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What to Look For in a Lice Treatment Service

Updated on May 18, 2017


Depending on where you live, there may be multiple lice treatment options. Cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and others may have many such services. Because there are few barriers to entry to the lice treating world, anyone can set up shop. That includes moms who have finally beaten back lice in their own kids, as well as hairdressers looking to make some extra money. LiceDoctors' owners Wendy and Karen, with over 25 years combined experience as lice professionals, have helped a lot of clients over the years who unfortunately had put their trust in the hands of novices. To help families to make educated decisions regarding lice treatment services, they have put together a checklist of what to look for when hiring a lice removal service so that overwhelmed parents can ensure that they are hiring a reliable and effective lice treatment service.


  • How many clients has your company treated? Experience counts here. As you treat more clients you become more adept at finding the small nits and fast moving bugs. Practice makes perfect here.
  • How long has your company been treating families for lice? You don't want to use a random pop-up company with no track record. You want a company that will be around tomorrow to stand by its work.
  • What is your treatment process? Make sure that the process includes a step for killing the bugs (shampoos do not do this) and for extracting the nits. Know that the nits have an impenetrable shell so you must physically pull them out of the hair. No product can "kill" a nit.
  • Do you have a follow-up plan? Beware if someone says she can cure you in one sitting with no follow-up. On the day of treatment, there will be some microscopic nits in the hair; those are the ones that were just laid and are too small to be seen. You must do some follow-up to get rid of these.
  • What do you recommend to do with treatment of the house? This is a telling answer; what you need to know is that lice live off the head for only a day so beware of anyone who tells you that they treat the home. This is unnecessary and a waste of your money. It’s the head, not the house that needs to be treated.
  • Is it ok to just have one person in the family checked? The answer should be “not recommended to only treat one family member.” Lice are highly contagious and in the majority of cases, more than one member has gotten the case. You will be frustrated if you clear up lice in one child, only to learn a week later that you also have it. The only exception here is the dads as adult men are not highly susceptible to lice.
  • What is your guarantee? This is important. You want a company that is confident enough in the efficacy of it work to give you a guarantee. At LiceDoctors, we have a 30 day guarantee.
  • Is your company certified with the Better Business Bureau? It is helpful for you to know that your lice treatment service meets the standards required to be in good standing with this watchdog organization.

LiceDoctors has successfully treated over 110,000 clients. We use an all-natural olive oil based plan that was developed nearly 20 years ago by our board certified physician medical director. Our technicians undergo rigorous training and will help to put you at ease with their know-how. We offer a full guarantee that our treatment plan works. LiceDoctors has an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau.