The Role of School Nurses in Integrated Pest Management for Public Health

tick cubes and spoon

In the last 15 years, many states have started requiring schools to practice integrated pest management. This may seem odd, but a school campus is essentially a large public property, and any property, be it a building or open space, has pests. Usually, IPM efforts in schools focus on facility managers or custodians. But school nurses deal directly with the effects of these pests on students and can be an important addition to the IPM team.

Removing Head Lice Eggs with Ordinary Conditioner is Just as Effective as Using Special Products

Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glued down so strongly that they will stay in place even after […]

Why do Body Lice Spread Disease, While Head Lice do not?

Even though they look and act very differently, head lice and body lice are of the same species. This was determined in 2012 after a genetic analysis revealed that despite morphological differences, they are indeed the same. University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh and his colleagues compared the sequences of all protein-coding genes in […]

Seven Myths about Head Lice

A recent article in the Washington Post about head lice exposes some myths about these insects, which have become increasingly more common, especially among children. Each year, there are 6 million to 12 million lice cases in U.S. children ages 3 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To be brief, […]