The annual worry about lice is peaking as kids have returned to school and the cold weather calls for hats for adults and children alike. It can be a frightening thought that makes people scratch their heads. You might wonder, “Do I need pest control for lice?”
Pest control seems to be a common concept. It involves spraying chemicals here and there or putting deadly fumes in a space. Pest control is more science-based than it seems. A pest control professional plays an integral role in analyzing the changing environment and array of arthropods that make up our daily lives. The right product must be used at the right place, and at the right moment to control lice.
How long do lice survive? Adult head lice can survive for a few days without the help of a host. Although it may seem like a long time to treat, this helps reduce the overall treatment time. This life cycle (or lack thereof) negates the need to spray inside or outside a house, school library, theater, and so on. This is combined with the fact that lice nymphs only live for a few hours, meaning you can eliminate the need to spray. The key to success is treating the source, and washing and regularly drying linens, clothing and hats used every day.
Prevention is key! Prevention is the best method of controlling lice infestations. You can set up reminders in your calendar to remind yourself to speak to your family and work colleagues about lice at least once a year. This is the best time to do this after the first few cold days when people begin wearing hats or coats that could transfer lice. Encourage people to allow space between themselves and other clothing. Encourage people not to share such items. It isn’t worth the risk. Avoiding direct contact with lice is the best preventive measure.
How can contacting a pest control company help? Although spraying is not a good option, a pest control company could be very helpful. We are experts in the workings of insects. We’re happy to offer advice on any issue and provide this service for no additional charge to our clients. It is important to trust the advice of professionals in a world where anyone can claim to be an expert. EcoTech Pest Control can provide you with the education seminar you need for your staff, or peace of mind at home. Call us at any of these convenient phone numbers to schedule an appointment: (612) 237-8282 • (952) 881-6662 • (763) 785-1414 • (651) 260-7378.