Families working to eradicate a lice infestation want to do everything in their power to ensure that the lice infestation is gone. For many years, a normal part of treating lice included cleaning the house. This begs to question can lice live on carpet? Can lice live on furniture? How long can lice live in your house? We will answer those questions below and you will likely be surprised at the answers!
HOW LONG CAN LICE LIVE ON FURNITURE?
Much of your family’s time is likely spent on furniture, particularly couches and beds. Because of this, it’s natural to question can you get lice from furniture? If a louse falls off of a person’s head onto a piece of furniture, unless it re-attaches to someone’s hair within a few hours, it will die within 24-36 hours. The chances of this happening are incredibly low as the head will have to make direct contact with a bug for this transfer to occur. Also, it is important to know that head lice are parasites and they do not want to leave their ideal living environment (the human head) to go to a piece of furniture. Why is that? The reason is that there is no food (human blood) or warmth at 98.6 degrees on a couch or chair. If a louse happens to fall off the hair (not likely), it will start to weaken within a few hours.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY FURNITURE FROM LICE?
Even though lice will die-off of the head, you may feel more at ease in your home cleaning furniture to ensure you’ve done everything you can to get rid of lice. To clean
fabric furniture from lice, you can either vacuum it off with an attachment or use a lint roller on the fabric to pick up any straggling bugs. For leather furniture, use your normal leather cleaner and wipe it down. Again, this is not necessary if you are doing an aftercare plan, but feel free to do this if it puts your mind at ease. Keep in mind, though, that the only way to eradicate head lice is to eliminate it on the head.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET RID OF LICE?
In the lice business, we’re asked many questions: Can lice lay eggs on furniture? Can nits hatch on furniture? Can lice stick to plastic? The answer to all of these questions is no. Because lice cannot live on furniture and lice eggs will not hatch off of the human head, there is no need to do a deep cleaning of your house. Head lice live on the head, not in the home, so if the head, the environment the lice live in, is treated properly and the follow up is completed, anything extra is not necessary.
Getting rid of lice involves thorough combing and handpicking out all of the visible lice and nits from the hair. This is ideally done in bright light by a lice removal expert. Both nits and bugs camouflage in the hair rendering it challenging for a novice to accomplish this task. With head lice removal, there is not a lot of room for error; if you leave nits behind with no follow-up plan the case will worsen again in a couple of weeks.
Hopefully, it comes as a relief to you that cleaning your home is not necessary to conquer a case of head lice. However, you must ensure that the head is treated properly which involves removing all signs of lice and eggs from the hair, following up, and preventing lice with lice removal products. If this task seems daunting to you, and you want the peace of mind that comes with a 30-day lice-free guarantee, call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537 or book appointment. We’ll check everyone and make sure that all of the lice are removed from their home environment — the human head!