Fees and charges for 2015/16 can be viewed using the following link:

Pest Control Charges - 2015/16

General Information

  • Psocids are also often known as Book Lice.
  • Common but harmless household pests.
  • Smaller than a pinhead.
  • Can live in dry, powdery type foods.
  • They do not like the light but prefer to live in dark, warm, humid places such as the folds of packaging in food cupboards.
  • Can live for about 6 months and during that time can lay up to 200 eggs.
  • Feed on microscopic moulds and mildews which flourish in warm, humid places such as a domestic kitchen.
  • Not caused by poor hygiene - just as common in the cleanest of homes.
  • Unlikely to be brought into the home in foods.
  • Can also be found in old books, carpets and other furnishing in the home.


  • Remove the infested food immediately and dispose of it outside.
  • Check everything else in the cupboard.
  • Food in cans and bottles will still be all right but make sure there are no insects hiding under them.
  • Clean out all the dust, crumbs etc.
  • Treat the affected area with a good household insecticide which is suitable for use near food or contact our Helpline to arrange an appointment for a treatment.
  • Make sure the cupboard is completely dry before using it again. 


  • Keep your dry foodstuffs, cereals etc. in a cool, dry, well ventilated place.
  • Clean out your cupboards regularly but ensure they are completely dry before putting the food back.
  • Ensure the kitchen is properly ventilated when cooking, boiling kettle etc.
  • If condensation is being produced it can lead to mould growth on which Psocids thrive.
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