Lice Clinics of America Snohomish is a world leader in lice-treatment services and is dedicated to the eradication of head lice. Lice Clinics of America has built the world’s largest network of lice-removal professionals. Its flagship product is the FDA-cleared AirAllé® lice treatment device.

The FDA-cleared AirAllé® lice treatment device kills lice and eggs through dehydration. This is a revolutionary alternative to treating head lice with pesticides, herbal lice remedies, suffocation products or lice combs. The device, which was invented by scientists at the University of Utah, kills lice and eggs through a specific combination of temperature, airflow, time and technique.


  • The AirAllé Device

    Our FDA-cleared medical device delivers carefully controlled, heated air directly to dry, untangled hair at a temperature cooler than most hair-dryers and at a much higher flow rate.

  • The Difference is the heat

    We use a unique, single-use applicator tip specially designed to penetrate beyond the insulating layer of hair to lift the hair slightly, while directing airflow right where lice and their eggs tend to be located, near the scalp and hair roots.

  • Single one-hour treatment

    A specific, timed treatment pattern is followed to ensure all areas of the head are treated. No pesticides or other chemicals are used in the therapy–just heated air.

  • Highly Effective

    The small size and shape of head lice and their eggs makes make it difficult for them to conserve water in their bodies. When exposed to the right amount of heated air at the right temperature for the right length of time, they dry out and die. Basically, the device dehydrates or “dries out” the lice and their eggs.


Because the AirAllé® lice treatment device is so effective at killing lice eggs (which are the hardest for traditional lice products to kill), the chances of needing a follow-up treatment are very small.

Clinical studies done on over 500 people with head lice demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the AirAllé® lice treatment device and treatment (see published data in the peer-reviewed Pediatrics and Journal of Medical Entomology). Thousands of successful lice treatments are now being done each month with the AirAllé® device.

  • Distinguished Innovation

    The AirAllé® device concept originated in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Clayton at the University of Utah, where he is a professor in the Department of Biology.

  • 1980‘s - Early 1990’s

    Dr. Clayton successfully cultured lice on captive birds, such as common pigeons, for basic research purposes.

  • 1996

    When he moved his lab to the University of Utah, from Oxford University in England, he encountered great difficulty keeping lice alive on captive birds. He was informed that, because of Utah’s arid climate, they too had difficulty keeping insect cultures alive.

  • The Problem

    When his elementary school children contracted head lice, he thought it might be possible to control by reducing the level of humidity near the scalp. The question was how to accomplish this trick.

  • The Solution

    The culmination of years of work and prototypes was the 2006 publication of a paper in the journal Pediatrics, along with a press release by the University of Utah, which generated a feeding frenzy of worldwide media attention that drove widespread interest in such a device and the critical need for it.

  • 2011

    A follow-up study was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology that showed the LouseBuster (which is now the AirAllé® Lice Device) was highly effective at killing lice and eggs.