- BOOKLICE BIOLOGY
- WHAT TO USE INSIDE THE HOME FOR BOOKLICE
- SPOT TREAT EVERY CRACK WITH FS MP AEROSOL
- HOW TO TREAT BOOKSHELVES, BOXES AND STORAGE ROOMS WITH BOOKLICE
- BEST LIQUID BOOKLICE SPRAY FOR BASEBOARDS, CARPETS AND FURNITURE
- HOW TO TREAT BOOKLICE COMING FROM A DRAIN OR IN A SHOWER
- BEST OUTSIDE SPRAY FOR BOOKLICE
- SET OUT BOOKLICE TRAPS
- CONTACT US
BOOKLICE BIOLOGY ^
Booklice are small insects which love moisture. In general, they need to live where humidity is high or moisture is present. Common places for booklice populations to thrive include window sills, under outside siding of homes, tree trunks, shrubs, flowers, around garden hoses, under bricks and rocks, around light fixtures and under boxes. However, some species will readily live in books, book cases, attics and crawl spaces.
The following short video (less than 60 seconds) gives you an overview of the products you’ll need for inside treatment of booklice. Everything mentioned is listed down the page where you can order as well as read more about each one for mixture rates, how often to treat, etc.
In fact there are many families and subspecies of this insect and the science community has not quite come to a concise conclusion about how to group and name all that are included.
Some appear to have specific moisture requirements and others do not. At the same time some seem to be food specific and others do not. To make matters more confusing, it appears that booklice are able to change their dietary needs as food availability changes.
One thing is for sure: if you have booklice active in or around your home – expect them to prosper and keep coming back every warm season. And in most cases they’ll end up invading living spaces which is when they’ll readily invade books, file cabinets and basically anywhere they find paper products.
The following short video (less than 60 seconds) gives you an overview of the products you’ll need for outside treatments of booklice infestations. Everything mentioned is listed down the page where you can order as well as read more about each one for mixture rates, how often to treat, etc.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF BOOKLICE ^
Booklice hatch from eggs in about 2-4 weeks after eggs are laid. Young will go through 2-4 nymphal stages to reach adulthood which takes another 2-3 months. Once mature, females can generate 50-100 eggs during her life and as an adult she would expect to live 1-4 months. Most populations will produce 2-3 generations per year but there could be a lot more if conditions are right.
Booklice are able to adapt to their environment which will dictate just how fast they reproduce. In general, the more moisture and the more moderate the temperatures (50 -80 degrees) the more they will prosper. Cold weather (below 35 degrees) will kill off adults but eggs will live and be ready to hatch as soon as local temperatures get back to where they are comfortable.
WHAT DO BOOKLICE EAT ^
Booklice will eat just about anything. Though most people think they eat books or paper, in fact they can thrive on a wide range of food. Typical food in the home include cellulose products (paper or books), book bindings, fabric (from which many book bindings are constructed), glue (the glue that binds most books has many natural components), contact paper, wall paper, any type of grain, mold, mildew, algae, fungus and other plant life.
The fact that booklice will readily live in books is the same reason they will readily live on trees: the presence of both cellulose (paper is made from wood) and fungus or algae. Algae or fungus will readily grow in damp dark places inside homes but it also thrives outside. It is here where local booklice populations will begin to accrue.
BOOKLICE ON THE HOME ^
Most all booklice problems start from the homes siding. Booklice which forage onto homes and establish themselves on brick, stucco, hardy board, cedar shakes or underneath coverings such as vinyl or aluminum will eventually end up inside. They’ll enter via windows, doors, attics, wall voids and where pipes come through the wall.
In some areas of the country, booklice thrive in sewer lines, drain lines and septic systems. These regions are prone to having booklice enter via their sinks and showers!
From outside the home they will commonly find window sills to be great for food as well as outside light fixtures, outlets, door frames, etc. The author has seen them thrive on just about any perimeter location of most any structure which gets wet during rain or irrigation. Such areas have a tendency to harbor moisture and this harboring is what enables fungus and algae to grow. Once this growth starts booklice will follow and once established on the structure, its just a matter of time before they end up inside.
WHAT TO USE INSIDE THE HOME FOR BOOKLICE ^
Since booklice will be effectively hiding out of sight once they get inside the home, it can be hard to isolate all areas where they’re nesting. For this reason aerosol products are a good formulation when activity is up above baseboards. So around windows, door frames and countertops, a thorough crack and crevice treatment will usually knock them out.
SPOT TREAT EVERY CRACK WITH FS MP AEROSOL ^
Where active, be sure to treat within a few feet with FS MP AEROSOL. This product is quick acting and penetrating so it will reach all voids and spaces booklice will use to nest.
