Updated: Nov 19, 2019
Of all the unpleasant bugs at large in the world, lice probably come close to being the worst. Like bed bugs or scabies, lice are also parasites that depend on the blood of their hosts for survival. Us, for the most part. And they really seem to like kids, especially if they have nice, clean hair. By one estimate, between 6-12 million children between the ages of three and 11 fall victim to lice every year. But no one is immune. Adults can definitely get lice.
Most of those who are unfortunate enough to experience a lice infestation usually know that combing lice out of hair or taking a hot bath may eradicate the immediate problem. However, while their life span may be cut seriously short, lice are surprisingly resilient and will find a way to survive, if they can.
If you or your kids have lice, don’t miss our article explaining how to get rid of lice step by step. In this article, we’ll be focusing on how to get lice out of furniture, carpets and other inanimate objects.
Which Spray Is Best to Get Lice out of My House?
The problem that most people face when they are trying to get rid of lice is choosing which lice spray to use.
Some of them are so toxic that they should only be used by properly trained, licensed pest management professionals. Other, more readily available substances may be effective, but they are residual. This means that they can linger on the surfaces of the objects upon which they have been used. In either case, they are obviously not ideal for use in homes and offices—or anywhere else that people live, work, play, or sleep).
The other problem is that many of the pesticides currently available should really not be used on fabrics of any kind; they can stain the material permanently and leave almost-impossible-to-remove odors.
That’s why it’s important that you follow up your initial eradication efforts with a treatment that can function ̶ simultaneously ̶ as a pesticide, a sanitizer, a disinfectant, and a deodorant that is safe to use.
The Best Lice Spray for Furniture
So, what to spray on furniture for lice? For this particular challenge, Sterifab spray is the perfect answer to your problem. It’s easy to use, affordable, and leaves no residue. And you don’t have to mix dangerous chemicals (although we do suggest wearing gloves.)
The fact is that Sterifab the only U.S. EPA-approved product that is at once a viricide, bactericide, sanitizer, insecticide, deodorant, germicide-disinfectant, mildewcide, fungicide, bacteriostatic, and fungistatic. In other words, it’s hard to beat when it comes to getting lice off your furniture. (And, just for the record, Sterifab will quickly kill not just lice, but also ticks, dust mites, centipedes, bed bugs, fleas, sowbugs, ants, silverfish, roaches and firebrats.)
Using Sterifab to Get Rid of Lice
Here’s a step-by-step look at how to get rid of lice from your furniture using Sterifab.
Sterifab must be shaken well before and during application. This helps ensure that the identification crystals it contains are evenly dispersed.
Point and spray.
Cover the affected area entirely, but don’t soak the fabric through.
Wait 15-20 minutes.
How Much Sterifab Should I Use?
As for the amount of Sterifab you should use, that very much depends on the extent of the lice infestation. However, you shouldn’t totally soak the surface of a mattress, a chair, an ottoman or a futon. Try a few short puffs first, then see what’s happening. The nice thing about Sterifab is that it dries in 15-20 minutes (at room temperature) and is biodegradable. It leaves no residue or active ingredients. Plus, it’s fragrance and dye free, so you can use it on mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets, and other inanimate objects.
The size of the Sterifab container you use will, again, depend on how extensive your lice problem is. However, a typical couch or sofa will require 10-12 ounces per application. (A gallon will cover approximately 8-10 pieces of upholstered furniture, while the 5-gallon container will treat approximately 40-50 pieces.)
One final, very important, point: Sterifab should never, ever, be sprayed on people, animals, or cooking utensils. Also, it shouldn’t ever be used on wax surfaces.
More Tips for Getting Lice Out of Your Home
Having used Sterifab, I would also recommend a few additional steps you might take to be absolutely sure that you’ve finally eliminated all the lice in your home. So, a few tips to help you:
Take all your quilts, duvets, pillows, blankets, and other bed coverings and put them in a dryer ̶ on as high a heat as the materials permit ̶ for at least 45 minutes. Once you’ve done that turn your attention to your coats, scarves, mittens and sweaters; put them in the dryer too.
Vacuum your bedroom(s) and mattresses, thoroughly, and make sure that you don’t overlook the seams and creases where the pillows were located.
Vacuum all the floors, carpets, and mats throughout your home, and, mop the floors with hot water and a reliable floor cleaner.
Gather up all the hairbrushes, combs, headbands, scrunchies (and other hair accessories) and soak them in hot water and the lice treatment shampoo of your choice. Items like bike helmets or stuffed animals can be closed in plastic bags for at least 10 days in order to kill both lice and nits.
Finally, don’t forget your cars and SUVs. You need to wipe all the seats and surfaces with a damp cloth. Pay special attention to the headrests!