Fake Google+ Profile Pictures

fake.profilesWhy would anyone want to put up a fake Google+ profile picture?

If a business owner or business put up a fake profile picture it would certainly create a reason for mistrust. I know I wouldn’t do business with someone who was lying to me, would you?

Many Google+ users have been reporting frequent notices about new followers that they don’t know and appear to be attractive young women.

False accounts are easy to identify with minimal profiles and no posts. Why create a false account or false profile picture? We don’t know it’s for some unknown purpose, but how do you know if it’s a false account?

Do you have a notice that someone is following you that you don’t recognize and they appear to have a reasonable amount of followers and maybe they have some what appear to be legitimate posts? After viewing their profile if there doesn’t seem like much to go on or maybe you just want to know more about the person you are doing business with – use their profile image!

This is a great use for Google’s new image search. Just drag the profile picture into the image search query field and Google will identify  its best guess for the image.

If you’re doing your homework on lice treatment companies in Virginia Beach and want to see if a company is being truthful go to their Google+ profile and check out their profile image!

Happy Halloween from the staff at Let’s Be P.A.L.S and remember let your little monsters enjoy their day and comb for prevention!

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By:  Julie B

 

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How to Prevent Lice – Regular Head Checks

Head Lice Prevention VirigniaLice Prevention – Is it Possible?

Did you know that 3 percent of the kids at most schools have lice at any given time? And that’s when there isn’t a major outbreak.

Most parents don’t want to talk about it but lice is a nationwide epidemic that gets a little worse every year. There is no way to completely protect your family against lice, but you can take some common steps to educate yourself and be proactive against the problem. Particularly going back to school. It’s head lice season (Get 10 Tips to Lice Prevention)  August thru October.

Trying to avoid head lice would be like trying to avoid catching a cold. The best thing you can do in the prevention of head lice is to check your child’s head regularly, because early detection is key.

Didn’t receive a notice from school that there is an outbreak? Check anyway! At least every two weeks & weekly head check would be better. What about cleaning? We can’t emphasize enough to spend time on the head not the home. This is to all  what we like to call the “cleaning Ninja Moms” (you know who you are, you go into a crazed cleaning mode, Spring cleaning on speed) Yes, if there is a confirmed infestation, wash the linens and recent clothes and soak the hair brushes (we know – Ninja Moms already threw those out!). Vacuuming is another safe alternative if you must spend time cleaning your home.

Remember lice isn’t hazardous to your family’s health it’s just a big nuisance.  Certainly staying informed is another key to prevention. Ask after school programs if they notify parents and what their protocol for head lice is and what your children’s school policy is concerning lice. Discussing precautionary steps with your children are important like no sharing of hats, hair brushes etc.

There are a variety of product treatments available. Read about Best Lice Treatment & The Truth about Lice Pesticide Treatments  or many Natural Head Lice Treatments are available. In all cases whether you choose a pesticide treatment (that lice are becoming increasingly resistant to) or an all natural treatment its important to understand that nits (lice eggs) need to be manually removed.

Families who have experienced lice know that it can sometimes interfere with the families fun time or other planned activities. Being proactive & diligent is the key to prevention. If you work and don’t have time, call in a professional service. Virginia Beach Lice Treatment – Let’s Be PALS  offers head checks and a neat Pay It Forward plan for your circles (to help keep lice away) & Lice Doctors also serves Virginia Beach & many cities & states. Google Lice Treatment for a professional lice treatment & removal service in your area.

Did you know?

Head lice is one of the top three reasons why children miss school.
80 percent of the time kids pass on a lice infestation to their siblings.
80 percent of the time mothers contract head lice from their children.
20 percent of the time fathers contract head lice from their children.

Sources: Virginia Beach Lice Treatment Let’s Be P.A.L.S
Author: Julie B

Head Lice & Back To School in Virginia

Head Lice and Back To School in Virginia7 Ways to Help Your Child & Yourself Get Ready for Back To School

The end of the Summer  brings the start of a whole new school year, with different subjects, teachers, schedules and people etc. Being well-organized and prepared makes going back to school enjoyable and successful.

