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Subject: concerned about head lice
Location: Ontario Canada
December 29, 2014 10:17 pm
Hi i recently got a new girl friend and at the beginning of are relationship i pulled a single creature from her hair, thinking nothing of it i meirly flicked it away and searched her head for more of them and found nothing. Sometime later my head was itching and i pulled a similar creature from my head and took a picture of it, concerned i looked at my gfs hair and found one in her hair again but there only seemed to be one and i took a picture of it to can you please tell me what bug or creature this is and how to deal with it?
Signature: Ky from Ontario

Head Louse

Head Louse

Dear Ky,
You are correct in your concern that this is a Head Louse.  Shaving your heads is one method of control, but should you prefer something less obvious, you can either take advantage of over the counter medications or consult with your physician.

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Subject: Bug attached to skin
Location: Iowa
April 30, 2014 5:56 pm
My husband found these little bugs on/under his skin, upper thighs. Any thoughts on what these little guys are? Very frustrating!
Signature: Kell

Crab Lice

Crab Lice

Dear Kell,
These sure look like Crab Lice,
Phthiris pubis, to us.  BugGuide only has a few images and very little information.  You can learn more about this human parasite on the Penn State Entomology site where it states:  “These lice are found mostly in the hair of the pubic area. They may also be found under the armpits, in the beard or mustache and on the eyebrows and eyelashes. Their development from egg to adult normally requires from 30 to 41 days. Adult crab lice live about 30 days. Females deposit 30-50 eggs (in her lifetime).”

Crab Louse

Crab Louse

 

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Subject: Mystery bothersome big
Location: Illinois
April 12, 2014 3:08 pm
Hello
I really need help to identify this bug because I thought it was lice but I don’t think so. So I want to know what it is so I can figure out how to get rid of them.
Signature: Really annoyed and concerned

Human Louse

Human Louse

Dear Really annoyed and concerned,
Your initial identification was correct.  Sadly, this is a Human Louse.

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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Boston
March 8, 2014 10:02 pm
Hi, I live in Boston and have been living in my apartment for almost 5 years. I have never seen a bug like this before. I found 3 of them crawling on the outside of a plastic sweater bag, which was sealed. Then I found one crawling on the blanket near by. Then I also found a live and a dead one on my sock I was wearing just now. I was in NYC yesterday and took Amtrak. Today, I had a workshop in an office space in downtown Boston. Any idea what it is and/or where it might have come from? Do they travel together/multiply? If there are more, what can I do? Thanks!
Signature: TK, Bugged in Boston

Louse

Louse

Dear TK, Bugged in Boston,
The images you attached are of a Louse, but we cannot say for certain if it is a Human Louse or a species that prefers other prey, like birds or mammals.  Since you have found numerous individuals, we would wager that this infestation originated in your immediate vicinity, and that it is not the result of a recent trip.

Thanks for your response, Daniel. I have had 2 obviously bad nights of sleep since finding these, but still haven’t found any in my hair (fingers crossed). I found a couple more on the floor and on the bench in my kitchen yesterday morning, but none since. Is it safe to assume that these are the kind that prey on animals? I do have a mouse problem, so I am thinking that they are the carriers. If this is the case, any idea on what I can do to keep them out? Unfortunately, I am stuck with the mice until I move out, which is hopefully soon.

You can try taking a specimen to your local natural history museum to see if it can be identified.

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Subject: weird bug found in my head
Location: in my head and i live in Alabama
March 2, 2014 7:34 pm
my head has been itching like crazy. every time I wash my hair its like my head itches worse.. one day I was scratching my head and I found this weird bug under my nail after I got through scratching my head. it looked something similar to the bug called louse. but it had this long body with these tentacle looking things as legs. I honestly don’t know what it is. every now and then I will pull one out and some times they will be big and other times they will be really small. I tried to take a picture of it but it wasn’t clear enough to put on here. I would really appreciate it if u could help me find out what kind of bug this is in my head/scalp.
Signature: confused

Human Louse

Human Louse

Dear confused,
The image you attached was labeled “lice” so we are guessing you downloaded it from the internet.  Your letter makes it sound like you have head lice.  You should treat the problem.  According to the Penn State University Fact Sheet:  “Shampoo products containing either prescription or over-the-counter preparations are the standard treatment for head lice. Body lice and crab lice are controlled using lotions which contain an insecticide. Contact your physician or pharmacist to determine which of these products will be most effective.”

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Subject: Head louse?
Location: San Diego
January 2, 2014 1:24 pm
I just found this while brushing my daughters hair. It is magnified 40x. Do we have lice?
Signature: Worried mom

Head Louse

Head Louse

Dear Worried mom,
Sadly, you are correct.  This is a Human Louse and we would urge you to seek professional help and advice for correctly eradicating them from your family since they do spread.  Your daughter might have contracted the Lice from school, so you might also want to contact your daughter’s school or daycare facility.  There is still some stigma attached to a Lice infestation, so you should urge the school officials to respect your honesty and anonymity.  While we sympathize with your situation, we are grateful that you have been able to contribute such an excellent and detailed image of this miniscule bloodsucker.  More information can be found on the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Entomology site.

Thank you. I started treatment right after I asked… Just in case. Thank you again.

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