Now that the rain has stopped it is important to shake off any shoes that are outside as spiders very well could be hiding in them as their webs have been washed away or if they are ground dwelling spiders their burrows flooded.
Psocids also known as Booklice are tiny insects which is usually found in books but is not always limited to books and can be found in other areas such as your kitchen. Booklice are attracted to warm damp environments and will feast on mildews, mould and yeast.
Booklice are a light brown or creamy colour insect which re roughly 1mm.
What do Booklice feed on?
Firstly I must mention Booklice is not caused by poor hygiene and do not pose any threat to humans. Booklice are attracted to high humidity or dampness that is in your home. You may need to fix that leaky pipes or taps that you have been meaning to fix or set up a better ventilation system in your home. Booklice love to feed on books, plaster, leather, natural materials, animal waste, plant fibres, certain food in your pantry such as flour and grains.
How can I get rid of Booklice naturally?
You will need to go around your home and seek out which areas are damp and moist as this is a breeding ground for Booklice.
Reduce humidity by using a dehumidifier in all rooms which are moist and damp. ( you can either get one installed or you can buy portable ones)
Fix any leaky pipes and taps.
Make sure that your water drain/air condition overflow pipe is drained further away from your home.
Purchase a few damp rids from your local supermarket and place the damp rid in the affected rooms which have high moisture.
Empty out your pantry and inspect all of your dry products such as yeast, flour, grains, cereals and pet food. (if they are infested with Booklice please dispose of this immediately in your outside bin)
Before placing the non-affected items back in the pantry get a sponge and little bucket which will have 2 parts of bleach to 5 parts of water and give the pantry a really good clean. ( I recommend cleaning all cupboards in the kitchen bathroom and laundry with this method)
Make sure the cupboards and pantry are really well dried before placing items back into their original spot. (Using a hair dryer works great as the heat will kill any eggs you may of left behind)
Make sure that all dry food products are in air tight containers.
Books and any other item which are affected by Booklice place in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds (Make sure these items do not have any metal in them otherwise you will cause a fire)
What are Springtails? Collembola also better known by the name of Springtails, are tiny little insects which live in damp moist environments. Springtails are less than 6mm and there is roughly 2,000 species worldwide. Springtails can be found in decaying matter, algae, fungi, leaf litter, compost and places in and around your home which is moist and damp.
But how did they get the name springtails? Springtails have the ability to jump like a spring when they have been disturbed. A lot of the Springtail species have a furcular which is sort of a tail that will act like a spring when the Springtails have been disturb.
What benefits does a Springtail have to the environment? Springtails play a huge role in the environment as they feed on decaying matter, algae, fungi, leaf litter and compost as they breakdown organisms.
Are Springtails considered a pest? Yes, Springtails are a pest as they build up very large populations usually in roof voids, bathrooms, basements and agricultural crops.
How can I get rid of Springtails naturally? • Remove any organic matter from around your home like compos, leaf litter and any decaying matter. • Reduce humidity by using a dehumidifier in all rooms which are moist and damp. ( you can either get one installed or you can buy portable ones) • Fix any leaky pipes and taps. • Make sure that your water drain/air condition overflow pipe is drained further away from your home. • For your sinks in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry put draino down the drains to get rid of any Springtails that may of made their way into the drains as this could very well be a breeding ground for them. • Mix soap and water and put into little containers and place them in the rooms that are affected by the Springtails as the Springtails will not be able to gain momentum to jump as it is to slippery for them. By doing this the Springtails will die in the soapy water. If the infestation is external all you need to do is pour this on to the Springtails. • Vinegar can also be use instead of soapy water as it being very high in acid causing the Springtails to burn. If the infestation is external all you need to do is pour this on to the Springtails. • Don’t have soapy water or vinegar but you have bleach, no problem mix the bleach and water in containers and watch them instantly die. If you are able to clean your walls with the diluted bleach and water do so. If the infestation is external all you need to do is pour this on to the Springtails. • Purchase a few damp rids from your local supermarket and place the damp rid in the affected rooms which have high moisture.