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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug crawling on my leg.Im hoping this is not a bed bug.If u could please tell me I would greatly appreciate it.I have kids so I would like to know before they start to multiply.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Human Louse

This is a very detailed image of a Human Louse.

Subject:  Bug found on pillow
Geographic location of the bug:  Albuquerque, NM
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 05:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug crawling on my pillow and thought it to be a bed bug at first, having never seen one before. It doesn’t seem to be one.
It was sort of translucent.
I realize it may be lice, but I haven’t been anywhere near people who might have head or body lice. I don’t have any new bumps or itching out of the ordinary, and checked my mattress for signs of bed bugs. I also checked clothing seams for eggs but there were none.
So is it just a random adult louse? Am I doomed to infection?
How you want your letter signed:  Sofia


Dear Sofia,
Though quite degraded, your image does nonetheless resemble a Human Louse.  You are not “doomed to infection” as you seem to have discovered this early, and there are many over the counter remedies available.

Thank you very much! I was in denial since I’ve never had to deal with them before. I’ve scheduled an appointment with a clinic to remove them and am washing my stuff/heat treating things.
I likely got them on a train in Vietnam, I was in a sleeper.
Thanks again for your help.

Subject:  Identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 05:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This has been found in family members hair last few months since my teen sons friend spent the night. Now they have multiplied, mostly in my daughter’s dreads she just started, a two in teen son and a couple in other sons hair. We have used special sprays and shampoos lice combed them out washed all clothing and bedding and still finding them.
How you want your letter signed:  Frustrated family

Human Head Louse

Dear Frustrated family,
This is a Human Head Louse and it sounds like you are doing what needs to be done to eradicate them from your family and your home.

Subject:  Curious bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Western washington
Date: 12/01/2017
Time: 09:19 PM EDT
I found this in my bathroom sink  after brushing my hair.  I’m hoping it wasn’t IN my hair. HELP!!!!!  What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Rose M [Ed. Note:  surname withheld to avoid stigma]

Human Louse

Dear Rose,
This looks like a Human Louse, and you should probably check for more.

Subject: Please what is this
Location: Corvallis montana
August 10, 2017 7:49 am
Found this in my daughters hair
Signature: Kelly

Human Louse

Dear Kelly,
This is the second image of a Human Head Louse we are posting this morning.  You should be able to take care of this with a visit to the pharmacy.  There are over the counter remedies, though we understand from some of our readers that you can also use a fine tooth comb to remove them.