bugs that you see. Also if an egg happened to be knocked off the head, the roller will clean those up as well. Note though that if an egg were to fall out of the hair, it cannot reattach to the hair.

APPLY HEAD LICE PESTICIDES TO THE CAR SEATS

Definitely do not spray car seats with an insecticide, especially preventatively, as that is ineffective and potentially toxic in a closed car. Prevention can be helpful though ON THE HEAD so after lice treatment, the use of a head lice repellent that is a proven lice treatment product can make the hair undesirable to any live bugs that may still be crawling around and lower the chances of being infested. It is important to know that head lice are primarily transmitted directly from one person’s head to another so if you are alone in the car, lice repellent will likely be overkill.

HEAD LICE IN CAR FAQs

how to get rid of lice in car

While researching how to get rid of lice in the car, with the knowledge that lice will die naturally without cleaning the car, you may have some additional questions:

FAQ

Can my kids give lice to each other while sitting in the car?

The answer to this is a definite yes. In about 95% of the cases, lice are passed from head to head. You are much more likely to get lice from another person than from the car seat.

Can the cold kill lice or extreme heat?

A car is not a suitable environment for head lice to survive for very long. And you would likely not be in a car that is cold or hot enough to kill lice.

Is it safe to drive in a carpool?

While driving your kids to school or activities in a carpool may add to the risk of contagion, you have to balance risk/reward. In other words, if it makes your lice more manageable then go with the carpool but check your kids more often.

Do you recommend cleaning the car for lice?

As we have said, this extra step is not necessary, especially if you are out of the car for a day or if you are doing an aftercare treatment program on your head. However, if it gives you peace of mind, without adding additional stress, we recommend doing whatever helps put your mind at ease.

CONCLUSION

If a case of lice is treated effectively then cleaning the house and cars is not necessary. However, if you would like to make a lice treatment appointment, but want to avoid the drive in the car to a salon, lice removal company is the answer. In-home head lice treatment is what we do. We will come to you to ensure all of the lice are gone. Guaranteed!

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