Head lice can affect anyone

head lice can affect anyone

Customer Reviews

Below are some of Ladibugs customer’s reviews after being treated for Head Lice with Ladibugs head lice products and AirAllé™ (aka the louse buster).

“Ladibugs is a Lifesaver!!”

I was so shocked when I discovered my 11 year old daughter had lice. We rushed out and bought Nix. We did a treatment immediately and bagged everything. We thought we were “cured”. It wasn’t a day later and we found more lice on my daughter’s head. We did a second treatment by the advice of our pediatrician. Four days went by with continual nit-picking and treatments of some kind or another. By this time, my daughter was anxious and upset and would complain of a stomach ache every time we checked her hair. It was traumatizing for all of us — but mostly for my daughter dealing with parasites crawling on her head. I scoured the internet looking for something safe and effective. Just when I thought it didn’t exist, I discovered Ladibugs. We called immediately. They were so helpful in setting up an appointment that would work for our whole family. We went in and Tina checked all five of us. She was so kind and easy to talk to. It made my daughter feel comfortable. She said she actually enjoyed the treatment! It was relaxing and she felt reassured that the lice and nits were gone. I was happy to see a smile on her face again after going through all of this. Some people deal with this lice ordeal for weeks or months. You don’t have to anymore. You don’t have to struggle to conquer this on your own. You can ask for help. And that help should be Ladibugs! They don’t pay me to advertise. I will gladly do it for free forever because they saved my family (and my sanity!). If you are on their web site, you already need help. Just call. I was very hesitant but Tina and the Ladibug products made me a true believer. —Tara F.

All I have to say is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! We had an appt today at 11am with Lisa and the best service, etc. So glad you have this service to offer as it was a total life saver today with having to juggle my work schedule around, taking care of the cleaning etc. I will highly recommend your business and products to everyone. -Leigh H. (Facebook)

 I bought the shampoo, conditioner, 8 hour spray and the de-tangler when my daughter started school a few weeks ago. I love it!!! It smells good, it makes her hair soft, and she likes it too, which is a big deal…because she’s so picky! It’s a little pricey, but worth it if she doesn’t get head lice!!!!! – Staci D. (Facebook)

I work in an elementary school and just discovered I had lice yesterday morning. Needless to say, I freaked out and immediately ran to Walrgreens. As I was scanning all the lice products a nice mom shopping in the same aisle told me to use your product instead and directed me to the nearest Kids Hair so I could get it. Holy cow, what a life saver! I started treatment less than 24 hours and already have clean comb outs! I would recommend this to anyone, it works, it smells good, and my hair was hardly tangled which was the most amazing thing. Ladibugs has made having lice (almost) easy and pain free! Thank you thank you thank you!!! – Alexa (Facebook)

Back to School! While we are thrilled to be sending our children off to school for another year of learning, we often grow concerned in September about head lice coming home. On this week’s “In the Mirror”, Paula talks about an incredible all-natural product called Ladibugs Inc, that addresses lice prevention, as well as elimination. — The Signature Salon (Facebook)

I bought the shampoo, conditioner, 8 hour spray and the de-tangler when my daughter started school a few weeks ago. I love it!!! It smells good, it makes her hair soft, and she likes it too, which is a big deal…because she’s so picky! It’s a little pricey, but worth it if she doesn’t get head lice!!!!! – Staci D. (Facebook)

Lisa and Rachel came to my rescue after some unsuccessful mayonnaise treatments I did on my daughter’s hair that I had read on the internet. I really didn’t want to use the over the counter pesticides on my child’s scalp either. When I called them, they came to my house in no time and methodically worked through my 8-year-old’s hair and then discovered that I was infected too! The AirAllé treatment was painless and the comb-outs were much easier with the natural products they used. It was especially comforting combing out dead lice after the AirAllé treatments, versus live ones! I was (and still am) grateful for all of the helpful tips and instruction they gave me since the Internet information was so varied. The most important thing though was the empathy and care they showed for our situation making us feel like we weren’t alone.– A., MN

