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post #1 of 4 Old 06-21-2017, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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How to get rid of lice eggs..??

I'm looking for someone who has experience with lice and horses. My issue isn't getting rid of them or killing them, but instead, getting the eggs off.

I run a youth camp and each year, we get 20+ horses for our summer program. This year, two of them arrived with lice. The affected horses were separated(all others were checked) and have been treated 2x/week for the last 3 weeks. Since finding the moving lice and treating them the first day, I have seen no other signs of hatchlings, anything moving, a new infestation, etc. However, I cannot get the eggs off the hair shafts. We did roach the manes of both affected horses but there are still eggs attached at the base.

I've done everything from bathing them to trying to use a lice comb to using a razor and cannot get the lice eggs off. As it's been 3 weeks with no new lice, am I safe to assume they are all dead? When pulling the eggs off, a lot of them seem transparent, as if they are empty. Does anyone have any tips to get the eggs off? I've been scrubbing and scraping and nothing seems to work! Of course these are two of our most "steady-eddy" type horses and we'd love to get them in the program as soon as possible.

Thanks for any input!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-21-2017, 02:55 PM
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Would a bot egg knife work? Have you tried these....

This one is pretty much the same, cheaper.. but has more reviews and a lot of customers with good results for the bot eggs.

As lice also stick to the hair shaft and skin the "scraping" motion of the bot knife.....
Would that work??
just a thought...

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-21-2017, 03:09 PM
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You could try the same method that's often used for removing them from human hair - cover the affected areas with hair conditioner (any cheap one will do) and then use a 'nit and louse comb' (as sold for humans). You just pull the comb through the mane or tail and the eggs slide off in the conditioner. Repeat every day for a few days and the problem soon goes away
You can use something like Frontline to kill the lice that are hiding elsewhere
Be sure to treat all grooming brushes etc

Just winging it is not a plan
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-21-2017, 03:15 PM
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I heard use olive oil on people and a nit comb....less caustic to the skin than the commercial remedies. me the willies just thinking about it....
scratch, itch, scratch, itch....yuck!!

Wash everything and keep at it for a month with their brushes, saddle pads and such...nasty ******s!!
Worm with zimectrin and or quest helps too...
Did some reading when I was scratching in sympathy reaction.


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