booklice

Identifying Booklice

With more than 5,000 species of booklice worldwide, the most common in Singapore are:

  1. Wingless Booklouse (Liposcelis spp.)
  2. Grain Psocid (Lachesilla pendicularia)
  3. Deathwatch Psocid (Trogium pulsatorium)

They have often been mistaken for Termites or “white ants”, but on closer examination booklice have more prominent eyes and a distinct neck.

They are treated as a nuisance pest and do not transmit diseases.

 

How do you know you have an infestation?

You will find:

  1. Live booklice crawling around your cupboards, walls, books, and upholstered furniture
  2. Tiny eggs of about 50-60, laid either singly or in clusters

 

What can you do to prevent an infestation?

As booklice feed on microscopic mould and fungi that thrive on surfaces with humidity levels of above 50%, keep your humidity levels low by regularly ventilating and sunning the rooms. You may also invest in a dehumidifier.

 

How can we help you?

Our Aardwolf Pestkare Technicians can immediately reduce the pest population by conducting a residual misting of your home, and conduct a thorough inspection to reduce the incidence of infestation.