My family hired Ladibugs in the Fall of 2010 when four of our five family members contracted lice. My middle child caught it from a classmate at her elementary school and it spread through the family, despite what I thought were diligent efforts to get rid of the lice. In fact, we tried many products and services to eradicate the lice from our hair and our home, including RID, two prescription medications and a professional nitpicker. None of these worked and we had been trying to address lice outbreak for nearly four weeks when I heard about Ladibugs. I’m pleased to say the Ladibug’s AirAllé and subsequent foam product treatment worked miraculously! We were lice free in 5 days. And I had great peace of mind knowing the Ladibug staff are registered nurses and the AirAllé device is clinically proven to work. Call Lisa and Rachel today. They are timely, professional and confidential. Ladibugs, Inc. is worth every penny. – Leah, MN


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Knowledge is empowerment

Knowledge is Empowerment

By Val Ambrose

New York City is a competitive, complicated, and fast-paced place — especially when it comes to early childhood education. As a parent, I want to give my son the best future possible, and I believe this begins with education. You see, I have a passion for education.

I’ve always valued education. Most of my work experience is even in higher education. However, when the time came to look for a school for my son, I began to see education from a whole new viewpoint — as a Manhattan mother. While applying for independent schools for Cameron, 4 years old at that time, I quickly realized how complex and involved the decision-making and admissions process was.

I took charge by conducting an initial school search on my own and visiting dozens of schools — some multiple times! I made sure my son took both the Education Records Bureau and Stanford-Binet standardized tests. Applications went to eight schools, five private and three selective public schools.

Other parents took note of my successful navigation of what they viewed as an intimidating and competitive undertaking. I found myself lending my expertise and knowledge to the other parents. I walked them through the entire process from selecting the right schools for their children, to applying for admissions and even securing financial aid in some cases. I was not only successful in each case; I found I loved the experience of guiding parents in need.

The United States public school system has acknowledged changes must happen. However, change — especially for government implementation — takes time. Children who are school aged now are not likely to see the needed progress happen quickly enough for them to reap the benefits. Some addresses in Manhattan come with great schools. Many do not. As a result, parents must look elsewhere to ensure their children receive the excellent education they deserve. I urge parents to look into all options for education for their children, including charter and independent schools outside of their neighborhoods. My son Cameron ended up at a school in a different part of Manhattan than my work or our home, but he loves it there.

The school search and admission process is complicated — especially in this city! However, New Yorkers are tough and resourceful. I recommend that parents lean on that resilient and tenacious asset when it comes to their child’s education. Check out the resources available to you. Gather some information. After all, knowledge is empowerment. Consider what is best for your child and your family as a whole. Your child deserves a quality education.

Source: NY Parenting

Teach Your Kids How to be Eco-Friendly

Most adults are familiar with the peril our planet is in, and the more sensible ones do their best in order to help the environment through various ways. However, kids are not like this. They don’t know anything about fume emissions, carbon footprints and so on. If you would like to raise a child who cares about the environment and will lead an eco-friendly life, you will have to embrace some green practices. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to teach your kid to go ‘green’.

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Start a garden of your own

This is a great way, through which you can take your child outdoors and help him/her learn about the nature. Teach your kid about the importance of growing your own food, organic fruit and vegetables, free from any hormones and pesticides. The size of the garden is not crucial. It can even be a small corner of your backyard, where you can plant various herbs, and veggies. However, if the space allows it, plant a tree together. This is one of the best things a parent and a child can do together, for they will have left something significant behind them and will watch the tree grow. However, if you don’t have enough space for a garden, you can teach your child about organic foods by going to the local market together to do your fruit and vegetable shopping or by container gardening.


Recycle together

Teaching your kids about protecting the environment through recycling is one of the easiest options. In a certain room in your house, set bins, which are to be filled with different goods that can be recycled. This includes plastic, paper and glass ones. This way you can teach your son or daughter about what can be recycled and reused. Creating a kids’ Recycle Craft Box is also a good idea. This could be any box or a bigger container in which your kid could put all the stuff that could be later reused and turned into DIY eco crafts. Things you can use for the purpose are soda cans, egg cartons and pretty much anything else your imagination tells you.


