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7 Easy Steps to Cleaning Your Home after a Head Lice Infestation

7 Easy Steps to Cleaning Your Home after a Head Lice Infestation

An estimated 12 million cases of lice will occur this year and chances are your child or someone you know will be affected by a head lice infestation. Head lice are more of a nuisance than a health hazard but it is important to act quickly to relieve your family of the inconvenience and discomfort of lice infestation.

Lice cannot survive more than 1-2 days without a human host and they cannot live on pets. It is not necessary to use pesticide sprays on furniture, rugs or personal items and in many cases, this will cause more harm to your home environment than good. Your time will be much better spent using proper removal techniques or calling a Head Lice removal company like Meticulice and following these steps to kill head lice in infested items.

1. Gather all personal items such as Combs, Brushes, Hats, Hair Clips, Headbands, Headsets, Helmets, Clothing, Stuffed Animals, Costumes, Pillows and Coats for clean up.


2. Freeze all hair care items (such as combs, brushes, hair clips, etc.) in a sealed bag in a sealed bag in the freezer for 12 hours.

3. Headsets or helmets, place them in a
sealed plastic bag and put them in a freezer for 12 hours to kill the lice and eggs.

4. Wash all bedding and clothing that your child has used in hot water (at least 130°F) OR run them through your dryer’s hottest setting for at least 30 minutes or based on instructions on label.

5. Place items that cannot be cleaned or run through the dryer (i.e. stuffed animals and toys) in a sealed plastic bag for 2 days.

6. Follow up with the vacuum to get rid of any lice dust or egg shells that were left behind. According to the NPA, vacuuming is the safest way to remove lice and fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, or car seats- wherever someone with head lice may have rested their head.

7. Take a peek once a week. You’ll need an Gotcha Nit Removal Comb, a magnifying glass and lots of light.