Some of the images are very poignant, like the one of a boy searching for lice in his clothes.
If you have dead bodies, pestilence, lice, with a 90 temperature--mosquitoes, flies--then you have serious problems.
With most diseases spread by rodents, the mouse or rat or vole is only an intermediary (a “host”) for fleas and lice and the like.
All of us become covered in lice and insects, which became maddening.
To cleanse the head from lice, rub the scalp and saturate the hair with kerosene.
The sea-lion was very glad to have the lice picked out of its head.
They run away from them like lice from the dead, although on these the hair continues to sprout out.
The teeming cloud of insects was a pest equal to that of the lice of Egypt.
It is nevertheless greatly overrun with a small kind of lice, which probably repay the injuries it inflicts elsewhere.
Plenty plize-money; plenty tea, lice, silk; plenty evelyting.
"parasitic insect infecting human hair and skin," Old English lus, from Proto-Germanic *lus (cf. Old Norse lus, Middle Dutch luus, Dutch luis, Old High German lus, German Laus), from PIE *lus- "louse" (cf. Welsh lleuen "louse"). Slang meaning "obnoxious person" is from 1630s. The plural lice (Old English lys) shows effects of i-mutation. The verb meaning "to clear of lice" is from late 14c.; to louse up "ruin, botch" first attested 1934, from the literal sense (of bedding), from 1931.
Plural of louse.
n. pl. lice (līs)
Any of numerous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the orders Mallophaga or Anoplura, many of which are external parasites on humans.
(Heb. kinnim), the creatures employed in the third plague sent upon Egypt (Ex. 8:16-18). They were miraculously produced from the dust of the land. "The entomologists Kirby and Spence place these minute but disgusting insects in the very front rank of those which inflict injury upon man. A terrible list of examples they have collected of the ravages of this and closely allied parasitic pests." The plague of lice is referred to in Ps. 105:31. Some have supposed that the word denotes not lice properly, but gnats. Others, with greater probability, take it to mean the "tick" which is much larger than lice.