• Call (800) 479-6583
  • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
  • |
  • Sat 9am-5pm
Menu

How To Control Head LiceHeadlice

You may remember as a child in school being inspected for lice. Lice are often thought of as a problem for children, and it is true that they are most susceptible to getting head lice, but anyone can come down with an infestation of these blood-sucking parasites living on your scalp. Lice have been around for what seems like ages and are looked at as a pioneer pest that the pest control industry was invented to tackle. Though lice may be easy to kill, they are stubborn and won’t go without a fight. The thought of these parasites on your child’s head is something any responsible parent wouldn’t stand for.

While Solutions doesn’t carry products to treat people for lice on their heads, we do have products that can control lice so you can treat areas of your home so your family will be lice free.

Lice Background Information

Lice is actually plural of Louse, the common name for these parasites which are part of the  Phthiraptera order. It has been discovered that there are up to 1,000 different species of lice around the world but only a small number of species actually targets people or pets as hosts. Unlike similar bugs like fleas or bed bugs, lice need to live on a host for survival or else it will die of and be unable to reproduce.

Lice can be divided into two kinds, chewing lice or sucking lice. Chewing lice reside among the hairs or feathers of their host and feed on skin and debris, while sucking lice pierce the host's skin and feed on blood and other sources of food. Of the types which target humans as hosts, there are three: head lice, body lice and pubic lice (crabs). All of these types are sucking lice while chewing lice rarely infest humans.

The life cycle of sucking lice starts by hatching from an egg typically laid on a hair near the scalp which is bound by a strong glue-like substance which binds the egg to the hair.  When these eggs hatch, the young is referred to as a nymph and does not waste any time getting right into feeding. Lice go through three stages until it finally reaches adulthood. By that time, adult females will start laying eggs again as the cycle continues.

Lice have a short lifespan which varies by species in its phases from newly born to adulthood. Lice nymphs take about 7-14 days to mature and once they become adults, the live for nearly a month. A female adult will lay about 100 eggs in its lifetime.

The lifetime of pubic lice (or crabs) take about twice as long to mature – close to a month – and adults will live another month with females laying about 50 eggs before dying. Body lice development also takes about a month and once mature they live for 30 days. Females of this species will lay 300 eggs or more during her adulthood.

Tips for Preventing Lice

Preventing lice from infesting your home is actually quite easy. Since lice has such a short lifespan, an infestation rarely lasts long. The main thing to take care of are lice eggs and keep them from hatching up the next generation. Here are a few simple techniques you can implement to keep lice away from your home.

  • Keep your home clean:  Vacuuming your carpets and rugs and making sure to dry your clothes at the highest settling will do wonders to eliminate any live lice in your home. You should also wash and dry stuffed animals just to be on the safe side.

  • If there are people in the home with lice, shampooing and washing your hair alone will not get rid of lice. This is because they latch on fairly tight to the scalp. Using a special lice comb or tweezers which you can find at any department store and running it carefully through your hair can pick lice off.

  • Make sure to treat your pets as well as your family. Lice don’t normally feed off of pets but they can move to the pet temporarily so shampooing and combing through your pet can help make sure your lice prevention initiative is thorough.

Solutions Recommended Products for Head Lice Control

If lice in your home is a significant problem, then that’s when it’d be necessary to break out some professional grade products. Furniture, carpets, mattresses, and other items that can’t be laundered or vacuumed can be sprayed with a broad spectrum spray which can target lice like Sterifab or Microcare Insecticide Aerosol, which will kill any live lice on contact.

For any clothing which have had lice on it or again just to be on the safe side and ensure no lice are lingering around, spray Bedlam Aerosol directly on pants and shirts. This will kill adults as well as eggs.

Browse our lice control products below and if you would like any expert advice on any pest control issues you may be having, give us a call or message us via live chat or email.

 

Contact Us

x