Donate old toys and clothes

This is the best way to teach what can be done to things that are not needed anymore, but could be put into good use by someone else. This will also turn your son/daughter in a generous adult. Make him/her realize that there are kids out there that are unfortunate enough to not be able to afford whatever some take for granted. This is a valuable lesson on reusing and human values. Go through your child’s possessions in the beginning of each season and consider donating clothes that don’t fit anymore and toys that are not used on a regular basis anymore.


Garage and yard sales

This one is a classic, and is basically one of the best ways to get rid of items you don’t need anymore, be they electronics, pieces of interior, etc. Use your kid’s help to set the tables on which you are to put your ‘merchandise’. This is a double-win endeavor, as it will teach your child not only about the fact that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”, but also how to deal with money. For example, if s/he is old enough, you can make him/her the ‘cashier’. You want want to reader Yard Sale Tips For Buyer and Seller.


Turn off and unplug

Share with your kids the need for switching off all electronics that are not being used – TVs, DVD players, computers. Same goes for the lighting in the house. This not only harms the environment, but also has negative effect on your electricity bill.

Teaching your child about Eco-friendliness can be really fun, as it will definitely strengthen the parent-child bond.


Content via : Family Focus Blog

Guest post by Grace who can give you some useful tips on how to have fun with your family and create a better home for them. Enjoy also her suggestions for Barnes house removals and easy organizing.

Summer is here… and so are Head Lice!

Free Head Checks Offered throughout out the Summer!

Hopkins, Minn. (June, 28, 2013) –Summer is here, and so are head lice!  Between the slumber parties, summer camps, and backyard adventures, lice have an even higher rate of infestation than during the school year! So what is the best way to avoid contracting lice? Ladibugs, Inc. has tips to prevent head lice for parents, camp counselors and childcare experts.

After experiencing the headache of lice with their own children multiple times, registered nurses and Minnesota moms Lisa Rudquist and Rachel Knutson knew there had to be a better way to treat these critters than with harsh chemicals.  Rudquist and Knutson worked with a chemist, and created a non-toxic serum and mousse, and an all-natural and organic shampoo, conditioner and leave-in mint spray that are natural lice repellants. Their products are now available across the country at more than 2,000 Great Clips locations as well as other specialty retail outlets and online at  In addition to their hair care product line, they opened lice removal centers located in Hopkins and Rochester, which families can come to for both elimination and prevention.

Here are a few tips parents, camp counselors and childcare experts should keep in mind to spare their children and families from an infestation:

•Avoid head-to-head contact during play, sleepovers, or other activities at home, the beach and elsewhere.

• Don’t share combs, brushes or towels. Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, hair ribbons or barrettes.

• Once lice are in a family, 85 percent of siblings, 65 percent of moms and 10 percent of dads become infected. Re-check everyone in a household where a lice infestation has been confirmed every few days for at least 10-15 days after an outbreak.

“Lice is a year round issue however in the summer children are being exposed to a completely different circle of friends which brings lice to a “head”.” said Rachel Knutsen, co-founder of Ladibugs.  “They are heading off to camp with children from around the United States sharing pillows, towels and hair accessories.  They are heading off to the ball field with children from different cities and sharing helmets.  Lice is spread in only a matter of 30 seconds of head to head contact so therefore Lice becomes an even larger issue during the summer months than when the children are in school. “

Due to the high head lice infestation rates this summer, Ladibugs has special offers throughout the summer to help prevent head lice. During the month of July, buy one Ladibugs prevention product at regular price and receive another product of equal or lesser value half off. This head lice prevention offer is only valid at any Ladibugs treatment center.

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About Ladibugs, Inc.

