As new locally-transmitted cases of the Zika virus are appearing in South Florida and elsewhere, concerns over the virus are growing, particularly among pregnant women.
This virus has been connected to microcephaly and brain damage in newborns born to infected mothers, as well as blindness, deafness, seizures and other defects. In adults, Zika is linked to a form of temporary paralysis, called Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Pregnant women are scrambling to figure out how to deal with this new danger on the horizon. While public health officials report that they do not expect the virus to spread here as it has in other countries due to screened windows, air-conditioning, and rigorous mosquito control measures, pregnant women are still worried and adjusting their daily habits accordingly.
Some expectant moms are choosing to not go outside in order to avoid mosquitoes all together. Others are turning to copious amounts of bug spray, and others are even “considering” moving, albeit temporarily, to a Zika-free zone within the United States.
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We’ve given you great tips on how to avoid head lice, but it’s time to revisit this subject for a few reasons:
So…what’s a parent to do? Relax! Good News Pest Solutions has got you covered…
It appears lice are hoping to get noticed by Marvel because they are turning into super lice, thanks to the fact that they are growing resistant to pyrethrins and pyrethroids—the traditional insecticides used to combat these buggers— according to a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This is truly the stuff of parent’s nightmares: Going through all the maddening rigmarole of treating head lice, from picking out nits (GROSS!) to treating all your bedding, only to have it NOT WORK!
Here are things that do work though in the fight against these lousy lice!
Keep it to Yourself! The best defense against lice is a good offense, so start by teaching your kiddos to avoid head-to-head contact and to not share brushes or hats. Cut your child’s hair short or keep long hair pulled back or in braids and use a non-toxic lice repellent spray.
Treat it! Forego the increasingly ineffective chemicals and go for products that target the lice’s exoskeleton, which leads to dehydration and death.
Comb it! Comb those lousy louse out! The best combs have fine metal teeth that are very close together, which makes them more effective at removing eggs.
Clean that House! If your little one has lice, not only do you have to treat their head and possibly yours and all the others in your household, you have to de-louse items around the house, too. Sheets, pillowcases, and stuffed animals should go in the dryer for 30 minutes. Those items that can’t go in the dryer should be sealed in garbage bags for two days. Lice die when away from their blood supply—the scalp—within 24 to 48 hours. Yippee!
So is your head itching yet? It’s hard to read about lice without getting itchy, right? Besides itching, here are some other symptoms of these dastardly critters!
Interestingly, lice do not hop or fly, but can crawl quite quickly. They’re about the size of a sesame seed and are usually found close to the scalp, behind the ears, and at the base of the neck.
Still feeling itchy? We’re sorry! Here’s to an incredible, lice-free school year for all you wonderful kiddos out there!