Reply To: Lice and Mite Protocol

  • Haley

    September 2, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Brief summary of types of lice that affect goats and the lice life cycles. Describes how to find them and how they present in the goat. Interesting that for the most part, lice that affect goats are species specific, but do cross over to sheep. Does list conventional medications to control at the end of article.

    Lice are a common group of ectoparasitic insects of goats. Generally goat lice are host specific and only attack goats and their close relatives, such as sheep. There are five species of goat louse that fall into two categories based on feeding habits. The sucking lice feed by piercing the skin with tiny needle like mouthparts to take blood directly from the capillaries. The chewing lice (also known as biting lice) have large robust mouthparts designed to scrape and abrade the skin and hair. Chewing lice consume tiny bits of skin, skin secretions and hair for food.”

    Lice: What They Are and How to Control Them | NC State Extension Publications (

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