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Nits V head lice.......The science
A head louse is a parasite that lives in the hair and scalp and cause irritation. Head lice like clean hair not dirty. A nit is the egg that a head louse lays in your hair.
Head lice can lay approx 150-200 eggs (nits) in the lice’s 40 day life cycle (who was the very very sad person who counted?) The nits hatch after 9 days and start the cycle all over again.
How does the Rio Bug Zapper work?
The zapper electrocutes the lice (I could wish for a better death but electrocution finishes them off). It doesn’t kill the nits. By killing the lice it breaks the life cycle by preventing reproduction and therefore creating more and more lice.
How to use the Zapper
It is basically a very fine toothed comb that you use through the hair. You use it on DRY hair. Ensure that the head to be combed has absolutely no knots otherwise your child will scream a lot. The zapper emits what is described in the instructions as a buzz (personally never heard a bee buzzing like this thing screams). When the teeth of the comb find a louse the buzzing stops. Be warned though, the buzzing stops if it finds the slightest tangle in the hair. If you find live lice continue to use the zapper every day for two weeks. I also check twice a week as a matter of routine. That way you know that if your child catches lice you have caught them early and can get on with the happy task of electrocuting the little devils.
Why use the zapper and not chemicals?
With chemicals the little devils apparently build up some kind of immunity. Also I was beginning to feel very uneasy about pouring chemicals on my 7 yr old daughters head. I should explain; we first encountered lice on Good Friday. My daughter then had them every week until the summer holidays. Every week we bought various head lice chemicals (I think we tried them all) and poured them over her. The next week they would come back. Just before the holidays I discovered the zapper. That got rid of them and whenever she has had them again it has only been for a short time.
What does it come with?
It comes with one AA battery, a bottle of head lice repellent (I believe this is tea-tree oil) and a little brush for getting the lice out of the teeth of the zapper.
How much does this wonder tool cost?
I bought this zapper about 5 years ago. Then it cost me £24.99. I believe now looking in the Index catalogue (or was it argos?) it is now about £15. When you consider a bottle of chemicals costs about £10 and that only treats one person I believe this is complete value for money.
Are you going to buy?
If you have children in school or nearing school age I believe this is an important thing to have in your cupboard. Believe me when we first found the lice in my eldest daughter hair at 8pm on Good Friday I panicked. No chemists open to buy chemicals-what was I supposed to do. In the end I tied her hair up, put a pair of knickers on her head (had visions of them crawling all over her face), and the next day boil washing her bedding. If I had the zapper I could have just zapped her head and slept peacefully.
OK that’s the end of this review. I am sorry to all those itching their heads but head lice exist and we must electrocute them all.