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Anyone for a read.
These little insects may sound intelligent but it’s more hunger than intellect that drives these insects to feast on books.
It is not so much the paper that these tiny bugs like to feed on but the mold and mildew that can be found on the pages and bindings that have been exposed to moisture.
Though the word lice can send shivers down your spine, Booklice are not true lice. They do resemble lice in size and shape but feed on fungi or mold only. They are actually small insects known as psocids. Booklice earned their name because they were commonly found in old books.
Booklice are only 1/16 of an inch in length and can be gray, brown or even translucent. The head and abdomen are large and the thorax is narrow. Indoor Booklice are wingless and can run quickly.
Besides feasting on books, these insects can be found in food products that can support mold. Throw away any moldy infested food items to avoid any carry over to other food items.
Booklice are attracted to warm, dark, damp environments. The best way to control the problem is to reduce any moist conditions in your home. By cutting the humidity levels in your home you will reduce any mold activity.
So conduct a thorough search of books or any paper material you have stored in a dank basement or in a closet. If they are important or of sentimental value you may want to move them or place them in airtight containers to keep Booklice from finding and destroying them. Placing the books and paper materials in the freezer for several days may kill the Booklice.
If you find Booklice in large numbers, these little insects may be doing you a favor by leading you to a leaking pipe or other moisture or mold problems. Check clothing and furniture also. Normally Booklice don’t feed on clothing or furniture, unless those items are damaged and have mold on them.
If you do find yourself infested with Booklice and after taking measures to control them, you find you are losing the battle; you may need to call in a professional to help you eliminate the problem.