Summer Head Lice Prevention Tips

two children swimming in a pool with goggles and floaties in the summer sun

Summer is here, and we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. Most assume head lice only spike during the school season, but the truth is head lice enjoy all times of year. Sports, summer camps, and weather make the summer a perfect time for head lice to thrive. We’ve put together a few summer head lice prevention tips to help you and your family stay lice free this summer. 

Summer Head Lice Prevention

– Summer Camp

Summer camp is a great time for children learn, grow, and bond. Unfortunately, it is also a great time for head lice to spread. Head lice don’t discriminate and can infest children, administrators, and counselors alike. One of the best ways to prevent lice from spreading through the camp is to get screened before you go. We suggest pre-camp head lice screenings at and having our professional clinics work with your camp and campers if you are on the central coast area in CA. Talk to campers about the importance of head lice prevention and easy ways to prevent lice. 

– Sports

Summer sports are loads of fun and great for getting out that pent up energy. Close contact to teammates and sharing gear can be a wonderland for head lice though. Avoid sharing any gear or equipment that comes in contact with the head, hair, or shoulders. If you have long hair, keep it up in a tight hairstyle. Avoid touching heads or close contact in huddles or in contact sports. 

– Sleep Overs

Sleepovers can be one of the most exciting parts of your child’s summer. Play dates, sleepovers, and cookouts are a part of the summer fun, but head lice shouldn’t be. Remind your children to keep away from close head-to-head contact. Put children’s hair in up-do styles to keep it away from others. Teach kids not to share accessories like hair brushes, hair accessories, hats, etc., that come in contact with hair often. Monthly screenings will also help spreading. If your child attends sleep overs on a regular basis it’s a good idea to get them regular screenings. Visit if you are on the central coast of California and schedule regular screenings. It’s an inexpensive way to keep the whole household from bringing in a few extra bugs who would love do participate in sleep overs.

– Swimming

It has long been a myth that chlorine from pools will kill head lice. This is not the case. Chlorine is not a favorite of head lice, but it is something head lice can survive. They can also hold their breath underwater for long periods of time. Don’t take your kids to the pool if they have head lice, instead take them to get their head lice professionally treated at a clinic that specializes in head lice treatment. Visit if you are in the central coast area of California. They offer a prevention program as well as in clinic screenings by appointment. To prevent lice at the pool, keep hair up. Be sure to perform a careful comb out after your pool day to check for lice. This may require a “lice comb” and a section by section routine.

– Keeping Hair Up

We’ve mentioned it several times but keeping hair up and out of the way is one of the best methods for head lice prevention. The most common way head lice spread from host to host is by direct head-to-head contact. It only takes a few seconds. Keeping hair out of the way and preventing direct head-to-head contact is the best way to prevent lice. Be aware of how close your head is to others and keep hair out of the way. Those with long hair can style their hair in buns, braids, and other tight up-dos. Short hair can be covered with a hat to keep lice away. Head lice do not jump and do not fly.

– Head Lice Screenings and Combing

Getting regular head lice screenings can help you stay ahead of a heavy head lice infestation. During large outbreaks in your area, it is best to check for head lice often. This can help you detect head lice early and catch an infestation before it spreads to the rest of your family. Performing frequent comb outs to check for lice can help your stop and prevent the further spread of lice. Visit and find out more about a head lice prevention plan for your family. An inexpensive way to deal with head lice should you find that the summer fun has left you or your children with an extra summer guest at home.

Summer head lice prevention can help you enjoy the summer weather all day long and avoid the frustration of summer head lice. Lice Clinics 805 is here for all your lice prevention advice and lice treatment needs! Contact us today for more lice info! (805) 334-0951 x1 or