PRIOR LAKE, Minn., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- They're creepy, they're crawly – and they're much more than an inconvenience. Ask any parent who has ever had to deal with head lice and they will tell you it wreaks havoc on the household. And until now, parents have had to rely on harsh, chemical-laden over-the-counter products to get rid of the little buggers -- and they had to treat the situation in their own homes
Enter Ladibugs, Inc., a Minnesota head lice removal company founded in 2010 by two moms and registered nurses, Lisa Rudquist and Rachel Knutson. After going through the problem with their own children, the women were committed to offering parents a place to go to get treatment as well as create a chemical-and pesticide-free solution to lice. In less than one year, they've done just that.
Ladibugs recently opened Minnesota's first lice removal center located at 6325 Cambridge St. in St. Louis Park where parents can bring their children in for head checks and lice removal at their office or call for an in-home visit. In addition, Ladibugs has also created and launched a line of all-natural organic line of products to treat and prevent lice.
"We understand that sense of panic that comes over parents when they find out their child may have lice and wanted to create a place they can go for head checks, treatments and advice on how to prevent lice," Rudquist said.
Their services were clearly needed, in their first year of business making house calls, the Ladibugs team of specialists has treated more than 600 cases 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help families treat and prevent lice infestations. And they were able to treat the cases with an organic and all-natural line of products that they developed to treat the critters.
"As a mother and a nurse, reading the ingredients on the lice removal products and the harsh chemicals they contained was frightening," Knutson said. "I knew there had to be a better and safer solution to put on our children's heads."
A Grand Opening event is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new St. Louis Park location. The rain or shine event, sponsored by Radio Disney, will feature a 2-hour music show by the road crew complete with dancing, games, prizes and food. Kids Hair will also be on-site creating crazy, colored hair dos. The event is free of charge.
Ladibugs worked with a chemist, and created a non-toxic serum and mousse, and an all-natural and organic shampoo, conditioner and leave-in mint spray that are natural lice repellants. Ladibugs' hair care products just hit the market in May 2011, and are available online at www.ladibugshaircare.com, and at all Minnesota and Chicago Kids' Hair salons.
Ladibugs is also the only Minnesota head lice removal service certified to use the "LouseBuster," which is the first FDA-cleared medical device to treat head lice and louse eggs (nits). Rather than the more well-known method of simply shampooing lice away, Ladibugs uses the LouseBuster, which is similar to a blow dryer with a diffuser-like tip. The device generates enough heat to kill lice and nits, yet operates at a lower temperature than blow dryers. After using the LouseBuster device, Ladibugs natural and organic hair care products are applied to the scalp, followed by a "comb-through," using a fine-tooth louse comb to rid the scalp and hair of lice and nits.
"It's been extremely gratifying to launch a business that has helped so many families," Rudquist said. "Unfortunately the need is there and it seems to be growing, but parents need to know there's a new a better, safer way to treat head lice."
About Ladibugs, Inc.
Ladibugs, Inc. was founded in May 2010 as a head lice removal company by two moms and registered nurses, Lisa Rudquist and Rachel Knutson. In just over a year, Ladibugs, Inc. has treated more than 600 cases, opened Minnesota's first lice removal center, developed its own line of organic and chemical-free lice removal and prevention products, and is the only Minnesota company licensed to use the FDA-approved LouseBuster device. For more information on Ladibugs, Inc., visit www.ladibugsinc.com or www.ladibugshaircare.com.
SOURCE Ladibugs, Inc.