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A very small fortune

I am thankful that my daughters were only unlucky enough to have head lice just the once.After that I went to war with tea tree oil and the little blighters had the good sense to stay away.My mum said that they only went to live in clean hair! And why was that? Why did they avoid the children whose hair was never washed and who wandered around with grease dripping down their shoulders...was this not a desirable residence?Did they prefer to be surrounded by the pleasant smell of perfume? well now I find that I have turned my nose up at a small fortune...some professor in Bristol is willing to pay 1 each for the head lice as he wants to experiment on them.Now I'm torn between believing that there is some nutcase wanting to capture these horrible creatures(and if so this could be a new business opportunity fit for dragons den..."nice lice ltd" or "get ahead plc")or that this is a clever ruse by the Govt. to encourage greasy johnny to wash his hair more often so reducing his carbon footprint and protecting the human rights of head lice to have a choice of who to infect. If its the former then I'm looking for a partner and several hundred head lice!!!!!WinkWink

Posted at 28th Dec 2008 - 10:44PM   Posted by Lawyerlady   A very small fortune Comments: 7

Fennie's Avatar Nature in all its wonderful diversity! Still the only reason that I would not volunteer for s spell living under eighteenth century conditions - what elegant costumes, what wonderful houses - is (or are) fleas. How would you ever get rid of the fleas that would bite you every hour of the day and be in the bed, carpets, curtains and clothes. No-one writes about fleas in the costume dramas, but I bet Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, spent most of her time when she was not worrying about her children, scratching.

Posted by: Fennie on 29th Dec 2008 at 08:31AM

Faith's Avatar The nits are easy to find - go into any primary school but the actual lice themselves are crafty little b*ggers and presumably the prof. wants them alive. I'm glad my days of dealing with head lice are done! (hopefully)

Posted by: Faith on 29th Dec 2008 at 09:06AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Does he want them dead or alive? They are regular visitors at the moment as there are parents at our schoool who will NOT treat their horrid little brats for headlice, which means the rest of us are doing it ALL THE TIME (and at 11 a bottle for the lotion, it's not cheap!) Before Christmas I managed to capture two nice big adult lice, a couple of teenagers and about 20 babies. We're clear again, but probably only because it's the school hols. Why won't people treat their kids? We know who it is too.

(Stamps off, disgusted, in a strop ArrowArrowEvil or Very Mad).

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 29th Dec 2008 at 09:54AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Eeeeeeek head lice - I itch just thinking about them. There were kids at our kids school who weren't treated as well and the lice just kept going round.

We are done with the blighters now so won't be able to supply anything for - but who knows in a few years if we have grandchildren . . . shudder - to the lice that is, not the grandchildren Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Westerwitch on 29th Dec 2008 at 11:01AM

Lawyerlady's Avatar PM use the tea tree oil shampoo and spray and leave in conditioner is cheaper, natural and really works....lots of my friends have used it.Why am I telling you this, I'm doing myself out of a business opportunity.

Posted by: Lawyerlady on 29th Dec 2008 at 01:01PM

KittyB's Avatar I could point you in the direction of a poor little soul at school whose parents don't seem to care she has constant headlice. Urgh, I'm itching just thinking about it too!

Posted by: KittyB on 29th Dec 2008 at 04:07PM

Pondside's Avatar We went through a period with Lillypad when she was about 9 years old. Every time she'd go to brownie/guide camp she'd come home with lice. It got so I'd make her leave her gear in the garage, strip off the camp clothes and I'd check her head before she went near her bedroom. The last bout was when she was 11 and went to camp - I spent many a summer afternoon with the fine tooth comb and my chatty daughter, head down on a white towel as I went through her very long hair after the shampoo.

Posted by: Pondside on 29th Dec 2008 at 10:28PM

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