How To Treat Your Home

How to treat your home when you have had a case of head lice

  1. Concentrate only on items that had direct contact with individuals suffering from head lice during the past 24 hours.
  2. Change sheets on any bed the infested person might have slept in. Wash and dry on HOT temperatures.
  3. Comforters (bedspreads) can be removed from the bed for 24 hours or thrown into the dryer for 30-40 minutes on high heat.
  4. 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
  1. Run a vacuum through the home including floors, furniture, auto, and other upholstered items.
  2. Wash any bath towels that have been used
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Make head checks part of your weekly routine. Early detection is vital towards stopping the spread.
  6. 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.





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