If head lice really creep you out, don't look at these pictures.

Rick Speare, who was a professor and researcher at James Cook University, developed a great slide show on the biology of the head louse. Check it out here. The pictures are amazing and show an indepth look at the louse's specialized parts. (In this picture, I imagine louse saying, "I'm a survivor!") These pictures and explanations can help you understand how a head louse operates. Very interesting stuff, but it also just goes to show that any bug, when you look at it closely enough, looks sort of like something from "Alien".

You don't need a professional, but you just might want one.

If you have read this blog, then you know that I enjoy equipping people to deal with their head lice on their own. Though I offer my own lice removal services for a fee, I'm the first to admit that you don't have to go to some so-called expert or purchase expensive treatments in order to get rid of those pesky bugs and nits. If you are willing to put in the time and the effort, you can do it on your own.

But there may be times when you don't want to.

If you have questions about head lice, just call me and ask. If you are wondering about whether or not you should call in a lice removal professional, you may wish to read this older blog post about when to call in a professional. Click here to read more.