Booklice (Psocid)

There are over 800 types of psocid (the name given to any minute winged insects of the family Psocidae). However, the information given here applies to all. Although they are a nuisance, they do not pose a risk to health. They are also not a sign of poor hygiene, or a dirty house. Large infestations can cause significant damage to delicate materials such as books and fur. Psocids like to live in warm, dark, humid places. They are sometimes found in kitchen cupboards and in dry food stuffs, especially flour, milk powder and biscuits. They also are likely to be found in old books, carpets and other furnishings, as well as in new plaster which grows the microscopic fungi they like to feed on. You can help to deal with an infestation by checking all food, and disposing of anything that is infested. Food in cans and jars should be ok, but make sure you check around the seals and labels. Decant food in packets into airtight containers. Completely clear out all dust, crumbs etc from every cupboard, and wash the affected areas with a weak bleach solution. Make sure the cupboards are completely dry before reusing them. Continuing to decant food into airtight containers, making sure cupboards stay clean and tidy, and ventilating the kitchen well. The use of a de-humidifier may also help to reduce their numbers.

We can also treat the infestation for you by fumigating (ULV) ultra-low volume treatment inside your property to greatly reduce the numbers. This will involve the covering of any smoke detectors. For prices please see our fees and charges page.

Booking your appointment for treatment

Please call 01903 737755 to arrange a pest control appointment. This service is chargeable, the fee will be payable at the time of booking, so please have your card details ready.