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?

Let me introduce myself...

lice expert

Hi there! I'm a lice expert, lice coach, Registered Nurse, and the creator of My Lice Advice. I help people with lice every day in my lice treatment center, in school districts, and in government work. But the thing I love the most is empowering parents to get rid of head lice in ONE DAY at home! 

You can eliminate lice in one day using the same proven professional technique I use in my lice center on your child. Follow along with the Step-by-Step Video System, and when you're done with the videos you're done with lice. PERMANENTLY!

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice?

Now that you know what you're looking for I want to talk briefly about your biggest worry (that your child actually has lice) and the question I get asked by parents around the world that have been battling lice….

problem #1

Lice bugs are immune!

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question…. "Why is it so much harder to get rid of lice now?"

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

I’ve cured thousands of people of lice in my lice center and let me tell you, I don't do it with over-the-counter lice treatments. 

problem #2

Lice eggs hatch!

Most people struggle with lice because they focus all of their attention on killing lice bugs and not enough attention on GETTING RID OF LICE!

If you want to get rid of lice you have to address all 3 of the problems of lice:

  1. Lice Bugs
  2. Lice Eggs
  3. Getting Lice Back

The best way to get rid of lice is to tackle all 3 of these problems at the same time, which is what I teach in my step-by-step video system.

So, if you discover your child HAS lice, don't panic. Just head over to the video system. Follow along with the videos and you'll be done with lice by the end of the day.

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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.


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.

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