Feeling itchy and scratching your head may be the first signs of head lice. However, only 50% of the population experiences an itchy sensation. Every individual experiences different levels of sensitivity. Children and adults may have a tickling sensation or the feeling of something moving about on the head. Rashes and bumps may be evident on the scalp, nape of neck, or behind the ears, which is a common reaction due to sensitivity to lice residue. It is most common for nits (eggs) to be attached to the hair, which may look like dandruff but cannot be easily removed by brushing or moving the hair. Other symptoms may include bags under the eyes, swollen glands, low-grade fever, restless sleeping and/or feeling tired during the daytime
In August of 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health produced its first report on head lice. The document noted increased patterns of resistance among head lice to over-the-counter products designed to kill lice and their eggs. Although head lice never disappeared in the United States, their prevalence was once so low because of the widespread use of the neurotoxin DDT. Until its ban in 1972, many children growing up during those years had no concept of head lice outbreaks.
Head lice are typically spread from direct head-to-head contact. This happens in a variety of ways, including at play, sports, school, camp and slumber parties (almost anywhere!). As lice cannot survive longer than 24-48 hours away from the scalp, direct contact is the usual method of transmission. It is possible, though less likely, to contract lice through shared combs, brushes, hats and helmets.
No one is immune to head lice. Head lice have been found on infants as young as two months to the very advanced in age.
For the most part head lice is simply an irritating problem. While their saliva can produce an allergic reaction in certain individuals, these reactions are generally mild compared to the potentially toxic risks involved with commonly available lice shampoo products. Meticulice uses only non-toxic products that are safe and effective.
Begin by parting the hair into small sections, looking closely at the scalp for small dandruff-sized nits or sesame seed-sized adults. A magnifying glass and good lighting will be of assistance as you look. Adult lice move fast, and there are usually only a few of them. Nits are often found around the ears and the nape of the neck. Due to the glue-like substance with which nits are attached, they are difficult to remove. Nits can camouflage themselves to be the same color as the host’s hair, making it very difficult for the untrained eye to detect them. If you uncover just one adult louse, nymph or nit, we will address the findings.
If you find lice on your child’s head, take care of the problem immediately. Each day left untreated is an opportunity for head lice to reproduce, worsening the infestation and likelihood of spreading it to others. While many treatment options are available, Meticulice uses the most effective, non-toxic lice and nit removal products and techniques.
Yes, it is our experience at Meticulice that nits will eventually hatch and a full-blown infestation will occur if left untreated
In choosing to treat your child yourself, it is essential that all family members are thoroughly screened and treated at the same time. It is then that the home environment and car should be cleaned. We recommend the use of non-toxic treatment products (available at the Meticulice boutique), followed by vigilant lice combing and nit-picking. It is essential that this be performed at least once a day, for a two-to-three week period. As long as evidence of head lice continues to exist during your at-home treatment, you will need to repeat the cleaning routine in the home.
Alternatively, Meticulice offers complete elimination of head lice, nymphs and nits in one visit. The process of cleaning the home can be finalized at this point, once all affected family members have been checked and/or treated. A required follow-up head check appointment is set for between 5 and 7 days later, in order to ensure that no additional exposure has occurred.
In choosing to treat your child yourself, it is essential that all family members are thoroughly screened and treated at the same time. It is then that the home environment and car should be cleaned. We recommend the use of non-toxic treatment products (available at the Meticulice boutique), followed by vigilant lice combing and nit-picking. It is essential that this be performed at least once a day, for a two-to-three week period. As long as evidence of head lice continues to exist during your at-home treatment, you will need to repeat the cleaning routine in the home. Alternatively, Meticulice offers complete elimination of head lice, nymphs and nits in one visit. The process of cleaning the home can be finalized at this point, once all affected family members have been checked and/or treated. A required follow-up head check appointment is set for between 5 and 7 days later, in order to ensure that no additional exposure has occurred.
The completely non-toxic enzyme contained in our treatment product is designed to attack the exoskeleton of the lice in order to quickly immobilize them, and loosen the fixative that cements nits to the hair shaft. While some lice may be killed by the enzyme, and the product increases the efficacy of removal, it the manual removal of every adult louse, adolescent nymph and egg (nit) that results in success. Without the removal of every nit, the risk of infestation remains.
Be wary of products that claim to completely kill head lice, since elimination of lice depends upon removal of nits (eggs), which cannot be killed by ANY product. The commercially available products contain insecticides, to which it has been proven that lice have developed a resistance to. The only confirmed way to completely remove a case of head lice is to manually remove every louse, nymph and nit.
We offer personalized service for every individual who visits or calls our boutique. We understand that you will have many questions and concerns, and we are here to assist you and your family every step of the way.
We employ a highly effective, multi-step, lice and nit removal technique, along with safe, non-toxic products. In most cases, we guarantee complete removal in one visit. This is significant since the use of over-the-counter, readily available lice removal products my pose health risks to clients, young and old alike, as they contain potentially harmful ingredients, and are becoming increasingly ineffective in killing live lice.Meticulice provides a service that not only combs out all the adult lice and nymphs but also manually inspects every single strand of hair, removing every nit during the treatment visit. In this way, all evidence is removed in one visit.
Every individual treated is seen by a trained specialist who performs the treatment and a thorough quality control inspection. We further guide our clients in techniques to rid lice from the home, car, etc., to further reduce the risk of re-exposure.
After the initial treatment, a follow-up head check is scheduled within the week, which provides an essential added layer of protection. Ask us about our monthly follow-up head check program, which provides continuous covered protection against re-exposure to lice.
Call us at 631-320-LICE for in-home treatment pricing.
