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Headlice and nits: Bug Week episode three

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:54 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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Monday it was leeches. Tuesday it was ticks. Tonight, on the third night of Bug Week George McGavin is in Bristol combing for head lice.

For info on spotting and treating head lice please see the NHS website.

Most insects, says George, have a very useful job to do, but head lice seem to be here just to make us itch and suck our blood. Humans have been plagued by head lice for a hundred thousand years or more and they're common all over the world. They're on the increase because they've become immune to the pesticides we use to kill them.

Does your family have a method for spotting and treating head lice? Some useful (please don't mention brand names. No advertising, please) tips for treating head lice that you can pass on? And as we're here, can you please tell us: What are headlice for?! Thank you.

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