The following video shows how to properly treat a window and well worth the watch. Apply the same treatments to doors and anywhere you see them since they nest within 1-2 feet of where they’re visible.
Spot treat around windows, doors, baseboards, inside cabinets, under sinks and basically within 3 feet of any spot where you see them active. FS MP will last at least two weeks but we recommend retreating any day if you see new ones active – even in spots you may have treated the day before. The reason is simple: if you see them a day or two following a treatment its because you missed them the first time you were there and where they are now active it means there is a nest within a few feet of that spot.
When used properly, you should not be be seeing a “wet” look where you spray so there is no need to over apply.
HOW TO TREAT BOOKSHELVES, BOXES AND STORAGE ROOMS WITH BOOKLICE ^
For small areas 100 sq/ft or less filled with paper products that are difficult to spray, misting with MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER will provide a quick kill and penetrate these areas without damaging paper or fine materials.
The key to the success of this treatment is that the aerosol coming from the can will be in ULV form. That means the particle size will be comprised of very tiny microns of active ingredient and able to penetrate most any area they might be hiding.
To treat, spray a few feet “over” the target area covering 2 sq/ft per 1 second. When done properly, a fine mist will fall down onto the books, shelves, etc.
Opening and inspecting some books is suggested so any badly infested books can be treated more intensely.
Each can will release about 5 minutes of spray and can cover up to 800 sq/ft effectively.
BEST LIQUID BOOKLICE SPRAY FOR BASEBOARDS, CARPETS AND FURNITURE
If you’re seeing booklice all over the house – especially around baseboards, carpeting and furniture, treat with BITHOR. This odorless concentrate combines two actives which work together and provide a fast kill and long lasting residual. The one active will kill booklice within an hour and the second active is non repelling so once the first active is gone in a day or two, the second active will keep protecting the area for a month or more.
The following “short video” (less than 60 seconds long) explains how safe Bithor is to use inside the home:
That being said, we advise you spray every few days if they’re coming back that quick. In most cases, re-infestation inside is a sure sign they’re coming from outside and you’ll need to spray the outside areas as detailed below. But if the problem is limited to the inside, the FS MP and Bithor combo will control it within a few weeks with the Multipurpose on anything sensitive as needed.
Add 1 oz of Bithor per gallon of water and expect to get about 1,000 sq/ft of coverage per gallon of mixed material.
Use a good PUMP SPRAYER to apply Bithor although the Mini Mister listed below is the “best” way to use it.
For the best way to treat, get a MINI MISTER. They basically allow you to apply a nice light “aerosol” like mist which is all you need when using Bithor.
The following video shows why the Mini Mister is ideally designed for applying Bithor.
For surface spraying wood shelves, window ledges and even books, the Mini Mister will let you get these areas protected without making a mess.
HOW TO TREAT BOOKLICE COMING FROM A DRAIN OR IN A SHOWER ^
Booklice can travel up drain lines and commonly infest them when active in bathrooms or kitchens. Sinkerators will accumulate much needed organic matter they need to thrive and sustain themselves so once they find a good drain or overflow space to fill, they’ll move in and start populating.
To treat these areas requires a special one of a kind product that’s labeled for use down drains. LEMON AIR PLUS is the only registered product safe enough to be used in this sensitive area yet strong enough to kill insects like booklice, springtails, ants, crickets and more.
Mix 2-4 oz per gallon of water and plan on pouring 1/2 gallon down the drain every evening before you retire. Let the product sit in the drain for at least 6 hours to get you the best results.
The following “short video” (less than 60 seconds) shows how easy it is to use Lemon Air:
Lemon Air smells like lemons, as the name implies, but it’s not a masking agent. Lemon Air will be breaking down organic matter as well as killing any insects in the treatment and it purges drain lines from built up organic matter.
Use at least once a week down drains as needed; more frequently if they’re coming back within 7 days. Remember booklice like living in grout and countertop carcks so sponging these areas down with the mixture is highly suggested and safe to do since it breaks down in 15-20 minutes.
BEST OUTSIDE SPRAY FOR BOOKLICE ^
Booklice living on your homes exterior will no doubt be working their way inside. Treating around windows with our FS MP will help keep them out but ultimately the siding treated on the outside will be needed.
Liquid spraying may solve the issue but if you still have activity after 2 weeks and several applications, you will need to dust.
FIRST LIQUID SPRAY THE SIDING ^
If you’re seeing activity outside – especially on the siding – you’ll need to spray MAXXTHOR EC. It too mixes with water but is oil based. This chemistry gives it a very “invasive” ability meaning it will penetrate the siding on the home or the bark on a tree where booklice need to hide.
