For the past 2 weeks, we have been dealing with the itchy scratchy subject of head lice. If you are as squeemish about this as I am, do not read any further...but if you don't mind a bit of scratching read on.
First of all, these little bugs are a pain in the rear! We have thrown out pillows, head bands, hair ties, etc. Just because I hate spraying kids things down with insectisides. It amazes me that chemicals to kill our lawns and bugs are banned and yet, these chemicals can still be used for a child to get rid of lice.
Secondly, each time I have used the treatment, I start wheezing, so it can't be very healthy at all!
Everything has been washed in scalding hot water with bleach and dried when possible on the highest heat...blankets, clothing, coats, backpacks, etc. between my hubby and I, we have spent over 100 hours washing, drying, folding, scrubbing, boiling, spraying.
I purchased vinyl covers for pillowcases and every morning, off comes the pillow cases, the pillows get wiped down with hot water and in the dryer all the blankets go.
Every night, I have picked, parted and prayed and yet, there are still nits in her hair. I should mention that during this entire ordeal, only 1 bug was found and to her credit, her head was itching, she caught it and ran directly to the school nurse, so maybe we have it stopped in its tracks??? Pray we do!
It makes me realize how many people probably do not go through all of this as we have, but I am a bug phobe! No one else has it and we took our little man to the barber and had his head shaved to make sure. We have used the shampoo on all heads but the adults.
I am now on a quest to purchase some all natural lice products and have found the Wombie comb...yes, it works as a friend swears by it. One of the things I have noticed is that most of the natural products have Rosemary in them...
After this, I think I could do this for a living. I hear people make a good living nit picking at around $40-$70 per hour. But how much would it cost for a totally enclosed SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) to ensure I wouldn't scratch?
Still, for the first time in my life, I realize how much work is involved to get rid of these and no, haircuts are not an option!
Now, you may scratch!