Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bugs in the kichen

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Hello,

could You help me please? I found a lot of bugs in my kitchen cupboard. Now I see they are everywhere: in the flour, bread, semolina, buckwheat, pearl grains, under microwave, start to find in another rooms now! It's some kind of nightmare! Can You help please to identify them and tell the way how to fight with them!? These bugs are very small, I made some pictures on the paper towel.

Thank You!

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Andrius:

Thank you for including the images.  They are "booklice" in the order Psocodea.  Here's more about them and how best to control them (I'd advise against any kind of chemical treatments in any area where you prepare or store food):

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/booklice

http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/esps/factsheets/household_structural/bo

Store vulnerable foodstuffs, including dry pet food, in glass, metal, or durable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.  This will help exclude stored product pests of all kinds, preventing infestations.

There is little you can do when a product is infested before you purchase it, but at least in a well-sealed container any infestation will be contained rather than be able to spread to other foods.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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