Warm Weather Means More Lice
by Hilary Reeser
Owner of Lice Clinics of America – Harrisburg
Lice love warm weather. It’s a little known fact, which is why clients are surprised to find out that there is a high season for lice. There are lice in every school, every day; however, there is a “high season” and that is summer. This answer surprises most clients, as they think lice are just a “school thing”, but this is not true. In fact, they THRIVE in warm, humid conditions, which is why they prefer the nape of the neck and behind the ears to lay their eggs. Adding warm weather to that scenario increases the chances of bugs and eggs surviving. When more bugs survive, more eggs are laid. Since a female louse can lay up to 10 eggs a day, it is easy to see how things can quickly get out of control. Summer is also a time when kids are together a lot, which increases hair-to-hair contact. Summer camps, sports, sleep overs, and vacations are all what makes this season so busy.
It is extremely important for parents to keep checking their children’s scalps as warmer weather arrives, since lice love warm weather. A weekly comb through and visual inspection is a great way to keep on top of things, as well as weekly application of preventive products like our Lice Destroyer. Spraying pillows, sleeping bags, etc. with our preventive spray is a great way to keep the lice away. Spray neck and shoulders too before school, before going to the movies or sleep overs. Most parents already check for ticks and mosquito bites, so add lice to your list. If you feel you or your child have been exposed to lice at any time, do not hesitate to call us to make an appointment for a thorough head check. You will not visually be able to notice a brand new infestation, so it is important to have one of our professional technicians do a check. If lice is found, we can recommend on of our many treatment options. We have treatments for all budgets and infestation levels. Also, inform other parents if your child has come in contact with lice, so that they can also have a chance at stopping it from becoming a full-blown infestation. You want to let anyone know that could reinfest your family. Please call us to make an appointment or have us answer any questions you may have. 717-678-5452.