Ladibugs Lice Control Mint Serum - 4 oz. (119ml)
Ladibugs Mint Serum is a nontoxic serum to aid in head lice elimination. Ladibugs Mint Serum is recommended for use with active lice. Ladibugs Mint Serum should be used every other day in conjunction with Ladibugs Mousse and Ladibugs Metal Microgrooved Comb until there are no bugs or nits being combed out. Ladibugs Mint Serum is safe for all ages.
Does my child have lice?
You may suspect that your child has lice if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
- Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.
- Excessive itching, usually caused by an allergic reaction to the bites.
- Irritability and difficulty sleeping; head lice are most active in the dark.
- Sores on the head caused by scratching.
Here’s what to do:
First, look closely for crawling nymphs or adults. Finding them can be difficult. There are typically few of them, and they can move quickly. However, they are usually visible to the naked eye. Using a magnifying lens and/or light may help. Next, look for nits (eggs). In an active case of head lice, you’ll most likely find nits within 1/4 inch of the scalp. If you only find nits more than 1/4 inch from the scalp, the infestation could be old and may not need to be treated. If you are still unsure, take your child to the doctor, a school nurse or other health care provider. Or call the 24-hour Ladibugs hotline at 855-804-8889 and they’ll give you advice and guidance.
What is the life span of head lice?
Nits usually take about 8-9 days to hatch. Lice nymphs mature into adults about 9-12 days after hatching from the egg. They shed their exoskeleton 3 times within the first week before becoming adults. Adult lice can live about 30 days on a person’s head. A female louse can lay 150 eggs in her lifetime. If eggs come off the host, they usually die within 48 hours.
Know your chemicals
Kerosene derivatives. Pesticides. Petroleum.
Are we REALLY prepared to expose our children or ourselves to chemicals like these? No over the counter or prescription head lice product has been proven 100% safe and effective. And repeated use of products with chemicals can lead to ongoing outbreaks, toxic build up in the system and resistance to the pesticides.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for testing and ensuring most pesticide head lice treatments in the U.S. are safe. However, they ask: Why risk it when there are natural alternatives that are proven effective without fear of any of the harmful side effects? The regulation of pediculicides pesticides (lice-killing pesticides) by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has created the misconception that they must be safe. These pesticides – found in products like roach spray and weed killer – are alarmingly overused on children with lice.
Before you make a choice on what to use, here’s what you should know about the chemicals in most over-the counter and prescription head lice treatment products.
Though this toxic chemical has been globally banned for use in agriculture, it is still the working ingredient in more than 2 million prescriptions for head lice and scabies. New York followed California in banning the chemical compound and it’s forbidden in 52 countries. Despite evidence of its health dangers, parts of the U.S. still allow prescriptions containing Lindane in pharmaceutical compounds. Lindane can have a number of health impacts, including neurological effects, cancer, blood disorders, endocrine disruption, liver toxicity, reproductive effects and immunological effects.
Is a highly toxic derivative of nerve gas which works by disrupting the chemical reactions in lice and human nervous systems. Extremely toxic orally, Malathion is a possible carcinogen, mutagen (mutates DNA) and endocrine disrupter. In its raw state, malathion is readily absorbed into the skin.
Head lice pesticide preparations contain both “inert” and “active” ingredients. Active ingredients are the chemicals that kill the lice. Inert ingredients are the carriers for these chemicals. In lice treatment products, it’s common for active chemical ingredients to be dissolved in an inert solvent. However, “inert” does not equal “harmless.” Exposure to these toxic solvents can be significantly worse than the actual chemicals themselves.
The case for natural treatment
Each person is unique and can react differently to chemicals. Although the FDA requires testing before the product is approved, it can’t foresee potential problems in every individual. It’s common for the FDA to hear about issues after the damage has been done.
The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) warns there are many instances chemical head lice products should not be used.
