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LiceDoctors Strongly Urges Parents NOT To Use Pesticides to Kill Lice In the House

Updated on April 11, 2017

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Judy A, a mom from Lexington, Kentucky called us to come and treat her family. She wanted to know at what point should she begin to spray the house. Our answer was an unequivocal "NEVER"! She was surprised to hear that as her sister in Houston had been advised to spray her house by a company there. Run for the hills if you get that advice! Spraying the home is bad advice for two major reasons: 1) it is unnecessary as the lice will die within a day or so when away from the human head which is their food source 2) chemical spray treatments may be toxic. The United States Centers for Disease Control issued the following statement: "Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin." - The National Pediculosis Association (NPA), an advocacy group in Newton, Massachusetts, states definitively on its site, "Don't use lice sprays. Parents want to take immediate action for the lice problems their children bring home. Unfortunately, many often perceive their homes to have lice rather than the children. The truth of the matter is that the majority of head lice transmissions occur through person-to-person contact. Spraying the environment or hiring extermination services for head lice eradication is unwarranted, and can pose potential health threats." The site goes on to quote Steven Blum, President of Acme Pest Control Company and Director of the National Pest Control Association, who says that they receive calls from people who request spray treatments to eradicate lice in the home. He says, "There is no scientific justification to spray for head lice at home or in the school environment. It is our job as pest control professionals to distinguish between the risks and benefits of certain insects versus certain pesticide applications. Head lice do not qualify for pesticide extermination measures." - The NPA further recommends that schools not spray lockers and that parents should focus lice eradication energy on lice and nit removal from the head rather than in the home. If you find that a family member has head lice, call LiceDoctors in the Lexington area at (859) 721-1889. We will get rid of lice and nits on the head, where it matters, we will then give you a simple follow-up plan so that if any bugs linger in the home for a day or so post-treatment, you will be fully protected. We guarantee it!

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