Lice Questions and Answers

So many questions and misconceptions surround the topic of head lice. When my kids were in grade school and I got the "lice note" from school I had so much anxiety and a lot of questions. I asked the nurse "where do lice come from", she replied "they live in trees." I remember thinking that I best not stand under trees while lice was going around my town. Now I realize just how crazy that response was! 

I get asked a lot of questions and there is a lot of false  information out there. I'm going to share some of the frequent ones and give you accurate information. Here goes--

Question-If something is stuck on the hair and won't move is it a nit?

Answer- Everything that sticks to the hair shaft and doesn't easily move is not a nit. Nits are symmetrical, oval and attached at a slight angle to the hair shaft (see photo).

Question- if my daughter was at a sleepover ( dance class, soccer game, movie,- you get the idea just fill in any activity) with someone that has lice does that mean she will also have lice?

Answer- No don't make any assumptions, get your child checked, yes you can see lice/ nits the same day that they get it. Lice don't incubate, you can see the nits and bugs right away. Early detection will avoid spreading it to your whole family. I know this is not what most moms want to hear, but usually if more than one person in a family has lice it turns out to be us moms

Question- Will lice go away on it's own if untreated?

Answer- No lice don't ever go away on their own. I recently saw a girl that had more than 500 lice and 1000's of nits. I know this sounds extreme- it was! My head was itchy for days (no i didn't have lice but I sure felt like I could have after seeing that many at one time). 

Question- If I'm not itchy then do I have lice?

Answer- Don't assume that everyone that has lice is itchy. Some people are more sensitive to bugs feeding off of their scalp (I know it's not a pleasant thought. The bugs biting or feeding is what makes some  people itch.

Question- Why do some people get lice and not others? 

Answer-  The problem with lice is that when your child has had lice, they are at more risk of getting it back again in a short time frame  because everyone isn't doing their part and taking care of their own children. I do think that some people attract  bugs more than others and that includes head lice. 

I will continue to collect questions and post them and facts again soon.





My Kids Have Head Lice- What Should I Do?

Tips on Managing Head Lice  

  • Don't panic- I know this is easier said than done. Nobody gets sick from lice, remember it's not a health issue, it does have a big yucky factor and is very contagious so getting rid of them quickly should be the goal.
  • Have someone who knows what head lice and nits look like confirm your diagnosis. Many false cases of lice are reported. Anything that is stuck to the hair is not a nit. 
  • Don't start ripping you house apart. Head lice can't live off of your head for very long so focus your energy on getting rid of them and not ripping the house apart.
  • Don't run out to the store and buy every lice repellent and every so called lice treatments. Nothing works 100% of the time  except removing each and every nit and bug. Products are not completely safe
  • Check everyone in the house for head lice. Don't assume that because someone isn't itchy that they don't have lice. The best way to check for lice is take a close look at someones hair and if you see any bugs or nits.
  • At Lice Be Gone we don't use any chemicals or products. It's all about the combing. Using a bottle of conditioner and good metal nit comb are what will be most effective in getting out head lice. This video can help you see how to comb out lice 
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What Do Nits Look Like?

Head lice and nits can be hard to find. Nits are symmetrical, oval and attached to the side of the hair at a slight angle. The photo below is of numerous nits. There is a lot of "nit confusion". You are welcome to contact us and we can determine if what you are seeing is lice related. 

The second photo is not of a nit, the third photo is a nit. 

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How To Remove Head Lice

Removing head lice is all that matters when trying to get rid of them. Using products, regardless of being over the counter (OTC) or prescription won't entirely manage a head lice infestation. Removing each and every nit and louse is all that matters. 

Advice on removing head lice:

  1. Verify that someone has lice. Don't waste your time trying to remove lice if you don't actually know that someone has it. 
  2. Get a good metal nit comb. I prefer metal and not plastic because it's stronger and less likely to have gaps between the tines of the comb. This makes for a more uniform combing and you will be less likely to miss a spot.
  3. Wet the hair and comb through with white conditioner.
  4.  Section small pieces of hair and comb the hair.
  5. Wipe the comb onto a piece of white paper towel (nits will look beige or grey), you should be able to see nits and bugs if the person has lice. Don't assume that anything and everything that comes out are nits or lice. 
  6. Be Patient!

It can take several hours to comb out lice. At Lice Be Gone, we are often asked how long a job will take. The answer is always an approximation, we know once we are done how long it took. We intentionally don't charge for lice removal by the hour. We have a fixed, flat fee so that we can spend as long as necessary to get the job done. 

There's a lot of what we call "nit confusion". If you find something and you're not sure if it's lice, you are welcome to show us what you have. There is no obligation to use our service. You can contact us by email: , or phone: Short Hills- 973-467-5423, Bergen County- 201-447-5423






How Is Head Lice Spread?

