As the holidays wind down and you return to your normal routines, it’s the perfect time to check for any unwanted house guests that may be lingering in your hair. Catch lice now before a full-blown infestation occurs.

Holiday gatherings are the perfect setting to transfer head lice. Wrestling with cousins, snuggling on the couch in front of the fire, spreading the love… and unfortunately, lice.  Over 98 percent of head lice transmissions are from head-to-head contact. They don’t discriminate, so yes, Grandma and Grandpa are not immune to the pesky critters.

What is the best way to check for lice? Visual checks are good, but depending on your lighting, vision and where you make part lines, lice can be difficult to detect. The best way to check is to run a good lice comb through wet hair. Weekly checks are recommended to prevent major infestations.

How quickly can a case of head lice progress? A female louse only needs to be impregnated once in her lifetime to lay between 5-10 eggs daily for the rest of her adult life, which can be around 20 days. One female louse can lay up to 200 eggs in her lifetime. When those eggs hatch and mature to become reproducing adults in as soon as 14 days from when they were laid, one can see how quickly a case of head lice can become severe. Early detection is key.

Lice Spies are professionally trained and certified through the Shepherd Institute.   We provide safe, non-toxic, natural head lice checks, treatment services, DIY & preventive products. Located on the corner of Edmonds Way and 236th Street Southwest in Edmonds, appointments can be booked online, anytime of day or night, at www.licespies.com.

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