How to get rid of lice in your home

How to get rid of lice in your home

Lice is a hassle, but it's manageable. We have a few steps that you can follow to get rid of lice in your home. There are some things that you definitely don't need to do, including quarantining the pet or washing every last piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Lice don’t hop or jump, and they don't live off the host for more than 24 hours.

Follow these steps to get rid of lice in your house:

1. Vacuum your child's car seat cover

Step one: Vacuum your child's car seat cover. You can do this daily. Vacuum the area where she rests her head.

2. Seal nonwashable items

Step two: Seal nonwashable items. You should seal any nonwashable items that have touched the head, such as stuffed animals and hair bands, in a plastic bag for two weeks. Alternatively you can simply keep the items away from your child until the lice is gone.

3. Do laundry

Step three: You'll need to do several loads of laundry. Change pillow cases, sheets, pajamas, and towels daily. If you only have one set, you can wash them each day using the hot water laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle.

4. Wash combs and brushes

Step four: Wash combs and brushes. Soak combs and brushes in hot water each day to dislodge any lice or nits.

The CDC recommends against using fumigant sprays, including the ones that come with the shampoos. These sprays can be toxic when inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

We hope these steps make getting rid of lice a little easier.

Watch the video: Head Lice - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options (January 2022).