Scabies, lice, and bed bugs cause similar symptoms, but their differences are noteworthy (Table 1). Knowing exactly what you are dealing with is crucial to providing the best OTC or prescription treatment and patient counseling.
Many bugs give us reason for pause, including spiders, chiggers, bees and lice. Head Lice: Itchy! In hair -- that's where you'll find lice. Keep pets out of your bed and be sure to vacuum
Bed Bugs do NOT live in human hair. These pests do not like heat and won't stay near animals because of the natural heat generated by them.. Further, bed bugs do not have claws like lice or ticks. Lice and ticks have special hook-like appendages that allow them to grip onto human hair or skin and stay there where bed bugs just have plain legs and can't cling like these other pests.
Bed bugs are considerably larger than lice and they can be easily detected on scalp and hair. If you find bed bugs on scalp and hair, it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible. They can irritate your scalp while feeding on your blood from the scalp. Bed bugs can move to other warm areas of your body.
Summary of differences between bed bugs and body lice. Body lice or hair lice bites may be present only on specific areas such as scalp, pubic region etc. Bed bug bites do not lead to any diseases. Body lice can lead to shivering, fever, aches and pains, especially in case of more severe infestations.
Head lice and bed bugs can make a person itchy and uncomfortable. While the bugs are not associated with the transmission of disease, they are problematic and widespread. Teaching proper hygiene and taking curative steps as quickly as possible will help to prevent infestations.