What Are Some Small White Insects?


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Psocids, commonly known as booklice, are 1- to 2-millimeter long pale insects commonly found in humid areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Psocids are harmless, but reproduce rapidly and therefore can quickly infest a home. They can be avoided by cleaning out cupboards regularly and storing dry food in cool, dry places with proper ventilation. To remove an infestation, dispose of any infested food and vacuum the insides of cupboards. Avoid cleaning with soap, on which insects can feed.

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Mold mites are arachnids, not insects, but are small and white and commonly appear in homes. Though the mites themselves are not destructive, they are covered in long, stiff hair-like bristles that often break off and become airborne and are a common source of allergic reactions. Insecticides tend to be ineffective for getting rid of mold mites; infestations typically go away on their own when the humid conditions under which they thrive are remedied.

Springtails are another kind of small, white insect-like critter. They used to be classified as insects, but because they possess internal mouth-parts are now classified as entognatha. They appear in areas of high moisture, both indoors and outdoors. They are between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch long. Like mold mites, springtails are not effected by insecticides, and can be removed by treating the source of the moisture.

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