How to Get Rid of Head Lice In Carpet

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Head lice feed on scalp blood and cause severe itching in most people afflicted. The main treatment for head lice involves applying topical lotions or shampoos and using a nit comb to remove nits. Lice that have fallen off the head may survive for up to two days on blankets, furniture and carpet. To help prevent a recurrence of head lice, you should remove lice from the home environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner bag
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Place a new vacuum cleaner bag in your vacuum cleaner, or clean out the canister of bagless vacuum cleaners, if necessary. Clean vacuums usually have the best suction.

  • Vacuum carpeting throughout the house. You should also vacuum mattresses and furniture using your vacuum's attachments.

  • Remove the vacuum bag and place it in your outdoor garbage bin. If using a bagless vacuum, carefully dump the canister's contents in the bin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vacuuming is all that is necessary to remove lice from carpets, according to Dr. William Sears and North Carolina University Extension. Pesticides are neither necessary nor recommended.

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