Identifying Tiny Tan Bugs

What kind of bug is this? They're tiny.

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May 21, 20191 found this helpful

It could be a book louse.

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May 21, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with Judy! Maybe this article will help. ento.psu.edu/.../booklice

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May 24, 20190 found this helpful

Difficult to tell for sure but it does appear to be in the bookworm category.

Its's possible your bug could be booklice.

Here is a quote about bookworms from Encyclopedia Britannica:

"No single species may properly be called the bookworm because a large number of insects feed upon dry, starchy material or paper and may damage books.
Among the most widely known bookworms are the silverfish and the booklice. Termites and roaches are also frequently guilty."

Check out the picture in this article to see if it matches your bug. These are really not what you might call 'bad' bugs as they do not bite and from all the information that I have found they do not do any real damage (like silverfish or most other bugs) as they thrive on moisture/mold.

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When you find booklice it means your area high humidity (moisture) and the best way to get rid of the bugs is to remove the moisture.
There will probably be other signs of high humidity in your closets as clothes (especially leather and hand bags/purses) may feel damp or have mold on the baseboards.

A humidifier is the best way to correct this but even then you should clean any area that looks like mold is forming and air out closets and other closed areas. Some people leave a 40 watt light burning in their clothes closets all the time. Not sure about cost of that idea.
Humidifiers cost $80-$300 but can be moved to different parts of the house.

You might wish to start with some moisture catcher containers first to see if and where you have excessive moisture.
Damp Rid can be found in most stores and online.

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Your humidity should be around 50. You can also purchase something similar to thermometer that can read the humidity in your house.

Removing the high moisture will kill the bugs (no harmful insecticides necessary/needed) but you may still have some clean up to do to remove mold and remove dead bugs.

Here are a couple of sites that have some information and suggestions.

www.rottler.com/.../everything-you-need-to-know-about...

www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Booklice

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