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Bug from pantry
Bug from pantry  
Found this bug on the pantry wall. Did some looking and found some in the rice container.
What am I dealing with here ? How does one proceed to eliminate its presence ?

Thank You.


Nice image, thank you for including that.

This is some kind of "booklouse" in the order Psocodea.  Your rice or other food product may have been infested even before you made the purchase, so it is not necessarily your "fault."

Start by discarding any infested item.  Store vulnerable foodstuffs in metal, glass, or durable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.  That will help prevent future infestations, or at least contain them.

As far as I know, booklice are not a health threat.  They may, however, indicate the presence of mold, and *that* can be a bad thing.  A very bad thing.  Here's a couple links to more information on booklice:

Good luck with eliminating the problem.  You should be able to do so without any professional service, or even any chemical treatment (pesticides are never a good idea in a kitchen anyway).  Take care, have a great spring!


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Eric R. Eaton


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.


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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