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Why You Shouldn’t Panic About Super Lice

(Unpleasant topic, I know! But I think it needs to be addressed.)

tea tree oil conditioner for lice

Mr. FG recently sent me an article about the outbreak of Super Lice*, which are resistant to the Rid/Nix-type treatments available over the counter.

*I think that article has some ridiculous info/advice. Directions to keep using the ineffective OTC stuff?   Saying that nit-picking doesn’t work?   Come on.

The super lice have apparently been found in 25 states now.

While I hadn’t heard the term “super lice” before, I’m quite sure that’s the variety that we had, given that the over-the-counter stuff we tried was pretty darn ineffective.

It did nothing to kill the lice and their eggs, and it made our heads so itchy.

(Mr. FG and I didn’t have lice, but treated ourselves proactively, and our scalps itched like nobody’s business.)

how to get rid of lice with tea tree oi

What DID work for us was the tea tree oil/conditioner treatment, in combination with combing.

And the great news?

No matter how the genes of lice mutate, this treatment will always work, because it relies on immobilizing and loosening the lice rather than on killing them.

I seriously wish I’d had this info when we first got lice, because it would have saved me so much heartache.

(And money.   That lice stuff isn’t cheap.)

I was a wreck when we got lice and I have all the sympathy in the world for other parents out there dealing with it.

So, that’s why I wrote a post about what worked for our super-lice infestation.

how to get rid of lice without insecticide

If you have school-age kids, pin the post so that you’ve got it handy just in case.

And if you have friends who are dealing with this, please feel free to send them the link too.   I hate for people to spend money and time on treatments that don’t work, especially when there’s a cheap AND effective treatment available.

You can get rid of regular lice and super-lice without expensive insecticides or prescriptions, so if you get these unwelcome visitors, don’t panic.   It’s going to be okay.

(But you might still cry.   I certainly did.   😉 )


Have you had any experience with super-lice?


P.S.  If you are unsure if your kid has lice but are worried they’ve been exposed and you want to check, the method I outlined in my post works great as a diagnostic tool.

Apply the oil/conditioner, comb through with a nit comb, and if your kiddo has a lice infestation, you WILL find them this way, because adult bugs cannot move when they’re covered in conditioner and oil. If you find no lice, you can safely assume that your kid’s head is clean.

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Thursday 26th of November 2020

How much tea tree oil do you use and do you put it in the conditioner bottle- like the whole bottle you are using or do you Put a drop or two in your hand with a big handful of the conditioner??


Thursday 26th of November 2020

I put maybe a half cup of conditioner into a bowl, added a few drops of tea tree oil, and mixed it all up.


Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Do you put the conditioner on dry hair or wet hair


Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Damp hair worked best for us!


Saturday 14th of May 2016

Thank you for all this information! My two long haired daughters and I have lice. I live in Tokyo so I don't have access to all the tools mentioned but the advice is very helpful. I'm going to go comb now....


Monday 14th of March 2016

I found it effective to shave the boys' hair off and to use a hair straightener for a few days on my girl's long hair. (and a wash and comb through for all after this)


Monday 14th of March 2016

Oh yeah, shaving a head is completely effective. They can't live on your head if there's no hair!

Unfortunately, this is kind of frowned upon for girls, and I have three of 'em. I'm not going to tell you the thought didn't cross my mind, though. ;) In the midst of combing through thick heads of hair, the idea of getting rid of all the hair is very tempting.

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Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Luckily, we haven't had lice here, but we did some preventative treatments when my kids were younger.

However, recently an ophthalmologist had me use tea tree oil on my eyelashes because of mites. It burned, but cleared up my lashes right away.

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