Did you know that that there are hundreds of species of lice? Did you also know that lice prefer children’s hair? And that during the trip to Brazil, the Portuguese royal family had to deal with a lice infestation? See in the lines below some curious facts about these small but uncomfortable insects.
Did you know that Lice are small insects of the order Phthiraptera, 0.5 to 8 millimetres long? Among the most well-known parasites in the animal kingdom, they feed on feathers, skin debris, blood and various secretions – remembering that some feed on other parasites.
Did you know that that Believe it or not, but there are hundreds of species of lice, with the detail that 900 were discovered in Brazil alone? The best known are those that feed on human blood.
Did you know that The female louse that infects humans lays 150 to 300 eggs/nits at a time? At just 0.8 millimetres, the nits take 14 days to turn into lice.
Did you know that The itchiness we feel is the result of the bite of the louse, which ingests some of our blood and leaves a little saliva in place? Detail: lice are almost transparent, but they turn brown after ingestion of blood.
Did you know that that Itching is usually noticed after the bite? This is because the louse’s saliva is anaesthetic and prevents people from feeling the bite the moment it occurs.
Did you know that that As they do not fly like mosquitoes, nor do they jump like fleas, lice pass from one person to another through clothes, caps and combs?
Did you know that Lice depend heavily on the host to survive? Its life cycle is about 60 days, which changes to 48 hours without the host’s body.
Did you know that They like children’s hair because they are thin. They are common in school-age boys and girls because, unlike adults, they often share caps, combs and pillows.
Did you know that The best way to get rid of the louse is still through the comb? Tilt the child’s head over a white cloth and run the comb until the lice fall off. The vinegar is used to get rid of the nits, and the ideal is that it should be wiped with cotton.
Did you know that It is said that when disembarking for the first time in Brazil, almost the entire entourage of the Portuguese royal family wore wigs and turbans to disguise their short hair? That caught the attention of women in Rio de Janeiro, who started to copy the fashion of newcomers. What they did not know is that those very short hairs (and baldness, as some shaved their heads completely) were the result of a lice epidemic in the entourage.