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The Key To Keeping Lice At Bay? A Lot Of Hot Air

• http://www.npr.org, by Steve Henn
 

When your kids are infested with head lice, a certain amount of panic — even desperation — can spread through the house. But one biologist has made it his mission to find a better way to rid his home of a common household pest

The bugs are basically harmless, but teacher Sheri Nacht knows all too well the knot that can form in the pit of a parent's stomach at the sight of a louse. Nacht teaches kindergarten in Santa Cruz, Calif. Last winter, she discovered that she had lice, which she hadn't had since she was a child. As Nacht puts it, "It was a total nightmare."

"I had the nurse come down and check my whole class," she says. "We found out that there was another little girl who had lice, so they went ahead and sent the letter, and it's just a letter saying somebody in the school has lice and make sure to check your hair."

The letter didn't name names, but Nacht was still mortified.

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