How Long Do Lice Live on Stuffed Animals?

How Long Do Lice Live on Stuffed Animals?

Lice infestations can be extremely stressful, and the idea of having to bag away every single one of your child’s stuffed animals only serves to further add to your stress and exhaustion. Currently, the CDC recommends that all non-washable clothing and toys that have had contact with an infected person be sealed in a plastic bag and stored for two weeks. Parents often follow this guideline and clean their house from top to bottom only to find that they can’t seem to rid their child of lice.

Fresh Heads believes that the secret to ending an infestation doesn’t lie in deep housecleaning or bagging your child’s stuffed animals. Instead, we believe the secret to effective lice removal lies in treating your child’s head, not their stuffed animals, and understanding the lice life cycle.

Understanding the Lice Life Cycle

According to The Centers of Disease Control, it is technically possible to contract lice from a stuffed animal. This is true especially with one that has recently been in contact with someone infected with lice. However, they also note that the lice life span is less than one to two days once the parasites fall off a child or household member and are unable to feed.

The lice life cycle relies on blood and warmth from a human host to support survival. Without the warmth and blood of the human scalp, survival is cut short as nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week.

This means that once a louse leaves your child’s head, it’s timeline for survival decreases exponentially. So, while bagging away all your child’s teddy bears may make you feel better, it’s important to realize that it’s impossible for a louse to survive on their stuffed animal. You should put the greater focus on treating your child’s scalp, as seeking treatment for lice removal means that all bugs and eggs, nits, are eliminated from the hair- reducing the chances of re-infestation.

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Today, lice removal treatment is easier than ever, and parents can rest assured that they are sure to find an affordable option. Here at Fresh Heads we are committed to safely and quickly removing head lice so your child can return to normal life as soon as possible. We have convenient locations in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA. Contact us today to learn more about the lice life cycle and discover more about our services and featured products can help you!

How Long Can Lice Live on a Couch?

How Long Can Lice Live on a Couch?

After receiving treatment for lice, often the top concern of parents is whether or not their child or family member will re-contract lice from furniture, clothing, or other household objects. Parents often wonder in fear, “Can my child return home after receiving treatment, only to rub against our couch or their pillow and start this nightmare all over again!?” The answer lies in understanding the lice life cycle.

Head Lice Life Cycle

According to The Centers of Disease Control, it is technically possible to contract lice by lying on a bed, couch, or pillow that has recently been in contact with someone infested with lice. However, they also note that the lice life span is less than 1-2 days once the parasites fall off of a person and are unable to feed. The lice life cycle relies on blood and warmth from a human host in order to support survival. Without the warmth and blood of the human scalp, the lice life cycle is cut short as nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week. For this reason, the risk of re-infestation is low, and parents can breathe a sigh of relief.

Steps You Can Take at Home

Spending lots of time or money on housecleaning in order to avoid re-infestation is generally unnecessary. But for parents who wish to further put their mind at ease and ensure that any surviving lice that may have fallen from clothing or hair won’t be able to find their way back into your child’s hair, following a few simple steps can help.

  • The CDC recommends machine washing and drying clothing, bed linens, and other items that the infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment. It’s important to use the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle, as this ensures that any surviving eggs in the lice life cycle will be killed. Non-washable clothing (and toys and other items) should be dry–cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Soak all combs and brushes in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5 to10 minutes.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, especially where your child or family member sat or lay after infestation.
  • The CDC also advises against using fumigant sprays, citing their toxicity.

Parents can put the stress of lice behind them and rest assured that direct head to head contact is the most common way that head lice are spread- making re-infestation from couches or other furniture highly unlikely!

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