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How to Prevent Head Lice - Quick and Easy Tips!

posted Oct 23, 2014, 3:48 PM by communications@moffettpta.org   [ updated Aug 29, 2017, 8:57 PM by Web Master ]

The new school year brings on unwanted visitors…. HEAD LICE!  


Who can get lice?  Anyone and Everyone! 


How do you get lice?  Head to head contact or simple exchange of hats, clothing, combs, and other personal items from one person to another.


We have listed some easy tips and information for busy parents:


Common Signs and Facts…
  1. Persistent itching of scalp.  Note: Not all people itch!

  2. Nits – tiny yellowish white eggs attached firmly to the hair shaft, usually found behind the ears and base of neck.  Don’t confuse nits with dandruff, which can be easily flicked or blown off.

  3. Tiny gray or light brown insects that crawl very quickly.  They DO NOT hop or fly.  Adult lice are 2 to 3 mm long and brownish to grayish white in color.

  4. Head lice require a blood meal every 4 -5 hours and die in 1 or 2 days when off a person.


Lice love to crawl onto clean hair!  There are some easy ways to coat the hair so it is too thick for the Lice to grab on to.

  1. Use Hairspray!  A fine mist to cover the hair is good.

  2. Use Hair Gel!  It coats the hair and makes it too thick for the lice to grab.

  3. Put hair into a braid or bun!

  4. Mix a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and water into a spray bottle and spray onto hair.  There are other natural and organic products you can use for prevention, like Fairytales.


  1. Local business, like Picky Pam at the Beach, offer FREE head checks!  There are also other companies that come to your home to remove the lice.

  2. If you think your child or you may have Lice, get all members treated on the same day.

  3. Get a good Lice Comb to help remove the nits and lice.  Swipe upwards on the name of neck and wipe on a damp paper towel or baby wipe.

  4. Lice can be resistant to over-the-counter products, so beware!

  5. Recheck for lice once a week!! 


Treatment at Home…

  1. Vacuuming is the most effective tool against lice.  Vacuum beds, pillow, baseboards, couches, chairs, helmets, backpacks, car seats, headphones, etc.

  2. Launder washable clothing used by recently infested person in HOT water.

  3. Put pillowcases, sheets, towels, clothes in HOT dryer for 30 min.

  4. Pace brushes, combs, hair accessories in dishwasher or in a ziplock bag in the freezer overnight.

  5. Bag items that cannot be washed for 2 weeks.

SCHOOL POLICY:  If your child has head lice you must notify the school immediately.   A parent or other adult must accompany the child for readmission. 


Remember some of these easy prevention tips to help detour these unwanted visitors!

Want more information?  
Please come to the PTA Meeting on
Wednesday, November 19th at 8:15 am
to hear Pam Skinner, with Picky Pam at the Beach,
talk about lice prevention and treatment. 


Please note:  This information is provided as a resource only and is not endorsed, guaranteed or supported by PTA.