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Head lice cannot jump, fly, or swim, and they are usually spread by direct head-to-head contact with another person who has lice.

To reduce the chances of getting re-infested from another person, or from items that may have lice on them, it is important to:

Check all family members and close friends for signs of head lice.

Seek a Nit-pickers treatment as soon as possible for all suspected cases.

Avoid head-to-head and hand-to-head contact with anyone who has lice.

Take the following measures in your home:
Vacuum rugs, carpets, car seats and furniture (including mattresses) – throw used vacuum bag in outside garbage;

Wash bedding, towels and clothing in very hot water (above 55 degrees);

Throw pillows, stuffed animals etc. into your dryer for 20-30 minutes at the highest heat or seal in plastic bags for over 48 hours;

Boil hair ties/hair brushes/combs for 10-20 minutes or freeze them in a plastic bag overnight.

Head lice cannot survive off of a human head for more than 24 to 48 hours. The use of pesticide sprays in your home is not recommended; they will unnecessarily expose your household to harmful chemicals.


Periodic combing with a louse comb after the treatment is done to guard against re-infestation is recommended. Check the scalp and hair of all family members for 10 days after treatment. Examine head in a well lit area (daylight is best). Part the hair and look carefully at the scalp, behind the ears and the nape of neck – these are “hot spots”.

For help in detecting lice and/or eggs, go here for more information