If you see your child scratching their heads intensely or get a call from the school about an outbreak of head lice, you’re first reaction may be horror. However, any individual can pick up head lice from close head-to-head contact or sharing hats grooming utensils. A head lice infestation, which is called “pediculosis,” doesn’t reflect on your hygiene habit, contact with pets or other factors. Lice can only exist on human blood and cannot live away from a human host. Head lice infestations are a common problem among children, and if you remain calm and take active steps to control the infestation, you will be able to eliminate these pests completely.
UNDERSTANDING HEAD LICE INFESTATIONS
Lice are tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp. They produce eggs, called nits, which the adults attach to the base of the hair with a glue-like substance. The nits look like dandruff on the scalp. The eggs hatch into nymphs, which are gray-white in color. The adult lice are tan in color and can be quickly scurrying amidst the shafts when the hair of the scalp is disturbed. To completely eradicate lice, you must eliminate all three life stages, to prevent further infestation.
TREATMENT OF LICE INFESTATIONS
Eliminating a lice infestation involves the use of approved compounds that are safe to use on humans. Other members of the household should also be treated, to reduce the chance of re-infestation. Over-the-counter preparations are available, but these must be used exactly according to package directions to produce full elimination of the lice. A lice removal clinic can also be used, to make the task easier. All hats, pillowcases, bedding, scarves, clothing and towels should carefully washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Soak combs, brushes and other hair implements in hot water. Vacuum flooring and furnishings thoroughly. Some parents prefer to eliminate the habitat of the lice by cutting their children’s hair short, as well.
GET PROFESSIONAL HELP
You don’t have to do the time-consuming work of chemical treatment and unpleasant task of combing out lice and nits from your children’s hair. Lice Lifters is a lice removal specialist that can do fast lice removal from kids’ hair and provide aftercare products to ensure the lice are completely gone.
Although an infestation of head lice in your family can be disturbing, it doesn’t have to mean laborious treatment and combing of these pests out of the hair. Lice Lifters can help with natural, effective treatments that will ensure head lice are gone for good. For lice removal in Westfield NJ, call Lice Lifters for a thorough exam and lice removal for kids.