Lice Pest Control, Removal and Treatment

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Lice (Mites) Removal Services

There are thousands of species of lice but there are four main lice species that will affect humans the most.

  1. Dust Mites
  2. Body Lice
  3. Head Lice
  4. Pubic Lice

As pest controllers we can treat the first two types of lice effectively, but you will need a doctor to treat the 3rd and 4th with simple prescription medications.

Dust mites are normal in almost every home, but they become a pest or irritation when they are abundant in the wrong places like carpets, pillows, mattresses and soft furnishings. They cause several allergies as well as dermatitis and asthma. Fumigation isn’t always the answer but we will recommend exactly what needs to be done.

Body lice live in clothing and feed on soft skin areas and in extreme cases can lead to skin infections, headaches and joint pain. they are very hard to spot as they are so small but we can perform an inspection and advise on the best course of treatment.

Life Cycle

Lice have relatively short lives of 2-8 weeks depending on the species. The female lays up to 9 eggs per day on the hair or feathers of the host. The nymphs resemble adults and develop through 3 instars before they reach sexual maturity.


Most sucking lice species feed on the blood of the animals they live on while biting lice usually feed on the feathers and skin of their hosts. Haematopinus asini is a common louse found feeding on horses while Linognathus species are common parasites of domestic mammals.


Lice are parasites of almost all birds and mammals and are found throughout Australia where their hosts occur. Some species of lice are restricted to just one host species and will often spend their entire life on only one particular part of the body.


Lice are small, wingless insects that are parasites of birds and mammals. They are usually less than 10 millimetres in length and are rarely seen without the aid of a microscope or magnifying glass. Lice are short lived and usually host specific. Lice can be recognised by the following features:

  • Small, flattened body
  • Wingless and colourless
  • Short, stubby antennae
  • Legs with hooked tarsi adapted to gripping their hosts
  • Chewing or biting mouthparts (biting lice) or piercing and sucking mouthparts (sucking lice)

A few species of lice have adapted to live and feed on humans, such as the head louse Pediculus capitis, the eggs of which are commonly called nits and the body louse Pediculus humanus.

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Lice FAQs

How do I know if I have a lice problem?

Skin irritation and rashes are the most common signs, but sudden allergy-type symptoms can also be a sign of lice

Are lice dangerous?

they can be for those who are particularly allergic, especially asthmatics where an attack could be triggered. Lice themselves don’t cause any infections but once in clothes and bedding will become a severe irritant

Do you give free quotes?

Yes. All telephone quotes are free of charge


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