Head lice is very contagious. Being in close contact with someone with head lice can almost guarantee that you will catch it. As this article suggests  selfies are a big contributor to the spreading of head lice. I am never going to suggest that people stop having fun, but if you know that you have head lice, share the information so that others can decide if they want to be in such close contact with you. 

How To Get Rid of Head Lice

It's very basic, the only way to ensure that someone is lice free is to remove each and every nit and louse. Too often parents depend on products in their attempt to get rid of head lice. There are times where families will apply lice removal products to everyone in the family "just in case" someone has lice. This makes no sense but when people are anxious, they do illogical things! Relying on manually removing every nit is the only guarantee for success. Too often people rely on short cuts and don't spend the necessary time necessarty to hand remove nits and bugs. At Lice Be Gone, we never sell products as a replacement to manuall removal.

Super Lice

At Lice Be Gone, we don't use any chemicals or heat treatments.  We manually remove each and every louse and nit. Over the counter and prescription products  are not entirely effective. In fact, super lice, or chemical resistant lice  have evolved as a result of chemical use. The end result is that it has become increasingly difficult for families to manage a case of head lice on their own, without the help of a "nitpicking service such as Lice Be Gone.

Head Lice- Why You Need A Professional Nit Picker

Removing head lice requires patience, time and practice. Families come to Lice Be Gone frustrated after they have combed in their children in an attempt to remove nits and lice, only to find out that there are still many left behind. Removing every nit and louse is the only way to ensure that someone is lice free. Prescription products, over the counter products and natural products will help but it is not ever going to be 100% effective. Removing everything is the only way to guarantee success. At Lice Be Gone we remove every last bug and egg. 

Head Lice- Tips for Prevention

There are too many myths about head lice. Getting rid of head lice and nits on the head is not easy for most people. Vacuuming, doing laundry, changing linens etc. is easy and makes people feel like they're solving their family's lice situation and so they spend too much time with housecleaning. What really resolves the problem is getting every nit and louse out of the hair. That is the tough part and why professional head lice services are necessary to get the job done right the first time. 

Parents Upset Over Lack Of No Nit Policies

At Lice Be Gone we usually find that more than one person in a ftamily has head lice. There are times that a whole family has head lice. his is because head lice are very contagious. If a child is allowed to attend school with nits, that child should be considered to have lice. There is no way to determine when a nit will hatch which would set up a situation where a bug could transfer to another child. It doesn't matter if chemical treatments, or heat treatments have been used in an attempt to have that child lice free. As long as someone has nits, they should be considered to have an active case of head lice. Parents that spend the time and money to have their child and family nit and lice free are understandably upset at the lack of having a "no nit policy".

Head Lice--Feeling Itchy

While it's true that lice cause people to be itchy, it's also the case that  not feeling itchy does not mean that you don't have lice. As the article states, many people will scratch after having thousands of lice bite their head but some will scratch after just a day. Many parents will tell me that their child complained of having an itchy scalp but they assumed it was nothing. They have bought dandruff shampoo, blamed the itchiness on the weather being too hot, and too cold. I think that many people have some much fear about head lice and they find any other reason to explain itchiness other than the possibility of it being head lice. 

Difficulty In Treating Head Lice

Many parents feel overwhelmed when they find out their child has head lice. It's estimated that between six to twelve million children each year will get head lice. That number might be low because I find that many families don't share information about their children having head lice. In my experience, most teenagers refuse to discuss having head lice with their friends for fear of being ostracized. I appreciate their concerns but it's important to understand that without sharing information, their chances of re-infesting are increased. Without professional head lice removal services, the chances of getting out all nits and lice in one treatment is almost impossible. What To Do When You Find Out Your Child Has Head Lice offers some valuable information

Lice Be Gone Suggests Pre-Camp Screenings

During the first day of sleep-away camp every camper is screened for head lice. Every camp manages the problem differently. Some send kids home and won’t allow them back for a week. This makes no sense to me since after just one treatment at our lice salon we solve the problem by removing every nit and egg. Some camps will remove the head lice and nits at the camp and may send the family a bill. Regardless of how it is managed, the child is excluded from their group and usually feels really bad!

One way to avoid your child going to camp with head lice is to have them properly screened beforehand. At Lice Be Gone, we do a thorough screening and if lice is detected we remove each and every nit and bug so that when a child gets to camp they can avoid any issues. Screenings also alleviate the anxiety kids have while waiting to be checked at camp.

Call Lice Gone Be 973-467-5423 for a pre-camp screening 

Why Choosing Lice Be Gone's Natural Head Lice Removal Services vs. Prescription Medication

The newest prescription  pediculicide (lice killer) is Sklice. Outlined below are the results from their clinical study which they consider a success. The issue is that 14 days after the medication was used, only 76.1% of the users were lice free. When a person comes to Lice Be Gone, we consider the treatment a success if they are nit and lice free after just one treatment. While there are live lice, that person should be considered contagious. At Lice Be Gone, we consider a treatment to be successful when every nit and louse is removed without the use of any chemicals. 

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