Lice Treatment FAQ

Yes. If you are worried, get a professional lice check and you’ll have peace of mind instead of fretting about it. Lice spread primarily from head-to-head, or hair-to-hair, contact.

It depends on how you treat them and if you check and treat everyone that might have them.

Here are the ways to get rid of lice from fastest to slowest.

  1. Shaving everyone’s head. It’s the fastest, but also very unpleasant.
  2. Hiring a lice service is the second fastest way to get rid of lice. When we finish your treatment you are lice-free and 100% non-contagious.
  3. If you can get a doctor’s appointment quickly and a prescription and it works on the first try, you should be lice-free in a week or two.
  4. Buying a kit and manually combing everyone’s head with a high-quality comb will take you at least two to three weeks to be absolutely sure you are lice free, but you should check once a week afterward to be safe.
  5. Home remedies are a gamble and may make the problem worse because you will think it’s gone, but it is still there and steadily getting worse as the lice reproduce and spread to more people.
  1. Identify who has it and who doesn’t by checking everyone in the household or getting a professional lice check.
  2. Treat everyone at the same time using a lice service, a drugstore lice kit and combing everyone’s hair, or combing with hair conditioner. If you choose to treat it yourself, you will have comb through everyone’s head multiple times until there are no signs of lice.
  3. Wash your sheets and pillowcases in hot water or put them in the dryer or high for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Optional: bag up anything that can’t be washed and has contacted an infested person’s head and leave it for 48 hours.  Vacuum the headrests of your furniture and car. Lice rarely spread from these objects, but it is possible.
  5. Continue checking for lice once or twice a week for three weeks to ensure it is gone and no one was reinfested.

The fastest way to get rid of lice is to hire a service to do it in once appointment.

Yes, and so will holding your head under water for 24 hours, but that’s not good for you either. It is extremely unlikely you will completely eliminate head lice using a hair dryer without damaging your scalp or hair in the process. Even professional services that rely on heat devices manually comb for 30-60 minutes or more after they use the device.

Lice do not care if hair is clean or dirty. They are bugs that evolved to live on heads of all kinds and eat blood to survive. It’s not worthwhile to anthropomorphize head lice. Being a clean or a dirty person has no connection to catching head lice.

Nits are lice eggs and are glued to the hair shaft and do not come off easily. Nits are not attracted to anything since they don’t move.

If mayonnaise could consistently kill lice, why would there be any lice products, prescriptions, and lice removal businesses?

Think carefully before you attempt this home remedy. Every article that recommends mayo also recommends combing with a lice comb because lice combing gets rid of lice. Mayo may suffocate some of them, but you won’t get the nits and probably won’t get all the adults. When lice can hold their breath when submerged in water for more than 8 hours, mayo is not going to do much.

Unless they are body lice, they will die within 8-24 hours without spraying anything. Your best option is to vacuum the furniture, concentrating on the headrests.

Spraying listerine on your furniture is a great way to damage or ruin your furniture and won’t kill head lice. Don’t do it.

It is possible for head lice to live on pillows and sheets for about 8-24 hours. After that, they will be too dehydrated to generate the saliva they need to feed and will dies. They do not burrow into beds or pillows.

After spending 8-24 hours off a head, without feeding, head lice will dehydrate and die. Any nits that fall off the head are unlikely to hatch and if they do, they will die very quickly unless they can feed,

Unless you are rolling your head around on the carpet, you are not going to get head lice from there.

The best treatment is fast, effective, affordable, convenient, and healthy.

Compare all the time and money lost trying to do it yourself: the cost of a lice comb and products, lost wages from missed work, lost daycare days you already paid for, childcare for missed school days, and hours spent combing on irritated children, hiring a service will be the best option.

If you simply can’t afford it, I recommend buying a lice kit, a high quality, metal lice comb, and learning how to comb for lice and manually removing all lice and nits.

