Each year, as kids head back to school, parents, teachers and lice removal services see an increase in head lice outbreaks. That’s why there is no better month than September to focus on head lice prevention and awareness. The kick off to the school year is the perfect time to kick off proper prevention practices and to increase awareness about safe lice removal methods. With super lice now making their way into 48 states, parents and teachers are especially concerned about the condition, how they can prevent it and how they can get rid of it. The National Pediculosis Association has been encouraging parents not to resort to the chemical treatments found in drugstores. These products contain harsh chemicals that have been proven ineffective in the fight against these ever-stronger bugs and their nits. In essence, the products are high risk for little to no result. Then what is a parent to do? As we head into the school year, the time is now to get a head lice game plan. That means understanding how lice can be prevented and knowing what you’re going to do if an infestation should befall a member of your household. Lice are simple, but persistent parasites that have the potential to do a lot of damage. While they don’t fly or jump to get from one head to another, they will pass through head-to-head contact or by latching onto a vehicle such as a hat, towel, pillow or hairbrush. When an individual who has lice uses the object and then it’s subsequently used by another individual, lice spreads. Therefore, to help stop the spread of lice it’s essential to avoid sharing personal belongings that come into contact with the hair. If you do end up with a case of lice, the National Pediculosis Association recommends the tried and true combing method—the same method employed by the lice experts at Lice Troopers. As super lice have now become resistant to the chemicals and pesticides in even the strongest of drugstore products, you can save your time, money and efforts, not to mention preserve your health, by avoiding them altogether. Done properly, the combing method is the most consistently effective method available for getting rid of lice. To make sure you’re prepared and protected heading into the new school year, Lice Troopers provides a lice free membership plan. Under the plan, families enjoy free or discounted screenings and treatments as well as priority appointment slots and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if lice hits, you’re in good hands. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, house call, school or camp consultation, please visit our website at: or call 1-800-403-LICE. Our four Miami treatment center locations are here to serve you: Bay Harbor Lice Treatment Center, 1005 Kane Concourse, Suite 212, Bay Harbor Island, FL 33154 Coral Gables Lice Treatment Clinic, 2100 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33154 Hollywood Treatment Center, 5735 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021 Kendall Treatment Center, 13027 SW 88th St, Miami, FL 33186