How to Get Rid of Head Lice In Carpet

Lice need to feed on blood to live, but may survive temporarily in carpets.
Lice need to feed on blood to live, but may survive temporarily in carpets. (Image: boots on carpet image by jimcox40 from

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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