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J G.
18:46 02 Nov 19
I called at 8am and Lex was there by 10, everyone got checked and lice removed by noon. It was so convenience to have everyone at home so I could do laundry, send emails, and keep siblings entertained while Lex worked. She was also very informative and helped us understand how to handle and prevent lice infestations. Would totally use them again!read more
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Kimberly M.
20:10 16 Oct 19
We had the best possible experience thanks to Alexis. She checked everyone in our family and then treated our daughter. I learned a ton from Alexis and what to check for moving forward. I highly recommend calling her as soon as you find the little buggers.read more
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Cara T.
21:11 04 Oct 19
After learning I had head lice, I went online and found Lice Charmers. Called immediately and got an appointment within 2 hours. Lex showed up on time and proceeded to clean my head! She was very informative and thorough. She is awesome! Highly recommend her!read more
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carole T.
20:31 04 Oct 19
I went to get a haircut and was told I had head lice! After freaking out I looked online and found Lice Charmers and called right away. Got an in in home...
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Gayle T.
13:29 04 Oct 19
Lex is the absolute best!!!!!! She called me back at 11 pm. We got an appointment right away. She is extremely thorough!!! She was so sweet to my kids and...
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Susan V.
13:22 28 Sep 19
Holy hannah, Lex is a LIFESAVER! Here are the top 5 reasons why I love her and this company!1. She is prompt with her communication. She emailed me back at 11pm the night I messaged her to set up an appointment, and she was able to get us in for a next day appointment!2. She saved us hours and hours of lost time at a lice clinic! I was able to cook, clean and carry on life while she worked on our family.3. She is *extremely* knowledgable about lice and gave us amazing research-based advice about how to clean the house and prevent future outbreaks.4. She stays true to her word of 30-day guarantee! Unfortunately, we suffered a second lice outbreak within the 30 days, and she came back to help us out free-of-charge. (We have since narrowed down the issue to our gym's daycare so we are officially pulling our kids from this program! Ugh!)5. We successfully used our HSA account to cover the cost!read more
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Shannon R.
06:40 25 Sep 19
Very personable and attentive. She did a thorough search and comb through plus good conversation. I felt very relaxed in an already tense situation. I feel clean and happy going to sleep tonight :) thank you lice charmers!!!read more
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shannon V.
02:48 14 Sep 19
We had a great experience with Alexis and are grateful to have such a quick response for an in-home lice check and removal. She was prompt, pleasant and good. What else could we ask for?
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Matt M.
20:31 10 Sep 19
This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with an in-home lice treatment. The technician was right on top, very proficient and super friendly. As much as one could enjoy the experience of removing nits, this was it! Thank you Lice Charmers!read more
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Lucinda S.
05:08 10 Sep 19
Lex was super friendly and professional. This was a hard experience for my foster kids, but she made it better. She was easy to schedule with and very educated and understanding with my concerns. Having her in my home was easier than going to a salon, making it easier to care for my traumatized kiddos. She showed them compassion and respect. I am completely happy with our experience.read more
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Julie N.
18:34 09 Sep 19
Lex is very good at what she does. Very friendly at answering our questions. I would defiantly call her again! Such a stress relief to have her come to our home. Thanks Lex, you're the best!!!!
Janine Olson
Janine O.
19:21 07 Sep 19
Totally great expertise! Lex was knowledgeable and patient. She was especially great with my 4 year old who has trouble sitting still. Hoping I never have to deal with this again, but will use lice charmers if we do.read more
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Sierra C.
18:39 04 Sep 19
So friendly and convenient!! Lex knows her stuff and is so thorough. Anyone that has ever dealt with lice time and time again knows how time consuming it can be. She allowed me time away from dealing with the tedious treatment and combing to continue on with my endless parental responsibilities and for that I am endlessly grateful!read more
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Sarah O.
03:14 29 Aug 19
Such a great experience in such an unpleasant situation. Having Lice Charmers come to our home was easy, informative, and most importantly, effective. For...
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