Subject: tiny bug?
Location: Pacific Northwest (urban)
January 17, 2016 12:34 pm
Found this in my wife’s hair the day after visiting a beautician.
I think it is too small to be lice. It’s super tiny, barely visible. The pic is 100x.
We have taken the liberty of removing your surname from this posting as we do not want to draw unnecessary attention to your wife and her hitchhiker. Though it is commonly called a Booklouse, and though it is classified with Biting Lice in the order Psocodea, Booklice are actually benign creatures that do not bite, but that may become a nuisance when they reach high population levels indoors. According to BugGuide, Booklice are found: “worldwide and across NA; many spp. are now nearly cosmopolitan or otherwise widely spread through agency of man, mostly with stored products.” You can compare your image to this BugGuide image of a Booklouse in the genus Liposcelis.