September 9, 2022
SEP 9, ecto-parasites: hog lice
To H. suis, the prevalent swine louse:
"Midst blood-sucking lice, you're a fine louse.
Shunning me and my dog,
You live high on the hog.
You're a blight, but the fright isn't mine, louse."
Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022
Authors' Note: This agricultural pest, Haematopinus suis, commonly known as the hog louse, lives its life only on porcine hosts, with the larvae (nymphs) concentrating on the head region. Apparently, infestations of swine herds can be treated easily with avermectins, a class of veterinary antibiotics.