Super Lice Fact or of fiction

Well, all the buzz about super bugs or super lice is alarming to families dealing with head lice. The fact remains that research is showing super lice have stronger exoskeletons and the little bugs have even changed there egg laying habits to fool those trying to eradicate them with certain over the counter medications. Heartland Health Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center is now partnering with the University of Massachusetts to study the persistent little buggers. The University of Massachusetts is now researching head lice around the United States to see where and how prevalent resistance is to over the counter products.

If you choose to use an over the counter product like Rid or Nix be sure to follow instructions carefully and seek an alternative treatment if not effective. Treatment products may vary, but it still remains that combing and nitpicking is necessary to remove all nits (eggs). While nitpicking is a slow and tedious process the tiny super lice can not become immune to a good lice comb. Get a good lice comb and comb weekly to stay ahead of any lice infestation. Treating early is important and prevents transmission of lice to others. Patience, persistence and a good lice comb could be the only defense to stand the test of time. If you choose a professional lice removal service make sure they offer rechecks to ensure you are lice free.  Stay tuned for more research and tips on treating the resistant lice.

Lice Removal OutreachTravels to Guatemala Orphanage


Shepherd Institute Lice Removal Global Outreach Team

Shepherd Institute Lice Removal Global Outreach Team

Head Lice is a global phenomenon. While it does not usually cause any harm it is a pesky and irritating problem. Getting rid of head lice can take a toll on families emotionally, psychologically and financially. Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center is owned and operated by 2 sisters, Susan Truluck and Cherie Parker, who are certified in the Shepherd Method of Strand by Strand Nit Removal. Not only are they helping families locally by providing a safe and effective treatment option and educating the community about head lice, they have now participated in the Shepherd Institute Global Outreach. The Shepherd Institute is operated by Katie Shepherd, one of the world’s leading head lice experts, providing head lice removal certification, conducting clinical research on head lice products and traveling the world treating and teaching about head lice. Co-Owner, Cherie Parker just returned from the Prince of Peace Home for Girls in San Cristobal, Guatemala. Over 60 girls and staff were checked for head lice, 27 were treated and 12 older girls were educated on head lice removal to control head lice in the future. Just as in the United States most girls had been treated with over the counter products and could not get past the pesky little problem. Over the counter products, can be harmful, contain pesticides and are often ineffective in removing the lice eggs (nits), so families never really get past head lice. Heartland Healthy Heads is dedicated to providing head lice education. Education is the key to ending all the myths about head lice and reducing the stigma associated with having head lice.

Here are a few facts:

  • Head lice do not jump or fly; they have 6 legs with claws that clamp down on hair strands.
  • Lice can’t survive unless on the human head, they need human blood to survive.
  • Once off they head a louse will only live 24 hours, it needs to feed every 3-4 hours to live.
  • Head lice only live on the human head; they will not live on other body parts or on your pet.
  • Most common means of spreading head lice is through head to head contact.
  • A female louse lays between 8-10 eggs a day. They multiply fast so early treatment is best.

Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center is all about educating and eliminating head lice.  All questions regarding head lice are welcome. For questions or to schedule an appointment call our 24 hour Lice Line: 913-730-NITS (6487) or email For further information please refer to our website

Head Lice Around The World

Head Lice are a common phenomenon worldwide and have been around for a long time. Cleopatra even had a gold lice comb. Was she seen as dirty or was this a common occurrence? In the United States, they are seen as pesky little creatures that create panic and chaos when it comes to getting rid of them. Having head lice is highly stigmatized in the Unites States and it is commonly believed that those with head lice are dirty and poor. I often get the question; does the head louse have any benefit at all? They are only pesky little creatures that live on the human scalp and suck the blood of poor innocent children. I assume having a case of head lice is perceived differently in different cultures around the world and may not cause panic. Throughout history having lice may have been a fact of life or seen as a normal everyday occurrence. Some cultures may even have a use for the little bugs.  I came across an article discussing the use the head louse as a remedy for jaundice in Spanish folk medicine. The remedy over time includes ingesting 9 live lice for 9 days on an empty stomach for treatment of jaundice (Vellejo & Gonzalez, 2013). Open access article: Do you know of any other folk tales regarding head lice? How do certain cultures/countries view a common case of head lice? Please share interesting stories about lice around the world.