Dust lice are annoying little insects. They feel more comfortable with a high level of humidity. Read here how you can fight dust lice.
- In this article
- Dust lice: what makes them special?
- Where exactly can we find dust lice in the apartment?
- Fighting lice – how it works
- How to prevent aphid infestation
Dust lice: what makes them special?
Dust lice (Psocoptera) are almost everywhere. They live under leaves, bark, in damp cellars – but in some circumstances you will also find good living conditions in your home. Dust lice are barely visible to the naked eye, insects usually only measure between 1 and 2 millimeters. Other external features include: a light body and long, thin antennae on the head. Because dust lice can jump, they are sometimes confused with fleas. Some species also have wings.
The lifespan of dust lice is around ten to twelve weeks. However, as they breed in buildings all year round, you need to take action against small animals to get rid of them. Dust lice are mainly used for food, mold, spores and lichens, but flour, rice or muesli also eat small insects.
Where exactly can we find dust lice in the apartment?
As previously mentioned prefer dust lice to humidityAs a result, the bathroom is a popular place for dust lice, as is the kitchen, damp window sills, basements or houseplants. In addition, new poorly dried or freshly carpeted buildings are places where dust lice can still be found. "The animals eat the barely visible moldy lawn from the wallpaper and leave fine paper dust behind," says the German Pest Management Association e.V. As soon as the building material has dried, the problem is usually resolved.
Fighting lice – how it works
Dust lice are not dangerous for humans, Alone: they occur in large quantities, can trigger allergiesThe good thing is that the dust lice let them fight relatively easily. The most important way is to reduce humidity – and this is how it works:
Ventilate regularly and properly
Many keep windows tilted at home. It would be better to ventilate frequently. Ideally, two to four times several minutes a day are considered to be even more common in the kitchen or bathroom. Especially after cooking and showering, you need to make sure to let out the extra air humidity.
Use the lid when cooking
It sounds harmless, but if you use lids for the pans when cooking, less water vapor will be released into the environment – and you will also save energy.
Discard indoor plants
You may have to be strong now, but: indoor plants like Cyprus grass, green lily or lime tree increase the humidity in the rooms. If you keep your indoor plants responsible for the increased humidity, it is best to separate them.
Place a bowl of rice or salt
Distribute small bowls of rice or salt in your home or apartment as needed. Why? Both absorb water and therefore extract moisture from the air.
Remove the mold
One of the most common causes of dust lice is mold. Dust lice aren't even the biggest problem. In the worst case, a severe mold infestation in the house or apartment can be harmful to health and, for example, cause breathing difficulties or even asthma. It is therefore essential to take active measures against molds and eliminate them. You can find more information in our article: Removing mold in the apartment.
How to prevent aphid infestation
Anyone who has read so far already knows the answer to how to prevent a dust lice infestation – to know exactly how you fight it (see the section above). A and O is and remains, pay attention to the correct humidity in the individual rooms,