Buying notebooks and scoping out sales is the easy part. There are less tangible things you can do as well.

Here are 7 ways you can help your child — and yourself — get ready to go back to school.

1. Re-Establish School Routines

It’s basic training drill time the last few weeks before school starts. Practice getting up and getting dressed as if school were in session and scheduling snacks and lunch time around the school schedule

2. Break Summer Habits

Get up & get out. Practice leaving the house in the morning. Yes, actually getting dressed out of PJ’s and going somewhere scheduled. It will help to break the summer habits like relaxing in your PJ’s until Noon!

3. Nurture Independence

Practice having your child manage basic needs without having to rely on you, such as, organizing school materials, viewing school website for valuable information, like gym clothes costs or any other item that might need to be done at school by your student. Even young children can build confidences and independence skills. Have them practice writing their name or tying their shoes

4. Set Up Homework Routines in Advance

It’s easier to follow a routine if you have it planned out. Plan what time and where your child will study. A routine helps every one stay in sync.

5. Make a Sick-Day Game Plan (or yes, a Head Lice Plan)

Before school begins line up a trusted babysitter or group of parents that can help out if the children get sick (or have head lice). Know the school policy for release forms etc.

6. Attend Orientations to Meet and Greet

Be sure to meet your children’s teachers and be an active participant in their school lives.

7. Make it a Family Affair

Get kids involved in ownership of their plans. Have them decide their routine and set expectations – they’ll be more likely to follow the plan!

Don’t forget to Download Your FREE Quick Family Lice Removal Guide

Author/Contributor:  Julie B

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Bad Mouthing the Competition – Is it a Good Idea?

bad mouthing the competitionWe recently had an interesting customer service experience to blog about. The takeaway to share with readers is this: NEVER bad-mouth your competitors!

In the professional services industry, I believe these same truths apply:

  • Your clients want to hear what you do well, not what others fail to do well
  • Your clients want to hear how you can add value, not where others stumble

If all else fails, resort to the lesson your mother taught you growing up: if you cannot say anything nice, do not say anything at all!

Directly criticizing your competition makes you look bad. It makes you look unprofessional. It makes you look weak and worried and undermines the actual words coming out of your mouth. As a customer, I stop listening. This does not help you accomplish your presumed goal of making a sale.

  • DO talk about your strengths
  • DO explain why your product is strong / solid / high-performing / a good choice
  • DO emphasize what you / your company has to offer

Here’s our pledge to you:  We invest in our development, strive to continuously improve & learn to be of as much value to you as possible.  You’ll never hear us bad-mouthing our competitors & belittling their work. We want to empower you to make the choice that is best for you & to help you get rid of lice so you & your family can get back to life

There is a fine line between “badmouthing” and “libel/slander”. Read about
When Does Bad-Mouthing the Competition Become Defamation? and what the Virginia Supreme Court had to say about it.

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Where Do Lice Come From?

ancient lice combsLice are said to be prevalent even before the recording of history began. The earliest recorded presence of head lice dates back over one million years ago.

The fact that head lice have been prevalent for over one million years suggests that humans and lice have a long and itchy history together. This research is currently being used for the development of a time line for human evolution.

Fact: Lice have been found on ancient Egyptian mummified bodies.

Head Lice Treatment: Earliest Records

Head lice (blood-sucking insects that grow to about 2-3mm long) have most likely resided on people for as long as humans have existed

The earliest records of head lice treatment in the United States is from the early 1800’s. The Wisconsin Historical Museum has a bone lice comb from the frontier days (pictured).

Fort Crawford was not a notably healthy environment. Soldiers could expect a seasonal threat of mosquito-born malaria as well as periodic outbreaks of dysentery, cholera, and typhus.

