Lice transfer from personto person; no matter if you take care of yourself, lice can still transfer to your head. And from your head, Lice can also transfer to your couches and other furniture.
In your head, Lice can live for 25 to 30 days, but on furniture, the louse can only stay for 1 or 2 days. So if you find Lice on your couch, you don’t need to worry about it; they will die soon. And you can also use a lot of easy ways to get rid of Lice from the couch.
Keep reading to know how Lice enter your couch and how long Lice live on the couch.
From Where Do Lice Come To Your Couch?
Most people feel frustrated when they see lice on their couches. No matter if you’re a hygienic personality and clean your couch regularly but still lice can transfer on your couch.
The louse only comes from human heads because they can’t survive without a human head.
And when someone with a head lice rests on the couch, they transfer to the couch. And cause itching on the skin.
Similarly, pets sitting around you on the couch are also a big cause for spreading lice on the couch. Kids’ heads are also more prone to lice, and they also transfer these lice to furniture.
I know it’s a very dispirited moment when you see a lice on your couch. But you don’t need to worry about that because Lice can’t live too long on your couch.
How Long Do Lice Live On Couch?
Lice need moderate temperatures and food to live longer. But on couches, they can’t live for more than 1 – 2 days because they don’t get any food on the couch.
But in the human head, they can last for more than 25 days because they get sufficient blood for food and moderate temperature here. If you find Lice on your couch, just expose it to sunlight for a few hours, and the louse will die.
Most of the time, Lice on the couch don’t create too many problems, and you can also take minor precautions against them. But in a few cases, there are a lot of lice in the furniture, and you find daily, under this situation, you have to take immediate caution to get rid of this nuisance.
I know it’s very disgusting when someone visits your home and finds lice on your couch. So you have to take precautions against louse to avoid a bad impression.
How To Get Rid Of Lice On a Couch
Most people struggle to kill lice on the couch, they use different types of chemicals and cleaners, but they are of no use; these chemicals can damage your couch fabric.
Instead of using chemicals for Lice, you can use different DIYs and easy ways to kill Lice on the couch.
1- Use Vacuum
The first method you can use is a Vacuum cleaner, which will clean all types of insects from your couch and make it lice-free.
If you have a steam cleaner, give it a try; steam cleaner easily kills Lice and other such insects in your furniture.
But sometimes lice are hidden in the edges of couches where you can’t do vacuum cleaning, for such situation check out the next method.
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2- Put You Sofa Under Sunlight
This is one of my favorite methods, and also this method is convenient. If vacuum cleaning doesn’t work, expose your couch to sunlight. Sunlight will increase the temperature of the couch and kill Lice.
Lice can’t live above 50°C, so this natural way eliminates lice from the couch. But before putting your couch under sunlight, ensure it wouldn’t be damaged by sunlight. Leather couches don’t bear sunlight for longer, so avoid exposing leather couches to sunlight.
If you have other fabric couches like cotton, linen, or silk, you can put them under sunlight for 5 to 6 hours, and the Lice will automatically disappear.
After exposing the couch to sunlight, clean your couch with a vacuum cleaner for extra protection.
3- Wash And Dry Couch Covers
If you’re using any couch cover or covers on pillows and cushions, wash them immediately. To get rid of lice, wash cushions and couch covers with warm water and then dry them under direct sunlight.
Note: After washing the Couch cover and cushion covers, dry them under sunlight for longer to kill lice eggs and other bacteria.
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4- Spray Your Couch
Even though there are a lot of sprays and chemicals available that you can use to kill lice on the sofa, most of the time, these chemicals can damage the sofa’s fabric. But if you use a non-toxic spray with natural formula, it effectively works on your couch.
LiceLogic Natural Home Lice Spray is one of the best treatments to kill lice on the couch. You can use it on any type of fabric, beds, blankets, and other furniture. This spray is environmentally friendly, and you don’t have to worry if you have pets or kids around you.
5- Clean Entire Room
If you’re a person with head lice, you must completely clean your daily items like bedsheets, pillow covers, comb, blankets, and other items. But before cleaning these items, you must first treat Lice in your hair.
Wash your daily use items in warm water, then dry them in direct sunlight for long. This will kill all the Lice and their eggs from your home.
How To Kill Lice On Leather Couches
You can’t wash leather couches and can put them under direct sunlight. So what is the best method to kill lice on a leather couch?
You can use a damp microfiber cloth to clean your leather couch. But make sure to damp microfiber cloth in warm water.
Similarly, you can also use non-toxic sprays and then wipe them with a microfiber cloth. After using any spray cleaner on the couch, clean it with a vacuum cleaner.
If you found Lice on your furniture and couch, you don’t need to worry about it. Lice can’t live more than 24 to 48 hours on the couch. And you can also use above mentioned ways to get rid of lice infestations.
Ahmad Dastagir is the owner of Gorilla-Rooms.com, a platform dedicated to all things home related. With 5 years of experience in the home design industry, Ahmad has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share. He has been involved in numerous home design projects and has a passion for staying ahead of the latest trends and sharing his insights through writing.