Most parents when they find out their child or family member has head lice worry about how to clean the house from an infestation. They will frantically look up ways to clean the house such as, “how long do lice live on mattresses?” or “can lice live in my carpet?”. Don’t panic! Here is our best advice for what to do after your visit to Fresh Heads Lice Removal.
Lice Myths and Truths
So, how long do lice live on mattresses, on furniture, or in carpets? Surprisingly, they would not be able to survive on any of these objects for very long. A widespread myth about lice is that they can transfer from objects such as bed sheets, hats, etc. However, lice can really only be spread from direct head-to-head contact. Head lice are a parasite that requires a host, therefore lice will die fairly quickly if they are not in contact with the human head. Nits or lice eggs adhere close to the scalp to incubate. If a strand of hair fell out with eggs attached, the eggs would die fairly quickly as well. In short, they are not interested in crawling around your house.
What to Clean After a Lice Infestation
Since lice are only transferred from head-to-head contact, you should not have to do a lot of cleaning after lice. To be cautious and put your mind at ease this is what we recommend:
- Wash all bed sheets and blankets in hot water
- Wash all clothes that have been worn in the last day or so, or that are lying on the floor
- Place stuffed animals, throw pillows and throw blankets in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes
- Vacuum all sofas, chairs, car seats, large pillows, carpets, and area rugs
- Clean all of the hair out of your hairbrushes, place them in a ziplock baggie and freeze them overnight.
- Bag up all hair accessories for 24 hours
The key to remember is that to get rid of lice, you should have the head treated by a professional lice clinic. At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we ensure that the lice are treated and removed from the hair and scalp in one session so you can get on with your regular activities without worrying about reinfestation or spread.
Come to Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Jacksonville, FL
If you or a loved one is faced with a lice infestation, come to Fresh Heads Lice Removal today. We offer a variety of services to treat the head and ensure that the lice are gone for good. Our most popular treatment is our signature AirAllé treatment. With the Airallé device, we use warm, dry air to dehydrate the lice to kill all nits and lice. We also have a 45-day guarantee to retreat for free in the unlikely case that it is needed. Get treated today at any of our Fresh Heads Lice Removal clinics in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA, and Orlando, FL. Contact us today.
Schools Without Lice
At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!