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Tips on What to Do If You Have Head Lice

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Updated on June 25, 2020

By Lice Technician, Danielle Ippolitooverhead view of hands holding coffee cup and a cellular phone on a table.

No parents in the history of parenting have ever awoken on a Saturday morning and thought to themselves, “Boy I would love to spend my weekend picking microscopic bugs out of my childs hair”. Unfortunately, many families will have to face that problem at some point. The CDC reports an estimated 6-12 MILLION lice infestations occur per year in children ages 3-11. If you wake up to an itchy-headed child, you may find your family is included in this very common situation. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to get rid of those nasty pests for good. Resist the urge to scratch and read on for some helpful tips.


Although lice are icky, their presence is not an indication of poor hygiene or uncleanliness. If you find or suspect someone in your house has lice, you do not need to throw away all of your brushes and quarantine the house. There is a lot of false information floating around about lice, so make sure you contact an expert to answer your questions.


Speaking of experts, the next step to take is to contact LiceDoctors. You have made it this far, so once you’re done reading go ahead and give us a call. If you’re just waiting for a technician to arrive, here are some things you can do to help.


Most lice are actually transferred through direct contact, but there are some cases where using a brush or hair tie that has lice can transmit them. Luckily, you don’t need to immediately throw out all of your hair styling tools. Simply boil accessories (that will not melt) for 5 minutes or freeze for at least 8 hours.

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Many people think of lice as a similar type of pest as bed bugs, but they are much easier to control. Lice can only live for 24-36 hours when not on a human head. However, if it will give you peace of mind, feel free to wash towels and bed sheets in a hot water cycle. Try not to worry about them in the house, lice basically go from head to head, or they die.


Once a technician comes to your house, she will set up some supplies and then do an oil and fine-tooth comb treatment, followed by handpicking. It is important to let her treat everyone in the home (who has hair) to ensure there are no more live bugs left to lay eggs. And don’t worry, yours (probably) isn’t the worst case the technician has ever seen. The tech will also give you a follow up plan, which is kind of like easy homework but make sure you get it done.


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While you were not thrilled to hear the news that your child has lice, we guarantee that a lice specialist will help you in the comfort of your home. Call day or night at 254-434-2219 to put an end to your lice problem.