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Worst or Best Case?

We are often asked, what is the worst case of head lice that you’ve seen and treated before? Am I your worst case? Bet you’ve seen some pretty wild cases?

Well, yes. Yes, we have seen some good cases of head lice over the years, some bigger and more challenging than others. After all, we are a head lice clinic that specializes in helping folks get rid of their head lice problem.

“Worst” has too much negative connotation associated with it. And let’s face it, “lice” already has stigma around it. The word “lice” doesn’t need another negative adjective to go with it.

For us, we love what we do. We love helping people in need. We rise to any challenge… well, most challenges! And so, here is the story of one of our “best” head lice cases to date.

First Appointment

One morning I get a call from a parent saying that their kiddo has lice. They are throwing in the towel and needed help. They’ve been battling lice for a long time to no avail.

The parent did warn me that the child had a lot of bugs and sores in their head. We booked an appointment for later that afternoon.

When they arrived at the clinic, we got them set up with a movie and ready in our treatment room. Within a few minutes, Jessica, one of our technician, was in my office describing the situation and discussing a plan of action. It was indeed a great case of head lice!

For the next 4 hours, Jessica and I worked on the client’s hair together. Bugs were literally falling on the client, the floor, and our shirts as we were combing, combing, combing. Their hair was matted and glued together from all of eggs that were present. Detangling the hair was a long process.

With so many bugs in the hair, it was no surprise that the client’s scalp, ears and neck were raw. Lice feed on our blood often leaving behind bite marks. With thousands of live bugs, these bite marks can easily become larger open wounds that often times become infected. It is widely stated that lice are not a health hazard. We are here to say yes, lice can indeed can create health issues.

During that 4 hours of detangling and nit combing, we were able to fill up 22 water buckets of lice of all stages, and nits. During our treatments, we use buckets of water to clean and rinse our lice combs.

Lice Spies 4 of 23 buckets of lice
4 of the 22 buckets from the 1st day of treatment. Would you like some tea with your bugs? 🙄

2nd Appointment

We were not able to comb all the way down to the scalp that day due to the open, painful sores.  We booked the next appointment 4 days later, hoping that would be enough time for her scalp, neck and ears to heal so that we could finish the job.

On the next appointment, our client came into the clinic beaming with a huge smile.  Their hair was clean and neatly brushed.  Their sores were mostly healed.  It was so heartening to see the joyful anticipation of completing our task.

For the next one and a half hours, I was able to complete a full, three-step treatment.  I still pulled quite a few (probably a few thousand) nits off during that treatment, but it was only one bucket!  One bucket compared to 22 buckets on the first day – and I could comb directly down to the scalp.  The client said it even felt good to feel the comb on their scalp!


Lice Spies 23 Bucket Case 2nd Visit
2nd visit, full treatment. Able to comb completely down to the scalp to remove what was remaining.

Our Gratitute

Now one could ask, how does a parent ever let a case of head lice get so bad on their child? Honestly, that’s not a helpful question unless there is suspicion of abuse. And in this case, there was absolutely no suspicion of abuse. This was a family going through some difficult life challenges, that was trying at one point to treat at home, and didn’t know places like us existed.

We are very thankful to the friend that ultimately told them about us. We are thankful that this parent immediately phoned us for help when they realized we existed. We are thankful that they showed up for their appointments despite transportation issues. We are thankful for the amazingly positive attitude of our client who lights up a room anytime they enter.


And so goes the story of our best case of head lice to date. We absolutely love our jobs!


About Us

Cathy Baran owns Lices Spies.  Lice Spies are Shepherd Certified head lice professionals that provide safe, non-toxic head lice checks, treatment services, DIY & preventative products at our Edmonds’ clinic. Located on the corner of Edmonds Way/SR 104 and 236th St SW in Edmonds, WA, appointments can be booked online, anytime of day or night at www.licespies.com.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Healthcare providers have a number of prescription medications to choose from for treating a case of head lice. Know your head lice prescriptions and don’t take for granted that all prescriptions are safe or effective.

