Are tiny brown, yellow or cream-colored insects infesting areas of your home that include drains and faucets? If you spot these creatures lurking in the damp, you are most likely experiencing a booklice infestation.
Though their name may suggest otherwise, these pests do not attack books. Nor are they lice. Booklice or psocids are tiny, wingless insects resembling lice that feed on mildew and mold within homes. They thrive in areas of your home that are high in moisture level for instance kitchens, bathrooms, and basements since their food source is most likely to grow in these areas. They will even feed on microscopic fungi or mold that you cannot see with your naked eye.
Though these pests do not bite, damage furniture or transmit diseases, they can be very annoying and difficult to control if infestation occurs. They also reproduce rapidly, making infestation a high possibility once they choose to make residence within your home. Thankfully, there are simple solutions you can use to get rid of these pests. It usually starts with controlling humidity in the home since these pests only reside within damp environments. Below are five ways to reduce humidity and get rid of booklice infestation for good but first, find out which areas of your home are infested!
- Check High Humidity Areas for Signs of Booklice
There are some places in your home that booklice will love. For instance, they will reside beneath wallpaper, in basements, beneath leaking pipes in your bathroom or kitchen. Check these areas to verify where the source of the infestation is. Once you’ve spotted all the areas in your home where booklice reside, you can begin the eradication process. This will lead to the best results and ensure that these pests do not return.
2. Improve Ventilation
Poor ventilation can be one of the main reasons your home attracts psocids. To get rid of these pests, simply improve ventilation. Open doors and windows to give moisture a chance to escape. This will also reduce the chances of fungi or mold growing within your home as they do not thrive in areas that where good ventilation is present.
3. Discard Food Containing Mold
Booklice will find mold wherever it happens to be. That includes your cereal! To reduce the likelihood of these insects infesting your home, check your pantry and other areas where food is stored for signs of mold. Where moldy food is present, remove it at once! Put extra attention on foods such as cereal. Also, ensure that the remaining food is kept dry to prevent further infestation.
4. Fix Leaking Water Pipes
Leaks are an issue in home maintenance that should be prevented at all costs as they result in water waste as well as increase the likelihood of bug invasion. But when a leak does take place, be sure to fix it as soon as possible. Inspect pipes and faucets regularly for signs of leakage then fix the pipes to get rid of booklice.
5. Dry Out Furniture or Rugs
Wet furniture items or rugs attract booklice. To get rid of them put these items out in the sun to dry. When the moisture level is reduced, mold or mildew will also die leaving the booklice without a food source.
6. Use a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are another great way to control and reduce humidity levels in your home! Get rid of
booklice for good by using a dehumidifier in places that are likely to have the highest humidity such as your basement.
Your home does not need to be a booklice habitat. Reduce moisture and humidity to get rid of these pests for good! Also, consider getting help from a professional pest control company if booklice infestation in your home is more than you can handle.
Note: Since booklice inflict little damage on the home, and are mere annoyances, insecticides are seldom used. However, if you have to use insecticides, follow the label carefully to ensure safety. Especially when using insecticides with a long residual period, exercise caution when used in food prep areas. Insecticides with active ingredients lambda-cyhalothrin, cyfluthrin, and pyrethrins are very effective against booklice. When using the aforementioned insecticides, ensure they’re labeled for indoors use.
Did You Know
- Some species of booklice resembles lice. However, booklice and their relatives aren’t ‘true’ lice.
- Popular belief holds that booklice feed on books, paper, and glue. However, that’s erroneous information. Booklice only feed on mold and other types of fungi. These fungi are often found in books.
- An effective method used to control booklice is to eliminate their food sources – mold and fungi. To discourage the growth of mold within the home, reduce the level of moisture present and increase the flow of air.