Booklice (Booklouse)

Imagine yourself relaxing in your living room with a deep sense of calmness and tranquillity. Then all of a sudden, your eyes caught the attention to a tiny insect moving along the wall which is a pause for concern. Your thoughts quickly registered that to be the possibility of booklice. But how on earth did this booklice enter my beautiful home? What are harmless” Could it be a nuisance to me and my family? Let’s find out together.

Actually, the word “booklice” is the plural form of “booklouse.” Booklice (scientific name psocids’) are very common but they are categorized as harmless household pests.Booklice have minute, soft bodies – transparent to greyish-white in colour and are about 1mm to 4mm in length. Usually, they are wingless and often go unnoticed due to their size.

However, if you are observant enough, you may see them crawling on your wall surfaces. These booklice are common in humid climates and also in homes which are poorly ventilated. They usually feed on moulds, fungi, dead insect fragments, pollen and other starchy foods found in places high in humidity. Also, booklice are attracted to books, paper and sinks that leaks.

How can we control them?

It’s always advisable to ventilate the house especially the infested area with fresh air. Using a dehumidifier at the infested area will definitely reduce the moisture content of the air which the booklice find it essential. Another alternative is to have all your windows be opened for a free-flow of ventilation in your home.

You may use a vacuum cleaner to remove any debris from any cracks or corners of your storage areas. Have your walls wiped using a cloth and soapy water. After which, make sure your walls are dried thoroughly without having any moisture left behind.

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