How Do You Remove Crabs Or Body Lice From Your Bed Mattress?
Removing Body Lice From Bed Mattress
Does anyone know how to or what to use to make sure crab or body lice are gone from you mattress?
A body lice infestation is treated by improving the personal hygiene of the infested person, including assuring a regular (at least weekly) change of clean clothes. Clothing, bedding, and towels used by the infested person should be laundered using hot water (at least 130°F) and machine dried using the hot cycle. I would rinse twice.
Sometimes the infested person also is treated with a pediculicide [peh-DICK-you-luh-side]), a medicine that can kill lice; however, a pediculicide generally is not necessary if hygiene is maintained and items are laundered appropriately at least once a week. A pediculicide should be applied exactly as directed on the bottle or by your physician.
Additional Resources – Get the Facts
- Effective Head Lice Treatment
- Identifying Body Louse
- Lice Signs and Symptoms
- Transmission of Body Lice
- Parasites: Lice
As to the mattress…I would steam clean the mattress with a commercial grade steamer, using the regular cleaning fluid that is recommended, or have a steam cleaning company (like one that cleans carpets) do it for you. The key is HOT water thats at least 130 degrees F, to kill the eggs, or nits.
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- Floors, furniture, car seats and upholstery, and carpeting should be vacuumed to remove an infested person’s hairs that might have viable nits attached.
- Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person.
- School–wide screenings and “no-nit” policies are strongly discouraged.
- Combing is one of the most effective ways to kill Head Lice, as it removes the nits and lice from the hair.
- Because shower caps and plastic wraps act as an occlusive dressing, they should not be used in combination with pediculicides whose safety has not been demonstrated when used in this manner.
- The use of antibiotics to treat Head Lice is strongly discouraged.
- Retreatment of Head Lice usually is recommended because no approved pediculicide completely kills all the lice.
- Head lice are tiny parasites that live on the human head.
- Daily nit removal (combing) is crucial, even if other treatments are used.
- Screening for nits alone is not an accurate way of predicting which children will become infested, and screening for live lice has not been proven to have a significant effect on the incidence of Head Lice in a school community over time.
Want to Know More?
- After much debate and criticism, the Waukee School District’s policy committee has released its suggestions for a Head Lice notification policy in schools.
- Q&A -How to treat Head Lice at home – http://t.co/7hVEJAg7