What are my Lice Treatment Options?

Many parents have hit their breaking point by the time they call on a professional lice treatment service. With many families trying everything from home remedy lice treatments to OTC products, then to the doctors for prescription medications for lice that have all rendered ineffective.

Part of our treatment process is educating families on what their lice treatment options are. You can check out our lice treatment options for a list of prescription medications available and the associated cost and possible side effects. Your physician will be able to talk with you concerning the best option for your family.

In short here are your options:

  • Home Remedies
  • Over the Counter Lice Killing Products
  • Prescription Medication
  • Professional Lice Service

The nicest part about a lice treatment service is that they not only offer a guarantee, but are there as your friend and advocate and absolutely know what you are going through.

Here’s a list of lice treatment companies serving Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area.

Remember, half of the battle in fighting head lice is the right comb. Read about the Best Lice Combs and get ahead in the fight against lice!

Publisher:  Let’s Be P.A.L.S

Contributor:  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

Lice Removal Rates In Virginia

Lice Removal Cost

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Lice Removal. Once you’ve found out you or your child has lice – most Moms will do anything to get rid of it. We often hear “I don’t care how much it cost”  So that brought us to how much does it really cost for head lice removal and are the rates fair and reasonable across the board for lice treatment companies serving Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area.

There are by the hour rates and flat rates, which one is better?  Well, if you do the math they basically come out the same (usually) WITH the exception that a a flat rate company is definitely going to be worried about the time they spend on your hair and this in effect could affect their performance?

How is this so?

Well, let’s think about it for a moment – obviously they are in business so they certainly need to make money – they aren’t working for free.  The average cost of a lice treatment in Virginia Beach is $100/hour.

There is a flat rate company in the area that charges by short and long hair (this could be a problem – because what is the definition of short and long hair? If my hair were below my ears but not quit yet to my shoulder is it short or long? If you or your family member has lice – you don’t have time to think or worry about what category the length of your hair falls in. There are other lice companies like Kidz Lidz Salon that charge by the person (or flat rate) that identify the hair length and this seems to be very helpful.

Ok, back to flat vs hourly rates.  So, let’s use an analogy.  If you brought your car to an auto mechanic and it was a $200 flat rate to get your transmission replaced (yes, this is a fictitious amount) , how good of a job and how much time do you think they would spend on replacing your transmission?

That’s right, as little time as possible and certainly aren’t going to do the best job they can – why would they? They are only getting paid $200 no matter what they do and in a flat rate situation the provider is always going to work in their own favor just getting the job done at as little effort as possible. As for the hourly rate you could argue that a person may take much longer than needed to vamp up the costs.  So flat rate or hourly? Take the poll below and let us know what you think?

Other things to consider when researching a lice removal company, are they bonded? Are they licensed to do business in your area? Just ask, they can provide you with a bond and license number.

Two of the lice companies do their marketing around the medical industry “doctors & nurses” And that’s exactly what it is – marketing.

In fact, most of the technicians that work for these companies are just sub contractors. They aren’t medically licensed at all.   It takes a unique person to take on this job.  You must be patient, compassionate, have a desire to truly help others, have the experience and the right tools.

We have to ask the question if an RN’s average salary is $67,000/year – or a Doctors who’s is much more why would they aspire to be a nit-picker? It’s tricky business advertising.

Ahhhhh, the glamour of marketing and advertisement.

We’d like to give a shout out to Wendy at Lice Doctors, she’s very knowledgeable and has 20 years experience with the Lice business – true lice professionals and they do good marketing too!

Other lice companies serving the area: Nit Nurses, Nit Fairies & Lickety Nit (they toote the super duper louse buster machine – more on that later)

Take our poll and tell us what you think? http://wp.me/p3Ht6o-2  Do you have a question about head lice or something you’d like to add?

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Head louse nits on human hair

Head louse nits on human hair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Some other helpful information about Lice Removal:

About Head Lice

What are Nits?

Lice or Dandruff?