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Head Lice, Laundry, and Vacuuming

Do you have to do Laundry after Lice

Updated on July 23, 2020

Do not waste a lot of time washing your clothes; when it comes to head lice, your time is better spent focused on the head, not the house. Lice Only Survive Off the Head for Hours.

A louse needs blood from the human head to survive; without blood, the bug will die within a day or less. One mistake that people make is spending hours on the laundry and the house. This is a waste of time; take it from us—we have been treating folks with head lice infestations for over 20 years. Ignore the house and clothes, concentrate on delousing the hair, and put a protective coating on the hair post-treatment and you will be much better off.

Here is What Happens When You Spend Hours Vacuuming and Washing the Clothes

There is limited time in a day. If you learn that your child has head lice you may panic, run to the drugstore, purchase chemical lice products, apply them to the hair, and then run to do the laundry and vacuum the house. This is exactly the pattern that ends up frustrating parents because it does not eradicate the head lice infestation. Active lice are in the hair, near the scalp where they can feed; they generally do not want to climb off the scalp unless they have another victim to bother. While you are spending time on washing clothes and cleaning the house, the lice are proliferating in the head.

What Should You Do If You Find Lice?

If you find that your child has head lice, the first step is to take a deep breath and do a little research. You can either treat the case on your own or call in a professional lice removal service such as LiceDoctors. If you attempt to treat the head lice on your own, remember that lice chemicals are not an effective treatment. The reason for that is that lice have become immune to them. So what is the alternative? Most experts agree, the only way to eradicate head lice is to physically remove them from the hair. You must get out every single bug and egg if you want to eradicate a case. If you spend hours on cleaning the house, and there are nits (eggs) left in the hair, you are wasting your time.

Conversely, if you get all of the nits and bugs out of the hair and there is a bug in the house, it will die within 24 hours. As long as your hair is protected from the lice for a day after treatment, you are home-free.  Remember when it comes to a louse, it’s the head, not the house.  If you would like our professional treatment or if you have questions, please call us in the Riverside area at 951-381-2240.