Booklice from Hawaii

Subject: Please help identify bug ASAP
Location: Maui, Hawaii
February 14, 2014 12:25 pm
I have 3 small children and worry if its something bad i found these little bugs on a wood little chest my son got from a yard sale
Signature: Jen

Booklouse
Booklouse

Hi Jen,
These appear to be Booklice, and they are benign, though if conditions are right, they can be numerous and a nuisance.  You can read more about Booklice on the Penn State University Entomology page where it states:  “Booklice feed on molds and will overrun cereals and similar materials that support mold growth. Their presence, therefore, is a nuisance and can render some foods unfit. The starchy paste of wallpaper and books also can support mold growth or may be attacked directly by booklice. Outside of annoyance, their damage is insignificant.”

Booklouse
Booklouse

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