Lice and other critters
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Lice need a blood host to survive, but if you are worried about them in some yarn, simply put it in the microwave for a few minutes and all bugs will be dead. This is what we do for all the feathers and fur we use to tie flies with..it works wonderfully. As a school nurse, I learned that head to head contact was always the problem and usually the whole class needs to be treated. Be sure and get the fine toothed comb and comb through the hair to get the nits out and short hair is always easier to deal with than long.
MUST use NIX treatment! I worked in child care for 16yrs. go through her hair thouroughly!!! Kepp checking everyday to make sure the nits & eggs are GONE!!
Some kids are being sent home from the two local schools with head lice. I do daycare, and now have to check their heads every day for the darn critters! I have had them here a couple of times in the past...big vacuuming job!
You could also put a few drops of tea tree oil in a plastic bag and seal it for a few days - they don't like it. I agree that it is highly unlikely for them to leave the host, they need to bite to live. Bedding and hats are more likely to need washing.
I put everything in plastic bags and tied it shut and left it for a few weeks when there was fleas in my house but lice I treated bedding and clothes besides the kids. So it couldn't hurt to do that if in doubt.
why wouldn't putting the stash in freezer for a day or two kill them? And now just thinking of them my head itches. Excuse me while I go wash my hair again. creepy...
one thing that I used on my daughter when she got lice was mayo, rub really good into hair then cover with plastic wrap for about 45 min, wash out with normal shampoo (there will be lots of suds) I usually washed like twice then pop in a good movie for her and comb away. This worked better than anything I bought before and no chemicals. Now for preventing this from happening is hard but one thing to use is Tea Tree oil, put 4 to 5 drops in your shampoo and use as normal, something in the oil repels them. Your pillows and other dryable items just throw them in the dryer on high for about a hour that should do the trick on them. If this ever happens in the winter just put things outside to freeze. Hope this helps you like it did us.
I have a friend that works in a daycare she swears that putting hair products (ie; gels, hair spray) helps her shes never gotten lice from work.
use the drug store shampoo and take the time to use that itty bitty comb to the max! keep combing, combing, combing. the nits are very stubborn and if you miss just one the cycle continues. also, use the special shampoo once a week as prevention,won't hurt a thing.
Oooo - just reading this makes my head itch. I remember when my kids brought lice home from school. Alot of cleaning, but we all survived. Good luck.
As a nurse, I can tell you that lice like warm places with a steady supply of nourishment( your blood)! I wouldn't worry about your stash but if it gives you the ibijeebies, toss it. Your peace of mind would well be worth the amount you spent on the yarn!
My daughter in-law & I talked about lice 2 evenings ago :) She was at the beauty shop and they were telling her that if the kids got lice they had something there now (sounded like something new on the market?) and to use that instead of Rid from the pharmacy. Possibly check with
I would add that you very sweetly tell your daughter not to share her hats with anyone. Granted that's easier said than done but worth a try!
Ooooh, would love to know what it is?!
Luv this remedy! Betcha her hair looked awesome!