Friday, April 11, 2014

Head Lice Screenings and False Positives

Here at Meticulice we take the business of head lice and nits very seriously. This all starts at your initial screening to determine whether or not you have a positive head lice diagnosis. One thing we will always strive for at Meticulice is to never give out false positives. 

A false positive is a diagnosis of head lice when in fact you do not have head lice.  A screening is usually done by a nurse, health care practitioner, or parent.  These screenings are done by the use of an orange stick, a magnifying lamp, and a check of the five hot spots (nape of the neck, crown of the head, bang area, and above the ears).   False positives start a domino effect of stress, anxiety, and unnecessary expense and time. 

Meticulice prides itself on doing everything we can during a screening to never give you a false positive diagnosis. If we deem someone positive we will share the evidence we find.  At our head lice removal boutique we take extra steps to provide you with the proper diagnosis.  We use a wet combing method, which has been proven to be much more effective than a screening alone.  

While there is a loss of credibility with a false positive diagnosis, above all it causes unnecessary expenses and stress for families. What we have to offer you are a confident, knowledgeable, and highly trained staff of specialists.  We strive to keep all our clients informed with the most up to date head lice education and knowledge to better empower you during this difficult time.  Our trained specialists will answer all your questions, and are always just a phone call away to keep the dialogue going. 

Meticulice will always strive to never give out false positives and to highly educate and inform our clients to help prevent future outbreaks.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Natural Prevention and Elimination

A recent journal of Medical Entomology is reporting that there is new genetically modified strains of head lice that are now resistant to all forms of OTC head lice products.

“Our approach is manual versus chemical removal,” explained Elissa Rand, President and Founder of Meticulice. “We use the leading head lice comb on the market along with our all natural elimination product containing natural enzymes & herbal extracts. This formula makes it easy to manually remove lice and eggs. It takes patience, but it’s a proven method.”

Meticulice offers removal services in East Setauket as well as in-home services on Long Island Founded in 2010; Meticulice’s vision is to dispel the stigma associated with head lice and to stop the overuse and abuse of pesticides on children and our environment.

“Every parent who calls Meticulice begins the conversation with ‘I've used all the major brands the drugstore sells. Why are the bugs still moving and isn't this bad the smell is awful? We have known for a long time that resistance has been evolving in the louse.” This is not the first study proving the resistance. 

Our mission is to change the way people treat head lice and to meet a universal demand for head lice help by delivering environmentally friendly superior products and services – just the solution called for in the Journal of Medical Entomology research abstract.  Progressive pharmacy chains are making such alternatives available and are educating their pharmacists to the recent study and what they can do to better help their clients.

Monday, January 13, 2014

7 Easy Steps to Cleaning Your Home after a Head Lice Infestation

An estimated 12 million cases of lice will occur this year and chances are your child or someone you know will be affected by a head lice infestation.  Head lice are more of a nuisance than a health hazard but it is important to act quickly to relieve your family of the inconvenience and discomfort of lice infestation.

Lice cannot survive more than 1-2 days without a human host and they cannot live on pets. It is not necessary to use pesticide sprays on furniture, rugs or personal items and in many cases, this will cause more harm to your home environment than good. Your time will be much better spent using proper removal techniques or calling a Head Lice removal company like Meticulice and following these steps to kill head lice in infested items.

1. Gather all personal items such as Combs, Brushes, Hats, Hair Clips, Headbands, Headsets, Helmets, Clothing, Stuffed Animals, Costumes, Pillows and Coats for clean up.

2. Freeze all hair care items (such as combs, brushes, hair clips, etc.) in a sealed bag in a  sealed bag in the freezer for 12 hours.

3. Headsets or helmets, place them in a
sealed plastic bag and put them in a freezer for 12 hours to kill the lice and eggs.

4. Wash all bedding and clothing that your child has used in hot water (at least 130°F) OR run them through your dryer's hottest setting for at least 30 minutes or based on instructions on label.

5. Place items that cannot be cleaned or run through the dryer (i.e. stuffed animals and toys) in a sealed plastic bag for 2 days.

6. Follow up with the vacuum to get rid of any lice dust or egg shells that were left behind. According to the NPA, vacuuming is the safest way to remove lice and fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, or car seats- wherever someone with head lice may have rested their head.

7. Take a peek once a week.  You'll need an Gotcha Nit Removal Comb, a magnifying glass and lots of light.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Before Returning To School After A Home Lice Removal, Come In For A Head Check!

Today I received a telephone call at Meticulice from a women whose daughter had head lice. The mother did an at home removal (without the aid of our Ultimate Lice Fighting Comb or our non toxic removal products). After 6 hours of combing the lice out, the mother chose to call Meticulice and make an appointment for a thorough wet head check and examination. 

I thought to myself, wow what a smart women! Many parents will send their child to school after the home removal assuming that all of the nits have been removed. The school nurse will check the child's head, find nits, and send the child back home to try again. Rather than risk her child being sent home, this mother empowered herself by bringing her daughter to Meticulice for a wet head check. We found 5 - 10 nits which we removed and educated them on head lice, how to prevent a further outbreak, and how to clean her home. At Meticulice, we take pride in the education we provide!

The following day the mother brought her daughter to the school nurse along with a head check letter from Meticulice. The nurse examined her daughter, found her to be lice free, and sent her off to her class.

This is a terrific way for parents who are able to painstakingly try a removal on their own to get the reassurance that they did the job correctly. Remember leaving two viable nits in your hair can lead to more generations and a longer period of the dreaded head lice.

