September is National Head Lice Prevention Month and my head itches just thinking about it. If you happen to be a parent you may already be well aware of lice. Let’s face some facts about lice (aka pediculosis). Head lice are crawling insects, they cannot hop, jump, or fly. Head lice do not thrive on pets. Head lice need human blood in order to survive. (Ack!) They are acquired by head to head contact and will only live 24 hours once off a host.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extensive information about treatment options for people and for your household. You may also consult The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) website and learn more than you ever wanted to about lice. NPA has a wealth of intriguing resources for parents and even a game page for kids. (I like Hair Force One and Jail Louse Rock.) The NPA endorses user friendly, cost effective, and safe alternatives to the use of pesticides, particularly The LiceMeister comb. (I heavily endorse anything with –meister suffixes.)