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Your Christmas Tree May Have Lice On It!

When it comes to sources of head lice, there are usually a few suspects, if you have children at home it is likely to think they might have brought the lice home from school. And while schools are still some of the most common places to get head lice from, it might surprise you to find out that your Christmas tree might be the culprit when it comes to finding out where you got head lice from.

Does my Christmas Tree have Lice?

Bark lice on Christmas trees is a very common problem that is maybe not given as much attention due to its seasonal nature, and while there are a few health issues associated with a Christmas tree, almost none of them can bring so much discomfort and problems as a head lice outbreak. The way head lice survive on tree bark is by hibernating inside the tree bark; a place that can usually provide just the right level of moisture needed to preserve life. When the time comes to bring your tree home, the head lice are stimulated by the heat and the light found in most homes and they come out of hibernation. Once the head lice are awakened, attempting to get rid of lice without damaging the tree can be a very difficult affair and while it is normal to think that trees are somehow sprayed or fumigated at the store, the fact remains that there are thousands of bugs that can be found in some of these trees. While most of the other bugs will die out quickly due to the lack of food and plants in a common home, this is not the case with head lice as they can quickly move in on their unsuspecting victims and create mayhem in the household quicker than you realize.

And while it might be difficult to figure out exactly what sort of bugs might be in your Christmas tree, head lice should be given special attention due to the fact that they’re extremely contagious and they can quickly spread to your family members, friends and visitors. If your child is found to have head lice during a regular check-up at school, he or she will be sent back home, in what could be one of the most traumatizing experiences for a child at school. If you still don’t believe that there could be head lice in your tree you could try doing an experiment by yourself before you bring your tree home. Try shaking it really hard while outside and pay attention to the number of bugs that will drop from the tree.

After all, trees are considered nature’s habitat for thousands of bugs and apparently they don’t seem to care whether the tree is going to be used as a Christmas decoration. Science seems to back up these facts as well, a recent study conducted by Bjarte Jordal, a Professor from the University Museum of Bergen found out that there could be as many as twenty five thousand different species of bugs living in Christmas trees, these bugs follow the same hibernation pattern we described previously and once they’re stimulated by factors such as light and heat, they wake up and begin their never-ending quest for food. When it comes to head lice and their nits, that food is located in your head and scalp and we’re sure you’d like to keep them away and as far as possible.

Research has also found that while head lice do not really pose a risk to the trees themselves, the multitude of bugs that can be found in tree bark can affect humans and their health. For example, in humans, head lice have been proven to pose a threat to the health of the scalp, the skin and the hair and should be dealt with accordingly, whether it is with a preventative treatment if you’re bringing in a new tree into your home or perhaps a more direct approach if you or your loved ones are already suffering from a head lice outbreak.

But despite the fact that the seasonal joy brings happiness into our lives, we should learn how to accurately identify and stop a head lice problem. If a family member has complained of itchiness in the scalp and upon inspection you have identified some of the most common symptoms of head lice such as sores, irritation and dry scalp you might be dealing with a head lice problem caused by the bark on your Christmas tree. But don’t go burning your Christmas tree yet? While it is possible to get head lice from bark lice and other invasive species commonly found in trees, you can rest assured that an effective preventative treatment can safely prevent you and your loved ones from having to deal with these nasty bugs.

Natural Lice Prevention

ClearLice makes a natural lice prevention line, that will help prevent a lice infestation. A gentle shampoo and leave-in conditioner can be used daily to help stop those creepy crawly critters from infesting your families heads.

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