The 2012 Leprechaun trap was very well thought out by the kids, many drafts and samples were made, in fact it was foolproof and I assumed we would wake up to a squirrel or some other woodland creature stuck in it. This mama can become a little too immersed in creative endeavors and it certainly backfired on that fateful night…
Last night the Lice Girls attended the Bainbridge Business Women’s monthly meeting at Bon Bon’s (yum!). It was very hard to network with wine and truffles…no really, it was…try having a conversation with a mouthful of the most amazing truffles in the world…not easy or elegant. Being the tough women that we are, we persevered and had a fantastic time!
Why is lice so prevalent now? I never had it as a kid and don’t remember anyone having it growing up…so this launched my incredibly savvy internet investigation. According to the always reliable Google, DDT was developed by Merck & Co in the 1943 to treat head and body lice in the US Army around the world…yes, Merck was responsible for creating that lovely pesticide, we have so much to thank them for…ahem. DDT was quite effective in treating lice until it was finally banned in 1972…just about the time our lovely generation was growing up (if you are younger than me, please don’t point that out, it simply depresses me). Head lice didn’t make a significant re-appearance until 1977, and even then it wasn’t enough to become an epidemic in classrooms like we see today. Permethrin (another sweet little neurotoxin and pesticide) was introduced in the late 1970’s, but head lice became resistant, and as a result dozens of new nuerotoxins and pesticides have been created to treat everything from head lice to rat infestations…really people, have we not figured out that we can’t outsmart the bugs and rats??!?
We are often asked “What made you start a lice business?” and the answer is a little strange. A friend and parent at our kids’ school suggested we start a head lice business (thanks Jen;)…many parents we knew would travel to Seattle to pay a lot of cash to have their children nitpicked, and we REALLY didn’t see that as our calling…in fact our kids had never even had head lice before, not to mention it just sounded gross! We hummed and hawed for a few months about what to do…Sophia was not working and I was searching for any role where I could be something other than a chauffeur or housekeeper.