Originally Posted by jomomma
Well, we're now 3 days past finding out about the lice. Last night I applied another "treatment" and combed through dd's head. Again, no lice -- just a few nits -- less than 10. This morning, while she was at school, I treated myself again and found no lice, just 3-4 nits. I'm hoping they were "de-activated" as the gel stuff is supposed to kill the eggs as well. I've been washing her sheets and coat in super hot water with tea tree oil every day and drying them on the highest setting the dryer has for about 40-60 minutes afterward. We also vacuumed the car out and vacuum the mattresses and couch daily. She also wears different pajamas each night and I'll nit-pick again after dinner. When can I breathe a sigh of relief? Ever?
You've been way more diligent than I ever was, wow.
I usually treated everything just once, then once again after a week or so, and they never returned. I'm surprised you're still finding nits. If you're still finding nits then there is probably still lice (they are really hard to find, and fast) and possibly a source that may still have them (brushes, hairbands, carpet??). You must've had a really bad
Keep checking for nits but I don't think I'd worry about washing sheets daily (then again, it couldn't hurt anything...except maybe your sanity
). If I had a really bad infestation I think I'd continue to spray over everything (pillows, couch, carpet, etc) with the eo solution daily. I like the advice in the previously-mentioned article about using alcohol in the eo solution, for added assurance (assuming alcohol doesn't damage furniture or carpet???). Or I'd at least definitely add neem to the tto solution. TTO is awesome but ime not as effective as neem. I had forgotten about eucalyptus eo, which is a good addition (especially for the wonderful smell, to help counteract the infirmery smell).
I wouldn't think you'd have to keep doing what you're doing for more than 7-10 days.