Bug Busting *Summer Reminder*

Bug Busting *Summer Reminder*

Whilst adults will find it easier to maintain social distancing, children are still likely to hug and play closely over summer. It’s good to keep an eye out for itching that may indicate the arrival of some new insect friends:

Head lice – small insects that blend with the colour of your hair (empty egg shells are white). The only way to be sure that someone has head lice is by finding live lice; you can do this by combing the hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). Head lice can make the head feel itchy, however this is usually a late stage of infestation and it is a good idea to “bug bust” i.e. check the hair as part of a regular routine.

Scabies – Tiny mites that live in the outer layers of human skin. As the mites burrow and lay eggs inside the skin, the infestation leads to relentless itching and an angry rash; you can often see the track-like burrows leading to the sore blisters. The itching is particularly evident in the evening perhaps after showering/ bathing, and is noticeable around joints (hands, feet, elbows, armpits, nipple area and groin.

Read more on these insects and how to treat an infestation here.