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18 Head lice removal Questions and Answers

Between 10 to 12 million Americans will contract head lice this year.
           Even back in 1999, the lice were "impervious to chemicals".  When I had them the first time back in 1991, they were already immune to the insecticidal treatments.
It took me months and months of repeated pesticide applications....

18 Questions and Answers below:


1. How will you go about curing your family of head lice?

I encourage you to get
the most efficient tools and know-how for curing lice, and not waste a minute or dime on drug-store or prescription head lice insecticides, or sprays, or Vaseline.

2.  Have you tried many different over-the-counter or even prescription lice pesticides (don't!) , and used nit combs that simply do not work?  

Please do not use the pesticidal lice sprays that are sold in the drug stores.
Even the FDA says do not use pesticidal lice sprays! 

                                      From the FDA : Updated: January 23, 2014
  • Do not use insecticide sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

  •   The FDA is saying do NOT use lice sprays sold in drugstores (or fogs).  Do not spray insecticidal spray on the  bedding, couch or cars - nor the mattress.

(Magnified nit :  notice the long stick of the nit. It's the glue tube.)

Did you know?  
Nits (head lice eggs) are frequently,  incorrectly identified at school or daycare and in doctor’s offices.

3. How do you tell if it is a nit?

  1.  Out of the wind, Slide the 'thing' off  hair and place it on something white.
2. Reach for your reading glasses, or find a magnification glass.

3. LOOK to see if there is a glue tube attached. If there is no glue tube,

it is NOT a nit and you can HOLLER for Joy.

If there are glue tubes, call us for a Nit-Kit right away or book an lice removal appointment.

4. What could it be then, if you see no "glue tube" on the paper?

It is likely a DEC Plug (common, non-problematic fatty globules fromthe scalp) (google it) or a Hair cast.  Both of these things slide down the hair with your fingers.  ( photos are in Head Lice Made Easy)

5. What to do if you find no glue tube?

Do nothing and rejoice!  It could just be a DEC plug, a hair cast, or dandruff, skin flakes, sand, fluff from a blanket or sweater, seed pods from plants, or trees, or just some part of Nature.

Below is the true story of a mother who found out that she needlessly spent 5 years of her lice – and her daughter’s life –
She was frantically fighting DEC plugs.

(DEC plugs are common, solid white, or creamy yellow, non-problematic fatty globules that slide on the hair, just like nits and hair casts do.    DEC plugs sometimes are also just on one side of the hair shaft, so they really confuse people if they do not do the above procedure looking at the "thing" off the hair on something white).

I had a 10 minute phone consultation with a woman a while back, who
for five years, 
had been in a war against ‘nits’ in her daughter’s hair.
She had been told 5 years prior, that those white oval things glued in her daughter’s hair were nits – and they would certainly look that way to
the untrained eye.

So, the woman had spent the first two years in a war against " phantom  lice" using the head lice pesticides on her daughter (yes, two YEARS of poisoning). For the last three years, she had switched to natural non- pesticidal lice treatments.

She had been nitpicking her daughters head for 5 years, and doingloads of laundry and linen changing. I was able to ascertain in a phone consultation,  that she had been misdiagnosed from the very start. 


Nits with their glue  tubes are easily seen on  paper towel.


6. How do you catch head lice?

Head lice are highly contagious as the lice love to travel from one head to another when ever they can. They can also be left behind on a car seat, or in a hairbrush, or airplane seat, for an expected new host to catch it. 
Carrying a child, holding them in your lap, sitting on a couch next to each other reading a book, are all opportunities for head lice to scramble on to you.  Since head lice are among us, it's important to get the right tools and method ASAP, so you can quickly screen for, and be able get rid head lice quickly when it appears.

7. Are routine head lice screening at schools a good idea?

Absolutely.  Weekly or routine screening at school for head lice is vital to prevent student head lice outbreaks from getting bigger and bigger. 
Ideally, that job is not left to only the health nurse, as the task is often
to much too large for one person to do. Head lice is a community issue.
However... visual inspections will generally not catch a beginning infestation.

8. What is required for more effective school inspections?

 Screening needs to be done in GOOD Natural LIGHT with MAGNIFICATION.
Plus, the screener needs to be able to distinguish between nits and DEC Plugs and hair casts. ( see Top of page)   ( I offer Training for this, and training volunteer Lice checkers)

9. How effective are school or home "visual" head checks?

They can be effective in spotting a long standing lice infestation or a medium one, or maybe even a beginning one, but they are no where near 100% or even 80% accurate. Even the best visual inspection will surely MISS a very early infestation.  

Over half of the parents at lice appointments  pass my own 'visual inspection' but actually turn out to have nits and lice when they do the "10 minute comb out" below.

The lack of effectiveness at spotting an early infestation by visual inspections  is why the parents or guardians "Wet combing Method" needs to be done on a 
(ideally) weekly basis. 

