Species specific lice

Asked February 20, 2018, 7:20 PM EST

Are lice specific to species? Can a human get lice from a goat?

Marion County Oregon livestock livestock pests goat lice

1 Response

First, a disclaimer: My area of knowledge concerns garden arthropods, not those attacking livestock.

Although many species of lice are specific to one host, my search for an answer to your question failed. You should be able to obtain an accurate response from your veterinarian. Or you might contact the Marion County Extension Service office to ask how to contact a livestock specialist; phone 503-588-5301.

That said, you may find some insights in “Do you have lousy animals” available at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfn/Wtr11LA. You can contact the author, D. Susan Kerr, by email: kerrs@wsu.edu.