Gross Facts You Didn’t Know About Head Lice
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When head lice present themselves, parents like yourself tend to panic. But who wouldn’t? The constant itch and discomfort, especially in children, can make us feel both uncomfortable and downright useless in fixing the situation. You may think that a quick trip to the drugstore or supermarket could help resolve all your troubles. Well, that’s where you would be wrong. You see, today’s head lice are basically immune to over-the-counter products – not to mention the strong chemicals included in each bottle. Today’s head lice are stronger, faster, and more troublesome than ever. Arm yourself with knowledge – here are a few other gross facts about head lice!

Lice Don’t Infect Everything

Well, that doesn’t seem so gross, right? They will not actually infect everything. But it depends on your outlook, really. Are you a neat freak? Do you need everything in your home to be completely clean, especially after a bug infestation of any kind? Please understand that head lice will not live in your furniture, for instance, yet many homeowners will wish to wash everything. You don’t need to do that, though.

However, washing your bedding, clothing, and headwear entirely makes sense. But vacuuming each room and bagging anything the infested person has ever touched? That’s completely unnecessary. Lice will only live about 24 hours away from the human scalp. Then, thankfully, they’ll die off.

Lice Are Ancient

Lice are not a relatively new species. In fact, they’ve been around as long as humankind. That’s gross all right, but head lice evolved alongside people. With our living changes and safety procedures, head lice have adapted their own routines, and even their biology. We mentioned earlier that today’s species of head lice are generally unfazed by over-the-counter medications. That’s quite true! Over the years, head lice have grown accustomed to the pesticides and other chemicals designed to kill them off. Now, they can withstand those treatments and ultimately thrive on the scalp for far longer, and you don’t want that.

Weird Facts

We detailed two primary facts that can make a significant difference to families and their comfort level. Now, we’d like to share a few weird facts that you may find interesting, or that might make your skin crawl a little with the thought. So without further ado:

  • Louse – The singular term for head lice is “louse.” It sounds odd because no one ever says it aloud.
  • Light – Typically, head lice do not enjoy the light. They will hide and crawl away quickly if a light is present, which is why they are so difficult to spot initially. Yes, they have a plan.
  • Camouflage – Nits (eggs) are able to camouflage themselves to match your hair color and pigment. This camouflage protects them from outside threats, so you’re unlikely to track them as easily.
  • Saliva – The itching caused by head lice is not from hair shifting or tiny legs crawling across your skin, but instead, it’s the saliva. Similar to a mosquito, the bite of a louse often causes an allergic reaction that leads to intense itching and discomfort.

Are you dealing with the constant itch of head lice? Contact Lice Lifters by calling 972-805-1308 for our Frisco location. We are the top provider of head lice treatment in DFW!

Back to School Lice Checks: Should You DIY?
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The beginning of a school year is an exciting time for your child. A new class, a new teacher, new friends, and new opportunities to learn. For parents, it is just as exciting to watch them thrive and enjoy their time at school. However, the school year comes with a few downsides. It is much easier for germs to spread and for children to get sick in such a large group setting. Beyond your typical illness, there is an even more inconvenient pest that can make its way around a class in no time at all – head lice. If you have ever dealt with head lice, you know that it is no walk in the park to treat. You have probably heard of, and may have even utilized, over-the-counter lice treatments – but do they really work? Do you know how to properly check your child’s head for lice? Learn more about back-to-school lice checks and whether or not you should leave this task to the pros.

You Should Always Do Routine Checks

Always act quickly when it comes to a possible lice infestation. But better yet, be proactive. When your child gets home from school, make an effort to comb your child’s hair and look closely for any possible nits (lice eggs) or the tiny insects themselves. What can be tricky about lice is that everyone thinks a typical indicator is an incredibly itchy head and scalp. But, only 50% of people with a head lice infestation will experience itchiness. Your child could easily be one of those cases, so it is best to check routinely rather than waiting for symptoms to appear.

Over-The-Counter: Yes or No?