Ladibugs, Inc. was founded in May 2010 as a head lice removal company by two moms and registered nurses, Lisa Rudquist and Rachel Knutson. Since opening, Ladibugs, Inc. has treated more than 5,000 cases, opened Minnesota’s first lice removal center, developed its own line of organic and chemical-free lice removal and prevention products, and is the only Minnesota company licensed to use the FDA-approved AirAllé device. For more information on Ladibugs, Inc., visit or



Heidi Klum’s Contestants On ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ Catch Head Lice

Even models get head lice…

By David Moye

The cast and crew of “Germany’s Next Top Model,” a German TV show starring Heidi Klum are scratching their heads trying to figure out how two of the aspiring models caught head lice.

The first model who caught the nasty nits was a 16-year-old contestant named Anna Maria, who, until the infestation, was favored to win the competition, according to

“No idea where they came from. I tried on a hat while shopping,” she said on an episode that aired on Tuesday.

Klum — who has not been infected — had another theory, and suggested during the show that the bugs were “a little souvenir from New York,” where Anna Maria had been during Fashion Week.

The show’s network, ProSeiben, sent out a statement admitting there had one other confirmed lice victim and another suspected case, reported.

One of the models, Lovelyn, 16, feared the lice outbreak might require the models to shave off all their hair, but a model named Sabrina, who grew up on a farm, explained that certain shampoos can help, reported.

Getting rid of the itchy critters won’t be easy since even the best lice-killing products can’t kill 100 percent of the eggs.

That means the infested models will have to continue checking for live lice 10 days after the first treatment and check for eggs everytime they comb their hair, according to HuffPost blogger Dr. Glenn Braunstein, director of medicine at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

The models will also have to wash or dry clean all their clothes and bed linens used by the models, vacuum floors and furniture, and replace their combs.

Klum isn’t the only celebrity who has had to deal with head lice.


Source: Huffington Post

Raising Earth-Friendly Kids

Whether you’re a diehard recycler who shops with canvas bags and keeps a compost bin in the corner of your backyard, or a busy parent looking for some quick tips on sorting glass from plastic, it’s easy to get your family on the path to greener living.

But the best earth-friendly practices require the cooperation of everyone in the household. So, how do parents get kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle and embrace the other basics of environmental responsibility?

As with most good habits, the best way to teach them is to be a good role model yourself. By showing that you care about and respect the environment, your kids will do the same.

It’s a Family Affair

Here are some suggestions you can try as a family:

  • Teach respect for the outdoors. This can start in your own backyard. Help kids plant a garden or tree. Set up bird feeders, a birdbath, and birdhouses. Kids can clean out and refill the bath daily, and clean up seed debris around feeders and restock them.On a larger scale, you can plan family vacations that focus on the great outdoors. Maybe a summer trip to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone Park appeals to your adventurous clan. Shorter trips might include a day at a state or national park. Even a couple days at the beach can offer plenty of opportunities for you to point out and discuss the plants and animals you see and why it’s important to protect their habitats.
  • Recycle. Recycling is easy, and in some communities, mandatory. Check with your local recycling office and be sure you know all the rules. Some communities allow co-mingling ― all recyclables can be placed in one container ― while others require sorting into separate containers. You may need bins for each type of recyclable: One for plastic, one for glass, one for paper, and one for cans. Kids can sort (and rinse, if necessary) items, place them in the correct bins, and take the containers out to the curb for collection. After the bins have been emptied, ask your kids to rinse them out (if they’re dirty) and bring them back into the house or garage.
  • Drink your own water. Bottled water is expensive and, experts say, not any cleaner or safer than tap water. In fact, much bottled water is actually tap water that has been filtered. The water that comes out of home spigots in the United States is extremely safe. Municipal water supplies are monitored constantly and the test results made public. And unless they’re recycled, the plastic bottles ― most commonly made from polyethylene terepthalate (PET), which is derived from crude oil ― can end up in landfills. So have your kids tote water from the tap (you can add a filter to improve its taste) in reusable bottles.
  • Clean green. Many natural products can replace commercial — and possibly hazardous — cleaning preparations. Just a few examples: to deodorize carpets, sprinkle them with baking soda, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum; use vinegar and baking soda for everything from oven cleaning and drain clearing to stain removal and metal polishing. Lots of websites offer green cleaning tips, and many stores carry pre-made nontoxic cleaners for those who don’t want to make their own.
  • Lend a hand. Many communities sponsor green activities, like pitching in to help clean up a local park or playground. Maybe the area around your child’s school could use sprucing up.

