Keeping You Informed
There are many questions when it comes to head lice, and Lice Rescue provides answers to those most frequently asked. We do this to keep you informed and help you understand the process. Don't hesitate to call us for service in Santa Barbara, California.
What Are Lice?
Head lice are parasites and can only survive with a human host. This means that you cannot get them from your dog, cat, guinea pig, or any other kind of furry pet you may have. They do not have wings, so they are unable to fly. They just have six legs with claws at the ends, which is how they attach themselves to your hair.
Adult lice can lay three to four eggs every day, which are deposited right onto a shaft of hair with a glue-like secretion from the female louse. The eggs take about a week to hatch, producing a nymph. The nymphs then go through three successive growth spurts, during which they molt. The most obvious effect is an increase in size until they reach adult size. Adults are about the size of a sesame seed and can be very hard to see because they can be any color varying between white, tan, or brown.
Lice feed on blood. They use their mouth parts to bite into the skin and secrete a substance that acts to block clotting. They feed about four to five times every day. They can be found anywhere on the scalp, but are most commonly found on hairs at the back of the neck, and around the ears.
Head lice infestations can happen to anyone, but they are a particular concern for school-aged children. Poor hygiene, skipped baths or showers, or any other hygiene issues are not the cause of head lice. Children who live in crowded conditions may have more of a problem with head lice, but that is only because they are living close to one another and may sleep in the same bed. The only way head lice spread from one person to another is by direct head-to-head contact, or by the sharing of hats, caps, hair ties, scarves, or any personal item such as combs or brushes.
How Long Do They Live?
Lice live for about a month. They go through three stages of development: the egg (nit), which takes about seven days to hatch; the nymph or baby louse, which matures in another seven to ten days (and is then able to lay eggs); and the adult louse, which has an adult life cycle of about 28 days. As an adult, it can lay anywhere from four to ten eggs a day!
Unfortunately, they don't just die out on their own; they must be treated, or they will continue to lay eggs and multiply. All of the lice and nits must be removed in order for treatment to be effective.
How Common Is This?
This is very common and it's no reflection on you or your family. Lice infestations are common within all demographics, ethnicities, and economic strata. Oddly enough, they seem to have a preference for people with very clean hair. So as we have said, this isn't just a matter of hygiene.
Can I Take Care of This Myself?
We suggest that you consider us instead. Aside from the fact that our work is guaranteed, you have enough going on in your life without adding this kind of trauma into the mix. Trying treatment on your own can be stressful and time-consuming.
Our treatments follow an established and effective protocol that works. Part of the reason that it does is that it is our only focus, and we are meticulous with every one of our clients.
Why Don't Over-The-Counter Products Work?
Well, they do and they don't, but mostly, they don't. If your child is itching terribly, yes, OTC products can help with that as temporary relief. That's the good news. The bad news is that they can contain pesticides. Our products are all natural, and while you may kill a bug or two with an over-the-counter approach, you won't get rid of the eggs (nits) which are effectively glued to the shafts of your child's hair.
You are working against time in treating lice. With a thorough treatment, the reproductive cycle can be broken. Otherwise, at the rate that eggs are laid, infestations will reoccur.
Will My Child Have to Stay Out Of School?
Every school has their own nit policy. However, we do offer same-day service and guarantee our results. We also provide a letter certifying that your child has been professionally treated and is clear of all visible nits and lice.
How Does Lice Rescue Treat for Lice?
We offer two different treatments. Our three-step comb out includes a 20-minute application of our FDA-approved, all-natural combing solution, which is so highly effective that it even kills super lice. This is followed by a second all-natural FDA-approved solution, which dissolves the glue that holds the nits onto your hair. Lastly, we perform a one-hour comb out, which is less painful (due to the dissolving solution) than an oil comb out or heat treatment. On average, it's a 90-minute session; depending on the volume of hair you have, and the extent of the infestation.
Our one-step comb out is the application of an enzyme oil-based solution, followed by a comb out. This treatment is approximately one hour on average; depending on the volume of hair you have, and the extent of the infestation. To ensure you don't have a reinfestation, we recommend an aftercare session seven days later.
Do You Guarantee Results?
Yes, we do! For up to two weeks following your aftercare visit. At our first appointment, please plan to have all family members available, so that they can all be checked for lice. After your first appointment, please save any nits (eggs) or bugs that you find, and tape them to a white piece of paper.
Do I Need to Come to You for My Appointment?
No, we come to you. This is stressful enough for you, so there nothing like being on your home turf, right? This is your family's business — nobody else's.
Our hours are flexible, and in many cases, we can get out to see you on the same day. This includes evenings and weekends.
How Do I Know if I'm in Your Service Area?
We like to keep that simple. At the moment, we service all of Santa Barbara County. Please contact us if you're uncertain if we offer service in your area.
How Often Do I Need to Comb Out After Treatment?
Try to comb at least once a day for five minutes, for about a week. Use a metal lice comb and either oil or conditioner. Save anything you find in a plastic bag.
How Do I Keep My Combs Sterile?
Keep them sterile by boiling them. Boil your combs in a pot of water for 20 minutes, with the flame set on high.
How Do I Prevent Reinfestation?
For girls, put their hair up in a bun. Rewash anything that touches the head regularly. Sterilize brushes by soaking them in rubbing alcohol.
Do I Need a Follow-Up Appointment?
Yes. A follow-up treatment is required seven days after your initial appointment.