Booklice can become a nuisance if left unchecked. They can reproduce quickly leading to infesting and contaminations.
These pests need high levels of moisture to thrive and reproduce.
Mould is their primary source of food and also tend to feed on starch present in book bindings.
Based on the temperature and humidity of the surrounding environment, booklice can take anywhere between 1 month to 3 month to hatch and grow into adulthood.
They are not generally any bigger than six millimetres, have soft bodies and have two pairs of membranous wings. However, in some species, there is a loss of the wings.
They tend to have eyes that are poorly developed, have long and threadlike antennae. They run along exposed surfaces in a jerky, halting manner, and sometimes appear to hop.
These insects feed on microscopic moulds, fungi, dead insect fragments, pollen, and other starchy foods found in humid environments such as houses, warehouses, and even libraries.
Damp areas, crawl spaces, leaky and sweating plumbing, paste on book bindings, grains, wallpaper, etc. are some places you might find these insects.
Poor ventilation in your vicinity may lead to a booklice infestation as well. They can normally be found on the walls beneath an air condition, where condensation mostly happens. It is important to have proper ventilation and air out your area frequently to avoid having an infestation.
Booklice don’t consume book material as their name suggests, but rather eat any microscopic spores of mould present in the books.
That’s one of the reasons why you’ll always find booklice and mould in the same location.
Thorough inspection of the infestation will be carried out. Our treatments are safe and NEA approved, these include methods of misting or spraying using water based safe chemicals.
We recommend seeking inspection and treatment immediately should you be experiencing an infestation.
Over the counter insecticides do not prevent and solve the booklice infestation. contact us today and we can help you get rid of your booklice issue.
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