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Tis the Season…To Prevent Head Lice

Spring and summer present a time where kids are changing their social circles and that means Head Lice are on the move!
It is a fact, when kids attend camps, sleepovers, sporting events where helmets are used, lice outbreaks occur. So, what does a parent do?
The following tips and tricks for prevent head lice:

  • Use Ladibugs Lice Prevention: Shampoo, conditioner, mint spray, detangler
  • Put long hair back in pony tail, bun, braids.
  • DO NOT share hats, helmets, combs, brushes, hair accessories.
  • Avoid head to head contact if possible… limit group selfies!

Statistically head lice affects an estimated 12-20 million people in the US every year. Once a child has head lice, 85% of their siblings will acquire, 65% of moms and 10% of care givers. As you can see head lice is not only a childhood issue but a family issue. It is always a good idea to do frequent head checks before and after camps to ensure no lice are brought back to the home environment. You will want to look at the first half inch of the hair shaft from the scalp out for tiny tear drop shaped nits/eggs. You will know for sure if the tear drop shaped nit/egg is attached tightly to the hair shaft. It will be unable to be brushed off hair shaft unlike dry scalp or dandruff.

One of the most important pieces of advice is to talk to the parents in your social circles if your child does acquire lice. Let others who have been around your children know. Lice is not something to be embarrassed by as lice likes clean hair and knows no socioeconomic differences. By being upfront and honest with those in your friend circles it will help massive outbreaks and lessen the time and financial commitment to treating these pesky parasites!

For more resources on head lice go to www.ladibugsinc.com and you will find photos, FAQ’s and where to buy prevention products. The time is now to prevent lice so they don’t wreak havoc on your summer!

Treat Lice Once or Twice?

Why is that all other Lice treatments say you have to re-treat again in 7-10 days and Ladibugs does not?

Now, that is a great question! To understand why Ladibugs does not require an additional treatment you need to understand the life cycle of the louse as well as the difference in how Ladibugs works compared to the traditional OTC lice products that contain harsh pesticides.

To have nits/eggs you would have had an adult louse in your hair. The nits/eggs will hatch approximately 7-10 days after they are laid. The following 7-10 days the “nymphs” will continue to grow until they become an adult. Adult lice will survive 7-10 days and then will die naturally. However, during those 7-10 days they can lay on average of 8-10 eggs per day!

The OTC products work in such a way that they will “attempt” to eliminate the live bug with the first treatment. The nits/eggs have such an extremely hard shell that these products are unable to penetrate them to adequately eliminate them. Therefore, the requirement on these products are that you will then need to complete a second treatment after 7-10 days when these nits/eggs will then be hatched.

Lice Elimination Products

The Ladibugs Lice Elimination kit offers a two bottle solution that will eliminate both the live bug AND the nit/egg. The Mint Serum will eliminate the live louse within just seconds. The Mousse is then applied and will break down the glue that adheres the nit/egg to the hair shaft making them easier to comb out of the hair. Once that bond is broken, the nit/egg is no longer viable.

Because both the louse and the nit/egg are eliminated in the initial treatment of Ladibugs, there is no need to treat again after 7-10 days.

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2015 Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State FairLadibugs will be at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair from August 27 to September 7. We will have exclusive State Fair special deals on our head lice product lines. Have questions? Stop by and get answers from our lice experts. We’ll be in the Grandstand, booth 282. See you at the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Ladibugs Inc. 2015 TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Emerging Entrepreneur of the YearLadibugs, Inc. was named the 2015 Twin West Chamber of Commerce Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at its annual Small Business Awards Luncheon. Candidates for this award are judged on business strategies, financial success, community involvement and growth potential. Here is an interview with us from the event:

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Stars are just like Us

Jennifer Garner reminded “Tonight Show” viewers on Wednesday that head lice can terrorize the rich and famous, too.

The actress, who is married to “Gone Girl” star Ben Affleck, said her whole family suffered through a lice infestation “years ago” when one of her daughters brought home the bug from school.

 

“Stars are just like us,” Garner joked (above) while warning Jimmy Fallon what may be in store for his own family. “We all got lice. It’s making me itchy just to talk about it.”

Garner — who can currently be see in theaters in Jason Reitman‘s drama “Men, Women & Children” — says she had to regularly comb oil through her hair, which led to an awkward encounter with George Clooney at a party Affleck took her to while she still had an oily head of hair.

The first person I see is George Clooney, and I’d never met George Clooney,” Garner said. “I can see that he smells me, but he’s trying to be polite. So anyway, people keep asking why we weren’t at George’s wedding, and we were ‘both working,’ but I think he didn’t want licey there.”

