Super lice becoming an unwelcome nuisance

Super lice are becoming a threat to children's hair across the area. (Credit: KMOV)

Everyone has heard of lice and know how they can irritate the hair on human’s heads. Now, there is a new problem to be on the lookout for: super lice.

It's causing a lot of concern for parents. One of the main reasons for that is people can't take care of it with the typical over-the-counter remedy that's available at local pharmacies.

"The whole idea of the super lice is basically that the lice have become really resistant to the regular pesticide type products that we might, you know, normally go to when we have head lice," Libby Lutz, the owner of Lice Busters St. Louis, said.

She's sympathetic to the parents who are faced with the daunting process of eliminating the lice from their children.

“A lot of times you can use some of these products and they just don't die,” Lutz said. “They also don't kill eggs. And so, a lot of parents have grown frustrated as they battle lice for weeks and weeks and sometimes it actually turns into months and months.”

So, how does she do it?

"We use a heated air machine,” Lutz said. “It's a medical device. It's from Loreda Sciences. And what it does is dehydrates the bugs and the eggs. So, it's the one thing out there that's super effective at killing the eggs. It's 99.2% effective in clinical trials."

Cleaning the house after getting these super lice isn’t as bad as it may seem.

“Super lice are really tough to kill on the head. They live up to 30 days in our hair and lay up to 200 eggs during their lifetime,” Lutz said. “So, on the head they're very tough to kill, and they're very well camouflaged. So, they're hard to see. But off the head they're actually relatively fragile. They will die within 48 hours of being off of a host.”

So, the myth lice living in bed linens, stuffed animals, and other areas of you home, are just that: a myth.

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