It’s important to note that our fee comprises complete removal of head lice (nits, nymphs and adult lice) in one treatment, and a follow up head check. It also includes written instructions on after-care, as well as guidance on prevention of re-occurrence.
Among our clientele, close to two-thirds initially try to navigate the head lice removal process on their own. They come to us frustrated and frantic, often after having spent hundreds of dollars on over-the-counter remedies and elimination and cleaning products. They have dedicated countless hours to the process, having put themselves and the child through a stressful and exhausting ordeal.
While treating your family and yourself can indeed be accomplished, we encourage you to let us assist by directing you toward the appropriate tools and products to help make that happen. The reality is that to ensure success you must be willing to commit to a two-to-three week daily routine of lice combing/nit-picking and the ensuing house/car cleaning required to completely eradicate head lice.
Meticulice guarantees our services for 30 days post-treatment for any individual when all of the following criteria are met:
1) The post-treatment head check appointment is scheduled and attended;
2) Every person living with the treated individual is also head-checked by Meticulice, and if additional cases are identified, Meticulice treats the affected individual(s);
3) Preventative guidelines are followed on an ongoing basis.
In order for our guarantee to apply, any evidence detected should be brought to Meticulice for analysis.
Meticulice operates a clean, bright and cheerful (and child- friendly!) boutique centrally located in East Setauket at 196 Belle Mead Road, Suite 7A. Our boutique is equipped with the tools and products to efficiently accomplish lice removal. While Meticulice is able to perform treatment in your home, it has been our experience that ridding your family of lice is most expedient in our specially outfitted boutique.
There is truly no risk of contracting head lice while at the Meticulice boutique. Head lice do not jump, hop or fly, and they are primarily passed from person to person through head to head contact. Also, once nits are removed from the hair they cannot re-attach, and lice are extremely weak when removed from the host.
Every treatment station and utensil is sanitized after every treatment, and our specialists are thoroughly aware of disinfection methods. The controlled, comfortable and sanitary environment at the Meticulice boutique is the optimum place for our clients. Our specialists have never contracted lice from treating a client.
The comfort and well being of our clients is the primary concern of the specialists at Meticulice. While the products used do not leave a mess, we recommend that our clients bring a change of shirt to change into at the end of their session, whereupon they will leave lice-free.
Are other treatments, such as olive oil, mayonnaise, Cetaphil, etc. effective as head lice removal remedies?
These liquid-based products may work if they are methodically applied, and the labor-intensive process of manual nit removal is performed as well. These methods are quite messy and time-consuming. They require many re-applications for up to a three-week period, in conjunction with combing and nit picking
The average treatment will take between one and three hours, depending on the type and length of hair, as well as the degree of infestation. A standard male treatment is approximately one to one and one-half hours, while the average female treatment will be two hours. In certain cases, the treatment may take much longer. We will provide you with an estimate of the time and the cost for treatment once we verify the presence of head lice and the extent of the infestation. The treatment for head lice removal requires a minimum of two visits (the first for treatment to eliminate the head lice and nits, the second for the follow up head check to verify there has been no further exposure).
Yes, follow-up hair and scalp checks are an essential component of treatment. The Meticulice package includes a follow-up head check (to occur between 2 and 7 days of the initial treatment) at no charge. If any nits are remaining, they may hatch within 7-12 days and begin feeding, potentially creating a new infestation within a few weeks. Although you may be vigilant about having all family members checked and treated for head lice, this is not always the case with others with whom your children may interact. For example, your child might return to school free of lice, but if classmates are still infested, there is a likelihood of re-infestation for your child. To guard against this possibility, Meticulice provides unlimited comprehensive head checks for the initial 30-day period post initial re-check for $15.Meticulice also offers an innovative Lifetime Prevention Plan (the only one of its kind this side of the Mississippi!) which consists of a monthly program of head checks at a cost of $15. The plan covers the total cost of a head lice removal treatment should lice be detected. When the Meticulice guidelines are followed, you will never have to pay for another head lice treatment again!
Many schools maintain a “no nit” policy (i.e., a child with identifiable nits is not permitted at school). Every child treated by Meticulice is provided with a clearance letter indicating that all adult lice as well as nymphs and nits have been removed from the child’s head. The child is therefore able to return to school and poses no risk to other children or staff.
No! Pets cannot catch head lice or pass them on to people. Head lice are specie-specific, which means there is a different species of lice for every animal species. Children who come home with lice cannot transfer the infestation to their pet cats, dogs, birds, or hamsters. Likewise, the lice that live on pets cannot live in human hair.
No. A case of head lice occurs only because of contact with someone else with head lice. In fact, head lice prefer clean hair. They are attracted to whatever will provide the best environment for their survival.
It is important to know that many lice-removal products contain neurotoxins, which are hazardous agents that may be harmful to the nervous system. These agents have been linked to various serious side effects. Through the continued use of these products, the evidence is mounting head lice are becoming resistant or immune to them. Additionally, the combs that are included in these over-the-counter kits are extremely ineffective.
The natural, nontoxic products that Meticulice uses, endorses and sells are extremely effective when used in conjunction with our comprehensive treatment process. The combination of our products, manual nit removal, and quality control add up to successful elimination.
The specialists at Meticulice are trained in the Shepherd Method of stand by strand head lice and nit removal, which is without doubt the most thorough, manual technique available.
Currently, a limited number of health insurance policies cover head lice removal treatment. Many health savings accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts will reimburse you after you pay for the services and submit the itemized receipt we will prepare for you. Please check with your employer or health plan administrator for further details. In addition, lice removal services may be deductible on your personal income tax return. Talk to your tax advisor for further guidance