What are head lice?

The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease and therefore are not considered a health hazard.

Custer Health utilizes many resources when educating the public about head lice. Please follow the links below to learn more about head lice.
Head Lice Booklet
Head Lice Quick Guide
Myths and Facts

Head Lice Life Cycle:
Pictoral representation of the life cycle of a head louse.