In general, children’s growing bodies are far less able to process these chemicals. They have less developed immune systems, their detoxification processes are not yet developed and their organs are still growing. This makes them far more susceptible and sensitive to the toxic threats of pesticides like Lindane, Malathion and Permethrin.
Resistance to chemical treatments
Many chemical-laden lice treatment products become less effective against head lice as the lice build up a tolerance to the different chemicals. Resistance is caused when the person is infected with 1 or 2 adult lice who are naturally resistant to the chemical and do not die. These 2 adults then reproduce and you have a whole new batch of lice that are resistant to that chemical. When you re-treat with the same product, it is not effective on the new super breed of lice.
Natural lice treatment
Many claim that natural remedies are ‘anecdotal’ (unreliable) and are not scientifically proven. But independent studies of parents and caregivers show that there are many different natural therapies that are completely effective.
Ladibugs all-natural products prevent and treat lice without pesticides or other toxic, harsh chemicals. Ingredients like yeast-based enzymes, olive oil and peppermint naturally eliminate and prevent lice infestations. Developed with a chemist and a team of hair care professionals, Ladibugs products include both lice elimination and prevention solutions.
The 411 on lice
The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head and, more rarely, the eyebrows and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the scalp to maintain their body temperature.
Learning all you can about lice – and fast – will help your family get through this ordeal quickly. They’ve gathered all the important information you need to know. But if they haven’t answered your questions, don’t hesitate to call their hotline. They’re here to help.
Your questions answered
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about lice.
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Where do head lice come from?
Head lice have been around for millions of years. In fact, dried up lice and their eggs have been found on the hair of Egyptian mummies! Head lice do not come out of the air or from the ground. They are human parasites that feed on blood and travel from one head to another. Lice cannot survive more than 48 hours off the head. However, head lice that are still alive off the human head are capable of infesting a new human host.
Who can get head lice?
Anyone. A person’s degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has little or nothing to do with getting head lice. A common misconception is that lice infestations are a result of poor hygienic practices. In fact, head lice actually seem to prefer clean hair to dirty hair.
How are head lice spread?
Head lice can be spread whenever there is direct head to head contact with an infested individual. Less frequently, lice are also transmitted between people by head-to-hand contact and by items such as hats, hair ties, scarves, pillows, etc. However, scientists disagree on how often this type of “fomite” transmission – that is, transmission from an object contaminated with lice – really occurs.
Is it possible to get head lice from sharing a pillow or hat with a person who has head lice?
Lice cannot survive off of a human host longer than 48 hours, and they are uniquely adapted for living in human head hair. They generally do not like to leave the protected environment created within head hair. If a louse did come off an infested individual and hide in a pillow or hat, it may be possible for the louse to infest another individual who uses the pillow or hat.
What are the symptoms of head lice?
Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the base of the head. Unless seen, symptoms of infestation are easy to miss. Symptoms include a tickling sensation, or feeling something moving through the hair. An allergic reaction to the bites causes itching. Viable eggs are usually located within 1/4 inch (6mm) of the scalp.
What do head lice and their eggs look like?
The adult louse is no bigger than a sesame seed and is grayish-white or tan. Nymphs are smaller. Lice eggs (often called nits) look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. After hatching, the remaining shell looks white or clear.
Do head lice jump?
No! Head lice do not jump, fly or swim. They are good crawlers, however, and will readily move from one person to another when the hair of the two people is in contact.
Do head lice carry or transmit any disease?
There are no reliable data to suggest that head lice carry or transmit disease organisms.
What can I do to get rid of head lice and the eggs?
Contact a LouseBuster™ Certified Operator for diagnosis and head lice treatment. Increasing numbers of consumers are finding that the most popular treatments for head lice – including chemical shampoos and home remedies – are largely ineffective. Head lice are rapidly evolving chemical resistance to many of the traditional pesticide-based control methods.
