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Location: Glenview, IL
November 7, 2011 4:29 pm
Found these bugs on the outside of paper bags of wheat in our basement
Signature: Brittany Priz

Booklice

Hi Brittany,
You have Booklice tiny insects that are often found in homes, especially damp cellars and garages.  According to Charles Hogue in his wonderful book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “The most common is the true Book Louse (Liposcelis bostrychophila), a cosmopolitan pest for the food industry, households, museums, and libraries.  Although it is a contributor to the allergens found in house dust and its feeding may do minor damage to book bindings and paper, the presence of the Book Louse is usually no more than an annoyance.  Out of doors, this species lives on woody vegetation, on fungi in gournd litter, in soil, or in animal nests.”
  See BugGuide for additional photos.

Booklice

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