Getting Kids to “Go Green”

In their own day-to-day activities, encourage kids to find ways to limit waste, cut down on electricity, avoid unnecessary purchases, and reuse items that they already have. Here’s how:

  • Conserve energy. Remind kids to turn off lights when they’re not in use, power down computers, turn off the TV when nobody’s watching, and resist lingering in front of the refrigerator with the door open.
  • Hoof it. If kids can safely ride a bike or walk to school or to visit friends rather than catch a ride from parents, encourage it! Or if safety is a concern, consider organizing a “walking school bus” ― this activity allows kids to walk or bike to and from school under the supervision of an adult.
  • Let there be (more) light. Older kids can help replace regular light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. Compact fluorescent light bulbs provide about the same light output as incandescent bulbs, but last much longer and use a fraction of the energy.
  • Reuse and recharge. Buy rechargeable batteries for your kids’ electronics and toys and teach them how to care for and recharge them. This reduces garbage and keeps toxic metals, like mercury, out of landfills.
  • Pass it on. Ask kids to gather toys, books, clothes, and other goods that they no longer use or want for donation to local charities. Have them ride along for the drop-off so they can see how groups such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army use donations to help others.

These tips are just some ways to get your family to become more earth-friendly. Once you get everyone on board with conservation, challenge your kids to come up with new and interesting ways of going green.Can your grade-schoolers cut back on the amount of paper they print from the Internet? How about your teens: Can they agree to take shorter showers?Engaging your kids in this way will get them to start thinking about how their individual efforts affect the world they live in, and how little changes can ― and will ― make a difference.Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: January 2012 Source: KidsHealth

A Mom Blogger Found a Cure to Head Lice

Hearing someone say “Head Lice” makes everyone itch! But we love to prevent and fight head lice and we love even more when we read reviews about our products.

Earlier in February, Rebecca Woolf, author of Girl’s Gone Child, wrote a great review on our head lice preventation Mint Spray.

Girl’s Gone Child is a blog that has been featured in the The New York Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Angeleno and NPR, was recently named Blog of the Year by and was a finalist for Lifetime Achievement in the 2011 Bloggies. 

Below is the post.
Thank you Rebecca for such a great review.



So. Update on the lice front because after dealing with what we spent (two months, ugh) dealing with I wanted to suggest a product that is now our BFF. Because while the Cetaphil worked for Archer and me (and my mom who also got lice. From us. Sorry, mom) it came back TWICE for Fable AKA the Cetaphil was far from preventative which meant GAME OVER for Fable who enjoys sharing headbands and princess crowns and hair clips and hats and wigs and hats and crowns and crowns and crowns with everyone at school.

Enter Ladibugs (chemical free) lice solution, which worked in ONE sitting and whose preventative prowess has kept us lice-free all month. (ED: Nobody paid me to write this. I’m just really grateful for their products during this not-so-fantastic “journey”.) Also, this spray lives by the door so every morning before school I can spritz the kids’ hair and they dig it because it smells like candy canes:


Anyway. Lice has become my thing these past few months (I’m the official lice check mom at both kids’ schools what’s up) and I’m totally thinking of starting a delousing business called Lice, Lice, Baby and I’m not even kidding. In the meantime, for those dealing with the headache that is headlice, THIS IS YOUR BOYFRIEND. Over and out.


Preventing Head Lice


Posted by Sixty Second Parent 

Head lice are a common and frustrating problem for parents and children, with the main symptom being an itchy scalp from the bites.  Fortunately, lice are not dangerous and do not spread disease, but they are contagious, so it is important that those infected get proper treatment as soon as possible.

