Essex County

Essex County

At their professional head lice treatment removal center located in Short Hills, NJ., more than 6,000 families have received professional lice removal service from Lice Be Gone. Whether screening for head lice or treating it, their professional head lice technician's take time to educate parents on how to properly screen their children for head lice, how to get rid of head lice, how to remove head lice  and how to kill lice and nits. Lice Be Gone's first treatment center is based in Millburn Township, Essex County. This head lice salon is located near major highways, making travel from Livingston, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Verona, West Orange, South Orange and all Essex Towns easy and convenient. 

Towns in Essex County served by Lice Be Gone:

  • Belleville
  • Bloomfield
  • Caldwell
  • Cedar Grove
  • City of Orange
  • East Orange
  • Essex Fells
  • Fairfield
  • Glen Ridge
  • Irvington
  • Livingston
  • Maplewood
  • Millburn
  • Montclair
  • Newark
  • North Caldwell
  • Nutley
  • Roseland
  • South Orange Village
  • Verona
  • West Caldwell
  • West Orange

Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County, New Jersey

Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County, New Jersey

Head Lice Facts

  • Nits (the eggs of the head louse) are small yellowish-white, oval-shaped eggs that are "to the side of a hair shaft glued" at an angle 
  • Nits must be laid by live lice. You cannot "catch nits." 
  • A female louse lays 3-5 eggs a day. Once laid, it takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch, and another 7-10 days for the female to mature and begin laying her own eggs. 
  • Head lice are clear in color when hatched, then quickly develop a reddish-brown color after feeding. 
  • Head lice are about the size of sesame seeds. 
  • Head lice have six legs equipped with claws to grasp the hair. 
  • Head lice are crawling insects. They cannot hop, jump, or fly. 
  • Head lice do not thrive on pets. 
  • Head lice are small, wingless insects which feed on human blood. They need human blood in order to survive. 
  • Head lice live for approximately 30 days on a host and a female louse may lay up to 100 nits (eggs). 
  • Head lice off of their human hosts will starve. The NPA suggests that, in most cases, a head louse will not survive for more than 24 hours off of its human host. 

Satisfied Head Lice Treatment Family Testimonials

"We have been checking our daughters hair every night because we received a letter from school notifying us that someone in the other classroom has lice, and last night we thought that we had found some eggs. We called your number pretty late last night, and Diana answered. She was amazing - so helpful. She had me text an image of the egg to her and then immediately called us back. I couldn't have slept last night, if not for Diana helping us out. This was the first time that we had to deal with this situation.
The next morning, we showed up at your office first thing as they opened. Diana took us in immediately and her and Gabby treated my daughter and checked my wife for the lice. We were lucky that my wife did not have anything although, as expected, they did find five eggs in my daughters hair, but no bugs.
The reason for my email, is to tell you that your staff is amazing. People will go out of the way to make a complaint, but most people don't care enough to take the time to commend great service. Diana took the time to explain every single step to us and instructed us on what to do at home. Diana and Gabby were great with my daughter and never made her feel uncomfortable at all.
I also took the time to go on yelp.com and give your office a five star rating as well as a review. Once again a big thank you to Diana and Gabby - we appreciate everything that they did to help us out."

S.L, Verona, NJ


Photo of nits which were successfully removed at Lice Be Gone

Photo of nits which were successfully removed at Lice Be Gone

Benefit of coming to our center and not having a home visit as described by a satisfied client.

"I was able to get an appointment for the exact time that I wanted and the benefit to going to their center was that both me and my son were treated at the same time. We even had three technicians working with us at once. With a home company, we would have had to wait consecutively and that would have taken much longer. We didn't have to waste the entire day."

Anna Marie S., Essex Fells, NJ


Lice Be Gone provides screenings for thousands of children each year. Here are a few testimonials from some of our satisfied Essex County school nurses and administrators.

"I have relied on Lice Be Gone to do routine head lice screenings. Linda, Nancy and others have done work for us for the last 5 years. They come the first day of school and after every vacation. I'm grateful that the administrators see the value in having their service. We have a very low incidence of lice and I directly attribute it to their screening services. Most of the children that they find with lice go directly to their center and I know that when they return to school that they will be lice free."

