The first South African Lice Clinic Launches-July 2011

Lice – the very word sends shivers down any parents’ spine. Head lice are notoriously hard to get rid of and multiple infestations often occur. Parents can now add a highly effective treatment to their arsenal. A new company, called The Nit-pickers, is offering a detection and treatment service in Johannesburg, the first of its kind in South Africa. It is provided through a mobile clinic at schools and homes or treatments can be booked at the centre in The Brightwater Commons. “The Nit-pickers will visit participating schools on a regular basis and examine children,” explains CEO, Mandy Davis, “and has the means to effectively treat those who have head lice with a new solution, which completely does away with the need for harmful chemicals.”

The Nit-pickers use a practical, ecological approach to killing head lice with a device called the LouseBuster™. “The LouseBuster™ head lice treatment was developed in the United States and has been clinically proven to offer the most effective means of killing head lice, including virtually all of their eggs,” continues Davis. “It achieves this by blowing out a controlled amount of heated air through a special nozzle, which dehydrates the lice and their eggs. This portion of the treatment takes only 30 minutes and we then comb out the dead lice and nits. It is the removal of these lice eggs that is the key to ridding children of head lice, as they are the most difficult life stage of lice to kill.”

Davis explains that if the nits are left untreated, there is a chance of re-infestation due to the fact that nits take only seven to 10 days to hatch. In addition, head lice can live up to 30 days on a human host. “As such, The Nit-pickers offer a service where a team will go into a client’s home in order to clear the infestation from prone areas such as bedding, couches, towels and clothing, and reduce the chances of re-infestation.”

“We will never eradicate this scourge, but at least we are now better armed to get lice pandemics, like the one that happened earlier this year, under control sooner and ensure a healthy school and work environment for everyone” Davis concludes.