9. Why do you recommend Friday late afternoon school lice screening?

Friday late afternoon screening can:
1. have the parents not miss work to come and get their kids.
2. it ensures children are not waiting all day in the front office, feeling terribly   
     ashamed, waiting to be picked up.
3. give the parents Friday night and the weekend to remove all eggs and nits.

10. How do I really know for sure if do not have head lice?

You will need to  use the Nit Free Terminator or LiceMeister comb to really know for sure in a "10 minute wet comb out".

11. How do you screen for nits and lice effectively?

You  need to use Nit Free Terminator or LiceMeister comb in the "10 minute wet comb out".

12. What is the "10 minute wet comb out"?
The 10 minute comb out is only way to know for sure if you have or do not have head lice.  It's 10 minutes with these tools.

Tools needed:
Nit Free Terminator  comb/ white paper towels/ hair pick for tangles/wet hair/
 10 minutes.  
This can be done in the bathtub if you think the kids would like to do it in there,  or in a chair.

13. What are the directions for the 10 minute wet comb out?

1.  Get hair soaking wet.   
2.  Put 2 tablespoon of hair conditioner to wet hair ( or more, if hair is super long and thick).  
3. Take out the tangles with a hair brush or hair pick.
4.  start combing with our suggested nit comb.  
 5. Every 7 strokes of the brand new comb, give a quick wipe on a folded WHITE  paper towel. (folded in quarters). 
6. Do this for 10 minutes. 
7. Look at the folded white paper towel. Do you see any nits or baby lice (nymphs) or 
     adult lice?  With your index finger, rub the hair conditioner. Can you see any nits or  lice now, in the hair conditioner?
8. If you comb for 10 minutes and find no lice or nits,  you can do the
      "Happy Dance". 
       This is the only way to know for 100% sure you really are lice free.

FACT:  most parents or sibling who 'pass the visual inspection', actually turn out to be infested with lice when this Wet Combing Method is done. 

14. What is the Weekly Prevention Friday Night Comb Out?

See Above:  What are the directions for the 10 minute wet comb out?

15. What are the benefits of the Weekly Prevention Friday Night Comb Out?

1. It catches an infestation early. The infestation will only be less than a 1 week old.
2.  Since the infestation is brand new, the time to cure the infestation will be much shorter.
3. It will likely prevent other family members from getting lice.
4. It will likely prevent friends and schoolmates from getting lice.
5. It will likely prevent mom and dad from getting lice.
6. It will prevent MOM from getting lice. ( I had  to say that again! We mamma's don't
     want lice!)
7. Doing the 10 minute comb-out weekly,  (that is 52 times in one year) will quickly have your children becoming good at combing their own hair for head lice, and give them the tool and capacity to cure head lice.

16. Found Nits or Lice?
I suggest you keep combing and book an appointment. Our wonderful in home lice removal service will teach you how to get rid of head lice the fastest way possible, without the use of pesticides.
Professional-grade lice removal tools and equipment are also available.

17. Why do you want your school have a "No Nit Policy"  which most no longer do.

FAQ's - What are The Costs of Head Lice?
Health, Social and Economic Impact of Head Lice in the Absence of a
Standardized Approach

(not necessarily in order of importance)

  • Ineffective pesticide shampoos, home remedies or alternatives
  • Predictable repeat purchases as packaging dictates
  • Kits that contain ill-advised pesticide sprays (also sold separately) for bedding
  • Daily laundering of clothing and linens in hot water
  • Dry cleaning that which can not be laundered
  • Missed days at work when parents must stay home with infested children
  • Lost wages when parents must stay home due to having contracted lice themselves
  • Children missing classroom time
  • Federal school reimbursement for school attendance
  • Calls and visits to physician
  • Ineffective nit combs/damage to hair/viable nits that remain
  • Unnecessary products used as hopeful preventative measures
  • Replacing vacuum bags daily and time spent unnecessarily bagging toys
  • Unnecessary and potentially harmful house or vehicle fumigation, carpet shampoos, etc.
  • Replacing items such as combs, brushes and occasionally bedding and clothes
  • Hair salons who must turn infested clients away
  • Medical care due to chronic infestations and abuse of chemicals
  • Secondary infections caused by scratching and chemical misuse
  • Medical care for adverse reactions associated with vulnerable population (e.g. pregnant women, children under the age of two years)
  • Chronic illnesses related to inaccurate diagnosis or otherwise adverse events
  • Disruption to workplace, classroom, family and community
  • Legal intervention for those who perceive child neglect in certain situations
  • Hiring others for delousing
  • Children stigmatized and ridiculed by friends
  • Parents/school/medical community blaming each other for the spread of head lice


(reprinted from the website of the National Pediculosis Association  )

18. What does the FDA say about using head lice aerosol sprays?

 from the FDA : Updated: January 23, 2014

    • Do not use insecticide sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

    • That is from the FDA!  The FDA is saying do NOT use lice sprays sold in drugstores (or fogs).  Do not spray insecticidal spray on the  bedding, couch or cars - nor the mattress. Just vacuum once and call me for a lice removal appointment.


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