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Cedar Rapids moms find new way to kill lice


"You can feel those things crawling in your head and it's just really itchy," said one young girl who was plagued with lice.

Sisters Sophie and Sadie both have suffered the dreaded head lice. Their mother, Mary Jensen of Cedar Rapids, spent hours combing out their hair.

"Took a day off work and combed for three hours," said Jensen.

Jensen spent three hours with a special chemical shampoo treatment and then multiple days of combing her daughters' hair, but it still didn't kill all of it.

"Everyday I would cry because I would hate to get it done and just didn't like it," said Sadie.

It even got to the point that putting all the chemicals on Sophie's head brought back her asthma.

"I was Googling it, and that's when I found out that the over-the-counter shampoos should never be used on asthmatic or ragweed allergies," said Jensen.

After a while surfing the Internet, Jensen found the LouseBuster.

She called her best friend and they started a new lice removing business called Bug Bunnies.

The LouseBuster is the only one of it's kind in Iowa. It works by dehydrating the lice and eggs enough to kill them.

"They have figured out the correct velocity and temperature to get the eggs and lice dehydrated," said Valerie McDowell, co-owner of Bug Bunnies.

The process only take 30 minutes and it's chemical-free. Dr. Sharon Collins from the Pediatrics Center in Cedar Rapids said she is a fan.

"I'm excited to find alternative treatments that do not include having to be exposed to excessive chemicals repeatedly, so this is good," said Dr. Collins.

For Jensen, she said she is proud to find a solution to not only help her kids, but others who may suffer from the lice in the future.

"You really get that feeling of euphoria when you are all done and you head the people out the door. It's just kind of like, yes, we solved that," said Jensen.

The LouseBuster machine is FDA certified.

Bug Bunnies' sessions are by appointment only and are $189.

For more information: http://www.bugbunnies.com/

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