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Old 03-09-2008, 09:54 PM
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Question tiny pests in house identification

Can anyone help me ID some tiny critters in my house?

A description of these guys is hard as they are so small, but here goes...... I would guess at no more than 2mm long, soft bodied (easy to squish), no wings, with antennae, white/grey to brown in colour, six legs (stating the obvious ), move/run very fast for little guys, obvious separation between head and abdomen.
Its a brand new house so no dampness. I've seen them in most areas of the house - first noticed them on the black granite fireplace (probably because their light colour stood out on the dark granite) but have since noticed them on other hard surfaces such as the wall in the downstairs loo, and in the xexexexexexexe .
Seem to be noticing them more and more either because im looking for them or because they are BREEDING. I am fascinated (some people would say obsessed) with insects and would never normally kill anything but im getting stressed that these guys may be causing harm around the house. PLEASE HELP
As far as im aware we don't really get termites in the UK but these guys have a very similar body shape. They only other thing I can make any other comparison to is a wingless aphid - but they are NOT around any of the house plants.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:57 PM
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Re: tiny pests in house identification

I think they are the so-called windowsill beetles. I don't know much about them, someone else should soon.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:07 PM
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Re: tiny pests in house identification

Have a look for booklice (Psocids) - they seem to do well with freshly plastered walls.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:22 PM
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Re: tiny pests in house identification

Wow, thanks venger - i think you may have it Just googled an image and if its not those its something very simillar - will read up on them tomorrow - any idea if I need to worry about them or how to get rid of them?
Thanks also jason. I know i would get some help if i asked the question here (its my first thread - read lots of others before but never bothered posting myself - you wont get rid of me now )
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:36 PM
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Re: tiny pests in house identification

Welcome to WAB beebeautiful!!

We have lots of fun on here and we learn loads too!!

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Old 03-09-2008, 10:45 PM
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Re: tiny pests in house identification

Hi beebeautiful! I'm glad your little friends have prompted you to come out of lurk mode - you'll thank them in the end!

If Venger thinks they're booklice, they probably are. Personally, I've no idea from your description, even though I have a rather morbid interest in household pests.

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Old 04-09-2008, 05:13 PM
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Re: tiny pests in house identification

Had a look into booklice today and I pretty sure that’s them, and the suggestion of the link with fresh plastered walls is spot on
Turns out they feed on fungi and bacteria that grows on the damp plaster. No health issues associated with them (don't carry any disease etc.)
They are the same guys you sometimes see running around in packets of flour that have been open for a while (if you have that issue -freeze the flour for 24hrs).
Seems most peoples trouble with them is in xexexexexexexe cupboards - have checked and mine are fine as I always keep dry goods in airtight tubs (rented a house for a short time that had issues with mice - they kept munching my cereal so since then have kept everything in tubs).
Found someone that found a forgotten bag of bird seed that was swarming with them - checked my bird seed (again kept in a tub by the back door) but no crawlers in there.
Guess it must just be down to the plastered walls.
Still need to figure out how’s best to get rid of them as they can cause damage to books (hence the name), fabrics, skins (leather etc.) and I don't want them finding there way in to the xexexexexexexe cupboards. Can't really use a pesticide unless anyone knows of one that wouldn't be harmful to pets (have fish and a 19yr old cat).
I can relax now knowing they wont do any real damage to my new house (first time home owner so super anxious ).
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hi welcome sorry to hear about your little critters Would your local evironmental office help once helped us when we had carpet beetles
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its been interesting reading this thread, you learn sumut every day on here
Venger gets um all in the end.
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