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There is Nothing “So-So” about Psocids.

Psocids (pronounced “so-sids”), also known as “booklice” or “barklice”, are minute insects typically found in moist, warm environments. Despite their common names, psocids are not true lice and pose no harm to humans or pets. They primarily feed on mold, fungi, and other organic materials, making them prevalent in areas with high humidity, such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Management and Control

While psocids do not directly harm humans or pets, their presence can be bothersome, especially in large numbers. Effective management primarily involves reducing moisture and humidity in affected areas. Chemical treatments are generally unnecessary and often ineffective if moisture issues are not resolved first. Here are some DIY methods to eliminate psocids:

  1. Lower Humidity: Use dehumidifiers or fans to reduce indoor humidity levels, aiming for below 40%.
  2. Fix Leaks: Repair any leaking pipes, roofs, or other moisture sources.
  3. Improve Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in damp areas, like basements and crawl spaces.
  4. Proper Storage: Store books, papers, and food products in dry, well-ventilated areas and use airtight containers.
  5. Dispose of Infested Items: Remove or dispose of items heavily infested with mold or fungi.

Adam’s Pest Control typically does not provide treatment for psocids because reducing moisture takes care of most psocid infestations.