Louse combs can be effective for removing lice and eggs, but the comb out process can be very tedious. Many busy parents do not have the time or patience for it. In desperation, some parents resort to home remedies such as bug spray, mayonnaise or kerosene. But there is little hard evidence that these remedies are effective. Some home remedies, in fact, can actually be harmful. As a result, parents and school authorities are searching for a safe, fast and effective treatment that will solve the problem and help keep children in or quickly return them to school.
The LouseBuster™ treatment provides exactly that: a safe treatment that is highly effective at not only killing the live lice but also their eggs thus making it a smart choice when dealing with head lice.
What is the life cycle of head lice and their eggs?
- Eggs: Eggs are laid by adult female lice and usually take about 8 to 9 days to hatch into nymphs.
- Nymphs: Nymphs are immature lice that mature into adults about 9 to 12 days after hatching from the egg.
- Adults: Adult lice can live about 30 days on a person’s head. If they come off the host, they die within 24 to 48 hours. Female adult lice lay about 4 eggs per day and can lay about 88 eggs during their lifetime.
Do pets get head lice?
No. Head lice cannot live on pets. Head lice can only live on human heads.
What are some steps I can take to help prevent and control the spread of head lice?
- Avoid head to head contact during play, sleepovers, or other activities at home, school, and elsewhere.
- Do not share combs, brushes or towels used by an infested person.
- Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, hair ribbons or barrettes.
- Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person used or wore during the previous 2 days using a hot water laundry cycle and high heat drying cycle.
- Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs. They are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Debugging lice myths
I must clean every surface of my house with a strong pesticide. Fumigating will kill the lice. Lice carry disease. These are all common misconceptions about lice. Here are some more myths de-bunked:
Myth: Lice is the result of poor hygiene.
Reality: One of the oldest beliefs is that head lice prefer “dirty kids.” It’s simply not true. Head lice actually prefer clean hair to dirty hair. What they are attracted to is blood.
Myth: Lice are hard to get.
Reality: Head lice do not jump, fly or swim. They are good crawlers however, and easily move from person to person in as little as 30 seconds. This makes young kids particularly susceptible because they are in close contact in schools.
Myth: Lice-infested items must be washed in hot water.
Reality: It is not necessary to wash everything that comes in contact with the lice. 30 minutes in the dryer will dehydrate and kill lice. Vacuuming floors and furniture should do the trick, too — no need to disinfect the whole house.
Myth: No itch means no lice.
Reality: While the most common symptom is itching of the head and neck, the only sure fire way to diagnose head lice is through thorough head checks. If you know of an outbreak in your child’s school or camp, check your child daily and use preventive products.
Myth: There’s a lice epidemic.
Reality: Though there is no evidence of a current head lice epidemic, the bugs have been getting harder to eliminate and have grown increasingly resistant to prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies.
Myth: Home remedies like mayonnaise and petroleum jelly are effective treatments for lice.
Reality: While using chemical-free methods for killing lice is a better alternative, home remedies like these are not proven to do the job. All-natural products made specifically to treat lice are the best option.
By the numbers
The statistics are staggering. And few families escape having to deal with a lice infestation at least once. If you learn your child is infected, don’t panic! They’re here to help. Below are some facts and what you can to do protect your family before and during a lice outbreak.
A common occurrence
6-12 million lice infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years old. Lice infestations rank 2nd in the list of medical conditions kids get (only behind the common cold).
How to protect your family:
The best way to catch lice early and before they become a problem is to do frequent head checks. Especially if there is a known outbreak, try to check your children daily. Look closely at the nape of the neck, behind the ears, and the crown and bang area.
Schools are breeding grounds
September and January are the top-selling months for head lice hair care products. 80% of U.S. schools have at least one outbreak of head lice each year.
What schools can do:
Ladibugs offers educational seminars at no cost to schools and other groups. Seminars can be done before or during an outbreak, in-person or via webinars, and cover treatment and preventive techniques for school staff and parents. Learn more and schedule an educational session today.
