The real cost of head lice using "Do-It-Yourself" methods
Topical over the counter for individual x 2 treatments
Prescription from a doctor can be expensive and may not be covered by your insurance.
$ 300 a prescription for Sklice http://www.goodrx.com/sklice
Visit to a walk-in clinic or doctor to be sure it is lice.
Treating the rest of the family (often done unnecessarily)
Unnecessarily treating the family pet(s)
Buying a store brand lice comb (that are usually ineffective)
Replacing all combs, brushes and hair accessories
$ 50 (unnecessarily)
Extra cost of cleaning products
Extra cost of utilities and products due to extra laundry and cleaning
Missed work (2 days missed based on $15.00 an hour)
Approximate costs: $ 500+
Other Hidden Costs: Missed days of school, hours of treating the infested people in your family, countless hours of cleaning, missed extracurricular activities or events, long term effects of toxic lice treatment, lack of sleep and family emotional stress.
Also worth noting:
Pediculosis, caused by the human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis (De Geer), is one of the most prevalent parasitic infestation of humans (Lee et al. 2000). Pediculicide sales in the United States were estimated at >US$240 million per year in 1997 (Gratz 1997) and increased to >US$350 million per year by 2003 (Jones and English 2003). The overall cost of louse infestations in the United States is estimated at ≈US$1 billion annually. However, this cost estimate is overshadowed by the long-term impact of school absences by ≈1 in every 10 school-aged children and the implementation of ineffective control measures that can lead to multiple trips to the hospital or health clinic (Gratz 1997, Williams et al. 2001, Frankowski and Weiner 2002, Lebwohl et al. 2007). Infestations also often cause intense itching, which can injure skin, allowing secondary infections and self-inoculation with disease-causing bacterial pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus. In addition, most people find lice intolerable and repeatedly and prophylactically apply pediculicides, many of which carry the risk of adverse effects, without realizing their potential for harm. Misapplication affects children in particular because of their small size and higher sensitivity. Currently, the treatment of pediculosis depends primarily on the topical application of insecticides.
Cost to hire a My Lice Professional
Personal head check
$10 (free if I do a lice treatment)
Comprehensive lice removal treatment, using bio-safe products and old fashioned nit-picking!
$120+ (for person with shoulder length hair)
$30+ (for boys with med short hair)
2x Follow-up appointments
Average price range: (girl) $100-$200 (boy) $30-$100
*price varies due to amount of infestation, hair volume, and length and how co-operative the client is during the treatment
Choosing My Lice services can save you hundreds of dollars!
Head lice removal fees are determined by the amount of time it takes to do the service. Factors include: length and thickness of the hair, severity of infestation and willingness of the client to co-operate during the lice removal.
Your child can return to school, camp or daycare and other activities immediately following our service. I will provide a "Verification Letter” upon request.
The average person suffers with head lice for longer than they need to. During that time they will try an average of 5-7 treatments and spend countless hours trying to get rid of their infestation by cleaning, doing laundry and spending money on various remedies and tools.
My Lice's mission is to stop the over use and abuse of pesticides.
It is not the recommended use of these treatments that pose a risk but rather, their over use and abuse. Multiple applications of toxic pesticide treatments may cause severe health risks and I know I can remove lice without the use of these methods. Personally, I believe they should be avoided.
Lice can bring even the strongest person to their knees if they do not have the proper tools and methodical approach to dealing with lice.
My Lice has the tools, knowledge and experience to get you lice free quickly, safely and most importantly more cost effectively.