How to get rid of head lice (the prepper way)
They don't call it Lysol for nothing. That's your first hint about
how to get rid of pesky head lice. Certainly Lysol will help you
get rid of pesky head lice (spray it on the counters, not your
head, silly) but you can also do it naturally without any
How to Get Rid of Lice Prepper-style!
The good and happy news is that lice can't fly! Unfortunately,
they do get around. They crawl or drop to get to another host.
They also aren't dangerous. There is no imminent disease that
lice bring, at least for now. The bad news is that they are
simply a nuisance. They will cost you time and money.
So how do you know if you have head lice?
When you have lice, you'll know. There is no other bug that
wants to crawl into your hair. A bug may land in your hair, but it
doesn't want to stay there. A ladybug, for example, can rest on
your head, but it won't crawl into your hair!
Rule #1: Don't be in denial about head lice.
If it is May, June or July (prime months for head lice), don't be
in denial that you have head lice, particularly if the school has
sent out a message about head lice, or if another mother who
has the problem is informing you that your child has had an
exposure. Don't be in denial if you are an adult without children
either! Anyone can get head lice:
Adults and kids get head lice.
People with short hair and long hair get head lice.
Dr. Joseph Alton says people of African descent are
somewhat resistant to head lice, which may be because of
the shape of the hair shaft.
Dogs do not get head lice. That's good news!
The first thing to know is that you must act quickly if you
suspect having head lice. The process can start 4-6 weeks
before you feel a tickling.
Rule #2: Take action, even if it doesn't itch!
Be proactive and look for lice if your child has attended camp,
you receive a notice from school, if you borrow sporting helmets,
if you get a call from your hairdresser etc.! The telltale signs of
headlice include a subtle itch, particularly around the ears or the
nape of the neck.
If someone in your family or group has been exposed to head
lice, start immediately with an action plan. Here are some
simple things you can do:
Get out the nit comb! Take a proactive approach by
inspecting the heads of your family member or group. Left
is a nit comb. Better to order a few now before you need
them online. (Also you'll save yourself from that
Wash dirty towels and pillows. By washing all pillows in
the household and all dirty towels, you are taking the first
step towards minimizing the problem if you have one. For
the person who has been exposed, wash the entire bedding.
"When you have a group of diverse people living in close
quarters for long periods of time, you may see infestations of
lice and such crop up... Do everyone a favor and stock up on
appropriate remedies." says Jim Cobb, Prepper's long term
survival guide, pictured immediate right.
Rule #3: Take more action if it tickles or itches.
It starts before you even get a tickle. The head lice have been
with you four to six weeks prior. You may not really think you
have head lice. Know ahead of time that the tell tale signs in
the beginning are rather vague. It's not like having poison oak
or a mosquito bite. You may not have skin rashes or
demonstrable signs that you even have lice. The start of your
problem is a rather faint itch.
Itching may happen around the ears, nape of the neck or
You may think your baseball cap or hat is hitting your head
Rule #4: Be nit picky!
The way to rid yourself and your family or group of head lice is
to be vigilant in combing with a nit comb. Yes, that's where
they got the phrase, "being nit picky." It's because it is a very
laborious process in getting rid of nits. It takes hours of combin
Head lice preparedness supply list
Before you actually have lice, as a prepper it's better to prepare.
Get the gear you need in place. You can order the stuff online,
so you don't need to face the clerk who can't seem to swipe
your credit card properly and who asks if you need a bag!
Delivery to your home will make things confidential, and
prepared to handle what comes your way.
Supply list for getting rod if head lice
Gather your supplies! You'll need:
detergent to clean all the family bedding and towels, plus
any clothes, which have come into contact with infected
comb and brush
lice comb (a specially designed comb to capture lice)
magnifying glass (if you have bad eyes)
garbage bags (to quarantine items you can't wash, such as
big stuffed animals and decorative pillows).
zip lock bags (to contain brushes and combs)
clear duct tape (to catch the creepy crawlies)
Essential oils: cinnamon leaf oil, tea tree oil, lavender,
geranium rose -- all are effective at getting rid of head lice
Vacuum cleaner. You will want to vacuum once daily.
Step One: Cancel all appointments.
This is going to take a while. The work you have to rid yourself
of the problem will take several hours and it's well worth it.
Certainly you don't want to spread it to family, friends or
colleagues only to have them give back to you. Do you?
Step Two: Quarantine all the bedding and towels.
A priority is to get the bedding into the laundry, so that you can
begin to sterilize it. The way to sterilize is to do the laundry.
Hot water or hot dry cycle should do the trick. If you have a
heavily infested case, then you'll want to use the "sterilize"
cycle of your washing machine if you have such a feature.
