If you’ve noticed small gray and tan insects around your home, then you might have a booklice infestation. Booklice are part of the psocid family which are insects around the size of a grain of rice, and they feed on mold and fungi in and around your home. Although they look very similar to lice, they aren’t part of the lice family and they are their own distinct species.
What Do Booklice Look Like?
Booklice generally measure between 1/32 of an inch and 1/4th of an inch long and their bodies look similar to termites. They will have 4 wings with two on the front and two on the back, and the front set of wings are larger than the back wings.
Why Are Their Booklice In My Home?:
Booklice are generally attracted to humidity and general moisture. They feed on mold and fungi so since mold and fungi grow in areas of high humidity, it makes those areas attractive to booklice. Because booklice require humidity and moisture to survive, they will often navigate into your home, especially during the winter.
When booklice are in your home, they will generally be found in areas with high humidity. The most popular areas include basements, closets, pantries, and books, and bookcases. These infestations can easily go unnoticed because booklice are so small and they are generally in areas that humans don’t spend too much of their time. They can quickly become an issue because they can reproduce extremely quickly!
Although booklice might enter your home to find fungi and mold to feed on, they are also indoors to find a safe place to lay their booklice nymph. Once they begin to reproduce, you’ll notice a big uptick in activity as their colony continues to grow.
Final Thoughts On Booklice and What They Are:
Booklice, although they are small, can be quite nerve-wracking. These tiny insects seek out fungi and mold, so they can often be found in areas with high humidity in your homes such as your basement, closets, books and bookcases, clothing chests, and more.
To help get rid of booklice you need to focus on reducing the humidity in your home to make it an unattractive living environment for the booklice.