Maxxthor will provide a quick knockdown and a long lasting residual which will prevent hatching eggs from thriving. Maxxthor can be applied over the homes exterior siding, around windows, on trees and plants and just about anywhere booklice have been found.
Plan on using 2.5 oz in our HOSE END SPRAYER filled to the 5 gallon line and spray from the gutters down to the foundation.
The following “short video” (less than 60 seconds long) shows how to setup and use our hose end sprayer for this exact treatment:
Plan on retreating as soon as they come back. Booklice nesting in siding will be tough to eliminate so its important to use a lot of spray and to renew it as soon as they reappear.
You can use a standard pump sprayer like the one above to apply Maxxthor but in general, the more water you use, the better results you’ll get. Plus, you should expect to apply 3-4 gallons of mixed Maxxthor outside so using a pump sprayer will take a lot of time compared to our HOSE END SPRAYER.
The following “short video” (less than 60 seconds long) shows how easy it is to use with our hose end sprayer:
For book like, add 2.5 oz of Maxxthor to the sprayer and then fill it with water to the 5 gallon line. Hook it to your garden hose and apply the entire amount over 5,000 sq/ft. Do this every two weeks outside until you don’t see any activity. Once they’re gone, plan on treating once every 2-3 months to make sure they don’t come back.
NEXT DUST THE SIDING ^
Since booklice are migrating from the ground up and onto structures, they’ll be nesting “in” the siding.
Maxxthor sprayed on brick or even masonite will do a good job of keeping it booklice free but siding like Vinyl, Wood Shakes or Aluminum will often times have so many living behind it, you’ll need to dust.
The following short video talks about how to dust your homes siding.
The best product for this will be DELTAMETHRIN DUST. This dust is like “baby powder” but its moisture resistant and can be “puffed” up and into all the gaps and voids. Dusting will last several months and if you do a good soil treatment with the granules and liquid spray, you may not have to treat these areas again.
Use Deltamethrin Dust at the rate of 1 lb for every 1,000 sq/ft of siding.
Apply the dust with a good HAND DUSTER.
If you need to dust row after row of vinyl siding, cedar shakes or some other exterior siding booklice are using, consider getting a DUSTICK. This tool will let you do the dusting from the ground without having to climb a ladder.
Our Dustick features 4 extensions, each 4 feet long, which can be used one at a time or slid over one another to create a tool 8 feet long, 12 feet long, 16 foot long and longer if needed. Combined with the dust canister on top and the pump assembly on the bottom, you will be able to treat locations up to 25 feet high while standing on the ground and you can purchase extra 4 foot extensions to make it even longer.
This short video (less than 1 minute long) gives a good overview of how the Dustick works and why its essential for homes with booklice living under the exterior siding.
The dustick will let you reach up to 25 feet and you can get extra 4 FOOT EXTENSIONS if you need to reach higher.
SET OUT BOOKLICE TRAPS ^
Once you decide on which product to use remember to stay with it and make applications throughout the season as needed. Generally speaking, infestations which are located outside will be active in the warm months and go dormant if you have a winter.
For the southern most states, it is not uncommon to have activity year round. Most of these outside applications should be done with Maxxthor EC. If you have booklice in the home or building and have decided to use one of the Aerosols, expect to do several treatments since these applications will not last as long compared to the liquid.
To help monitor the problem and cut down on their activity, install BOOKLICE TRAPS on all bookshelves, countertops and window sills with activity. Its also smart to set these out where you suspect they might be nesting. This could be around a shower tub, toilet bowl, inside plant pots, area rugs or under furniture cushions. They measure 4.25″ wide by 3.25″ long and less than 1/2″ tall so they’re quite flat.
Each trap features a unique glue which maintains a high level of moisture. This moisture content will attract certain insects like booklice, springtails and more. Once they enter, they’ll get stuck on the non-drying glue inside.
The following short video (less than 60 seconds long) summarizes why these traps are so effective for booklice.
Traps should be spaced every 20 feet; at least two traps per room. The glue will remain active for 3-6 months but replace them every 3 months when dealing with an active problem or sooner if they get filled. And remember they’re designed to keep you informed on where problems might be you have not noticed before so use them in random areas where there “might” be a problem not yet identified. For areas where they’re being seen, treat for fast results.
Booklice can be a persistent and annoying pest in and around the home. Though they don’t bite, their chewing mouth parts can cause a lot of damage to fabric, books, wallpaper and other inanimate objects around the home which are valuable. Reduce moisture levels to deter nesting and seal cracks and crevices where booklice may be entering for long term protection.
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