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'Super Lice' found in Florida, 24 other states

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TAMPA, Fla. - Researchers have found a new breed of “super lice” in 25 states, including Florida.

The pests have developed harder exo-skeletons and lay eggs at different times, so they are not easily killed by the over-the-counter lice shampoo.

With 12 million kids getting lice every year in the U.S., more parents are seeking out lice removal experts.

Using a nit comb, Gennie Kova is looking for the bugs to make sure her daughter, who has had head lice three times, is in the clear.  

“I run the comb through it to make sure you don't have any infestation,” said Kova.

She says it’s more of a nagging problem than a hygiene issue. And it’s happening all year long.

“I stay busy all summer long and on the first day of school I get a call from a nurse saying that we have a lice issue,” said Kova.

In the past decade, she’s noticed that lice have become more immune to over-the-counter shampoos that have usually kept them in check.

“Bottom line, the chemicals are not working,” said Kova.

Which is why people are turning to her Tampa Lice Removal business to literally pick out all the nits or eggs of the lice.

“The eggs are laid right at the scalp. They are only there for a week and a half when they hatch,” said Kova.

Although she commonly sees children, her clients are adults too catching the pesky insects in the movie theater, plane, college dorm and even the doctor’s office.

“The most common customer is the 13-year-old cheerleader because they hug all the time and they love to lean in for pictures,” said Kova, “I have treated doctors, pedestrians, the chemicals are just not doing it so it leads to the frustration.”

Her best advice? The sooner you notice itching, get help because if you don’t treat early it will keep spreading.

“I promise my clients they will never have to deal with lice again and they won't have to call for help again,” said Kova.

The American Academy of Pediatrics claims if your child gets lice, they can go to class.

But most school districts don’t agree. For instance, Hillsborough County School District has a “no-nit policy” stating if your child has lice, he or she will be sent home until it’s completely gone.

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