The lice comb pictured was excavated from the site of Fort Crawford by archaeologists in the 1930’s documenting one other insect nuisance Fort Crawford soldiers had to endure: head lice.
After a series of floods during the 1820s which slowly degraded the structure, the Army finally abandoned the wooden fort and built a second Fort Crawford of cut stone on higher ground a short distance away.

Not until 1864 when Louis Pasteur definitively document the full developmental cycle of lice and other insects did the prevention of infestations begin. Head lice became less prevalent during the period of World War II (mid 1900’s). This was due to the use of the chemical agent DDT. This chemical agent was a powerful pesticide that was utilized to destroy mosquitoes that spread malaria. It also had effects on decreasing the populations of head lice.

Previously routine companions of people of all economic levels, pesticides and improvements in daily hygiene made head lice infestations relatively rare in modernized countries by the mid-twentieth century. Soldiers and visitors to Fort Crawford, however, dealt with head lice as a normal part of life, simply accepting periodic infestation in much the same way as they would have to deal with an occasional bout of influenza or a cold.

To manage an outbreak people used fine tooth combs to remove adult lice and their eggs (or nits) from their hair and then crushed them. Other treatments of the time included the application of an ointment of brimstone (sulphur) and lard to reduce the itching, and saturating the hair with ‘red precipity’ (mercuric oxide powder) to try to kill the lice. The latter treatment probably slowly harmed the patient as much as it helped, but doctors still frequently used mercury compounds during the early nineteenth century as most were not convinced of the element’s poisonous properties.

Fine tooth combs (like the Terminator Comb) and those used at Fort Crawford still play a large role in combating lice infestations to this day.

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Reference & Picture: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/artifacts/archives/002505.asp

Publisher:  Let’s Be P.A.L.S

Contributor:  Julie B

Does The AirAlle Head Lice Treatment work?

air.alleLousebuster is now called AirAllé™ (pronounced air-a-lay).

This is what it claims ” AirAllé™ (pronounced air-a-lay) is a medical device that kills head lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs in a single, 30-minute treatment. Formerly called LouseBuster, the AirAllé device is used by lice-removal professionals around the world to provide a safe, fast and highly effective lice treatment.”

It appears even with this treatment as with any Head Lice treatment, combing is required.  We are unsure if they are including the combing time in the 30 minute treatment you’d need to be sure and ask the provider of the service this question.

The device concept was originated by Dr. Dale Clayton a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. Larada Sciences, Inc., which incorporated in 2006, formed to take the LouseBuster product to market.  You can read about the The AirAllé™ history here.

Here are some research findings on the device that we found interesting:

“Subjects with a high probability of reinfestation, such as those with other infested family members or classmates, were excluded from these follow-up trials.”

We aren’t exactly sure what that means? Does it mean they chose only Adults? Why exclude anyone?

“From the 18 subjects, a total of 422 lice were combed out before treatment, 35 (8.3%) of which were dead. After heat treatment, a total of 578 lice were combed out, 440 (76.1%) of which were dead. The percent of dead treated lice was significantly higher than the percent of dead control lice, with an absolute difference of 67.8% (95% CI: 62% to 72%).”

Why are they comparing dead lice before treatment to dead lice after treatment? And is this pre-treatment comb out a part of the 30 minute process? This concludes that 138 live lice were combed out but the marketing advertises that you only need to comb out dead lice? If you didn’t comb that would leave you with 138 live lice still in your head – that’s a lot.

“Two of the 18 trials were excluded from egg-hatch analysis because none of the control eggs hatched. From the remaining 16 subjects, a total of 839 eggs were combed out before treatment and 969 after treatment. The control–egg-hatch rate was 52.0% and the treated–egg-hatch rate was 6.0%, a significant absolute difference of 46.0% (95% CI: 42% to 50%). The egg-hatch rate was zero in only 6 (37.5%) of 16 treated subjects. In summary, this method killed more lice than any of the previous methods and an appreciable number of eggs (Fig 2).”

