Body Lice? Feeling itchy? Call NitWits Today & Sleep Tonight!
Body lice. Head Lice like humans. Lice like our scalps and they like our hair. Head Lice are only able to survive on human scalps, where their entire Life Cycle Head Lice takes place. Head Lice are “obligate” parasites. Obligate means the parasite is specific to one particular host, and one specific area on that host. An obligate parasite has no interest in other hosts such as cats or dogs or hamsters, etc..
It turns out that your pets have separate, and different, obligate parasites such as ticks, fleas, and mites. We humans have three different types of lice that are specific to humans. Head Lice, Body Lice and Pubic Lice. These different lice species have differentiated DNA, making them genetically distinct from one another. Head lice are not able to become body lice. Body lice are not able to become head lice. Head lice are not able to become pubic lice. And pubic lice are not able to become head lice or body lice. Thus, in 2018 when you hear that there is a lice infestation at your child’s school, it means head lice.
Body lice. Head Lice have specific environmental needs. The human scalp is the only place with the temperature, humidity, light, pH, hormones, food (human blood) that head lice need to survive. In the same way head lice are adapted to be able to travel efficiently and quickly, and to lay eggs, on the human hair shaft. A successful head lice colony loves human hair, particularly the hair of a school aged child. School kids have more hair and warmer scalps, making them even more appealing to lice.
Body Lice. Confusion re: does lice treatment kill nits has many freaked out parents running to CVS to purchase ineffective head lice products. Head lice, now known as Super Lice enjoy extra time for procreation while we waste time thinking the problem is taken care of. Most families have no idea how to get lice out of hair.
Life Cycle Head Lice