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Lice and ticks--as someone who enjoys both city and country I get to fear both of them. Let's start with the city concerns. In our Brooklyn school system, we've had several lice outbreaks. I know lice can happen anywhere, but crowded spaces tend to be the perfect ground for spreading lice. To keep lice and ticks away you've got to stock up on the right products.

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Keep Lice and Ticks Away

Since my girls started preschool five years ago, we've been using Fairy Tales. And--knock wood--not a single critter has appeared. Fairy Tales reports the shampoo and spray are 92% effective in repelling lice when used together. While I am not a scientist, and I can't prove that the shampoo works, I can say this--we use it religiously and have been lice free.

Each night after the bath, we spray the leave-in conditioning spray. It helps with tangles, and promotes shine, but mostly I'm interested in the repelling! The Rosemary Repel products are natural, chemical free products with organic ingredients such as rosemary, citronella, tea tree and peppermint--they smell great, but not to lice or ticks.

Keep Lice and Ticks Away

Keep Lice and Ticks Away Tips

As we head into summer, here are my go-to lice avoidance tips

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  1. Don't share hats, helmets, pillows, combs or brushes
  2. Keep long hair up in a ponytail or braid
  3. Don't wash hair every day. Lice attach easier to clean hair.
  4. Use the a lice treatment conditioning spray every day and between washes
  5. Do weekly head checks
Keep Lice and Ticks Away

What about Ticks?

Now about the ticks. There is nothing as gross as pulling a tick off your child's head. We hike with the girls a ton--and they love rolling in the grass. Lyme disease is not something I want to deal with. Guess what? The Rosemary Repel also works to keep ticks at bay. Really it is a secret weapon for parents who can't deal with critters. In fact, I spray my own head before we embark on a hike--just because there are castles on the bottle don't think this isn't effective for adults.

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