Over-the-counter treatments contain harsh pesticides, which can be problematic, especially for youngsters. They can easily burn scalps, and can be extremely uncomfortable when left on for any duration of time. Some of these treatments can be up to four times the strength of an intensive insect repellant. On top of that, lice have developed a resistance to many of the properties in these OTC treatments, so your child may receive a large amount of chemical exposure for ultimately nothing.

All-Natural, Comprehensive Lice Removal

Effective lice treatment takes painstaking, layer-by-layer combing out of nits and adult head lice. This alone is reason to see a professional; at Lice Lifters, we use a micro-grooved comb that is specially designed to remove any traces of lice and nits. It will catch every strand, which is part of the reason we can say that we are a one-time visit to a guaranteed lice-free head, if you keep up with our home instructions. Our proprietary treatment solution is 100% pesticide-free, will kill lice at all growth stages, and is not at all irritating.

Make an Appointment Today

Perhaps we are a little partial, but we stand by what we do, and we know that our lice treatment is much better than any over-the-counter treatment you can buy. At Lice Lifters, we do not need pesticides to kill all lice at the source and end your problem right then and there. We know firsthand that it is necessary to comb out lice-infested hair meticulously, and someone who has never done that before might inadvertently miss a section. This is why for lice treatment, it is best not to go DIY. Schedule an appointment today by calling Lice Lifters in Frisco at 972-805-1308. We also offer mobile lice treatment service.

Over-the-Counter Lice Treatment, Yes or No?
Professional head lice treatment is the number one solution to tackle a head lice infestation.
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When your child comes home with that telltale itch, you know something is wrong. It could be head lice, or it could just be some dirt from their time at the playground. But if it’s the former, you may feel the need to panic. Hold on – take a deep breath, step back, and then act appropriately. It’s not the time to panic. Your first instinct may be to visit the drugstore in town for a quick solution. However, we promise that those over-the-counter lice treatment products do not work. There is no doubt that they fail to provide a prompt or effective solution. In fact, most just worsen the situation via the hard-to-pronounce chemicals within each bottle. Do yourself and your child a favor, and just avoid that path altogether.

Over-the-Counter Lice Treatments

Okay, let’s break down your typical over-the-counter lice treatment. Whether it’s prescription, store brand, or Nix, there are chemicals in each bottle. Pesticides, in fact. Such pesticides include Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins. These products do not work to treat head lice. Today’s head lice, which we often refer to as “super lice,” are resistant to such chemicals. You’re simply introducing a new, more harmful product to the scalp.

Furthermore, most over-the-counter lice treatment packages come with a comb, correct? Well, we hate to break it to you, but the comb fails in every way. The teeth of the comb are too far apart, making it quite ineffective at removing head lice. You may snag a few here and there, but overall, it’s not worth your time.

So, why not use pesticides? Well, pesticides are directly linked to cancer, seizures, autoimmune disease, and behavioral problems. If your child is already itching, you do not want to risk introducing another problem to the situation. The itch is likely bad enough.

Effective Lice Treatment

There are nearly 12 million cases of head lice reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A quick trip to the drugstore is not enough to handle the “super lice” of today, which make up 95 percent of all reported cases.

Instead, you need professional aid. The treatment at Lice Lifters is more thorough, effective, and safe for both children and adults. An experienced and certified technician performs the procedure. We use only all-natural, pesticide-free and soothing products, which have a 99.9% guaranteed effectiveness.

Typically, the treatment requires 1 – 1 ½ hours to complete. It’s that simple and straightforward. The professional process involves a three-step method designed to work wonders:

  • Head Check – A technician will sift through the hair, section by section, in search of nits, nymphs, and adult lice.
  • Comb-Out – Using a special micro-grooved comb, your technician will meticulously remove stubborn nits from the hair shafts.
  • All-Natural Killing Agent – Finally, the all-natural killing agent is applied to the hair and scalp. This gentle solution works immediately! Again, Lice Lifters keeps you safe from toxins, too.

Overall, it’s a simple, effective method. Schedule lice treatment services in DFW with Lice Lifters by calling 972-805-1308.

Beth Kirschner is the owner of the Dallas Fort-Worth branch of Lice Lifters. Reach out to her via Facebook or Twitter.