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I had a problem of having insects that was identified as booklice áfound crawling on my clothes in the closet they infested my wardrobe only , i know that booklice feed on mold & mildew and infest stored food so what would cause them to infest clothes wardrobe, is that normal ?

I read articles saying that items infested should be heated at 90░c for 30 min to kill adult booklice and eggs so i was afraid that normal machine washing of clothes at cool temperature without using dryer would not kill the booklice eggs so what should i do to clothes ?

What should i do to the wardrobe and its shelves to get rid of any booklice or eggs before returning clean clothes to it again ? And how to clean its corners from eggs the might be layed there ?

I don't know if this information is useful ábut the wardrobe is made of natural wood and humidity here is high can reach 85 % and i have some plastic bags in the wardrobe and some white printing papers.

Could the kind of adhesive used to bind wood parts together be the reason ?
What can i put in the closet as a booklice repellent to prevent future infestations ?

Sorry for asking too much questions but i couldn't find any articles about dealing with booklice infesting clothes wardrobes.Thank you

Hey Joseph,

The best way to treat a lice or booklice population is with pest control. I have tried high heat and extreme cold treatments with various insects and it isn't very effective. Lice are very resilient creatures and have thick egg cases and can survive most non pest control treatments.

I recommend using a bed lamb bedbug spray in the cracks and crevices. Then I would use steri-fab these two products should help knock the population down!

Lice Control page:

SteriFab alone will not leave a residual. So the bedlamb spray will work!

STERIFAB is so easy to use, with no dilution or prep required. Just spray STERIFAB on mattresses, bedding, furniture, carpets, vehicles, and any other inanimate surface to control bed bugs, fungus, germs, mildew, mold, and odor-producing bacteria. STERIFAB kills lice fast and dries crystal clear in 15 to 20 minutes with absolutely zero messy residue. Available in pint and one gallon sizes.

Shake Well Before And During Use.

Active Ingredient:   Combination of synthetic pyrethroid, a dual quat and isopropyl alcohol.
Target pests:   bed bugs and their eggs, lice, ticks, lice, fleas, dust mites, fungus, bacteria, mold, mildew and it deodorizes too.
Application:   Labeled for mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets, and many other inanimate objects. Only apply to places mentioned on the label.
Pet safe:   Yes.
Yield:   Application estimates: 10-12 ounces will treat a typical couch or sofa. A gallon will treat about 8-10 pieces of upholstered furniture or 5 sets of mattresses and box springs. Shake well with each use.

Here are the two products I recommended!

My thanks!

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