In Part 1 of Know Your Head Lice Prescriptions, we examine three prescription products with potential side effects, some of which are quite frankly, not worth the risk of using:

  • Pyrethrin/Permethrin
  • Malathion
  • Lindane


Pyrethrin is an insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower.  It is the active ingredient found in Rid, an over-the-counter lice treatment product. Permethrin is a synthetically derived product that is chemically produced to act like pyrethrin in its insecticidal properties. It is the active ingredient in over-the-counter Nix “Lice Killing Cream Rinse” and various generic products.

When these products were first introduced to the market, they were in stronger dosages than what is available today. When concern first appeared over possible resistance, the manufacturers decreased the over-the-counter solutions and created prescription strengths. Today, over-the-counter solutions are comprised of 1% permethrin.  Prescriptions come in a 5% concentration.

How It’s Supposed To Work:

Pyrethrin and permethrin products are neurotoxins that attack the louse’s nervous system and can result in death.


5% is no more effective than the 1% dosage. While 20 years ago these products were almost 100% effective at killing lice, today the bugs have mutated such that head lice are now almost 100% resistant to these neurotoxins (1). The term “super lice” has become popular these days to describe this increased resistance to these products.


Permethrin has been linked to potential neurodevelopmental deficits, or abnormal behavior in children such as being anxious and withdrawn, or defiant and aggressive (2). Neurotoxicity in not only the bugs, but also the humans that these products are used on, can happen. This means that our central and/or peripheral nervous systems can be compromised when using these toxic products. Symptoms can include fatigue, pain, depression, memory loss, lung/sinus conditions, etc. From personal experience, this writer had to be prescribed an inhaler due to the breathing issues experienced after using this chemical as a form of lice treatment on the head as well as spraying in the environment.


These products are no longer effective at killing lice and nits. Combine this fact with the potential harmful side effects, they are not worth your time and money.

Buyer Beware:

At the time of writing this article, one could purchase 5% permethrin cream on eBay from a source in India that offers worldwide shipping. Take heed of their warning: “NOTE: Any sort of custom duties OR charges will be bared by buyers.” Since 5% is a prescription strength medication in the US, your shipment may never arrive here!

Malathion (Ovide)

Malathion is a chemically derived insecticide that is classified as an organophosphate.  It is used in our environment on farms, golf courses, home gardens, as a form of mosquito and Mediterranean fruit fly control, used to treat fleas on pets, etc.  It can also be prescribed to treat a case of head lice.  The brand name for malathion is called Ovide in the US, or Prioderm in Ireland.

How It’s Suppose To Work:

Malathion, and other organophosphates, work to disrupt neurotransmitters in a louse’s brain and enzymes in its nervous system, which can ultimately result in death.  Like pyrethrin and permethrin, malathion is classified as a neurotoxin.


As a neurotoxin, head lice are increasingly resistant to malathion.  No data could be found on a percentage, but the products are losing efficacy.  More importantly, the potential side effects or hazards, are alarming.


According to the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding organophosphates:

“The chemicals in this class kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems.  Unfortunately, these chemicals also can harm the brains and nervous systems of animals and humans.  These chemicals stop a key enzyme in the nervous system called cholinesterase from working, and this can make people ill.” (3)

As stated above, malathion is already used as an insecticide in our environment.  Children are at higher risk of potential exposure from these environmental conditions.  They play outside more, in the dirt, put their hands in their mouths more often, and may not wash their fruit before eating it.  Malathion is already present in our bodies.

Now add one, two or three prescription head lice treatments, where you apply the prescription and leave it on the head, as directed, for 8-12 hours (!).  According to the Toxicological Profile For Malathion published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, those that have been overexposed to Malathion have experienced “difficulty breathing, chest tightness, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, watery eyes, salivation, sweating, headaches, dizziness, and loss of consciousness, and some died.” (4)

On top of the risk of neurotoxicity, malathion is extremely flammable. The CDC has the following warning: “Malathion is flammable; keep medication and wet hair away from heat sources such as hair dryers, electric curlers, cigarettes, or open flames.” (5)

A 10 year old girl in Ireland suffered severe burns to her face when the malathion head lice shampoo that she used caught fire.  Read story here.

We commonly hear from clients that have used malathion (Ovide), that it burns the scalp on application, and the fumes from the product are too overpowering.  Many cannot keep the product on their head for the recommended time.


Know your head lice prescriptions and say NO to malathion!


