Small portion of nits removed from 6 months of OTC and prescription lice treatment products at home
Small portion of nits removed from 6 months of OTC and prescription lice treatment products at home.

This picture, unfortunately, is not uncommon these days.  We’ve all heard the term, “Super Lice”, the term coined for lice that have grown resistant to over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription-based pesticide products containing permetherin and pyrethroids.

As early as 20 years ago, the pesticides found in products like RID(R) and Nix(R) were almost 100% effective at killing lice and their eggs (nits).  Today, head lice are nearly 100% resistant to these pesticides[1], and the combs that come with the kits are not effective at removing nits or early stage nymphs.

The picture above represents a small portion of nits that were recently removed from one of our clients.  This client had been battling lice for over 6 months using at first, OTC pesticide products, and then graduating to doctor prescribed stronger pesticides.

When our client finally found us, they were at their wits end, as one can imagine!  They were frustrated because they felt that the advice that they were given was inaccurate.  The CDC recommends these OTC pesticide products as the first course of action, and if/when these products don’t work, to go to your doctor for stronger, prescription products.

Some doctors prescribe these medications based on the CDC recommendations.  Here’s the problem: there’s not one single product on the market that is absolutely 100% effective at killing live lice or nits.  At the end of the day, if you do not get the last 2 viable nits out of your hair, you have a high probability that your lice problem will continue given the hatching cycle of the louse.  It only takes one male and one female to start the whole cycle all over again.

So what can you do?  Give us a call.  Our advice is free.  We offer head checks to verify or deny the presence of lice, and will always show you evidence if anything is found.  You have the choice of having us perform treatment, or we can show you how to treat at home.  All our products are safe, natural, non-toxic and pesticide-free.  We are on call to answer any questions at any time… well, maybe not when we’re sleeping!

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.

[1] Expansion of the Knockdown Resistance Frequency Map for Human Head Lice (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) in the
United States Using Quantitative Sequencing, by Kyle J. Gellatly, Sarah Krim, Daniel J. Palenchar, Katie Shepherd,
Kyong Sup Yoon, Christopher J. Rhodes, Si Hyeock Lee, and J. Marshall Clark; Journal of Medical Entomology, 53(3), 2016, 653–659