Nurse, Private School, Montclair, NJ

"I called Linda and within two hours she was at my school and screened two classes of three year old's. The job wasn't too small for her to make the trip."

Preschool Director, Livingston, NJ

Head lice treatment room at Lice Be Gone (kid friendly--T.V. in each room, wifi, coffee, snacks provided) 

Head lice treatment room at Lice Be Gone (kid friendly--T.V. in each room, wifi, coffee, snacks provided) 

In The News

Lice Be Gone's Short Hills, NJ lice treatment center in the news.

Nit Pickers: Short Hills Practice Helps Families Battle Lice

When parents have trouble getting lice and the eggs, known as nits, out of their children's hair, or even their own hair, they head to Strand's practice, Lice Be Gone in Short Hills.


Back To School, Back To Lice?

However, back to school can also mean head lice. Last year lice hit the school we go to, Laning Avenue Elementary School, only a few days into the new school year, and it wasn’t alone: Every Verona elementary school had an outbreak.


Article about Lice Be Gone in the November 2012 issue of Suburban Essex Magazine

Article about Lice Be Gone in the November 2012 issue of Suburban Essex Magazine

Essex County New Jersey School Head Lice Policies

Each school district has their own head lice policy. Over the last few years the trend has been to abandon the no nit policy and allow the students to attend with either nits or live lice. It is important to know the stated policy of the school your child attends.

Meanings of different policies:

  • No Nit Policy - Students aren't permitted to attend school with any nits (lice eggs) or lice (bugs). They are allowed back only when they are completely nit and lice free.
  • No Live Lice Policy - Students are allowed to attend school with nits if any lice lice are found they be sent home from school.
  • Live Lice and Nits Policy - Students are allowed to attend school without any restrictions.

The shift in policy from not allowing a student to attend with nits or lice to a more relaxed policy of allowing students to attend with nits or live lice is in part due to the American Pediatric Association (APA) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Both organizations believe that children shouldn't be excluded from attending school with nits or lice. The APA reports say many of the more common treatments for getting rid of head lice, including prescription medicines and over-the-counter creams and conditioners, may no longer be effective because lice have built up such a resistance to them.

South Orange-Maplewood New Jersey Public School District Head Lice Policy

Students can attend with nits, not with live lice.

If you do find lice or nits on your child's head, at what point in the treatment process can you send him or her back to school?
In short, your child can come back to school only when all live lice have been removed. Although children can NOT be in school with live lice, they can return to school if only nits are present.
The South Orange-Maplewood School District policy is based on recommendations from the American Pediatric Society and the National Association of School Nurses, reports Judy LoBianco, Supervisor of Health, Physical Education and Nursing Services South Orange-Maplewood School District. The policy states that students cannot come back to school if live lice are present, but can come back if nits are still present.

You can read the rest of the article on the Maplewood Patch website.

Millburn Township New Jersey Public School District Head Lice Policy

Students can attend with nits, not with live lice.

The Millburn Public School District has removed their no nits policy and have allowed students with nits but no head lice to return to school.

Glen Ridge New Jersey Public School District Head Lice Policy

No nit policy.

Glen Ridge Public School District has adopted the No Nits Policy recommended by the National Pediculosis Association. For more information on the school's policy, read the Head Lice District Protocol on the school district's website.

Livingston New Jersey Public School District Head Lice Policy

Students can attend with nits, not with live lice.

The Livingston Public School District follows the NASN and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations of letting children with nits return to school. The school district advises to contact the school nurse if head lice is found on the child. Classroom or school-wide notification is not recommended for a single head lice case. To read more about the management of head lice in the Livingston Public School district, please refer to this document.

Montclair New Jersey Public School District Head Lice Policy

Students can attend with nits, not with live lice. 

The Montclair Public School District's lice policy allows for the nurse to use their judgemnet on whether to send a studnet home, or allow them to stay in shcool  " Montclair school nurses may use their own discretion in deciding whether to exclude students found to have numerous nits very close (1/4 inch) to the scalp."