Lice….To Clean or Not to Clean “Everything!”

Posted on April 16, 2018

Lice treatment can be emotionally draining!  Figuring out what to clean around the house after lice treatment, can be even more stressful and tiring!  I’ve arrived at a client’s home only to find everything bagged, laundry all over the floor, basically the entire house turned upside down! When I tell them none of this is necessary, the response is always “are you serious!”  Lice do not want your furniture, stuffed animals, carpet, or any other surface in the home.  Adult lice cannot survive without human blood.

Adult head lice and nymphs can only live off the scalp for 24-48 hours.  They need an accessible/nearby human, because they require an immediate blood meal. Nits cannot hatch off the scalp, they need human warmth to incubate, without it they simply die! So you see, lice do not want anything in the house except your “HEAD!

Head lice are human parasites and require human blood to survive.  They are called head lice because they are body specific.

Experts used to suggest bagging items such as stuffed animals for a number of weeks to help bring infestations under control, they soon found this to be unnecessary.  Stuffed animals have no blood.  There is no way lice can survive without human blood. There is also no need for sprays or pesticides for furniture and bedding. Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals and cars. It is also a sufficient safeguard for any questionable areas or items that may be in contact with those who are infested. You can also put bed linens, stuffed animals and other items in a dryer for 20-30 minutes as heat suffocates lice.

So.. “To clean or not to clean,” I say not!  Instead, save your energy to rid your scalp of lice!


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