Paper Eating Insects That May Damage Your Photo Collections Insects are a common problem in homes, and they can often be difficult to get rid of. The sunny warm weather has arrived, and it's the ideal time for those creepy crawly creatures to venture into our homes. All those uninvited visitors will eventuall
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Paper Eating Insects That May Damage Your Photo Collections

Insects are a common problem in homes, and they can often be difficult to get rid of. The sunny warm weather has arrived, and it's the ideal time for those creepy crawly creatures to venture into our homes. All those uninvited visitors will eventually squeeze through the tiniest cracks in your home that you didn't know existed. Some insects are good, while some, are not so good.

If you have paper eating insects in your home, they may be damaging your photo collections, including those that are in frames. These insects are attracted to the glue and paper used in photo frames, and they can quickly eat through the material. In this article, we will discuss the most prevalent paper eating insects, and some tips on how to get rid of them:

Book Lice

Booklice are one of the most common paper eating insects around. They're small, wingless creatures that love to feast on book bindings, wallpaper, and even photos. If you have booklice in your home, you may notice small holes in your photo frames or papers.

The key to eradicating these pests and preventing them from entering your photo collection, bookcases, and wallpaper is to maintain humidity levels at a low level. There must be plenty of ventilation in the area where paper is stored, as well as dry conditions with no condensation.

There are various book lice killer kits available from a variety of merchants, and pest control companies online that will charge you a pretty penny to fumigate the places where these pests dwell. Depending on the severity of an infestation, experts may be required.

The best thing you can do to combat humidity is, of course, prevent it from developing in the first place. Anything you can do to reduce the humidity level around your home is worth doing. Whatever it takes, dehumidifiers, air plants, and so on.

Cockroaches

The Oriental Cockroach and the German Cockroach are the only two species of cockroach you should be aware of if you live in the United Kingdom. The Oriental Cockroach is a dark brown colour and measures roughly 30mm in length. The German Cockroach is only 12mm long and has a light yellowish-brown colour. Both are able to scale walls and smooth surfaces easily, just like the American Cockroach. In particular, the German Cockroach does not fly very often, even though they have wings.

Cockroaches are one of the most reviled pests in existence and for good reason. They're dirty, they carry disease, and they love to feast on just about anything. Cockroaches will eat paper if given the chance, but they're more interested in food sources.

If you have a cockroach problem in your home, it's important to contact a professional pest control company immediately. These creatures reproduce quickly and can be difficult to eliminate without the help of an expert.

Moths

Moth larvae are the caterpillars of various species of moth. These creatures are small, but they can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. Moths love to eat paper and fabric, and they can quickly destroy clothing, carpets, and photo collections.

If you have moths in your home, you may notice small holes in your clothes or papers. You may also see silk webbing around these holes. The best way to get rid of moth larvae is to vacuum them up or pick them off by hand. If you have a large infestation, you may need to contact a professional pest company for help.

Silverfish

The favourite things for this creature's appetite are your old books, and they enjoy eating glue and wallpaper in the same way as booklice. Finding yellow stains on white fabric after all is quiet and you're tucked up in bed is a common indication that these pests are emerging to feed.

They feed on damp surfaces, clothing, and bedding. They like the same environments as booklice do, so a large number of them is an indication of a moisture problem in the house. Perhaps a leaking pipe below the floor or insufficient ventilation to reduce humidity levels can be a reason why these pests appear in the first place. This again can be especially true if you're drying washing indoors.

Silverfish are attracted to dark cupboards that you may use to store books that aren't being read, photograph albums, scrapbooks, cardboard, and other paper. It's a lovely location for silverfish since it's dark and humid, and there will be plenty of food for them.

The best remedy for rooms where they're chewing on paper just above the skirting boards is a dependable vacuum cleaner. The most neglected areas are the places that don't get used regularly. Remove the sofa from the wall and wipe down the skirting with a cleaning cloth. Use a crevice attachment to vacuum the skirting boards while rolling back the rug.

The fact that these pests can't climb very well is the only thing that makes them easier to combat. As a result, you will see the damage on your wallpaper only above the skirting boards, but not along the tops of walls or near your picture frames unless you're leaning them against the wall.

If you have silverfish on the wall, consider where you're hanging your frames. Since most frames are hung at eye level, frames positioned higher above the ground are out of reach of silverfish. But if they're sitting at floor level leaning against the wall, think again about where you're putting your pictures.

Check more often to verify that they don't get inside the frame and devour your works of art. Especially images, since these pests prefer paper with printed ink, such as old newspapers.

Conclusion

In short, if you notice any of these insects around your framed photos, it's important to take action right away. These pests can do a lot of damage to your photos and other belongings if left unchecked. The best way to get rid of them is to vacuum them up or pick them off by hand. If you have a large infestation, you may need to contact a professional pest company for help.

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Article Posted: 27/04/2022 11:39:39

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