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Human Lice

These are human-infesting lice. Infestation of any of these is a medical problem, not a pest control problem.

  • Common Name: Head, body, and crab/pubic lice
  • Scentific Name: various
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Anoplura/Pediculidae
  • Metamorphosis: Simple
  • Size


    Adults small, about 1/16-1/8" long.

  • Color


    Dirty white to grayish black.

  • Biology


    Head and pubic louse live continuously on the host. Body louse occur primarily in the clothing.

  • Habit


    Head louse are most commonly found above the ears and on the back of the scalp. Body louse occur along clothing seams.

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