head lice

I have been terrified of lice since the minute my oldest started preschool. I’d be sipping my morning coffee and hear the ping of a new email only to find the dreaded “A child in your child’s class has lice” message. Getting lice was, until yesterday, my biggest nightmare. No longer. At 1:45 pm yesterday it became my reality when I received a call from our school nurse.

Luckily I am a sort of Type A personality and fairly organized, because pinned to my bulletin board was an ad I’d ripped out of Westchester Magazine over two years ago with the name and number of a lice expert. A quick phone call later and I secured a lice professional to be at my house at 3:30. It was painstakingly time consuming and extremely expensive, but to me, worth every penny. I’ve been up all night washing everything, drying stuffed animals and pillows and bagging everything else. As I type I have all the sheets, pillows and duvets on their second round of washing and drying. I have vacuumed the whole house, twice. I have consumed a lot of alcohol and slept very very little.

Lice is gross. Lice is a social stigma. Lice is a lot of work. But I promise, lice is not the end of the world. It just feels like it.

Should you ever receive that dreaded phone call, here are a few ladies who can help you sort it out!

The ad I had ripped out was for Dale Longworth’s salon in Dobb’s Ferry. She is “The Lice Expert of Westchester” and was very sweet and reassuring on the phone. She took the time to answer all my questions and even told me I could call with more whenever! Her salon charges $70 an hour. Appointments are available 7 days a week and of course same day service. 914-424-1367

I was freaked out and wanted someone to come to my home though. Dale referred me to Nina Rose, who came over right away with her handy dandy kit and lab coat. Nina was very matter of fact and calm and six hours later we were pronounced free! She was extremely thorough and comes back within 5-7 days to recheck you. (Even though they will get EVERYTHING if a louse has laid new eggs, they are microscopic and cannot be detected or killed. The good news-they are not contagious and will not hatch for 7-10 days, so on your second visit they will remove the eggs if there are any and then you’re done!) Nina charges $115 per hour for house calls. 347-401-2865

Anna Krosche is “The Lice Lady of Westchester” and a mom’s best friend. Located in Elmsford, right off 119, services are also available 7 days a week. I spoke with Anna on the phone about my ordeal and she was so nice and empathetic that I actually started to feel better already. She also offered her advice anytime I needed it. (wow, these ladies pick nits and they’re really cool!) Her salon charges $75 an hour or she makes house calls for $125 for the first hour and $100 each hour after that. 914-497-5465

All of the above use green products.

I hope you never need this, but you might want to print it out just in case and pin it to your bulletin board!