'Crabs' Now Endangered Thanks to Bikini Waxing
Brazilian waxes, in particular, destroy the habitat of pubic lice
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Pubic lice   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Will we soon see a "Save the Pubic Lice" campaign? The groin-dwelling insects, more commonly known as "crabs" because of their shape, are now basically an endangered species—and doctors think the popularity of bikini waxing may be to blame (er, thank). In Australia, no women have been seen with crabs at Sydney's main sexual health clinic since 2008, and male cases have fallen 80% over the past 10 years. "Pubic grooming has led to a severe depletion of crab louse populations," says a medical entomologist. "You can see an environmental disaster in the making for this species."

Of course, no one's really mourning the loss. Another medical entomologist notes that, in this case, "habitat destruction is a good thing." So-called Brazilian waxes, in particular, are seen as contributing to the downfall of pubic lice, since nearly all the pubic hair—the habitat, in this case—is removed in that procedure. All in all, more than 80% of US college students remove some or all of their pubic hair these days, Bloomberg reports. It's arguably a nicer way of dealing with the crabs problem, since the typical treatment is a topical insecticide.

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1492
Jun 30, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
Crabbes have been a way of life for young military personnel. I had my share once. I told my co workers about by problem. They immediately went into a rage of laughter. One suggested I squat over a mirror and they would just jump out. LOL. One straight minded airman brought me a tiny package of DDT. It worked. Still, I prefer my women with plenty of h....r....the more ha..r the more sensuality, the better. Asian women are beautiful, so are UK women. Believe me, I have been in both worlds. Muslim, no ha..r....Give me Hair.. or give me death. The crabbes have equal survival opportunity. Media people, go away! 1492
tbat
Jan 16, 2013 11:17 AM CST
'nuff said about crabs, already!
CharlesP
Jan 15, 2013 5:49 PM CST
This is NOT a real news story. Just because people in the Western world may remove pubic hair, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF NON-WESTERNERS WHO DO NOT! There are TRILLIONS OF PUBIC LICE IN THE WORLD! STOP CONFUSING STUPID AMERICANS WITH LIES, news media!!!