Lindane is another neurotoxin that is designed to kill bugs, but poses the most serious threat to humans of all prescription head lice medications on the market.  It has been banned in 52 countries worldwide, and further restricted in 33 countries.  In the US, lindane has been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency for all uses under its jurisdiction.  The Federal Food & Drug Administration, however, allows for the use in treating head lice and scabies.  While lindane cannot be sprayed on our food supply or used on any part of an animal due to its severe/fatal toxicity, it can be applied to human’s heads as a prescription head lice treatment medication under the brand name, Kwell.

The FDA cautions when using lindane shampoo and lotions even “when used as directed”, the extremely serious side effects can be severe and even fatal for young children, people weighing under 110 lbs, pregnant or nursing women, and the elderly [source: FDA website].  It can only be used once in a human’s lifetime.


Because lindane is severely toxic, NEVER use this product.  Even if it was 100% effective at killing lice and nits, which it is not (lice are increasingly resistant), our recommendation would not change.

How To Treat

So, all three of the products have a recommendation of do not use.  What should one do to treat a case of head lice?  Bottom line, there is no magical product on the market that kills lice or nits 100%.  A successful treatment means to remove every last bit of evidence from the hair.  If you leave behind two nits, one female and one male, the infestation begins again in a few weeks when those nits hatch and mature to become reproducing adults.  Toxic products are never needed in the removal process.

Call your closest Shepherd Certified lice treatment business.  They are trained professionals that are certified in all things lice.  They offer a full range of treatment services plus safe products that should you choose to treat at home, you can be successful.

About Us

Lice Spies are professionally trained and certified through the Shepherd Institute.   We provide safe, non-toxic, natural head lice checks, treatment services, DIY & preventative products at our Edmonds’ clinic. Located on the corner of Edmonds Way/SR 104 and 236th St SW in Edmonds, WA, appointments can be booked online, anytime of day or night at www.licespies.com.  Follow us on Facebook.



We’d like to acknowledge the researcher extraordinaire, Meredith Riley, founder and owner of Dandy Strands Head Lice Removal Service in Oklahoma, head lice industry consultant and research contributor to www.letslearnaboutlice.com.

  1. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20150818/head-lice-now-resistant-to-common-meds-in-25-states#1
  2. https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/4503259/head-lice-killer-linked-to-abnormal-behaviour-in-children/
  3. http://www.idph.state.il.us/Bioterrorism/factsheets/organophosphate.htm
  4. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp154.pdf
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs_malathion.html


Picture: Jessica Flemming (owner of The Lice Lounge in MN) and Cathy Baran (owner of Lice Spies in WA)

Head lice recheck appointments are important!  Can you treat a case of head lice in one shot, 100% of the time?  Some companies claim to do so.  Can it be so?

Let’s deconstruct the process a bit, to understand how these critters work.  Twenty years ago, lice were just lice.  They did not don their “super” capes.  They were not yet ordained “super lice.”  Over the counter pesticides were great at treating a case of head lice.  There was a fast, easy potion to rid oneself from these annoying critters.

Over the years, lice started to build a resistance to the pesticides that were once a reliable treatment option.  A few years ago, scientists researched and concluded that head lice resistance to permethrin and pyrethroids were such that the bugs were almost 100% resistance to these products1.  Thus the term, “super lice” came on the scene.

In response to these failing products, new products and methods emerged.  And some of these come with claims of being “one and done.”

Prescription Medications

Doctors today, have a number of prescription medications to choose from for treating a case of head lice.  Is any one of these products 100% effective at killing live lice and eggs (nits)?  No.


Rx Product & Efficacy

Permethrin/  Pyrethroids

  • Lice almost 100% resistant1
  • Linked to abnormal behavior in children, neurotoxin


Malathion (Ovide)

  • Can kill some bugs, but does not kill eggs, increased resistance
  • Extremely flammable2 around common household devices, burns, neurotoxin



  • Can kill some bugs, but does not kill eggs, increased resistance
  • Lindane has been banned in 52 countries worldwide due to toxicity3, but Doctors can still prescribe for head lice and scabies.  Can only be used once in human lifetime.  Extremely toxic, neurotoxin.


Ivermectin (Sklice®)

  • 74% on day 154
  • $$ May not be covered by insurance


Benzyl Alcohol (Ulesfia®)

  • 75.0-76.2% on day 145
  • $$ May not be covered by insurance


Spinosad (Natroba™)

  • 85% after 14 days4
  • $$ May not be covered by insurance


75-85% isn’t bad though, right?  In a case of head lice, yes it is.  Check out our blog article: 6 month head lice battle OTC prescription pesticides to see the results of one of our client’s struggle.

If you do not get out every last 2 eggs in the hair, where one is male and one is female, then the whole cycle starts all over again.  A female louse only needs to be impregnated once in her lifetime to lay 5-10 eggs per day.  That’s every day of her adult life.  This translates into each impregnated female louse has the ability to lay upwards of 200 eggs in her lifetime.  In the span of those 14 days that you are waiting to see if these products worked, that represents up to 140 eggs that one female left behind could lay.

One has to consider the risks and cost of multiple applications of using these prescription medications knowing that products are not “one and done”.  If you choose to treat with one of these products, know that multiple applications will be needed and constant rechecking to make sure the infestation is truly gone.


Heated Air Devices

The most popular heated air device on the market today is the professional AirAlle® device found at salons/clinics, and the new DIY One Cure Lice Treatment Home Kit, both owned by Lice Clinics of America (parent company: Larada Sciences, Inc).  Prior to being branded AirAlle®, the device was known as the LouseBuster.

During clinical trials, the LouseBuster was 94.8% effective at dehydrating, thus killing, bugs and nits when an experienced person was operating the device.6  This is an impressive result.  However, in the case where someone has let’s say, 100 nits, 5 of those nits left behind could be viable.  Leaving behind one female and one male egg will result in the whole cycle starting again. 

It is worth noting that these devices cannot be used on children under the age of 4, or older people that cannot sense heat.

What is key to using this device is the process to remove every last bit of viable evidence in the hair after using the device.  Using the device alone, is not sufficient.  If removal (usually done by a comb out process) is not done, you run the risk of “getting lice back” in two-three weeks, when in fact, you didn’t complete the full treatment the first go around.

Even with the heated air device lice removal option, one should always follow up with a recheck appointment to verify that the treatment was successful.


Head Lice Removal Specialists

Armed with good lice combs and safe, non-toxic products, professional removal specialists rely on complete elimination of all nits and bugs on the head.  The gold standard in the industry is to be trained and certified from the Shepherd Institute7.  This certification is the most rigorous and intensive training that is on the market today.

For us here at Lice Spies, our goal is to achieve 100% eradication with one full treatment.  Most of the time, we meet that goal.  But “we are all humans with human eyeballs”, as Jessica Flemming, owner of The Lice Lounge in White Bear and Duluth, MN often says.

Can we miss something?  Absolutely.  How often do we miss something?  Not often, but the point is, it does happen just like any other option on the market.  No product, tool, device or human is perfect!



What is common to all the products, devices and methods listed above, is the fact that removing every last viable female and male egg from the head is key to a successful treatment.  Some products can help get you to an effective treatment quicker than others, and they are safe for all to use.  Other products come with the risk of some serious side effects that in our opinion, are just not worth it.

No product, tool, device or human has a 100% efficacy rate.  For this reason, we strongly believe in including at least one free follow-up recheck appointment after each full treatment.

Equally as important as checking one’s own work, is to make sure that the client does not get reinfested.  Most people do not know the exact source of who they got lice from, or who they might have shared it with while they had it.  And most of us have to re-enter into the same environment where we contracted lice in the first place.  Chances of reinfestation are very real.  Whatever your choice for treatment, demand a recheck!


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 at our Edmonds’ clinic. Located on the corner of Edmonds Way/SR 104 and 236th St SW in Edmonds, WA, appointments can be booked online, anytime of day or night at www.licespies.com.  Follow us on Facebook.



[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

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs_malathion.html

[3] http://www.panna.org/press-release/global-chemical-treaty-adds-lindane-ban-list

[4] https://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2012/11/28/finally-a-new-head-lice-treatment-that-really-works/#5bf579e511c0

[5] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267911183_The_Clinical_Trials_Supporting_a_Novel_Non-Toxic_Lotion_Benzyl_Alcohol_5_for_the_Treatment_of_Head_Lice

[6] https://bioone.org/journals/journal-of-medical-entomology/volume-48/issue-1/ME10122/Efficacy-of-the-LouseBuster-a-New-Medical-Device-for-Treating/10.1603/ME10122.short

[7] http://www.shepherdinstitute.com/

Lice Spies: spring clean because you want to, not because of lice


Your family had lice.  You all got treated – professionally, hopefully!  So what about your house – how do you clean after having lice?  Do you bomb the house?  Spray it down with the strongest pesticides there are?  Bag every last stuffed animal and pillow, and put them in the garage for a month or two?  How about washing everything in sight, steam cleaning carpets & upholstery, and dry cleaning your whole closet full of clothes?

The quick answer is, no!  Luckily we know a lot more about head lice than we did when we were growing up.  With some good lice facts, you will understand why cleaning your home, classroom, etc., does not have to be overwhelming.

Lice Facts

  • Lice are not like bed bugs: they do not burrow (like in mattresses, pillows, etc.) or live long off the head.
  • Most lice die after about 24 hours off a human head. They feed on our blood.  After about 12-15 hours off our head, lice dehydrate to the point where they cannot secrete saliva in order to feed.  If a louse was able to get back onto a head after the 12-15 hour mark, then that louse can no longer do any harm, like lay eggs.
  • Lice have claws at the ends of the 6 legs. They cannot jump or fly, they crawl.  So over 98% of the time, people get head lice from head to head contact.  This means that less than 2% of head lice transmissions come from the environment like: hats, coats, carpets, couches, theatre seats, airplane seats, helmets, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes, etc.
  • It is a fatal error for a louse to leave our head, unless it is going to another head that it senses is a better food source. We are their food and their heat source.  They really don’t want to leave our heads.

Cleaning Your Environment

Here are ONLY 5 things that you need to do to ensure your environment is not part of the less than 2%.

  1. Sleep in clean pajamas and on clean sheets (including pillow cases). Note: you do not need to clean pillows, mattress covers or mattresses.  Remember, they do not burrow like bed bugs.  There are options to sleep in clean sheets:
    • Sleep in another room that you haven’t slept in for 24 hours prior. Grab a sleeping bag and your pillow with a clean pillow case, and have a sleepover with popcorn and a movie in the family room for a night.  Or, pitch a tent in the backyard and have a camp out for a night.  Make lemonade out of lemons, and enjoy a fun, family bonding time; or
    • If you have a spare set of clean sheets for your bed, change out the sheets and put the old sheets in the laundry pile. Do laundry on laundry day as anything that would have been alive, will be dead by laundry day; or
    • Wash and dry existing sheets on high heat settings.
  2. Remove comforters or bedspreads for 24 hours, or put them in the dryer on high heat for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Lightly vacuum or lint roller couches, carpets and car seats, or throw a clean blanket or sheet over them for 24 hours.
  4. Usher all the stuffed animals into the coolest parties of all parties, to be held in the nearest closet for 24 hours. No humans allowed as the stuffies need their private stuffie party time.  If there are one or two favorite stuffie friends that absolutely need to sleep with your kiddo for the night, throw them in the party dryer on high heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Clean hair from combs, brushes and hair ties and:
    • Set aside for 24 hours; or
    • Put in a bag, in the freezer for 2 hours; or
    • Place in boiling water for 10-15 minutes (be careful of melting plastic though); or
    • Wash on high heat in the dishwasher.

Bug Bombs, Foggers & Sprays

Whatever you do, please do NOT bomb, fog or spray anything with pesticides or other chemicals in your environment for the purpose of head lice.  They are absolutely not needed and the risk of use is not worth the harmful exposure.

Lice have become almost 100% resistant to certain pesticides that just 20 years ago, were effective.  Read our blog article, “6 Month Head Lice Battle With OTC & Prescription Pesticides” for more information about why these chemicals no longer work in treatments – the same applies for when you release these toxins into the environment.

More importantly, these substances are very toxic.  Research has shown links to early puberty in boys, abnormal neurobehavioural development in children, certain cancers, etc.  Check out some articles posted on our “News” section of our website for further details.

Next Steps

Follow our 5 steps for cleaning your environment above.  It’s that simple!