What do head lice look like?

(Photo CDC)

Head lice have three forms: the egg (also called a nit), the nymph, and the adult as shown above. The nymphs and eggs can me very small and difficult to see. especially if your child has dark hair.

Where to look on your child’s head

Head lice and head lice nits are found almost exclusively on the scalp, particularly around and behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head.


Who is at risk of getting head lice?

Head lice are found worldwide. In the United States, infestation with head lice is most common among the 3-10 age group, and the household members of infested children.

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is less common. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Removal by hand

Removal by hand is the best method – Lice and nits (head lice eggs) should be removed by hand using a fine-tooth comb on your child’s wet, conditioned hair every 3 to 4 days for 2 weeks after the last live evidence of lice.

Tips for avoiding head lice:

  • Do frequent head checks! Lice is a lot easier to eliminate when caught early. The pictures above will help you know what to look for.
  • Girls should keep hair back in ponytails, buns etc. – Head lice are spread most commonly by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Spread by contact with inanimate objects and personal belongings may occur but is very uncommon. To be completely safe if may be a good idea to avoid sharing hats, sporting helmets, earphones, brushes, combs etc..
  • Talk to other parents about lice! The more parents communicate the better chance outbreaks can be contained.

(Reference CDC)

By Ladibugs – In 2010, when Lisa Rudquist and Rachel Knutson first learned their kids contracted lice at school, they were worried, embarrassed…and itchy. As registered nurses, they were shocked to find the over-the- counter treatments made their kids’ eyes burn and smelled terrible. Worse yet, they also contained kerosene derivatives, pesticides and petroleum – the last things you want to put on your child’s head.

Lisa and Rachel learned there were no organic or all-natural treatments on the market. But instead of running from the bugs, they faced them “head” on. After an impromptu minivan conference in the school parking lot, they channeled their energies into finding a better way to annihilate the critters.

Some experts say head lice are no big deal

WCVB- Boston Channel


BOSTON —If you’ve ever had a child in school, you’ve heard about head lice. Maybe someone in your family has had a case of those pesky creatures.

But one expert says lice infestation is no big deal. And students shouldn’t miss even one day of school because of it.

Noreen Cavanaugh of Lice Doctors said all it takes is olive oil, a special comb and persistence to get rid of lice– parasitic bugs that live and breed on the head, most often in children.

“Olive oil smothers the adult head lice,” said Cavanaugh.

Lice do not spread disease and have nothing to do with bad hygiene. But some schools have no-lice policies. When her 10-year-old got head lice, Amy Vergne reported it to the Newton schools. She was told her daughter had to stay home until the lice were gone.

“I can understand people that don’t want to say it. But then you have your child getting it because someone else didn’t say it, and it just goes on,” said Vergne.

But parasitologist Richard Pollack says no student should miss a day of school because he or she has head lice.

“Schools get hysterical. There’s this yuck factor associated with it, this emotional baggage. Head lice doesn’t cause disease in kids, it’s not that readily transmitted. It requires direct head to head contact, usually prolonged contact,” said Pollack.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of School Nurses ALL agree that in-school transmission is rare and children with head lice or nits should not be excluded from school.

It is important to treat head lice. Over-the-counter products can work. But some contain pesticides which can irritate the scalp. Sometimes the problem goes away by just using a special comb.

But Pollack said beware of over-treatment and misdiagnosis.

“What’s needed is the expertise to know it’s a louse. You need the visual acuity,” said said Pollack.

Pollack’s Harvard School of Public Health study screened more than 10,000 schoolchildren who were said to have lice. A large number did not have them.

“They were misidentified; they were bits of dandruff and debris,” he said.

“This is not a health issue. But when you’re the parent and you have a child that has lice, this can be very upsetting,” said Cavanaugh.

Every school has a different policy when it comes to head lice. So check with your district’s school nurse.

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