Once booklice gain a foothold, they can be tricky to eradicate. The main thing to keep in mind is that they are attracted to damp,...
Booklice (Psocids) are small, soft-bodied insects that prefer to feed on mould, fungi, grains, insect fragments, and other starchy material. Dry food products commonly infested include cereals, pasta, flour, powdered milk, chocolate, and yeast.
Booklice also feed on the glue used in book bindings and are usually associated with warm, damp, undisturbed places. Infestation of packaged food products is uncommon, but when present, booklice can occur in large numbers.
Sanitation and inspection are the keys to good booklouse control. Booklouse infested products in warehouses often go unnoticed until a customer returns an infested product. Use sticky traps to capture the insects as they wander through warehouses and homes.
The traps should be placed in locations where the booklice can walk since they do not fly. Traps should be placed along walls, at the base of pallets, next to outside doors, or other areas where booklice are suspected.
Eliminate traps with poor booklice counts and place new traps in the vicinity that produces ever-increasing insect capture until the infested product is identified. Inspect pallets of food upon arrival at warehouses, and inspect individual products when brought home from retail outlets.
While booklice do not bite humans, their faeces and body parts infect food products. Once they get a foothold in your home, they are hard to keep under control.
To prevent further re-infestation, ensure your cupboards are free from condensation and damp; ventilate your kitchen particularly during cooking or washing, store all foodstuff in sealed containers and store flour in a covered washable container.
Article provided by SDA Pest Control