Bug Scout 1981
Lice Control a Hairy Problem
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
If you asked me, I'd say she did that on purpose!
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November 21, 1981

There are biting lice and chewing lice.  Both can infest cattle.  Louse-infested cattle scratch and rub.  Frequently, large areas of skin are bruised and lacking hair.

Louse populations are heaviest in late winter and early spring when the hair coat is heavy.  Lice hatch from eggs fastened to cattle hairs.  A new generation of lice occurs about every 30 days.

Sanitation is an important aspect of minimizing louse infestations.  Keep pens clean and don’t crowd animals.  Several insecticides can be used to control lice.  In general, sprays are more effective than dusts.  However, if you use insecticides without proper sanitation you can really "louse" up the control.  

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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