Updated on September 25, 2020
Updated By Karen Sokoloff
Do Lice Live On Stuffed Animals?
Your child has head lice. What to do with her and her belongings? While searching the internet for info, you see lice stuffed animals and now you are wondering, can lice live in stuffed animals? You may read that you should bag up all toys. Your daughter is already upset and now you're being advised to take away her most comforting toy. You can already picture how that’s going to go over:
- Your child will become forlorn as you try to cajole her, explaining that this is something that must be done to get rid of the lice, and eventually
- Your child will rise in rebellion, demanding that you leave her head and her toys alone.
Ugghhh. You are ready to pull out your hair (literally!)
How Long Do Lice Live On Stuffed Animals?
Good news! The answer to how long can head lice live on stuffed animals is the same as that for any inanimate object: lice cannot live off of the head for more than a few hours, and the bugs do not like to leave the head and go on to an inanimate object. When they leave the head, it is usually to move to another head where there is human blood (their food). Furthermore, nits are not contagious. The nits are glued to the hair, and if for some reason they fall off (not likely) they can not reattach to the hair.
What To Do With Stuffed Animals When You Have Lice?
When treating for head lice stuffed animals do NOT need to be packed away or washed. At LiceDoctors, we have been called in to treat lice in over 100,000 homes. Many parents have already gone through the trauma of bagging everything in their homes. We hope that by reading this blog, you save yourself from the waste of time that goes into this useless endeavor.
Treating Stuffed Animals For Lice
The only way you will get rid of a lice infestation is to eliminate all lice and nits from all heads and do a reliable follow-up to ensure that the case is gone for good. With our lice treatment stuffed animals and all other belongings will clear themselves of lice within a day, and since your child’s head is protected by the follow-up, they can’t catch lice from those objects in the meantime. If you still worry you have lice stuffed animals dryer time would kill anything in them even faster. Call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537 to get rid of the lice infestation without toy quarantine, and both you and your child will be happy!