Nits Lice, Tigers, Bears Oy Vey! Feeling plagued by head lice in your home? Wondering if you have the same kinds of lice as other primates? Fear not. We humans have our very own lice that only like humans. In fact our scalps have their very own lice that only like human scalps. So when you see videos of baboons picking nits, you do not have to be concerned that you can catch lice from baboons or that they can catch lice from you!
Nits Lice, Tigers, Bears Oy Vey! In fact your dogs, cats, guinea pigs and hamsters cannot catch lice from you, nor can you get head lice from them. So it is time to relax and take a deep breath and remember that head lice are not that difficult to treat. You do not need to put chemicals on your child’s head to treat head lice. Recent studies have shown that pesticide lice shampoos are no longer effective in treating head lice infestations.
Nits Lice, Tigers, Bears Oy Vey! Parasites, by their nature tend to be obligate species. Obligate lice species such as, baboon lice, bird lice, and human head lice are all species of lice that are specially adapted to their specific habitat. Interestingly, human head lice have had thousands of years to learn how to survive and thrive on the human scalp. What does survive and thrive mean? Since the life cycle of the human head louse is only 30 days, the louse needs to assure that during that 30 day window, as many eggs are laid and as many offspring are produced, so that satellite lice can spread to other human scalps to ensure the survival of the species. In addition head lice have been able to develop camouflage that makes them difficult to be seen by the human eye.
Nits Lice, Tigers, Bears Oy Vey! Being an obligate species means, above all, that you need to be able to rapidly adapt to new environmental and habitat obstacles, such as pesticidal lice treatments. Head lice have shown repeatedly that they can adapt to new pesticide threats. This is why head lice in the United States are thriving in 2016. Want to learn more? Give us a call here at NitWits and we will continue to educate you about head lice. Knowledge is Power!