RVA Parenting: Super lice in Virginia, important warnings and prevention

RVA Parenting: Super lice in Virginia, important warnings and prevention

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Super lice are now plaguing many parts of the country, including Virginia.

The lice, which have evolved so chemicals used in the past aren't always working, are now reported in 25 states.

"They are extremely hard to get rid of," Gerry Wolburg of Virginia Lice Removal in Chesterfield explained to us. "Pesticides, shampoos don't work on them and a lot of other home products, home treatments don't work either."

He said the lice have evolved and acquired a resistance to many previously reliable removal methods. They look the same, they are just stronger and tougher to get rid of.

The key to breaking the cycle is getting rid of the eggs and the eggs are so small that you can barely see them with your naked eye.

"And if you miss the eggs, they will hatch and you will have a new brood of lice on your head," said Wolburg. "They'll just lay more eggs and the cycle keeps perpetuating itself."

There are facilities that can treat super lice with chemicals and heat.

"There's a few things that kill eggs. Heat, cold, electricity, and out of all those three, we recommend heat," said Wolburg. His patients usually spend a few hours at the facility, getting deloused. The most expensive packages there, cost about $200, but include a four-week guarantee. Lice checks are about $20.

Wolburg says if you see lice on a child or family member, you do need to get everyone checked quickly. Do not share anything that touches heads. To decontaminate your home, you do need to do some work, but Wolburg says you don't need an exterminator.

"All you have to do is basic wipe down and vacuuming and any clothing and bedding that the person has been in contact with for the last 48 hours has to be washed. Most importantly, it has to be dried on a hot setting for at least 10 minutes."

Products like hairspray or gel can help keep the bugs away.

You also have to be careful about close contact with other people's hair. A too close selfie could be enough time for the bug to crawl to you.

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