Step Three: begin combing with a metal lice and nit
Your goal is to get live lice by combing them out. By combing
we mean, with combing with a metal lice and nit comb. A lice
and nit comb, pictured left, is a 100% effective at killing both
lice and nits (the eggs lice lay). Be sure to use a metal lice
comb (and not the useless plastic ones sometimes included with
kits). You'll need metal ones you can sterilize. Between use
you'll boil and kill the lice that wedge between the prongs.
Without this important step, you will be passing along lice to
other in your family or group.
Your goal in combing is to get at the live louse. These are the
adults, which lay eggs. You also will succeed at getting rid of
your problem if you get the tiny little eggs. They are a bit like
sesame seeds, but about half the size and round, not oval.
You don't want the lice to have a party on your head and
procreate, and the only way to stop them is to comb them out.
Every louse you catch today, will help minimize the problem you
Step Four: Begin treatment.
You can't just shampoo and be done with it. If you're new to
lice, then we suggest using Nix. It's toxic, but does the trick at
killing both the eggs and the nits.
In the beginning, you don't really want to believe you have lice,
so you're not going to be as rigorous as you think you must be.
This is why we recommend a heavy duty chemical combatant. It
will get the job done on your head, but you still have a time
ahead of you of disinfecting the household to rid yourself of
these mini vampires.
Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. End your treatment with a tea tree
oil shampoo. Be careful not to get into the eyes. Your eyes
hate tea tree oil as much as the lice! Tea Tree oil shampoo
is best for this rinse.
Lavender Essential Oil shampoo. Once you've completed
treatment, your subsequent shampoos can be with lavender
Step Five: Sanitize (Vacuum, spray and wipe away).
While heads are covered with Begin to sanitize. Keeping clean
is important. Head lice don't care how neat you are, they care
Vacuum. You can suck up the little guys with a vacuum.
Wipe with Windex. Wipe away critters from your telephone.
Spray with Lysol. Spray coats, couches, carpeting and
stuffed animals. Anywhere in which heads may have
Questions preppers may have about head lice:
I keep a clean house, how did we get lice? Clean people
get lice.Everyone can get lice (rich or poor, young or old,
clean or unclean). All it takes is brushing up against
someone with lice or brushing up against something that
had lice waiting. You could get it from the seat of a
restaurant, a ride at the fair, a bus seat or taxi cab, along
with the other known ways to get lice, such as a shared
hat, brush or towel. Your coat could have contracted lice
hanging next to someone who had lice. You may have been
clothes shopping and contracted lice from a garment
someone else infected with lice tried on before you.
Certainly, however, lice love unsanitary conditions. If you
don't clean, they can keep the party going! In other words,
a clean household can get lice
Can you get lice from a dog? Can a dog give you head
lice? Thankfully, the answer to both these questions is no.
You can only get lice from other humans.
Have a dog? Here's how to prep for your dog.
Can I get head lice down below? You can not get head
lice in your pubic area. Head lice need the scalp to feed;
however, other types of lice are attracted to your other
body parts. There are three different kinds of lice:
Body lice: According to the CDC, "Improved hygiene
and access to regular changes of clean clothes is the
only treatment needed for body lice infestations."
Pubic lice. You'll need an over the counter
(permethrin) or prescription to get rid of pubic lice,
according the CDC about pubic "crab" lice.
Lice can be transmission vectors, but thankfully not head lice!
Well, at least for the moment. There is no conclusive evidence
that head lice are transmission vectors; however, as we
prepper's know with pandemics, viruses mutate and who knows
what the future may bring. Perhaps they will some day "catch a
ride" on head lice to spread.
Here's a video from a public school nurse on how to get rid of
head lice (symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and treatment):
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What's the difference between hair, body and pubic
Learn all about different types of lice, diagnosis, treatment and
prevention strategies including natural remedies with help from
Dr. Bones! Joseph Alton, M.D. a.k.a. Dr. Bones of
DoomandBloom.net, says, "One of the most common
infestations that we see today is that of lice." Visit his Web site
to learn more about Hair, Body, and Pubic Lice and be sure to
see this video:
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Above, author and prepper Joseph Alton, M.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Bones) shares
how to deal with headlice. He and his wife, Nurse Amy wrote The Survival
Medicine handbook, pictured right. It is an excellent guide for preppers.
Thankfully lice do not bring any serious threat of disease. They
are pesky and problematic, but not a death sentence. Prognosis
is good! Just inform all members of the group not to share
hygenic items, and then be sure to comb every day!
If you want a natural lice treatment, try anise oil. With a
distinct licorice-like aroma, aniseed oil is an antiseptic derived
from aniseed, Pimpinella anisum. Healthline discusses aniseed
oil and many other ways to treat headlice"
cinnamon leaf oil
red thyme oil
tea tree oil
Use rubbing alcohol on nit combs and your other combs in
between brushing to kill the lice that try to hitch a ride to
their next victim!
Lavender is an essential oil head lice hate. Read all about
lavender essential oil for preppers.