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Feb 8, 2012 2:10 PM

Bugs in the bedroom

Hi,

This is my first time posting anything here, I am seeking help and advice about a crawling insect that has been identified as a Book Lice.

My husband and I have been fighting these insects fr the past 5 months. There were hundreds of them over all the surfaces in our bedroom. I first noticed them scurry across the pages of books that I had been reading. I do not keep books in my bedroom, I buy a book read it then give it to charity. The infestation has been so bad we have abandoned the bedroom. We have spent a small fortune getting in the "bug men" and now my husband is buying sprays off the Internet and inspecting the room every evening and spraying. The number have dropped to 3 or 4 per night now only found on the window sill. We have had every gap filled and now are considering getting a new window and frame fitted to the bedroom to maybe stop them getting in past the window seals. Isn't there anything that will get rid of these invaders? I would like to get my bedroom back. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Feb 8, 2012 4:03 PM (in response to Fed up)
    Re: Bugs in the bedroom

    Hello,

     

    Fortunately book lice (or Psocids) are not dangerous to humans and are unlikely cause damage to property.  I have attached an information sheet with more information.

     

    The key thing about psocids is that they feed on microscopic particles of mould and are therefore an indicator of dampness.  They often appear on newly plastered walls, but die off of their own accord as the walls dry out.  One thing you could try is a dehumidifier.  If the atmosphere is drier their food supply will disappear and so will they!

     

    Hope this is useful

     

    Hannah

    NHM ID Team

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    Feb 8, 2012 4:10 PM (in response to Fed up)
    Re: Bugs in the bedroom

    Hello,

     

    I'm sorry to hear about the problems these insects cause you. Booklice are difficult to control, and we are no experts in pest control. I can recommend some useful pages to read:

     

    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ip/bryanturner/other/psocid%20_0utlook.html

    http://www.stephentvedten.com/26_Booklice.pdf

     

    I'm also copying here a fragment from our info sheet on booklice:

     

    ERADICATION                There is no simple way to eradicate psocids although their numbers can be kept in check with the use of household liquid and powder insecticides with a pyrethrum or derris base.  Care should be taken not to allow such substances to come into contact with foodstuffs.  Infested larders and kitchen cupboards should be emptied, vacuum cleaned, scrubbed with a household bleach solution and thoroughly dried before the contents are replaced, ensuring that infested foodstuffs are discarded.

    The only certain way of ridding a house of psocids is to ensure that it is so dry that the moulds and mildews on which they feed cannot grow.  If the house cannot be kept free of damp, then materials such as wicker furniture and paper under floor ­coverings should be avoided.  Regular vacuum cleaning, especially with a crevice tool around skirting boards and under furniture, is very helpful. A de-humidifier is likely to be helpful also. Effective fungicides are included in most modern vinyl paints and wall covering adhesives, but domestic heating should be adequate to dry out the house, particularly in autumn.  Structural defects such as lack of damp courses, porous brickwork, damp window frames and leaky roofs and gutters may have to be treated by a builder.

     

    I hope this helps.

     

    Best wishes,

     

    Florin

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        Feb 9, 2012 2:00 PM (in response to Fed up)
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        Hello,

        It's hard to answer this. They are small and versatile, they can live in small spaces where they have food and damp conditions. But they don't bite or anything, so maybe you should just ignore them. That's what I do.

        Best wishes,

        Florin

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