Pests & Insects

All pests and insects can be annoying, but some deliberately target the human body. It's vital to learn how to prevent them to avoid developing more complicated health conditions. Our collection of articles offers valuable insights on protecting yourself against these pests.

child getting head checked for lice

Insect bites

Insect bites and stings usually result in a red raised patch of skin. They can be extremely itchy and the inflammation can cause discomfort. Most insect bites and stings, though unpleasant, are not serious and can be easily treated, with the symptoms normally improving within a few hours or days.

Read more

Head lice

Head lice are very common in young children and their families. Contrary to popular belief, they don't have anything to do with dirty hair. Head lice are small insects that live in human hair; they are grey and are the size of a sesame seed when fully grown.

Read more


Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs, resulting in intense itching and rash. It can spread rapidly in crowded environments, such as nursing homes. Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent further transmission.

Read more


Threadworms are parasites which measure up to 1/2 inch in length and look like threads of cotton. The worms are white, with a blunt head and a pointed tail. They can live for up to six weeks and are easily passed on and very common in children.

Read more

More from Rowlands Pharmacy

location tag

Find your local pharmacy

We have over 300 pharmacies across the UK, find your nearest one using our pharmacy finder

Find a pharmacy
Phone with HP app

Hey Pharmacist

Keep track and order your NHS repeat prescription through the free Hey Pharmacist app

Find out more
heart with plus sign

In-pharmacy services

We have a wide range of services available, from medication management to vaccinations

Find out more