Head lice!! Ugh

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between my 2 daughters (6 yrs old & 4 1/2) & my self, we have been fighting head lice off & on since June 2011. We get rid of it & one of my kids would have to be picked up from school because of lice.

It's a never ending thing & it's gotten expensive & VERY time consuming!!

We've tried RID, NIX & just about every generic home head lice treatment shampoo/kit. We've tried mayo in the hair & then wrapped in suran wrap for 2,3 to 4 hours then combing & manually removing the eggs/lice. & we've tried vinegar & oil.

I've read Tea Tree Oil "works" but talking to a pharmacist I'm told to not be surprised that it doesn't help & to make an appt with their Dr for a prescription because what they have there is MUCH stronger than RID.

HELP!! I need suggestions!!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2012

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You are right, I have that name for a reason. Specifically about animals. Been a vet tech for 10+ years, I think I know what I am talking about when it comes to fleas. But you can call your vet and find out yourself :)

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oh yeah, bc you're "little miss can't be wrong" I'm FULLY aware you're trying to help & no where have I not taken ANY of into consideration or blown it off.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2012

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Obviously what you are doing is not working, so try something different.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2012

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Yeah, sorry but store bought flea and tick shampoos do not do that much. And they can just kill what is on them if it is a good brand. They can keep coming back.'

Listen, we are all trying to help you but you seem to know it all and are doing everything anyway. Not sure what you expect. As far as flea control goes, I know my shit. So you keep wanting fleas, keep doing what you are doing :)

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Jodi- I am doing the treatments like such. along with personally removing what I find with my nails after every shower. I also found this spray at Walmart called "lice shield" & it comes in shampoo form. it's a lice repellant. I have also heard of such with the Tea Tree Oil & placing some in shampoo/conditioner & body wash to help repell.

Shawnn- EVERYTHING is being treated. Towels, linens, clothing, pillows & etc. An appt is made with their Dr.

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong- the Borax on the carpet is for the fleas. I'm using flea/tick shampoo on the cat & also picking off of him too. The borax gets swept down into the carpet to dry up any possibly flea eggs & in a few days you vacuum it back up.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2012

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Ok, borax is not going to kill the fleas on your pet, but might in your carpet. You need a vet prescribed pesticide that is safe for your pet like frontline or revolution or advantage.

Maybe cut their hair short, and tell them the rules of no sharing hats. They could be just reinfested at home. I at this point would be calling an exterminator for the fleas and the lice. But make sure you get the proper products for your cat or it won't matter what you do to your home for the fleas.

Your pet does NOT need to be an outdoor pet to get fleas. Fleas can come into your home on clothing from another persons house, or if you have an infestation in your yard, from you and your family being in your yard and coming into the home.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/27/2012

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I would have gone to the doctor in the first place, were it me and mine...Simply because I KNOW how difficult it is to be rid of the buggers!

One note, you do have to treat your entire house, all laundry, bedding, stuffed animals, pillows, etc, in addition to treating yourselves.

Jodi - posted on 06/27/2012

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Try the tea tree oil as a preventative. I have found it very useful. Once you have treated them, make up a spray bottle of water with some tea tree oil in it, and use it each morning on their hair. Another good preventative is hair spray.

I am assuming that when you treat them, you are doing 3 treatments 1 week apart each, not just a single treatment?

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Yeah, all their stuff animals are in trash bags at Nana & Papaw's in the attic to get the heat to kill any/live ones.(we've done this before) Like I said, we'd get rid of them then 1 of my daughters would come home from school with it.

I already constantly wash their linens, 1 because my 4 1/2yr old still wets to bed about 2-4 nights & I'm ALSO treating for fleas so I have Borax in my carpets so that dusts is on everything. It's one thing after another.& my cat doesn't even go outside!! I don't get it. So needless to say, I'm either bathing & picking the cat, treating & picking my kids & doing laundry.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2012

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I would go straight to the doctor and get the strongest stuff available. make sure you wash ALL linens and anything not tied down in the hottest water possible. Take all pillows and toss them out. Get new ones. Take all stuffies, put them in a black trash back and let them bake in the sun for a day or two to kill everything.

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