How to treat your home when you have had a case of head lice
- Concentrate only on items that had direct contact with individuals suffering from head lice during the past 24 hours.
- Change sheets on any bed the infested person might have slept in. Wash and dry on HOT temperatures.
- Comforters (bedspreads) can be removed from the bed for 24 hours or thrown into the dryer for 30-40 minutes on high heat.
- Combs, brushes, and hair ties used in the last 24 hours can be cleaned by any of the following methods:
- Place in alcohol, ammonia or dish detergent and allow them to soak for a minimum of 2 hours
- Put in boiling water for 10-12 minutes
- Put in zip-lock bag and place in freezer overnight
- Place in dishwasher on a hot cycle
- Run a vacuum through the home including floors, furniture, auto, and other upholstered items.
- Wash any bath towels that have been used
- Do not use fumigated sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
- Notify your child’s school and any close friends that they may have come in contact with. Failing to notify contacts could put your child at risk for re-infestation.
- Make head checks part of your weekly routine. Early detection is vital towards stopping the spread.
- Reduce your child’s chances of re-infestation – keep girl’s hair pulled back anytime they are playing with others. Use a mint- based shampoo or lice prevention shampoo and if possible, use a mint based leave-in spritz on the hair.