nitpickers faq

Our nitpickers get a lot of the same questions, here's just a few of them to hopefully help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Get Lice If I Visit Your Treatment Salon?

No. We work with removing lice every single day and know exactly how to keep them off of your and our own heads. Our salon is actually the last place you'd catch lice from. Something important to know about lice is they can't jump, or leap from head to head. While lice certainly come into our salon on people's heads, they never leave. We eradicate & kill them. Rest assured, when you visit our location you will not leave with lice or nits. We just wouldn't allow that to happen.

How Long Does A Lice Head-Check Take

Head checks take about 20 minutes to complete. If evidence of lice is found, the head check fee will be waived upon a full lice removal treatment.

How Long Does A Lice Removal Take?

Treatment times will vary from person to person based on cooperation, severity, length and thickness of hair. Average treatment time is roughly 1.75 hours. Boys treatment times are much shorter. Average time for a boy is 30-45 min.

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We respond very quickly to phone calls, oftentimes even after-hours

I Am Booking Online & The Time Slot That Works Best For Me Is Taken, Is There Anything You Can Do?

If you are booking online and do not see a time available that works best for you, please call our office directly. 651-236-8528. We often can accomodate your schedule and adjust things on our end to make room for your specific time available.

Do You Accept Insurance?

We do not accept general insurance as a form of payment. (We do accept HSA/FSA accounts)
Please note that some insurance companies will reimburse for professional lice services. Please advise with your individual insurance providers. We will provide you with any necessary documentation needed for reimbursement.

Do You Accept HSA/FSA Accounts For Payment?

Nitpickerz does accept your HSA/FSA accounts as a form of payment. Please be sure to verify with your individual accounts before arriving. Upon completion of your appointment, we will provide you with a detailed receipt of your expenses incurred. Please keep this receipt for your records. Your HSA or FSA may ask for this itemization in the future.

Is Itching The First Symptom Of Lice?

Itching is the most obvious sign and probably one of the number one reasons we think to look at the hair for evidence of lice. Did you know that some people never itch? We itch because we are having an allergic reaction to the saliva that lice secrete when feeding. This keeps our blood from clotting and therefore, making it easier for lice to feed. It can take up to 2 weeks for enough saliva to build up in order to cause the itching. Therefore, by the time we catch the evidence of lice, they have already been present for quite some time. Not everyone has this reaction. About 50% of the population never itch.

Can I Wash Lice Out Of My Hair With Regular Shampoo, Or By Swimming In A Chlorine Pool?

The answer is, no. Lice have a hook on the end of their legs. They will lock their claws onto the hair shaft and shut down their systems (for up to 2 hours), allowing them to literally hang on for dear life.

I Found A Nit At The End Of My Child's Hair Strands. Does That Mean It Is Old & Not Viable?

No. While we typically find nits closer to the scalp, nits can be found a couple of inches down the hair shaft. In colder climates, bug tend to stay closer to the scalp, where it is warmer. In warmer climates, it is common for the bug to travel more freely through the hair laying nits along the hair shaft as they go.

cleaning after lice

Don't overthink this step. It's simple really.

How Do I Clean My Home?

Don’t over think this step. Within 24 hours of a louse being off your head, it can no longer survive. Only concentrate on cleaning the areas of your home that the infected person frequented within the last 24 hours.

Change sheets on any of the bed’s the infested person might have slept in within the last 24 hours. Wash and dry in HOT temperatures or set in dirty laundry for more than 24 hours.

Use new pajamas and a clean towel. Wash and dry or simply set these items aside until 24 hours has passed.

Remove any comforters or bedspread and dry on high heat for 30-45 minutes or simply set aside for more than 24 hours.

Wash any combs, brushes and hair ties used in the last 24 hours.

Run a light vacuum on any areas the infested person frequently sits or lays including floors, furniture, car, and any other upholstered items.

Remove any blankets or stuffed animal the child sleeps with and dry on high heat for 30-45 minutes.

Do Lice Like Clean or Dirty Hair?

Having head lice does not mean you have poor hygiene. Lice actually prefer a clean health head.

How Likely Am I To Get Lice Again?

Once you have had lice, you are more prone to getting lice again. Lice leave a scent behind that actually "calls" out to other lice telling them you are a good food source. Lice generally travel in harems, often consisting of seven or eight females and one male. So it is not unusually to find multiple adult lice upon detection.

animals and lice

Don't worry, your pets are all safe

Do Lice Get In Pet Fur Or Is There Anything I Should Know For My Animals?

