Question by  DW (18)

Are there any bugs that live in books?

I always see bugs near my bookshelves.


Answer by  hartford (506)

A number of insects feed on book components. cockroaches, silverfish, moth larvae and book lice eat paper and glue in the book binding. so go through the shelves thoroughly.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Book lice are small, wingless insects that eat the mold on books. They like dampness. The best cure is to move the books to a heated, dry environment.


Answer by  hightide (131)

Yes, there are. I see them near/on my books too! They are called "book lice". There are also bugs that live off by eating the ink inside books. Often the ink on old books are no longer intact (this is partly because of bugs eating the ink). However, bugs that live in books are harmless.


Answer by  hibpmgirl (2166)

I have seen these bugs too, I dont think they live actually in the books but I think they are attracted to the paper, I have mostly seen them near old books.


Answer by  Bess2728 (682)

Yes, there are insects that eat books. The most commons ones are silverfish, cockroaches, and beetles. They eat the starch in the binding glue and paper. If you think there's an infestation, you may freeze your books which will kill the pests. Clean the shelves; afterwards, keep your books clean by vacuuming and dusting them and the area around them.

posted by Anonymous
Why kill the book lice? We're so ready to kill everything! I have books over 50 years old, just fine, with lice in them. They're harmless to humans.  add a comment

Answer by  2525252 (717)

No there are such things as bed bugs not book bugs. And also it can just be mites that are living in your books. Just clean the area with raid and make sure your books are not dusty.


Answer by  heatherfriend (171)

Weevils are the most common bugs that live in books. You will have to get bug spray to get rid of them.


Answer by  beefcakejake (110)

Certain moths and their larvae can and do eat paper, like that in a book. In fact, you have probably already the name of these critters: book worms. They tend to make only tiny holes in books, but this can still sometimes hinder legibility.


Answer by  cklight (327)

I have heard that insects can survive intense explosions and also survive damage from nuclear weapon explosives. Is this a fair assessment?


Answer by  fibercarpet (7)

yeah ,in fact there are many,, just goolge it in google image search,

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