that happened to crawl onto these items. It is also possible to visually inspect these items and remove any lice or hairs found on them and discard them. What about cleaning the house? There is no need to turn into a cleaning machine about the house. Anything that cannot be put into the dryer can be vacuumed, such as large stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, rugs and pillows. Vacuum places where people rest their heads frequently. Brushing surfaces with a sticky lint brush is also effective in removing lice/nits if vacuuming is not appropriate or desired. There is no need clean every corner and crevice of the house because lice do not live off the scalp more than 36 hours. If no one has entered a room for over 48 hours, nothing needs to be cleaned because there is no concern about live lice. What about the car and other modes of transportation? Vacuum the car or use a sticky lint brush on head rests. Again, it is possible to see any lice and manually remove them. Some people bring their sticky lint removers with them on planes, trains and in movie theaters. What about toys and stuffed animals? Plush toys and stuffed animals are placed in a plastic bag for 48 hours. The old recommendation which was for much longer, 14-30 days has been revised after studies done on how long lice survive off the human scalp. HEAD LICE IS MOST OFTEN SPREAD THROUGH HEAD TO HEAD CONTACT. Information Source-Head Lice to Dead Lice by Joan Sawyer and Roberta MacPhee
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