The body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) is indistinguishable in appearance from the head louse, but they occupy different habitats. In particular, body lice have evolved to attach their eggs to clothes, whereas head lice attach their eggs to the base of hairs. The body louse and head louse are exclusive to mammals.
Body lice have three forms: the egg (also called a nit), the nymph, and the adult. Nits are lice eggs. They are generally easy to see in the seams of an infested person’s clothing, particularly around the waistline or under armpits. They are oval and usually yellow to white in color. Nits may take 1–2 weeks to hatch. A nymph is an immature louse that hatches from the nit (egg). A nymph looks like an adult, but smaller. Nymphs mature into adults about 9–12 days after hatching. To live, it must feed on blood. The adult body louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has 6 legs, and is tan to greyish-white. To live, lice must feed on blood. If separated from its host, lice die at room temperature.
EXPERTS IN PEST CONTROL SINCE 1970!
Enter your information or call (816) 279-2000
By clicking “GET ESTIMATE” I authorize Preferred Pest Control to contact me at this number. I understand I am not required to make a purchase.
PREFERRED PEST CONTROL
At Preferred Pest Control & Home Inspections, we offer comprehensive indoor and outdoor pest extermination and treatment services to stop infestations at their source. Our qualified exterminators are equipped to inspect your home environment, identify the scope of the problem, and determine the best course of action to eliminate those unwanted pests.
And when you hire us, you’ll benefit from our:
Reasonable pest extermination rates.
Easy, convenient appointment scheduling.
Dedication to your safety and comfort.