Home > Medical > Head lice INFOGRAPHIC: 20 lice myths to stop believing Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live in human hair. They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact. Check out this Giraffe Blog infographic to learn more. How similar are body lice to head lice? Body lice and head lice are genetically very similar but body lice can transmit deadly bacterial diseases while head lice do not. What are pubic lice? Pubic lice or crabs are yellow-grey insects that live in pubic hair and are commonly spread through sexual contact. Latest in Head lice Lice poop can make your head itch Checking your child's scalp for nits? Watch out for the faeces of the lice, which is what can cause itching because of an allergic reaction. 8 simple steps for getting rid of lice Follow these 8 simple steps to remove head lice for good! 5 diseases your child can pick up at school School is a place for learning, but it also creates the perfect environment for an infectious disease to spread like wildfire. Itching down there? 8 facts you should know about pubic lice Pubic lice or 'crabs' won't kill you or even make you sick, but they are an itchy nuisance that can be quite difficult to get rid of. load more Your Head lice Guide What are these tiny wingless insects in your child's hair? Head lice are extremely common in children but can also spread to adults. There are in fact three separate types of lice that can infest the body: head lice, body lice and pubic lice, also known as crabs. Lice feed on blood, cause itchiness and lay eggs firmly in the hair, which can be extremely hard to get rid of. Find out how to identify and treat a lice infestation and prevent them from returning again. What are head lice? Symptoms of head lice Causes of head lice Diagnosing head lice Treating head lice Preventing head lice From our sponsor When lice just keep coming back! Get through winter head lice free!