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How to Get Rid of Nits

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We have all heard about or seen someone have lice  in their hair. It could very well be us. Kids are generally more susceptible to catching lice from other kids in school. Lice are small, wingless, blood sucking insects that usually find shelter in peoples’ hair. They feed of the blood from your scalp but are in no way a sign of lack of hygiene. 

Approximately six to twelve million kids in the U.S. had head lice in a survey conducted in 2015. Lice can also effect unhealthy individuals and cause thinning of hair strands. Lice are small, about the size of a sesame seed whereas nits are eggs of lice, about the size of a dandruff flake. However nits cannot be brushed out with a lice comb and unlike dandruff, nits have a sticky nature. Another reason for lice and nits to occur is if you recently changed your shampoo and conditioner.

Breeding

Nits can prove to be a bigger problem than regular lice. Nits are oval shaped, grayish white particles stuck to the side shaft of hairs with a sticky substance. This sticky substance is secreted by lice to keep the eggs from falling off. When the eggs hatch, the larvae need a food source to grow. You do not want to be a victim of this very literal “brain drain”. A female adult louse can lay three to five eggs each day. These eggs hatch to become nymphs and nymphs grow in to adult lice.

Contagious

Lice are contagious and can be transferred from one person to another in a jiffy. It usually happens if both people were in direct contact with each other. For example, if your kids sleep in the same bed and one has lice, chances are the others will also catch it. Similarly, children in pre-schools and kindergarten catch it from other kids, especially at nap times.

Let’s take a step by step look at how you can remove lice and nits from your hair:

First step – killing adult lice

First of all you need to get the adult lice that laid the eggs. If you try to directly remove the nits, more will replace them because the egg laying female adult lice has not been removed. Dunking your head in the water bucket will not drown them and the chlorine from the pool is also not strong enough to kill them. It is compulsory to wash your hair with an anti dandruff or anti lice shampoo. Choose a reliable brand to see better results. In extreme cases, such as if the problem has been ignored for too long, prescription anti lice shampoos are also available.

Prescription shampoos have natural insecticides that attack the lice’s nervous system with toxins. Application is slightly different than your regular shampoo. You must apply the shampoo to dry hair, then add water, lather and leave it on for about five minutes before rinsing. The process needs to be repeated every week for a month to completely rid of all the nits and lice.

Less proven alternatives

Home remedies can often be hard to believe but sometimes very effective. People say you can suffocate dracula’s little helpers by applying one of the following techniques:

  • Apply petroleum jelly such as Vaseline directly to the scalp hairs. Make sure to get a deep massage and reach the roots. Leave it on for about eight to ten hours before washing it off. You can also wear a shower cap for it to be more effective. Just be sure to pick a day, when you don’t have to leave the house looking ridiculous like that.

  • Apply olive oil to your hair. This will not only loosen nits but also add volume to your hair. For the best results, leave it on for at least eight hours. You can also apply it before going to bed and leave it on overnight. Just be sure to remember to place a towel on your pillow to avoid oil stains. Another substitute to the oil remedy is mayonnaise since that also contains lot of oils but this seems too farfetched to be true. Do you know anyone who can corroborate to mayonnaise being effective? Me neither.

  • Wash your hair with vinegar and water. Vinegar has alkaline properties that help loosen nits from hair strands. You can use a regular lice comb to brush them out. Always place a towel on your shoulders to prevent lice from escaping. After your hair is lice free, clean your hairbrushes and combs with heated water to disinfect them.

Prevention measures – protect yourself

It should be very obvious that each family member should have a separate nail cutter, towels, hair brushes and hats. Contagious problems such as lice and nits are transferred through mutual use of these everyday cleaning materials.

Avoid head to head contact with others. Now I don’t mean to imply that people go banging their heads with others. But sleeping beside someone who has lice is a way to catch them.

Vacuum the house to rid of nits and lice infestations from couches and carpets. Adults usually don’t catch it but kids are more prone to catching them.

Get Rid of Lice Using Professional Pesticides From Solutions

While Solutions Pest & Lawn doesn’t hold products that you can directly apply to lice that are already on your head, we do hold products which can kill lice before they even think about getting onto your scalp and calling it home.

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.

Conclusion

Lice are not harmful to your health but they can cause an itchy scalp. Avoid looking like a monkey scratching his head in public and get rid of lice as soon as possible. For more helpful pest control advice, log onto our website to set up a live chat, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or give us a phone call at 800-479-6583.



 

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