Again, we could be reading it wrong, but why are they comparing numbers of viable eggs before and after treatment? We would certainly hope that an after treatment would have a higher number of killed everything? Also they begin with eggs here (stating the 6% hatched which means they were not killed) and they end the summary with live lice?

“In summary, this method killed the largest proportion of lice of any of our other methods and nearly all of the eggs”

What other methods?

“At the 1-week follow-up, 10 (91%) of 11 had no lice. The eleventh subject had a single live male louse, which is not a viable breeding population.”

Well, that’s certainly lucky that it was a male louse. If it had been an egg laying female that was missed, you’d have potential 35+ more eggs in the head!

The studies appear to use a lot of non committed words “an appreciable number of eggs” “nearly all”. And the study excluded subjects with a “high” probability rate of reinfestation from the follow up analysis which sort of makes it sound like the tests were manipulated to have the best possible outcome.

You can read the full studies yourself for more information at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/5/1962.full and another study here http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1603/ME10122.

Also, we have to ask the question why was a follow up done at only a week? It takes a lice egg anywhere from 7-10 days to hatch (and now new studies are reporting even longer) and approximately 7 more days to become an egg laying adult? And they only mention the lice and no mentions of any eggs?

We have never used the device or seen it in action and the only product reviews we could find were by the manufacturer.

There were several poor reviews on Yelp for companies using the AirAlle device, but the reviews appear to be more about the company versus the actual machine:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/licenders-manhattan-10

http://www.yelp.com/biz/licenders-new-york-13

http://www.yelp.com/biz/airalle-lice-treatment-salt-lake-city

And the reviews indicate some sort of pre-post treatment requirements, so be sure to ask.

Here are some excerpts from the reviews……

“just so my kids will get it again 2 weeks after!!!! ….. This company needs to be reported to the better business bureau for taking advantage of people in time of stress and not being up front about the total cost of their service…..I will never use air alle again. I would recommend you go to another lice removal place or if you have the time conditioner and a lice comb and rigorously taking them out yourself. it would have been cheaper and not a waste of my money…”

Just a note – a two week guarantee is like having no guarantee at all, it’s not long enough. A reputable lice removal company will give you a 21-30 day guarantee.

You can read and decide for yourself but it certainly can give you an opportunity to ask the right questions that you need to ask before deciding on your lice treatment provider.

There is a local company originally based out of Suffolk, Virginia who uses the device, Lickety Nit.  Such a cute name!  They recently opened a Salon in Virginia Beach.

Looking for other Head Lice Treatment companies in Virginia Beach?

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Contributor:  Julie B

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Head Lice Company in Virginia Beach Locally Owned & OperatedLet’s Be P.A.L.S a Head Lice Treatment service in Virginia Beach

Is verified in Google Plus in Virginia Beach – Well, because the owners live, grew up in & work in Virginia Beach and take pride in servicing our local community!

Join us on Google Plus and add us to your circles.  If you aren’t on Google Plus or it seems too confusing or otherwise you just aren’t into it – you should be! Rank My Website a local Virginia Beach digital marketing company and #VA can help with all your social media marketing needs. They specialize in helping small businesses get optimized like Seashore Bikes & Golf Cart Service, Dr. Margie Corney and many others.

Other Head Lice Treatment companies might service Virginia Beach, but they aren’t locally owned and operated.  Read about the Benefits of Doing Business Locally.

Here’s how to tell if  a local business is Google verified in your area. See the screen shot below. Next to the name of the business is a badge with a check mark if you scroll over it a pop up appears that says “Verified local business“. The profile below for Margie Corney is  a personal profile and personal profiles do not have to be verified and you won’t find the verified badge on them.  What if someone puts a false name or a business name on their personal profile?

Well, now you’ll know how to identify it and for goodness sake – DON’T do it. Google has built it’s business around trust and you can’t use a business name for your personal account. Set up a page for that and get it verified in your area! Falsified information is a no-no. Here’s our personal Google Page Julie B

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