This week, we present you Member Krista MacLeod from Nit Ridders Mobile Lice Service.
Name of Business: Nit Ridders Mobile Lice Service
What kind of work did you do in the past and what inspired you to start your own business?
I have run my own hairstylist business in Hunter River for the last 22 years. While being a hairstylist, I have seen cases of headlice and helped a lot of clients dealing with this issue with their children. Most provinces in Canada have a business that helps people navigate this issue, however PEI does not, so I started this company at the end of 2018.
What services does your business provide?
Nit Ridders provides services include treatment, equipment, and education to eliminate lice and nits, and tips to prevent their return.
What have your challenges been? How did you overcome them?
The biggest challenges have been getting the word out that I’m available, getting in contact with people who need my service the most, and the restrictions due to The Covid 19 pandemic.
What have your successes been?
My successes have been pitching my idea to Public Health as they no longer have the means to dealing with this firsthand. They now recommend anyone reaching out to them to give me a call, however Public Health would never charge for this service and that’s where its difficult on my end. Another success I have received is the PEIBWA Micro Grant that went towards developing my website.
Any unexpected surprises?
There is a need for this service even though it doesn’t pose a health threat but is a nuance to deal with.
What sets you apart from your competition?
I’m the only business in PEI that provides this kind of service.
My company provides a mobile service that comes to you in the comfort of your own home. I will detect, treat, assist and educate clients on headlice. I also take everything needed and I’m a second set of eyes.
How can people contact you?