I see these tiny black booklice bugs around my house. Most are on the back porch where it’s mostly damp so I think the moisture is a problem. How can I treat them? I don’t even know where they’re coming from.
In order for us to recommend a product, we need to know exactly what the past is which you’re seeing. If possible, collect a sample and give us a call on our toll-free 1-800-877-7290. One of our tech reps will then try to identify your pest by asking a few questions. First and foremost, we need to know the target insect if we are to recommend the proper products you need to use during any pest control program.
I’m guessing you’re seeing Springtails. These are small, black flea like insects which will migrate once local populations reach certain densities. Excessive moisture – like rainfall that can last several days – may also trigger a mass migration from nearby nests. Springtails will commonly infest the soil around cement slabs and structures and generally they will not be visible. They feed on organic matter in the soil and when they migrate, it’s not uncommon to see thousands emerge up and onto the house. Ultimately some will end up inside the home and even to the second level of the house if enough are migrating. These invasions can be controlled but it will take a combination of a few products to accomplish this task. You can see them all in our SPRINGTAIL CONTROL ARTICLE.
But the name booklice can be used to describe other insects like psocides or bark beetles. Psocids are small, white and almost translucent. They commonly nest in books, bathrooms and around closed windows. They feed on mold and allergy barely visible to the naked eye. Bark beetles are mostly seen out in the yard on trees and other vegetation. Once levels reach certain densities, these insects will migrate onto and ultimately inside most any structure. Treatments for either of these pests will be much different from our recommendation for Springtails which points out how important it is for us to know the target insect if we are to recommend the best suited treatment program.
In summary, the fastest way to help you would be if you can call and speak with one of our technical representatives. In most cases we’re able to narrow down if not properly identify the problem pest. At that time we’ll make some recommendations and offer other suggestions so you can go about eradicating this pest effectively so give us a call during regular business hours.