While visiting the NBC late night show, Garner also joined Fallon, drummer Questlove and comedian John Mulaney for a game of Catchphrase. Watch the segment, below, to see who won.

Five Secrets About Head Lice Every Parent Should Know

A nightmare common among parents with school-age children is one your family can avoid.

The Problem

A notice comes home from school about an outbreak of head lice. Head lice infestation is the most frequent health issue (after the common cold) facing children ages 3 to 11, with 12 million cases reported in the U.S. annually.

Expert Advice

School nurses, teachers and parents need to know  how to respond in the case of an outbreak. These five facts and tips can help you save time, worry and money, not to mention the misuse of potentially harmful pesticides.

• Today’s pesticide-based products have become largely ineffective. Lice have developed resistance to many of the over-the-counter treatments that have been around for years and in certain areas of the country, these “super lice” are the norm. All of Ladibugs products are pesticide-free.

• The lice life cycle can be difficult to break because nits are hard to eradicate, often leading to prolonged infestations and a frustrating series of treatments with chemical products that can be harmful if overused.

• Recent breakthroughs in pesticide-free products kill lice and nits. New innovations in lice treatment options have led to effective, pesticide-free consumer products that can eradicate and prevent lice infestation, even among the pesticide-resistant super lice.

• A lice comb should be used to remove all lice and nits. A professional-grade steel lice comb should be used to ensure that hair is completely free of any lice and nits post treatment. In fact, a full comb-out performed weekly on your kids is a good habit to start.

• A preventative shampoo and spray can break the life cycle. A shampoo that kills lice before they can lay eggs is critical for closing the “bridge” from one head to another.

Ladibugs experts recommend parents seek effective, pesticide-free options.

History of Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of hundreds of species in the genus Mentha which also includes spearmint, water mint and forest mint. Peppermint is actually believed to be a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and water mint. While some claim peppermint was not hybridized and cultivated until the 18th century in England, peppermint is referenced in ancient texts. The confusion seems to be that it is mentioned interchangeably with spearmint and the generic term mint. Peppermint has a long history of cultivation and has been used in cooking and herbal medicine since about 1500 BC. Until 1696, peppermint was not classified as its own subspecies, but most historians believe it is reasonable to assume that the mint mentioned in many historical texts is peppermint.

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Peppermint is thought to have originated in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean. In the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical text dating to 1550 BC, mint is listed as calming to stomach pains. Mint was so valued in Egypt that it was used as a form of currency. In the Bible (Luke 11:39) Jesus tells the Pharisees:

But woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

In Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph in the Cocytus River (one of the five rivers of Hades). When Hades was driving his golden chariot, he came upon Minthe and was about to seduce her when his wife Persephone caught them. Persephone then turned Minthe into a lowly mint plant that people would walk upon. Mint supposedly got its pungent, sweet smell when Hades softened the spell so that when people walked upon his lover they would smell her sweetness. Peppermint gets the descriptor piperitafrom the particular peppery, pungency that distinguishes it from other members of the mint family.

The Roman natural philosopher Pliny wrote of mint and of peppermint in particular that it stimulated the appetite stirring “the mind and appetite to a greedy desire of food.” He also wrote that mint should be bound into a crown around the head in order to stimulate the mind and the soul. Pliny, Hippocrates and Aristotle all considered mint to be a discouragement to procreation, saying that it discouraged sexual intercourse. However, the Greeks said that mint encouraged sexual behavior and forbade its consumption by soldiers in order to maintain control.

Peppermint was eventually introduced to Europe where it also became a popular culinary and medicinal herb. It was mentioned in the Icelandic Pharmacopoeias as early as 1240 AD as an herbal remedy, and gained in popularity over the next two centuries. Monks in the Middle Ages were known to use peppermint as a tooth polisher and during the same period, cheese makers learned that the strong smell of peppermint would keep rats and mice out of the storeroom.

Peppermint appeared as a distinct species in the London Pharmacopoeia in 1721 and was listed as a remedy for treating all manner of ailments from sores, venereal disease, colds and headaches. As peppermint continued to gain in popularity the cultivation increased from just a few acres to several hundred acres.

When European settlers came to America they found that the American Indians were already aware of the importance of mint, though they were growing different species of mint, native to North America. The settlers brought peppermint and other non-native mints with them and they quickly became naturalized and spread.

In North America, peppermint is grown commercially almost exclusively in the north and east from Indiana to New York and the very southernmost areas of Canada. Michigan has the most acres under cultivation in the US, and altogether the US produces about half the world�s peppermint. However, American peppermint oil is considered much inferior to English oil, which is considered the best, followed by French peppermint oil. The difference is typically in the variety; in the US, the black variety is most often grown, while in Europe the more delicate white variety thrives.