How to Get Rid of Lice

How to Get Rid of Lice

Lice are pests that can live in your hair and feed off your scalp. Follow these easy steps to get rid of Lice.


Life Cycle

A female louse may lay up to 10 eggs in a day which will hatch within about week. The adult lice can live up to month on a person heads and may reproduce continuously throughout the year because of the body temperature of its host keeping them alive.

Where Lice Live

Lice and lice eggs are found on human scalps. Eggs require the warmth of the scalp for incubation purposes in order to hatch. Once they’ve hatched lice remain on the head to feed, getting their nourishment from human blood.

How Lice Cause Harm

Lice live in the hair on your head and feed off the blood from your scalp. People who are infested will often have extreme scalp itchiness, a feeling of something crawling on their scalp, and often sores and scabs from scratching. It is easiest to determine if you have lice by finding the eggs. Adults move quickly, making detection hard, but the eggs will be stuck to your hair and resemble dandruff. Head lice are very contagious so if one person in your household has lice most likely they will spread to others quickly.

How to Get Rid of Lice

Follow this step-by-step approach to getting lice out of your hair and bedding.

PestTreatment Temperature How long before they die
Ants120°F5 mins
Bed Bugs115°F7 mins
Cockroaches130°F7 mins
Dust Mites140°F8 mins
Fleas140°F10 mins
Termites125°F10 mins
Scabies122°F10 mins
Lice130°F30 mins
Moths120°F30 mins
Carpet Beetles120°F30 mins
PestTreatment Temperature How long before they die
Lice130°F30 mins


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 130 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


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.

Prevent Lice Infestations and re-infestations

  • Heat treat any clothing, hats, bedding, towels, stuffed animals and other objects purchased at yard sales or used clothing stores.
  • Clean items that have been in recent contact with the infected family members’ heads
  • Don’t share combs, brushes, barrettes, hats, scarves or pillows
  • Soak combs and brushes in really hot water or place in Zappbug unit
  • Vacuum floors, pillows, upholstered furniture and car seats
  • Keep long hair in a tight ponytail or braid