Business Blows Away Lice Problem

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Two Eastern Iowa mothers are behind a new business to blow away head lice.

"My youngest had head lice. She came up with it a couple days before she was the flower girl in a wedding and it became and all out panic to get rid of it," said Co-Owner Mary Jensen.

The frustration with dealing with the pests inspired Jensen and her business partner Valerie McDowell to create a new business called Bug Bunnies, located just off of Collins Road Northeast. They researched cures and discovered the LouseBuster. Now they use the machine on people struggling with lice at their new shop. It delivers a warm flow of air onto the head and doesn't require any chemicals.

"We are dehydrating the lice and the eggs," Jensen said. "That takes 30 minutes and at that point we've killed everything."

Some health experts believe the lice issue is growing. Cedar Rapids Pediatrician Dr. Sharon Collins said the over-the-counter-chemicals aren't working.

"A lot of them are proving ineffective; it didn't always used to be that way," Dr. Collins said. "We were able to get rid of the lice by the use of chemicals once or twice, but because the lice are developing resistance to them now, it's almost like they say, 'oh good another drink, thank you'."

Dr. Collins did her own digging on the machine's background. She said it's a good solution.

"When they used the LouseBuster with the heat, they were able to destroy between 95 percent and 100 percent of the eggs and live lice," Dr. Collins said.

The shop owners have treated 25 people since they opened the business in December, and the owners said the LouseBuster got rid of the lice.
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