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 at our Edmonds’ clinic. Located on the corner of Edmonds Way/SR 104 and 236th St SW in Edmonds, WA, appointments can be booked online, anytime of day or night at www.licespies.com.  Follow us on Facebook.


Mayo, Vaseline, Cetaphil, olive oil - do these work as home lice treatments? 

Head lice and home remedies… advice abounds from old wives’ tales passed down from generation to generation, to all those “expert opinions” that plague the Internet.  Smothering techniques are some of the most widely recommended methods of trying to tackle a case of head lice at home.  Does dousing your head in mayonnaise, olive oil, Cetaphil or Vaseline really work?

Let’s first look at the anatomy of a louse.  Lice have ventricles on the sides of their bodies, which when open, allow the bugs to breathe.  Lice can shut down these ventricles for up to two full hours, even when fully submersed in liquids that are meant to kill them.  If a louse can open these ventricles and grab a breath, they are good to go for another two hours.  Unless you are willing to dunk your head in a vat of these products for longer than two hours, the chances of still having live bugs in your hair is very possible.

What about the eggs or nits?  Surely, greasing up your hair will provide too slippery a surface for the louse to attach her eggs?  In addition, putting all that goop in your hair will suffocate any eggs that are already in your hair, right?  Unfortunately, no.  Leading lice PhD experts wrote an article in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing stating that none of these treatments stopped lice from laying their eggs [1].  It appears that of the oily products in question, petroleum jelly has the highest rate of killing some nits as the researchers observed only 6% of eggs hatched.

Do we recommend using petroleum jelly?  Absolutely not.  It is a nightmare to get it all out of your hair, and it is not 100% effective.  While a 94% success rate might be a very good passing grade in school, it is not a good enough result when treating a head lice infestation.  Leaving 6% behind in your hair can cause the whole hatching cycle to continue and voila, 2 weeks later your head is crawling with critters once again.

As for mayonnaise, we haven’t met one person yet who eats mayonnaise after suffering through a dreaded mayo lice treatment, even if it’s been years since the treatment!  All joking aside, please do not use mayonnaise.  Lice feed on our blood and can often create open bite wounds on the head.  Leaving a product that spoils very quickly on our heads for hours at a time can run the risk of salmonella poisoning.

The recommendation when using these oily products often requires you to place some sort of plastic over your head when sleeping.  In 2015, a precious 18 month old lost her life by suffocation while sleeping with her hair doused in mayonnaise covered by a plastic bag [2].  The risk is just not worth it.

Bottom line, there is no one product, tool or device that is 100% effective at killing lice and nits.  There just is not.  If olive oil really worked, the ancient Egyptians would have nipped head lice in the bud centuries ago!

The last two nits in the hair have to be removed to break the continuous loop of the hatching cycle to stop a lice infestation.  There are safe, effective tools and products that can help treat head lice faster and more efficiently, and they do not require multiple washings to get the products out of your hair.

Our recommendation is to seek professional help, preferably professionals that have been trained and certified through the Shepherd Institute [3].  These professionals can provide you with safe, effective, non-toxic DIY products and guidance for successful home treatments that are very reasonable.  They can also provide in-clinic or in-house treatment services.

Lice Spies are professionally trained and certified through the Shepherd Institute [3].   We provide safe, non-toxic, natural head lice checks, treatment services, DIY & preventive products at our Edmonds clinic. Located on the corner of Edmonds Way and 236th Street Southwest in Edmonds, WA, appointments can be booked online, anytime of day or night at www.licespies.com.


  1. Home Remedies to Control Head Lice, Assessment of Home Remedies to Control the Human Head Louse, Pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura: Pediculidae): Miwa Takano-Lee, PhD, John D. Edman, PhD, John D. Edman, PhD, Bradley A. Mullens, PhD, John M. Clark, PhD; Journal of Pediatric Nursing, December 2004 Volume 19, Issue 6, Pages 393–398.  http://www.pediatricnursing.org/article/S0882-5963(04)00139-3/abstract
  2. Massachusetts toddler dies during head lice treatment: CBS/AP February 5, 2015, 1:35 PM. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/massachusetts-toddler-dies-during-head-lice-treatment/
  3. http://www.shepherdinstitute.com/