Monday, November 25, 2013

METICULICE: Tips on How to Avoid Head Lice over the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving

Each year, we see a increase in the number of head lice cases after families gather for the holidays. With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching and families snuggling in together for long weekends or even just spending the evening together, the opportunity is there for head lice to spread from one person to many. While head lice do not jump or fly, they do crawl from head to head. If your children are spending time with their cousins or family friends, there is ample opportunity for one child to pick up a case from another.
Short of putting your child in a bubble, what can you do? Below are some practical tips to reduce the chance of your child getting head lice from another child who likely is unaware that she even has the dreaded bugs in her hair:
  • Girls should wear their hair up in a braid or bun. The less accessible that the hair is, the more difficult it is for the bugs to get into it.
  • Put prevention products like Meticulice Mint prevention spray in your child’s hair. The products put a protective layer on the hair, which makes it harder for the bug to attach to the hair
  • Don’t let your children share combs or other hair accessories
  • Check your child in front of a bright window or under a bright light as soon as your get home. If you are not sure come in for a head check, the earlier head lice are found the less chance they have to spread to all family members.

Check For Nits and Lice After Holidays

About a week after the holiday, check to see if you see any eggs on the hair shaft; the eggs will be glued onto the shaft and are translucent.
If you find nits or lice in the hair, call in a professional lice removal service like Meticulice. You can visit our beautiful boutique or we can come to your home and we guarantee that we will eradicate any case of head lice. Enjoy your holidays and know that if you need us, we will be available the same day.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Simple Steps You Can Take To Have A Lice-Free Halloween!

Halloween is fast approaching! Many children will be enjoying trick or treating and running around with their friends in fun costumes. While many schools are beginning to allow children to wear appropriate costumes to school tomorrow, we know kids love to try on their friend’s costumes! You don't have to worry about your little ghosts and goblins coming home with head lice. Here are some common questions asked by parents to help make sure your child won't have lice after this fun day!

Should I not allow my child to try on costumes and hats at the store?
Not necessarily. Lice can only survive being off of someone's head for 48-72 hours. While it is still possible if a bug was recently left in a hat or costume, you can visually check a hat to see if there's a bug in it. Go home that day and do a wet head check just to make sure that nothing transferred! If you're concerned, buy the costume and leave it on the hanger in your home for 48-72 hours. Any bug that could've been on there would be dead after that time.

-My child is going to a party. How do I protect my child from possibly getting head lice?

There are many precautionary measures we can take to help reduce the risk of getting head lice. Two very valuable tools for preventing head lice is a lice comb and mint spray. The mint spray acts as a natural repellent to lice. . and it smells good! The lice comb is especially important. While your child's hair is wet, after a shower is best, comb through their hair and see if you see any evidence. Anything that could have been contracted should be brushed out at that time. So for the party, try to keep their hair up so it won't be in contact with other children's hair. Spray their hair and around the back of their ears and neck with mint spray. Then when they return home, give them a comb through with a lice comb!

-What do I do if I do find evidence that my child has head lice after Halloween?

There are different options in how you can handle this. The most effective way in our opinion is to bring them to a removal boutique, like Meticulice. This way we can ensure that all live has been removed and it will give you peace of mind as well. The other option is to get natural removal products, which Meticulice also offers. We will instruct you on what you'd need to do, and we suggest coming in for a wet head check afterwards so you know that it has all been removed.

We want Halloween to be a fun day for everyone, and to not be consumed with fear of getting head lice. We hope this has eased your fear and that your children stay clear!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Detecting Lice: What is the Most Effective Way?

There is always controversy surrounding school nurse lice screenings vs. wet head checks at a professional Lice Removal Boutique. School nurses do an amazing job at caring for our children. Many nurses also provide a cautious head check for lice. The reality is, they do not have the time or the extensive training to thoroughly investigate our children’s heads.

Usually when lice have been detected within a classroom, they are sent down to the nurse’s office and are sent home for a removal. The school’s protocol differs after that. Some schools have a “No Nit Policy” which means the child cannot return to school unless all nits and louse have been completely removed. Most nurses have the classroom where the child was found to have lice in all be checked as well. Some schools send letters and emails home alerting families when there’s an outbreak and to take precautionary measures. Majority of the time they do not have the whole school screened because of the amount of students.

We are here to make you aware of the necessity to have routine head checks done for your children. There are various ways of checking for lice. School nurses usually use an orange wooden stick and check the “hot spots” of where lice usually hide (nape of the neck, behind the ears, crown area). The problem with this is that lice can be found anywhere on your head and any live louse can crawl very quickly away from the orange stick! So, it is possible to easily miss something during this type of check.

To do a head check, the most important part is to have a lice comb! Specifically, Meticulice's "Gotcha! Terminator Nit Comb," which can be purchased at Meticulice.

An easier alternative is to come to a lice removal boutique that specializes in this. We will be able to detect if your child has lice or is clear effectively, faster and within less time.

According to an extensive study in Germany, it was found that a wet head check identified active infestations 91 percent of the time, while visual inspection of a child's hair only spotted 29 percent of the active infections. For more information, look at the “Reuters Heath News” article here:

Here at Meticulice we offer a Lifetime Prevention Plan. For only $50 a month for the whole household! Within this membership you must come in each month for $15 head checks (usually $30). If at any time we find lice, we remove for free! This is of course only if you come each and every month. You also will receive 20% off all of our Meticulice products! Many of our patients love this plan; it puts your mind at ease as a parent knowing that you’re taking precautionary measures for your children.

One term we always use with our patients is “once a week, take a peak!” If you continuously check your child, and you find evidence of lice, it will be a much lighter, easier case to treat than not knowing they have it for weeks, or even months!