What Is Book Lice?

Q:
What is book lice?

A:
Booklice (Psocoptera) are very small (less than 1.5mm in long) but not true lice. While they resemble lice in size and shape, booklice feed only on fungi, mold, together with dried or decaying plant and animal materials.

They are very abundant in dark, damp places such as basements, storerooms, homes closed for the summer, and closets during the warmer periods of the year.

If you find them in grain or other stored food products, it is an indication of high humidity which encourages mold growth.

Booklice may be found under wallpaper, in furniture, along the sides of windows or on window sills around potted plants.

Booklice do not bite, transmit disease, or damage food or fabric, but they can be very annoying when present in large numbers.

 

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