London, Jan 15: Lice have made homes around human groins since man first appeared, but bikini wax may have made the bugs an endangered species.
Doctors say that as pubic hair disappears, so do the crab-shaped insects that have made homes in human groins since man first appeared.
In Australia, Sydney's main sexual health clinic hasn't treated a woman with pubic lice since 2008 while male cases have fallen 80 percent from about 100 a decade ago, the Daily Mail reported.
Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales's Kirby Institute and a physician at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre said that it used to be extremely common, now it's rarely seen.
"Without doubt, it's better grooming," Donovan said.
Manhattan's J Sisters salon attracts as many as 200 clients a day for their hair removal treatments and custom designs, with their signature Brazilian costing about 75 dollars.
Even men are having their pubic hair removed in a treatment called the "Sunga" that runs 90 dollars.
More than 80 percent of college students in the US remove all or some of their pubic hair. And the waxing technique popularized in the 90s by a Manhattan salon run by Brazilian sisters is still trendy.
Pubic lice infest up to 10 per cent of the population, researchers at East Carolina University said in a 2009 study.
The pests are usually treated with topical insecticides. The trends suggest a new way of curbing one of the world's most contagious sexually transmitted infections. (ANI)