Lice are highly contagious, and here at Genie Pest Control, we understand that you want to do everything in your power to keep these tiny pests away. Even a very small number of eggs can start a serious infestation, so it’s essential that you take action as soon as possible to remove lice from your hair and from your home. With the right course of action, you can be sure that you will save yourself a lot of hassle, time, money, and itching!
Only about the size of a sesame seed, lice might not be big insects, but they can cause a lot of unrest for families across the country. These tiny insects live in your hair and on the scalp, feeding on human blood. Once they are removed from the body, they typically die quite quickly. However, to get rid of them effectively, you need to know how to tackle these micro-pests. Below, our pest control experts at Genie Pest Control investigate four highly-effective methods that you can use to keep lice away from you and your family.
Vacuum Your Home Thoroughly
If lice have come into your home, they can inhabit your rugs, furniture, floors, and carpets. Should someone in your home be affected by lice, it’s crucial that you take the time to vacuum any areas of your home that they may have spent tie to eliminate the lice from your house. Contracting lice can happen very easily by simply being in the vicinity of someone else who has been infected by these pests. Be sure to vacuum thoroughly to prevent these pests from spreading to other people in your home.
Wash Any Infected Items In Hot Water
When someone in your home has been exposed to lice, you must be sure to wash any items that they have used in hot water. These items might include things like clothing, blankets, sheets, or any other items that the lice might have come into contact with. When washing infected items, our team at Genie Pest Control recommends washing the items in hot water and drying them on high heat. This is the most effective method of ridding your home of lice, as both lice and their eggs cannot survive temperatures of more than 128degrees Fahrenheit for any more than five minutes.
Tea Tree Oil Treatment
As with most pest problems at home, prevention is always better than cure. As our team at Genie Pest Control recommends, keeping lice out of your home from the beginning is always the best option. When there is a lice outbreak in your local community, at school, or anywhere else nearby, tea tree oil should be applied to the scalp to keep these little pests away. While tea tree oil does not work as a lice treatment on is own, it does serve as a great deterrent at keeping lice away.
Over The Counter Medication
There is a range of over the counter medications available to treat lice and, as with all medication, you should research what you are buying before making a final purchase. Some medications cannot be used by children under two years of age, and other medicines may not be used by women who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding. You should also check that the medication you are buying is appropriate for your needs as some medications are designed to kill active head lice but not eggs and vice versa. Whichever medicine you decide on, be sure to speak with the pharmacist and always follow the directions from the manufacturer.
Enjoy Life Without Lice With Help From The Professionals
If you suspect a lice infestation in your home, get in touch with our team of pest control experts today and let us help you to eliminate lice from your home for once and for all. With our experience and expertise, we know the best techniques and methods to treat lice and to remove these pests from your home. With the help of our team, you can be sure that you and your family can live lice-free going forward.