Step 1 – Use extreme temperatures to get rid of lice quickly
Lice are easily destroyed with the use of a ZappBug heating unit. Place the infested (or possibility infested) items such as bedding, children’s backpack, brushes and combs, car seats, hats and clothing into the unit. Once the temperature probe reads 120 degrees Fahrenheit just heat treat for an hour and a half to kill all lice and eggs.
Lice die at 130 degrees in 30mins (we recommend treating for an hour and half to be sure all are dead)
You can place all your delicate belongings, including those that can’t be washed, into the unit
Easy to treat backpacks and other house hold items
If you have our larger ZappBug Room you will be able to heat treat larger furniture such as couches and beds
Step 2 - Treat your Hair
You will need to treat the hair/scalp
To kill lice at the source, you will want to use a lice treatment solution that contains pediculicide, the main ingredient that kills lice. Our customers recommend Licefree Spray. Or for a chemical free approach see our guide to treating bugs with diatomaceous earth – Step 4 here.
Careful combing and nitpicking is a must and works best in conjunction with all other treatments. Comb hair section by section with a special lice comb (you can buy one at most drugstores or on Amazon) to remove lice and eggs (nits). If necessary use your fingers to pull any nits out of the hair as you comb, making sure to dispose of them carefully.
Step 4 - Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is very good at controlling lice and a great alternative to chemical treatments
Fit a t-shirt or shower cap (cut a small hole in the top to place DE in) over the hair, so that the collar seals around the scalp.
Apply diatomaceous earth to their hair. Make sure to minimize the spread of dust.
Close the t-shirt/shower cap and massage the diatomaceous earth into the hair and scalp.
Leave the diatomaceous earth on overnight. The lice turn white with diatomaceous earth and become more visible.
Shampoo it out the next day, then comb/nitpick any lice on the head.
Repeat this treatment once a week for 3 weeks to make sure that any new eggs that hatch after the first treatment are killed.
HEAT TREAT TO GET RID OF Lice
Learn more about how heat treatment works by visiting our products page and viewing our treatment video. You will see how easy it is to use our ZappBug heating units, and why heat treatment is the best way to get rid of lice and their eggs quickly and effectively.