He wrote: "On that afternoon, he engineered some of the more irksome things on the planet: the pubic louse
, the common pigeon, the traffic warden and .
Elston said, "eyelash nits are usually a manifestation of pubic louse infestation, not head louse infestation.
Because the pubic louse egg is totally encased by a proteinaceous sheath, except for the operculum through which it feeds, it is more resistant to topical therapies than is the head louse.
This pattern of occurrence might give rise to the suspicion that the insect was a late introduction, but new records from excavations of urban occupation layers in Carlisle, Cumbria, have now shown that the pubic louse
was present in Britain in the Roman and medieval periods.
Now the pubic louse
may have met its match -- the body-waxer.