One of the most common home issues in Singapore is booklice. There are over 100 different species throughout the world. The majority of them are not dangerous and will not harm you or your family. However, it is possible you may have an allergic reaction to booklice. This is why you need to know the best booklice treatment to keep yourself and your family safe.
There are effective methods you can use to kill booklice. You may have seen booklice on walls. They look like tiny black dots moving all over your walls. There will be a large number of them. You can easily squash one of them with your fingers. The problem is there will be hundreds and hundreds of them stuck to numerous areas including your bedroom and bathroom walls, and that’s never a pleasant sight.
Where do booklice come from?
Due to their name, you may be under the misconception that books are the cause of booklice but this is not true. Having a lot of books in your home will not cause booklice. Booklice are attracted to areas where the humidity is high (Singapore’s average humidity is 80%!)
When a room has high humidity, mildew, mold and moisture can grow extremely fast. This is what the booklice feed on for their survival. If you do have a lot of books and they begin to mold, this will attract booklice to your home. This is why mould and booklice are often found in tandem attacking your home.
The difference is they are not attracted to your books but rather the mold growing on your books. Booklice are different than bird mites and they do not bite. They simply feed on the mildew and mold present due to high humidity.
One of the biggest issues is the climate in Singapore is always tropical. This is what leads to a moist and warm environment in your home or office. Unfortunately, your weather conditions are ideal for booklice to thrive.
Booklice are actually a type of insect as opposed to lice. Lice, also known as head louse, tend to prey on human blood exclusively, but booklice prefer damaging your home to infesting your hair.
In addition to feeding on mold, they also eat food items. If you only have a few booklice in the house, you may not see them because they are so small and easy to miss. Once you have a bad infestation the booklice on walls become extremely easy to see.
Before you can keep your home free of booklice and booklice eggs, you must know what they are and be able to find them.
Although there are steps you can personally take to exterminate them (which we will detail below), your best option is to contact a professional booklice removal company.
This is because a booklice pest control company knows exactly what to look for, has been well trained, has the necessary equipment and supplies and the experience required to get rid of booklice from Singaporean homes. Make sure that the booklice removal company is NEA certified so that they are qualified enough to fix your booklice problem for good.
If you want to try getting rid of them by yourself, start by getting a magnifying glass and a powerful flashlight. Look in the areas where booklice are known to have the easiest time surviving. This includes stacks of papers or magazines, your basement, in bookshelves and the food cupboards in your kitchen. In other words, places you wouldn’t normally think to check for pests.
Booklice have a narrow midsection with a large abdomen and head. The booklice in your home will not have any wings and is unable to fly. Use your magnifying glass and flashlight to find the booklice. Once you have located them and confirmed that they are in fact the suspected booklice, it is time to kill them and get them out of your home.
Now, we’re going to talk about the solutions that you can DIY to do your own booklice treatment.
Cleaning Your Kitchen
One of the most common places to find booklice and booklice eggs is in your kitchen. The recommendation is to thoroughly clean your kitchen often. Booklice in Singapore are attracted to the moist and humid atmosphere of a kitchen.
In addition to cleaning all of the equipment and surfaces in your kitchen, you need to ventilate the room as much as possible. You can prevent any moist or humid conditions in your kitchen by installing an extractor fan.
Once the moisture and humidity have been eliminated from your kitchen, you will not see any more booklice on walls. Removing any mould in your kitchen is extremely important because booklice will thrive when they have mold to eat and starve to death when they do not.
The Necessity of Proper Food Disposal
Once you have finished consuming your food, you need to remove it from your kitchen or dining area. Don’t leave consumed food packets lying strewn around on your table, as it will draw pests in addition to being unhygienic and messy.
How to keep your food cupboard clean
Keep your food cupboard clean to prevent booklice and booklice eggs from growing and breeding in there. You will need to clean your food cupboard often (preferably once every 3 weeks or so) to prevent the growth of booklice in your food cupboard.
All food that has been infected must be removed first to prevent any future growth. There are certain foods that may become infected if you store them for more than one day.
When you have food you are no longer going to eat, throw it away immediately. Once you have cooked food, it should all be eaten. If you find a major infestation or don’t feel confident enough to control a booklice infestation on your own, you should call a booklice pest control company.
Place Sticky Traps
One of the best ways to kill booklice in Singapore is with sticky traps. This is because booklice are unable to fly. You can trap them as they are moving across your floors and walls.
After a few days, carefully inspect your sticky traps. If you have some traps where you have caught very little or none at all, move them to another area of your home where you believe the booklice are residing. Effective booklice treatment will mean that the booklice is gone from your home. If not, you will have to kill booklice using a different method.
Cleaning Your Shelving and Cupboards Properly
You should never use a wet cloth to kill booklice or booklice eggs. This is because you will be increasing the moisture in these areas. Use a dry cloth for cleaning. If you feel you absolutely need to use soap and water, make certain you have completely dried the area when you have finished cleaning.
To kill booklice, you also need to vacuum your shelves and cupboards. Pay close attention to the small crevices because this is where they may be hiding. When you are done, take the contents of your vacuum and throw them away immediately. This will stop another infestation from beginning in another area of your home.
If you have an infestation, you may want to put on an apron and mask before you begin. If you have booklice on walls, one of the best ways to eliminate them is with a vacuum. You can use one of your attachments to vacuum all of your walls to kill booklice.
To stop an infestation of booklice in Singapore, you must also get rid of the booklice eggs or they will hatch and your home will be infested all over again.
Where Booklice in Singapore Feed
One of the favourite foods of booklice are packaged dry food products. Do not leave any of these products sitting in your cupboards. Use airtight containers to store them safely. Booklice can get into a container with a poor seal very easily. If you see booklice moving on the pages of a magazine or book, either throw them away or put them in your microwave on high for a minimum of forty seconds.
This will not only kill the booklice but their eggs as well. If you have packages of food infested with booklice, either throw them away or put them in your freezer for one day in sealed plastic. This will kill the adults and the eggs. You will still need to throw away your contaminated food for an effective booklice treatment.
Opening All Your Windows
To kill booklice, open all of the windows in your home to dry out the rooms. If you have a lot of moisture in the air, use fans or dehumidifiers as well. This will make your home less likely to draw booklice.
Make sure you have invested in a good dehumidifier. This will quickly decrease the amount of humidity in your home. You will need to run your dehumidifier in all of your rooms. When your humidity is low, the chances of mildew or mould growing is significantly decreased. This eliminates the food sources booklice need to thrive.
Using Soap and Water to Wipe Down Your Walls
Plain soap and water is a more economical and quicker way to kill booklice if you lack any of the alternatives mentioned above.. You must thoroughly dry your wall when you are done to ensure no moisture is left behind. If you still have booklice and have tried all of these suggestions, you need to call a booklice pest control company.
Call a Booklice Pest Control Company if all else fails.
The easiest, fastest and most efficient booklice treatment is calling a professional. There are numerous pest control companies in Singapore with good reputations.
These professionals know exactly what needs to be done to remove these pests from your home. You should have your home treated a minimum of once every six months to make certain your home remains free of booklice.
If you do not have any experience eliminating these pests from your home, you can save yourself a lot of time and aggravation by simply call a professional before you attempt to do the job yourself. The climate in Singapore offers a good feeding ground for booklice. This means your home may already be infested.