Booklice

>get new books
>like new, half-priced
>isolate them to be safe
>find 2 booklice in them after a few weeks
>oh shit
>put the books into the freezer to make sure that all insects are dead
>take the books out after a week
>booklice happy and moving

How the frick do I make sure that they aren't hiding in any of my books? I am considering throwing books worth 200+€ away just so I don't have to bother with this bullshit any longer.

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    what do you guys normally eat them with? For me its cereal or sprinkle them on some toast

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    You are telling me there a lice that eat books?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not only booklice, I also encountered other interesting insects in books due to my ridiculous bad luck. Used book sellers are especially dangerous in this regard. You can't even be sure if you don't see anything, with hardcover books they often showed after a few days and not on the first inspection. Ha, ahaha.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Maybe you are buying all your books from some booklice infested den?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Secondhand books usually carry booklice, but I've heard of dusty shelves birthing bookscorpions too in more humid regions. Booklice destroying books is one of the biggest reasons of the education cap in the US between the north and the south.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      oh there's worse than that

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        I acutally see like one of these frickers on my floor a week.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I see one silverfish in the bathtub maybe once a decade if even that. The frick kind of filthy fricking shitholes are you idiots living in? Condemned buildings?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            My place is really clean though... They only show up in the bathroom sometimes

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    All you need to do is regularly clean your home and they will never become an issue. You might see 1% of the book lice (even if you don't collect books) you bring into your home and maybe 0.01% of all the little critters which have to potential of causing an infestation or doing damage, and yet the vast majority never have infestations.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think that my environment is optimal for booklice, so a real infestation would not be too likely I assume, but I'd still like to somehow remove the (potential) lice from the new books I got before I add them to shelf. What makes me paranoid is that they usually hide in the gaps of hardcovers and don't show immediately.

      Just put the books in the oven on super low. They need to be 120 degrees for a few hours.

      I see, thanks. Does freezing not help? I put two books I found a booklice in in the freezer and plan to let them stay there for multiple weeks. Although me finding a moving one after a week of freezing made me unsure about its effectivety.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        There is nothing in new books which book lice can eat, they eat the animall based glues in old books but even then they would rather eat the dead skin you flake off it is much easier for them to consume, same with silver fish. Books made since the 50s use synthetic glues which they cannot eat and most of the glue in old books is not accessible to them since it is under the cloth. Generally if they are eating your books they are desperate and your books are already falling apart.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          The books were like new leftovers from publishers sold for half their price and most of them weren't printed longer than a decade ago. Apparently insects still find something of interest in those, recently I also found an insect crawling under the plastic wrap of a new book I ordered from Amazon when I opened the package.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Just because they were in the book does not mean they were eating it. Only one species of book lice actually eat books but for all species of book lice a book is a reasonable home, they like to crawl into tight spaces.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Just because they were in the book does not mean they were eating it.
            I don't worry about them eating but it is rather unconfortable to have repulsive insects crawl through my books.

            I might just put them into the oven later as a sort of final solution. I think that

            I can make no guarantees, but if we collaborate we can solve a mutual problem...

            also had something like that in his mind.

            I want to import some used la pléiade volumes from France
            Should I be worried about bed bugs?

            I really wouldn't risk it in your place. Those Gallimard books are reasonably priced for whst you get and I don't think thst saving a bit would be worth the potential trouble. Insects in used books are very common, I sent back every of my Abebooks orders with the exception of one for this resson. Just get them new...

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Im pretty sure they'll freeze but once they thaw they'll become active again. A lot of insects are like this, its essentially how they survive winter.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just put the books in the oven on super low. They need to be 120 degrees for a few hours.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      For how long exactly btw? Around 4 hours?

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I can make no guarantees, but if we collaborate we can solve a mutual problem...

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous
  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    this is why i only get them new.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Some of the books there were still wrapped in plastic and I didn't have problems with that seller before. Perhaps my home is the problem, although I haven't seen booklice on my books.

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a leather book 3 weeks ago
    2 weeks ago I started getting itchy pubic hair
    Next I started getting blisters filled with clear fluid forming
    Afterwards they scabbed black and then fell off

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Fricking book lice, that's why I never read used books without a condom.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Condoms don't protect against book lice, moron.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Your first order of business should be a thorough cleaning of your pig sty of a living arrangement. Then you're going to want to get a dehumidifier. Bugs hate dry, that's why millions of species live in the Amazon and less than 1000 species live in any given desert. Most insects also can wait out cold by going into torpor, just like bacteria. A low and slow 115-120ish fahrenheit should handle them as long as your books are up to the task.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Your first order of business should be a thorough cleaning of your pig sty of a living arrangement.
      They were in the books I ordered, my home is not the problem.

      >A low and slow 115-120ish fahrenheit should handle them as long as your books are up to the task.
      I might try this, thanks.

      Im pretty sure they'll freeze but once they thaw they'll become active again. A lot of insects are like this, its essentially how they survive winter.

      Ack.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Even if your home isn't the problem, they have now been introduced. It's kinda similar to bedbugs. I cannot stress a dehumidifier enough; depending on where you live.

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do they get smarter when they eat the books? Are they the nerds of the live world?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've eaten several books but I haven't gained any knowledge.

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    what about my garloïd problem?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Are you raising it organic or feeding it the bs processed slop?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        organically y-yeah haha...

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Anon. You're not knowingly giving your garloïds substandard care, are you?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm actually a bit worried about your post here. Garloïd welfare is taken seriously in US law and if you're honestly going out of your way to treat your garloïd in a manner which is less than optimal then watch your fricking back. There are serious fines if you're caught.

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I want to import some used la pléiade volumes from France
    Should I be worried about bed bugs?

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    what a bunch of pussies ITT just let them be and move on

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP update: I put the books in the oven now. One of them also developed green mold in the freezer, I threw that one away. If one of the booklices survives I'll give up and grant them their homes. I just want the expensive Flaubert release to be free of those demons...

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Book gator got my 1st ed Kant
    It's over bros...

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >today I shall do some comfy reading
    >open book
    >BECAUSE I'M IN TOO DEEP

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