Families at risk
When a child is infected, 85% of siblings get lice as well. 65% of moms and 10% of dads end up contracting lice too. Lice can survive off the head for only 48 hours.
How to keep lice from spreading:
- Thoroughly clean your environment, including drying all linens, hats, coats and clothes on high heat for 40 minutes. Washing is not necessary — the heat is what kills the lice. (Freeze items that cannot be dried for 12 hours.)
- Vacuum carpets, furniture and cars. Shampooing isn’t needed. Lay sheets on couches and chairs each day and change each night.
- Boil hairbrushes for 20 minutes or run through the dishwasher
- Do not share hats, helmets, goggles or clothing with someone who’s had head lice or been near an infected person.
A big industry
The lice hair care product business in the U.S. is worth $300 million yearly. The average family spends $150 on over-the-counter products each outbreak.
How to make the best choice for your family:
Consider products that naturally treat and prevent the problem, as they do not contain chemicals and pesticides that are potentially harmful and that lice have grown resistant to. Ladibugs main essential oil is peppermint because it is natural, but extremely strong in low doses and is proven highly effective in warding off lice.
Created by moms for moms
In 2010, when Lisa Rudquist and Rachel Knutson first learned their kids contracted lice at school, they were worried, embarrassed…and itchy. As registered nurses, they were shocked to find the over-the- counter treatments made their kids’ eyes burn and smelled terrible. Worse yet, they also contained kerosene derivatives, pesticides and petroleum – the last things you want to put on your child’s head.
Lisa and Rachel learned there were no organic or all-natural treatments on the market. But instead of running from the bugs, they faced them “head” on. After an impromptu minivan conference in the school parking lot, they channeled their energies into finding a better way to annihilate the critters.
Ladibugs was born.
Rachel Knutson, R.N.
Rachel is no stranger to urgent health needs. After graduating from nursing school at St. Catherine University in 1995, she spent many years in intensive care units and emergency rooms. Most recently, she served as the trauma coordinator at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn. Rachel lives in a Minneapolis suburb with her husband, Tim, who works in the airline industry, daughters Ella and Adeline, and dog Charlie.
Lisa Rudquist, R.N.
Lisa’s path into healthcare began at Minnesota State University–Mankato, where she earned a BSN in 1998. She went on to earn a masters degree in leadership studies from Augsburg college in 2005. In addition to her experience in the neonatal care, Lisa spent 12 years in the healthcare industry, researching and analyzing clinical studies to benefit patients. She and her husband, Sean (owner of a local remodeling and construction business) are proud parents to Scott, Sierra and Megan. They live in a suburb of Minneapolis.
Hatching a plan and a product line
The duo then teamed up with a chemist and tested a myriad of products, landing on an all-natural solution that includes peppermint – a natural lice repellent. Not only does it smell good, there are no burning eyes!
Less than a year after their first conversation, they launched Ladibugs – a full line of chemical-free head lice prevention and elimination products. Used with a special metal micro-grooved comb, they are the most effective and only truly all-natural treatment on the market today.
Ladibugs takes flight
In May 2011, the Ladibugs product line was tested at select Kids’ Hair locations in the Midwest. In just one month, Ladibugs lice prevention and elimination lines became the top selling products for Kids’ Hair.
Ladibugs products are now being sold in salons across the country, including Great Clips and Kids’ Hair locations. Ladibugs is constantly expanding its reach.
Personal service redefined
Lisa and Rachel understand the panic parents go through when an infestation happens. That’s why they decided to help in a way no other lice treatment company does. Ladibugs makes house calls in the Twin Cities metropolitan area as well as provides a 24/7 hotline. In the first year, Ladibugs treated 3,000 cases of head lice with around-the-clock assistance. Ladibugs also opened their first lice removal center in July 2011 where they treat clients with their product line and a dose of discretion.