Subject: It was on the shower curtain – is it lice?
Location: Victoria, Canada
November 1, 2012 12:12 am
I’ve had an itchy head but can’t figure out if it’s lice (the nit comb comes up with nothing) or my shampoo. But recently I had a bath instead of a shower and had time to notice this bug on the shower curtain. Sorry for the grainy photos – it’s the best I could do without a microscope! Can you tell me what it is? Is it lice?
Signature: Victoria, Canada


Dear Victoria,
This appears to be a Booklouse, and though it is related to the Parasitic Lice that infest people and animals, it is a harmless organism that is frequently found in homes.  They sometimes infest stored food products.

Location: Canada

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