Back to School – Keep Thousand Oaks, Calabasas and Westlake Village Lice Free

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If you have a child(ren) headed back to school soon in Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, or Westlake Village, CA you will want to add ‘check my child’s head’ to your back to school to-do list. Having your child’s head checked by a trained professional for head lice before they go back to school will save you time and money.

Lice Clinics of America in Thousand Oaks recommends getting your child’s head checked for lice by a trained professional a couple weeks before school starts because children are the ones most susceptible to getting lice in the first place. Back to school means your child(ren) will be amongst a lot more children and more often than during the summer. It is these close encounters that make spreading lice a lot easier, as 97% of head lice cases are spread by head to head contact. Additionally, according to the FDA 6 to 12 million children in the US are infested with head lice each year. Make sure your child(ren) isn’t a part of these itchy statistics.

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If your child does test positive for lice you will have enough time to effectively get rid of the lice before school even starts with our 3-step process, including our exclusive warm air technology which is 99%+ effective in killing both lice and their eggs. We would hate for you to waste your time and money on systems that don’t work. Traditional drug store products no longer work because Super Lice have adapted and are pesticide resistant. We have performed over 200,000 treatments with less than a 1% re-treatment rate–our system works.

Before your child(ren) starts school this fall in Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, or Westlake Village, CA, do yourself, your child(ren), and other classmates a favor to get their head checked for lice. It will put your mind at ease if they don’t have it and you, as well as, everyone else around you will be extremely thankful if you did catch the head lice in time!

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Scientific American: Revenge of the Super Lice

Overexposure to insecticides has bred resistance in the parasites, making it harder than ever to treat infestation
By Karen Weintraub | Scientific American June 2017 Issue

Karen Sokoloff finds a certain satisfaction in picking lice off a person’s scalp, smoothing olive oil into the hair strands and carefully pulling a metal comb through them to catch the stragglers. It’s a good thing she enjoys it: Sokoloff co-founded LiceDoctors, one of a handful of national chains of lice pickers, and business is booming, in part because conventional treatments have become largely ineffective.

For decades people have turned to special over-the-counter shampoos containing plant-derived insecticides known as pyrethrins or their synthetic counterparts, called pyrethroids, to treat cases of head lice. When they first came to market, these products worked well. But sustained use of these same few chemicals has allowed the blood-sucking parasites to evolve widespread resistance to them. Indeed, a recent study of lice in the U.S. carried out by pesticide toxicologist John Marshall Clark of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his colleagues found that two thirds to three quarters of them are immune to the effects of these insecticides. They have become “super lice.”

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How to clean your house when you have lice

When someone in your family contracts head lice, the first two things that come to mind are 1) how do I rid the lice from the head and 2) how do I prevent them from infesting my entire house!

You will be relieved to know that lice feed off blood and cannot survive when not on a scalp for more than 24-48 hours.

Lice cannot camp out on stuffed animals, pillows or carpets. Not only is it doubtful that a louse would fall off a head – once an egg hatches, it tightly adheres to the hair strand – it would die within 24-48 hours. Lice eggs (nits) also require the warmth and moisture of a human scalp to hatch.

Additionally, lice cannot jump or fly; they can only crawl, so any that have managed to survive off the human head will not be able to jump back on.

Having said that, there are a few tasks that should be completed for extra protection, as well as for the psychological benefit of feeling clean!

Throw all bedding, stuffed animals, clothes and hats worn in past 2-3 days into the dryer for 30-40 minutes on high or leave unused for 2-3 days.

Stuffed animals and pillows that cannot fit in the dryer should be bagged in plastic for 2-3 days.

Vacuum couch, lay a sheet on it for 2-3 days – sitting on it will be fine!

Vacuum carpets and discourage lying on the floor for 2-3 days

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To rid hair brushes, combs, barrettes, and other hair ornaments of lice, boil them for 30 minutes or place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for 48 hours.

The most efficient and effective way for safe lice removal is an hour appointment at a lice treatment center. If you are in the Thousand Oaks area, call Lice Clinics of America at (805) 807-3606.

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Can DIY treatments rid head lice?

Can DIY treatments rid head lice? The short answer is maybe, and the long answer is that many do-it-yourself home remedies are messy, require multiple treatments, follow up, are extremely time-consuming, and in the end, may not kill all head lice and nits. And if you miss some of the eggs, they will hatch, and you must start all over again.

Some DIY lice removal techniques suggest covering the hair with almond or olive oil, then shampooing, rinsing and repeating – every day for a week, followed by two weeks of daily combing. Other removal treatments require mixing olive oil with essential oils, applying to the scalp overnight for at least 12 hours, and then combing out the hair, shampooing, rinsing and repeating.

Over-the-counter solutions don’t necessarily work either. According to a 2016 study, a strain of “super lice,” bugs that have genetically mutated over time to become resistant to traditional methods of lice removal has evolved across the United States.

The easiest, most effective and most organic way to get rid of head lice is perhaps, the least known. Lice removal clinics that employ an FDA-cleared device such as AirAllé® Lice Device by Larada Sciences, kills head lice and 99.2 percent of nits in a single treatment, lasting about an hour.

The device blows hot air to dehydrate and kill lice and eggs. Because the AirAllé procedure is so effective at eliminating lice nits (which are the hardest for traditional lice products to remove), the likelihood of needing a follow-up treatment is minor.

Once your appointment is over, there are no additional messy oils, laborious combing or repeat treatments. Professionals do suggest preventative shampoos and conditioners, which are available at most lice removal offices.

A quick search of “lice clinics” in your area reveal nearby certified lice removal technicians. If you live in the Thousand Oaks area, the professionals at Lice Clinics of America have an expert staff and child-friendly offices, and are ready to help!

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When head-to-head contact increases, so do outbreaks of lice

Spring brings sleepovers, camping and pool parties – which means lots of head-to-head contact and chance of lice! The most effective way to get rid of it is a 1-hr visit to a lice clinic, such as Lice Clinics of America – Thousand Oaks.

We use the AirAllé®, the only FDA-cleared medical device, high-powered dryers, which dehydrates the lice and more importantly, the nits. The head lice removal procedure takes about 30 minutes and holds a 100% satisfaction guarantee; the chances of needing a follow-up treatment is very small, but we will treat you for free if this happens.

Some Lice Myths

  1. Lice feed off blood, not hair, so tress length and cleanliness don’t affect your chances of contracting these little buggers.
  2. Lice cannot jump, fly or swim to another head; they can only crawl, which is why head-to-head contact (like during selfies and slumber parties!) increase chances of getting lice.
  3. 40% of kids with lice don’t experience itching first.
  4. Lice cannot live for more than 48 hours off a human head, so they are not living in on couches, clothing or bedding.
  5. Pets do not carry lice

Lice Clinics of America – Thousand Oaks offers consultations, head checks, lice and nit removal, and preventative products. For more tips on prevention, parenting and family life in the Conejo Valley – and to remember us if you ever need our services – LIKE US on Facebook!