Many people start out with the expectation that they will be able clean all of the lice out of their child’s hair. After all, they reason, how difficult can it be? It is not until they actually attempt the task that they learn that lice picking is in the bucket of things that are harder to do than they seem on the surface. Following is a letter that we received from a mom in Oklahoma that illustrates this point:
"I did not understand the benefits of hiring a lice service until I was faced with a lice problem. I am a do-it-yourself gal and until I came face to face with head lice, I could not figure out why anyone would call in a professional lice killing service. In fact, my sister in Tulsa had used LiceDoctors and said to me, 'just wait til your kids get lice, you'll see.' Being the older (and wiser sister), I figured she just hadn't tried the right do-it-yourself home treatments. Well, I am here to say the words she loves to hear: she was right and I was wrong. When my oldest daughter began to scratch her head, I did a head check and lo and behold, there were about 4 or 5 bugs on top of her head. I thought 'no problem. I can lick these critters.' To make a long and fairly painful story short, I tried the following treatments with NO success: drug store lice shampoo (3 times), home remedies including Cetaphil and vinegar, hand picking the eggs, and finally a prescription from the pediatrician. After 3 weeks of constant failure on my part, my 12 year old daughter was fed up. She called my sister and insisted on the name of her nit picking service and that is how we got to you folks at LiceDoctors. This what I have learned: some things are better left to the professionals. To anyone who is a do-it-yourselfer out there: save that tendency for something a lot easier to accomplish than lice removal... say rebuilding the engine in your car or perhaps setting a broken leg!"
What’s The Big Deal About Removing Head Lice and Nits? I Mean Really...
We could not have said it better than that letter. Keep in mind, that to truly be done with a lice infestation, you can not have any nits in your hair. If you do have nits, they will hatch in about 10 days and in a few weeks you will be back to the beginning.
You, too, may be wondering, “What is the big deal? What makes lice and nit removal so difficult?” Well like the term “needle in a haystack” that is what it can feel like when you are trying to find a lot of lot of small oval things that are less a millimeter in length.
Now overlay the fact that these tiny eggs also have a camouflage characteristic. They look like the color of the hair because they have a translucent shell. Within the nit exists a nymph or nascent bug that helps to give this egg a brownish color. LiceDoctors - Know Your Head Lice Facts
Then consider that these nits are stuck to the hair. They do not want to make it easy for you to remove them. They like being near the blood of their host so they can keep themselves sated. So if you can find all of them, you still need to remove them. This is not so easy!
And the fourth challenge of lice and nit eradication is the lice themselves: try and catch a bug that that moves super fast and hides as soon as you shine a light on the head. They are very cagey and that is why they have lasted as long as they have. If you have ever tried killing lice at home, then you know what we mean.
Don’t Get Us Started on Super Lice
If you have young children, you may have heard of “super lice”. While they don’t have super powers and they can’t lift buildings with their bare claws, they are pretty hard to kill if you take the chemical lice treatment road. They have mutated over the years and lice treatment shampoos just don’t really affect them.
The esteemed Mayo Clinic reports that treatment-resistant lice have been around for a long time. These super lice are head lice that are more and more resistant to chemicals found in over-the-counter and prescription lice treatments.
This means that the most effective way to put an end to a lice case is to physically remove the lice and nits...all of them! Because of all the reasons that we discussed above, you can see that killing lice and nits is not so easy to accomplish for an inexperienced nit picker. After one has performed lice treatments on a lot of people he or she becomes really adept at eradicating lice. A novice will more likely than not miss some nits and leave a few bugs in the hair. It’s just what happens and we see it a lot.
Lice Technicians Have the Expertise Needed to End the Infestation
LiceDoctors’ technicians have the right tools for the job. They know exactly how to find and identify lice at all stages of their life cycle. They have a safe and chemical-free strategy to extract nits from the hair. You do not have to worry about using a prescription lice treatment that may have serious side effects or a boxed lice shampoo from a drug store that is not effective in killing lice. LiceDoctors has one of the longest and best track records in the country and will comb out and hand pick all lice and nits. Lice specialists have an after treatment plan, which they will share with you so that once they get rid of the lice and nits, you don’t have to worry about the bugs returning.