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How To Control BookliceBook lice

Booklice may not be real lice in that they aren’t a parasite which sucks the blood of humans, but they can still be very annoying when encountered in large numbers. As the name gives away, booklice like to gather around wherever there is paper, books, bookcases, newspapers and the like. Large infestations of these insects can become a nuisance and they can even contribute to allergies. If you want to sit down to a good book again without having to worry about these bugs giving you company, then something must be done to eliminate these bugs.

We here at Solutions have just the solution for you via our expert advice and the fantastic products we carry. Read on below to learn a little bit about booklice and how to best treat these invaders.

Booklice Background Information

Booklice, also called psocids, are small insects which belong to the Psocoptera order. While they may look similar to lice in size and shape, booklice feed solely on fungi or mold. Booklice are attracted to humidity and can be found wherever you find moisture. They can be found in grain or other stored food products, which may be a dead giveaway that the food has spoiled and that there is mold growing.

Booklice may be hard to detect because they are often too small to see by the naked eye. Ranging in length from 1/32 – 1/8 of an inch, booklice are flatly shaped and vary in color from pale white to grey or brown depending on the species. They are wingless and have antennae, but perhaps their most distinguishing body part are their strong mouthparts which they use to chew mold.

The life cycle of booklice begins with a booklouse hatching from eggs in about 2-4 weeks after eggs are laid. Young will go through between two and four stages as a nymph before reaching adulthood which lasts between 2 or 3 months. Once they have matured, females can generate 50-100 eggs during here lifetime. As an adult, booklice live between 1 to 4 months.

Booklice are highly adaptable to their environment and will even change their diet depending on the conditions. In general, the more humidity and moisture there is and the more moderate the temperature, the more booklice have a chance to thrive and multiply.  Weather below 35 degrees will kill off adults but eggs will stay dormant until the temperatures return to a comfortable area so they can hatch.

Booklice can eat just about anything though they prefer mold and fungi. Inside the home, they are known to eat cellulose from paper and books, book bindings, fabric (from which many book bindings are constructed), glue , contact paper, wall paper, mildew and plant life.

Booklice usually make their way into homes usually through the homes siding and then forage around for mold and moisture. They can be found in cartons made from cardboard, in piles of paper, around plumbing pipes, around windowsills, and cupboards. They can also be brought into your home in groceries and infest your pantry.

Tips for Preventing Booklice

Preventing booklice is not a stressful job and can actually be quite easy to tackle with the right approach. Here are a few simple techniques you can implement to keep lice away from your home.

  • The best way to control booklice is to do your best to reduce dampness and moist environmental conditions. Reducing the humidity in your home will eliminate the mold on which the booklice feed.

  • Lowering the relative humidity in the home using your A/C unit or dehumidifier to 50% can hinder their development. An air space under potted plants on windowsills will help keep the humidity down and reduce mold growth.

  • Throw away any infested food material and make sure other foods are kept dry. Booklice are wherever there is mold. If they are in your food, it should be a good indicator that you have moldy food that needs to be thrown out.

Solutions Recommended Products for Booklice Control

Pesticides are normally not necessary to deal with a booklice problem. However, if booklice in your home is becoming a regular problem that staying clean isn’t fixing, then that’s when it’d be necessary to break out some professional grade pesticides.

Whenever you see an outbreak of booklice, spray them with PT 565 Plus XLO Aerosol Insecticide. The product provides a quick is easy to use and produces no strong off-putting odor. For longer lasting residual we recommend you use Cy-Kick Aerosol Insecticide. Apply the product to cracks and crevices where you have noticed booklice and also treat bookshelves and boxes.

Using a dust contain DE like Alpine Dust Insecticide is also a good natural product to eliminate this problem pest.

Browse our booklice control products below and if you have any questions or need any type of DIY help with pest control issues you may be having, give us a call or message us via live chat or email.

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