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Lice Sprays for Furniture, Lice Bombs, Bug Bombs and Foggers for Lice

You want to get head lice out of your home fast! So, what is the best and fastest way to get rid of lice in your home? Should you use lice spray for furniture, or is it better to use a lice bomb or fogger to get rid of lice all at once?

Before getting started on cleaning, let’s address the bigger question that I get asked all the time. 

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice? 

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a lice treatment and that doing the trick. Those treatments no longer kill the new strain of head lice, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice.” 

They are called SUPER LICE, because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. Lice treatments only kill the weakest lice and these SUPER LICE keep getting stronger and stronger. 

Also, lice treatments don’t kill lice eggs, so if you miss just a few lice eggs on the head then they hatch, and lice start all over again.

That’s why, as a lice expert, I DO NOT use lice treatments to cure lice. With my technique, you can be completely CURED of head lice in ONE DAY. No lice treatments or re-treatments required. You can learn more about the method I use here.

Most people with lice are stuck in what I term the “never-ending lice cycle” that looks like this…

You discover lice; you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.

You think it’s gone for a few weeks…

But then it’s back again!

Many people think that they’re in this cycle because they’ve missed something in their cleaning. Let me assure you it’s not because you missed something in your cleaning. It’s because you never really got rid of lice. Lice are immune to lice treatments.

If you want to be confident that you’ve eliminated lice from your life permanently then check out the page How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro!

After effectively treating your child for lice, you want to get your house lice-free too. Lice sprays and bombs are the first things that come to mind for most people.

The Best Lice Sprays for Furniture

Unfortunately, most lice sprays on the market today are pesticides that are no longer effective at killing lice on the head or furniture. Multiple scientific studies have shown that the majority of lice in the US are resistant to the pesticides in lice sprays.

Additionally, pesticide sprays are EXTREMELY toxic and dangerous to you, your children, and your pets. If they killed lice, then maybe you could rationalize the risk of breathing problems, and cancer, but they don’t kill lice! 

DIY Lice Spray - How to Make a Lice Spray for Furniture

If you are interested in making your own lice spray for your furniture, there are several essential oils known for repelling lice. Any of these scents can be mixed with water in a spray bottle and sprayed on furniture or mattresses to repel lice. Mix and match scents that you like.

Essential Oils for Lice Prevention

  • Peppermint (caution for kids under 6)
  • Spearmint
  • Tea Tree aka Melaleuca
  • Citronella or Geraniol
  • Eucalyptus (caution for kids under 10)
  • Lemon Eucalyptus (caution for kids under 3)
  • Rosemary (caution for kids under 6)
  • Lemongrass (caution for kids under 2)
  • Ylang Ylang (caution for kids under 2)
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Anise (Anniseed oil) (caution for kids under 6)
  • Cinnamon Leaf (may cause skin irritation)
  • Clove (caution for kids under 2)
  • Sage(caution for kids under 6)
  • Rosewood
  • Myrtle(caution for kids under 10)
  • Cardamom (caution for kids under 6)
  • Nutmeg (caution for kids under 6)

How to Clean Furniture and Mattress Without Lice Spray

You DO NOT need a spray to get lice out of your home; all you need to know is what to clean and how to clean it. I cover this topic in detail in my article The Ultimate Lice Cleaning Checklist to Get Rid of Lice in Your House. These are just a few basics from the article:

  • First, place items like pillows, bedding, and clothes in the dryer on high heat for 40 minutes.
  • Second, bag up items that can not be placed in the dryer to keep them away from humans for 48 hours (you do not need to seal the bag).
  • Third, vacuum, or clean with a lint roller, items that can not be put in the dryer or bagged, such as couches and rugs.

Click here to go to the complete article and see the checklist that covers everything you need to do to clean your couches, brushes, car seats, and more.

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Lice Sprays, Bug Bombs and Foggers

How long can lice live on furniture? 

Generally, lice stick solely to the head; they don’t hang out on your furniture waiting to crawl on you. Lice must frequently feed on your blood to survive (I know...gross, right?). Their stubby, clawed legs are designed to move well in hair and hold on as if their life depended on it (because it does). 

If by chance, lice do fall off your head and onto your furniture, they will not live long. Without feeding (on you), lice dehydrate and die. In warm-dry climates, lice die within 12-24 hours off the head. However, in precise temperatures, the longest lice can survive is two days (48 hours). 

What should I do to kill lice on furniture without lice spray?

An effective way to get lice off of your couches and chairs is by vacuuming them. If you do not own a vacuum, then using a sticky tape lint roller to roll the sofa is another option.

Simply vacuuming or lint rolling, the couch will get any lice off of your furniture. Make sure you empty the lice into the trash and put it outside.

Are lice bombs or foggers effective?

Lice bombs and foggers are pesticides that no longer work on lice. They are not effective at killing head lice.

What about using flea bombs for head lice?

Fleas and lice are entirely different bugs. Treating lice with a flea bomb will not get rid of lice. Fleas infest a house, while lice infest a person. When fleas lay eggs, they fall into the carpet and hatch, whereas lice eggs are glued on a human head and hatch on a human head, not on a rug. 

Are there professional exterminators for lice?

You will be hard-pressed to find someone in pest control that will come out to treat the house for lice. Hiring an exterminator to spray the home will not get rid of lice.

Does lice spray or bombing kill lice in the carpet?

No. The best thing to clean your carpets is to vacuum them.

Should I spray my mattress for lice?

The sprays I listed above are safe to use on your mattress, but pesticide sprays should not be used on beds, because they do not kill lice and they are very toxic. You should be especially cautious of spraying them somewhere you sleep every night. The best thing you can do for your mattress is to vacuum it or use a sticky tape lint roller to clean it.

Summary

Pesticide sprays, bug bombs, and foggers are not effective at killing lice. Almost all lice are resistant to the most common lice sprays on the market.

The most important thing about getting rid of lice isn’t cleaning inanimate objects--it’s making sure you’ve gotten rid of lice! If you want to get rid of lice fast, then check out the technique I use on the How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! article.

Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)