Head louse repellents are topical solutions that can prevent an infestation of head lice. These products are made with essential oils, which have repellent properties. Some essential oils such as piperonal, lemongrass, and eucalyptus, are effective at deterring head lice. But the question is how effective are these products? It is best to use a product that is designed specifically for head lice.
The most effective lice repellents include natural essential oils. For example, tea tree oil has a strong scent, which makes it very effective at repelling head lice. Also, some lice repellent shampoos contain enzymes and natural plant-based products. These products are safe to use and are effective for prevention and treatment in the event of an outbreak.
Cleaning the head regularly is another method for prevention. Cleaning your hat and pillowcases can also help reduce the chances of lice infestation. While disinfecting the house is not recommended for prevention, it can help contain the infestation. Usually, lice eggs are oval-shaped and attached to the base of the hair. After hatching, lice will grow into a nymph, a grayish white insect. It will go through three different stages before it becomes an adult. Once mature, the head lice will move along the scalp.
While head lice cannot survive outside of human heads, they can survive for up to two days away from the host. Moreover, they cannot survive outside the human body, which is why they will die without the help of insecticides. However, fumigation is not recommended to prevent reinfestation because it contains a chemical that can be toxic when inhaled or absorbed through the skin.