Your furry friends are safe. Lice only live on humans. They will not survive on your pets.

What Are Lice?

LICE /LῙS/ plural form of louse. Also known as Pediculus humanus capitis (head louse).

A louse is a small (about the size of a sesame seed), flat-bodied, wingless (they cannot fly) parasite, meaning it feeds off of other living things.

Do Lice Suck Blood?

Lice feed on blood.

Did you know that lice will only survive on whatever blood type they are used to? Yes, studies have found that head lice intentionally avoid incompatible blood types unless they are starving. Transferring to an incompatible blood type is assured suicide for bugs. It has been discovered that it will cause their intestinal tract to explode. A louse is greyish white or tan in color. If you look closely at a louse, you may be able to see a red line in its abdomen. This means the louse has recently feed on human blood.

Can Lice Jump?

Lice have 6 legs. They have no hind legs, so they cannot jump. A common misconception associated with lice.

What Is The Life Span Of A Louse?

It takes roughly 7-10 days for a baby louse to grow into adulthood. From the time a nit is laid on the hair shaft, it generally takes 7-10 days for that nit to hatch. In some instances it may take even longer.

Once a louse reaches adulthood, they mate, and start to lay eggs within the next 1-2 days. Each female louse can lay up to 8-10 eggs per day.

Are Lice Always Pregnant?

Yes. Once a female is impregnated she is always impregnated. Meaning, she will continue to lay eggs every day for the rest of her life span.

What's The Life Span Of Lice?

The average life span of a louse is about 30 days. You can see how quickly things can get out of control.

How Long Can Lice Live Away From A Human's Head?

Without food, a louse can only live off the head for approximately 24 hours. After the first 12 hours of being off of a human head, the louse is already entering its dying stages. The louse needs to feed 3-4 times a day. After 12 hours, it has already missed 2 feedings. At this point, bodies are already starting to become dehydrated and die. Within 24 hours, even if a louse is still hanging onto life, their bodies are so far into the dying stages, they would never be able to catch up enough to lay eggs and continue to survive.

When a female louse is in her dying stages (whether the end of her normal life span or from lack of food source) it is not likely she will continue to lay eggs. The nits need hair to cling to and survive (the nit needs your bodies heat to keep them alive). So if a nit is laid off of the hair, it would not live.

Can I Have Lice Nits Without Any Actual Grown Bugs?

When an adult louse transfers from one head to another, the louse may lay a few nits prior to feeding. Once the louse feeds, and if it happens to be an incompatible blood type, that louse will die. Now, once those nits hatch, they will begin to feed on the new blood type and the life cycle continues on. It is easy to see how someone with a common blood type is more likely to come into contact with others sharing the same blood type, than someone with a more rare type of blood.

You can see why it is important for everyone living in the same home as the infested person get checked for lice.

What Is Super Lice & Lice Resistance?

Just to be clear, super lice are the same lice that have been around since the beginning of mankind. The only difference is, they are becoming increasingly resistant to over-the- count (OTC) medicines of 1% permethrin, such as Nix and 0.33% pyrethrin, as in Rid Shampoos and other generic brand names. The same can also be said for Ovide, which is a lotion prescribed by a physician. Ovide is .005g of malathion. Malahion is pesticide widely used for agricultural purposes. Although not enough research has been done to determine what the long time side effects of this medication will do, it is best for you to do your own research.

At Nitpickerz, we have seen many cases of lice resistance. When it comes down to it, whatever method you use, you have to make sure ALL evidence of lice is removed. There is not a single treatment out there that kills 100% of all nits and lice. That is why we focus our treatment, at Nitpickerz, as a very thorough process of combing and literally picking all evidence of lice out of your head using a shampoo with a natural enzyme. This enzyme breaks down the protein that attaches the nit to the hair shaft for easy removal. We guarantee our work, and built in additional checks, to make sure you and your family fully recover from this episode of lice.

Is Lice Common?

In the US, head lice affects approximately 12 million persons annually. Second to the common cold, it is one of the #1 reason for children missing school. Lice nits have been found on Egyptian mummies & is even a plague listed in the Bible. It’s more common than you’d think. And it’s terribly annoying when you are the one who has it.

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