Ever Wondered as How to Identify Head Louse and Nits
over the world, many number of people, irrespective gender and creed,
are affected by head louse menace. Head louse is a tiny parasitic insect
that lives on human head and needs human blood for its survival. Once
infested, these head lice are difficult to eradicate, however, a concerted
effort is sure to result in total eradication of head lice menace.
Animal louse is also commonly known as fleas and they are normally seen on your pet cat or dog. Animal louse is a flat-bodied dark colored parasitic insect that lives on pets and need animal blood for survival.
These insects are very swift in their jumping ability and that will make if very difficult for people to catch them. Both the animal louse and its eggs will look like small dark patches on your pets body, and the lice are responsible for creating an itching sensation because of which your pet cat or dog will keep scratching over their body often using either their legs or their teeth.
Features of Head Lice and its Nits
Though a human head louse is also a parasitic insect, it is quite different in its body structure. Human head lice are light brown in color and have got six legs. All the six legs are located more near to the head of the louse thus helping it in its swift movement between hair strands.
Further the abdomen will be elongated and bulging thus giving it a protruding shape or appearance. Human head lice cannot jump or fly, but can move very swiftly on ones head making it difficult for people to either identify or to catch them.
The nits laid by females will look like dandruff and all the nits stay securely attached to hair strands just above the scalp area. You can find more of nits in areas where hair growth is more such as behind the ear area and at the nape of the neck area. Nits are the real hard nuts to crack, as they are not affected by majority of insecticidal treatments and hence in any head lice treatment efforts directed towards killing nits will be more effective in real sense.
Similarities Between Human Head Louse and Animal Louse
But for the
parasitic nature and blood sucking behaviour, there are no other known
similarities between the human head louse and animal louse. Both spread
through physical contacts and both of them cannot live interchangeably
in their natural habitats.