Poultry Lice

| 7/16/2012 11:56:46 AM

A photo of Melissa CaugheyThis past Spring, I got an email from my daughter's preschool that a child there was discovered to have head lice.  Of course, the typical parent paranoia set in from those of us whose children were not affected....yet.  The girls were required to go to school with their longer hair braided.  They were corralled at the door and their heads were searched for hidden parasites.  Of course, all these precautions paid off.  This got me thinking.  Did you know that chickens can have lice too?  Thank goodness people cannot catch poultry lice but I still get the heebie jeebies just thinking about them.

There are many variations of poultry lice found around the country yet they all have these identifying characteristics in common.  These include:

They are 2-3 millimeters in size.

They have light brown bodies.

Move quickly

Lay white eggs

7/19/2012 3:12:22 PM

Melissa, head lice used to be the plague of school rooms but now there seems to be a resurgence of bed bugs and they do bite. Thankfully, I've not had to deal with either one for many years. Of course no one in my household has long hair. Being follicular challenged (bald), I have no habitat for head lice. Only once when my now 27 year old daughter brought the little buggers home from school, did we have to deal with them. With human head lice it really has nothing to do with cleanliness but just contact with others that have it. Have a great chicken lice free day.

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