I have read up about psocids on your website and just wanted to clarify something re: psocid eggs. The article says eggs hatch in 2-4 weeks. In another place, it says eggs can live until the temperature is favorable for them to return.
I have gotten psocids inside my apartment I believe from water damage from skylights, reconstruction, some mold, etc.
I had a Pest Control company come in 5 months ago, and I have not seen any live ones in at least 4 months. However, it has been winter (I live in Maine) and the humidity in my apartment has been 50% or less.
Can I assume that my problem has been eliminated since it has been 4+ months, or can eggs survive until the warmer, humid months come.
(I am moving out of this apartment in a couple weeks and don’t want to take any of these pests with me!)
Thanks for your help..
Psocids, like many other insects, can survive extreme cold or lack of moisture for extended periods of time. This is natures way of enabling all insects to survive the variable weather conditions Mother Earth can create. Most eggs or pupa stages can last many months in a type of dormant, hibernating stage waiting patiently for better weather. Since you’re in Maine, there is really only a few months for them to be active outside. But inside most any house or apartment, psocids could be active all year. This means that even though the humidity has been low, it does not mean the eggs have died. I expect as spring arrives and with it some mild temperatures, any psocid eggs present will hatch out and attempt to reinfest the same areas they were active last year. The only way you could insure they don’t run rampant would be to treat with some of the psocid products we have listed once spring starts and with it some rain and mild tempeatures.
To insure you don’t bring any psocids with you when you move, there are some things you can do. First, do a good treatment of the new dwelling prior to moving in. This is always suggested – especially when moving to an apartment – since treating while it’s empty is always easiest. Apartments can be home to many pests and giving it a good thorough spraying when it’s empty should help protect you from any local or neighboring insect problems. Next, be sure to get new boxes or boxes that weren’t kept in your current dwelling to use for the move. Boxes are amongst one of the most favorite places for psocids to live so it’s highly likely that if you’ve been storing some they will now be harboring eggs which could in turn infest the new apartment. If you must use old boxes, treat them with the 565 a few days before you start filling them. Good luck!