Head lice are one house guest you definitely don’t want your little ones bringing home from school. But once they’ve arrived, the persistent pests can quickly turn your entire home upside down. Adding to the chaos, sifting through all the head lice information out there to find a solution can be a real headache. There tons of head lice myths out there, making it hard to decipher between fact and fiction. Here are ten of the most common head lice myths.
Myth #1: Head lice can fly.
Truth: Head lice do not fly, or even have wings for that matter! They do, however, crawl and move very quickly from person to person.
Myth #2: Pets and other animals can spread lice.
Truth: No need to send Fido to the dog house. Head lice only survive on humans, and pets are not known to carry or transmit lice to people.
Myth #3: Sharing personal items with others will spread lice.
Truth: While it is a good idea to avoid sharing items like hats and pillows, head lice prefer to travel by head to head contact.
Myth #4: People get head lice due to poor personal hygiene.
Truth: A person’s hygiene has nothing to do with having or transmitting head lice. Head lice aren’t picky, and they affect people from every community and every socio-economic level.
Myth #5: Olive oil is an effective head lice treatment.
Truth: This is only half true. Olive oil can and will kill the living bug by cutting off its air supply, but it won’t kill the eggs (nits) left behind. A short while later those eggs are going to hatch and the problem will start all over again.
Myth #6: Head lice are more attracted to dirty hair.
Truth: Head lice really don’t seem to mind if hair is dirty or clean.
Myth #7: Head lice prefer long hair.
Truth: Head lice do not discriminate between long or short hair, or anything in between.
Myth #8: To kill lice in your home, you must put items in a bag and freeze them.
Truth: The best way to stop a lice infestation in your home is by vacuuming areas where heads may have rested, such as sofas and carpets, and washing and drying all clothes and linens in hot water and a hot dryer. For larger items that cannot be washed/dried or vacuumed, put them in large garbage bags and set aside for 48 hours as lice cannot survive off the head longer than 24-48 hours. And yes, you can put combs and brushes in a bag and freeze them for 1-2 days.
Myth #9: Head lice can transmit disease.
Truth: This is one of the most persistent head lice myths. While head lice may indeed cause some discomfort, rashes and emotional distress, they have not been shown to carry any infectious diseases.
Myth #10: Strong chemicals and pesticides are required to treat head lice effectively.
Truth: Chemicals can be toxic, and many strains of lice have become resistant to these treatments. There are plenty of natural products and safe techniques available that provide head lice treatment without the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides. There’s also an FDA-cleared device called AirAllé that uses controlled heated air to kill all stages of head lice.
At Lice Clinics of America Miami, we are a science-based head lice removal company that offers solely non-toxic treatment options, including the exclusive AirAllé treatment. If you are dealing with a head lice infestation in your home, contact us today at 305-907-2121 and we’ll help you find the treatment plan that’s best for you!