If you have found tiny, pale-colored insects crawling around in your home, it can be quite disturbing. So, we're going to skip over the scientific data on these pests, like the fact that they are of the order psocoptera and that the staples of their diet are fungi, algae, lichen, and organic detritus, and get right to what matters most.
Do book-lice bite?
No. They are not harmful to humans. Unlike true lice, they do not feed on blood. This gives them no desire to bite humans. They also contain no venom or poison. So, even if they were able to or wanted to bite, they don't present any real health danger.
Are book-lice dangerous in other ways?
Danger comes in many forms. Though these creatures are not known to carry or transmit disease, and they are not considered to be a health threat, for some people tiny pale bugs crawling everywhere can be emotionally traumatizing, especially when found in food packages.
Why do book-lice get into food packages?
If you're finding these pests inside your food packages it is because it is too humid where you store your food. High humidity promotes mold growth in cereals and other stored food products, and this mold is what draws book-lice in. You can protect stored food by keeping them in sealed plastic containers and by keeping stored food areas dry.
What other items in my house are in danger?
The starches in wallpaper paste, books, fabrics, furniture, and paintings promote mold growth and will make these items appetizing to book-lice. This search for mold puts antique books, documents, and fabrics at greater risk.
What areas of my home are most susceptible?
Areas that have the most moisture will lure these pests in, areas such as basements, attics, closets, and other storage areas, which is why it is important to make sure that valuables stored in these areas are in sealed plastic totes.
How do you stop book-lice?
The greatest deterrent to book-lice is to keep things dry. Use dehumidifiers, ventilation, fans, and air conditioning units to lower humidity levels to less than 50%. But, when these pests take root, it is necessary to have professional pest service.
What pest service should I choose for book-lice?
When choosing pest service for any invading bug or wildlife, it is important to choose a pest control company that is QualityPro certified by the National Pest Management Association, is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and is partnered with industry leaders like Copesan. This will ensure that your home will receive the highest standard of service and treatment available in the industry. You will find all these accolades and more at Rottler Pest & Lawn Service.