Fees and charges for 2015/16 can be viewed using the following link:
Pest Control Charges - 2015/16
- 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.