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COLD WEATHER AND LICE EXPLAINED: HOW TO AVOID LICE IN WINTER

COLD WEATHER AND LICE EXPLAINED: HOW TO AVOID LICE IN WINTER
Created on 
April 28, 2022
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When are lice season? We receive this question often as it is a long-held belief that lice are dormant during the winter months. This, however, is untrue. While warmer seasons tend to come with an increase in lice infestation, our lice treatment service continues to receive calls about lice in winter months, even from areas with more severe winters. Head lice are parasites that care about the temperature of one environment only: the human head. Also, consider that winter includes family-gathering activities such as Thanksgiving and winter vacations which afford lice the opportunity to be shared.

DOES THE COLD KILL LICE?

The cooler months do come with a lower incidence of lice, but this is not because the cold kills lice on the head. If you’re wondering can lice live in the cold climate, note that head lice are still active and transmitted during the cold weather, most often via head-to-head contact. While the outdoor temperature may drop significantly, the human head remains 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the perfect temperature for a lice infestation to manifest itself. If you’re still wondering how cold it has to be to kill lice, the answer would be any temperature that is off of the human head.

HOW TO PREVENT LICE IN WINTER?

Since lice are active year-round, you likely wonder how to avoid getting lice? Preventing head lice in the winter is much the same as preventing head lice during warmer times of the year or in warmer climates. The best defense against head lice is avoiding direct head-to-head contact. Since that is difficult to control with young children you will need some strategies to keep the hairless accessible to the bugs. In addition, since lice may occasionally be transmitted less directly via shared clothing, like beanies and scarves, we recommend not sharing such items. 

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR KIDS FROM GETTING LICE?

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As mentioned, it is important to emphasize to your children the importance of keeping their winter gear separate from others’ and to avoid borrowing or sharing these items. In addition, during all times of the year, it is best to avoid head to head contact with others, especially during head lice outbreaks at school. As an added deterrent, keep long hair tied back to make it harder for lice to find and keep the hair artificially dirty with hair spray, gel, or mousse. This coating makes the hair less inviting to the bugs who have a harder time grabbing hold of oily or coated hair. The use of essential oils may prove helpful in repelling lice. LiceDoctors offers a repellent along with other professional lice treatment products

WHAT IS THE BEST LICE TREATMENT IN WINTER?

There is no such thing as snow lice. The type of lice present in winter is the same as lice during warmer months and in warmer climates, so the treatment is the same. There are many options available to families such as:

  • OTC Pesticide treatments;
  • All Natural Herbal Remedies;
  • Home treatments;
  • Prescription pesticide treatments;
  • Professional lice services.

By far, the best way to treat lice is to ensure everything is removed from the hair, including all of the lice eggs and bugs. For any of the treatment options above, this part of lice treatment is not optional when seeking success in eradicating lice from your home. Lice removal protocols must include combing with a quality, fine-tooth nit comb, as well as handpicking. We do not recommend most of the above options as they are often ineffective and carry the risk of side effects. 

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, does cold weather kill head lice? No. At LiceDoctors, we receive calls from families all over the United States year-round, including from those in northern states that see very cold temperatures. Many have made attempts themselves to get rid of lice without success. To get rid of even severe infestations, call to schedule an appointment for lice removal from a professional with LiceDoctors. Your lice specialist will make a house call to you regardless of how cold the weather is!

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